Investment reflects Honeywell’s commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s localization and economic diversification objectives
Honeywell is to open an advanced regional manufacturing centre at the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), Saudi Arabia’s new energy industrial zone.
The new facility will become Honeywell’s eighth site in Saudi Arabia, reflecting both the company’s strategic growth objectives in the Kingdom and its support for Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program to advance local capabilities in research, development and manufacturing of cutting-edge technology, it was announced in a press statement.
The facility will include engineering, manufacturing and assembly lines spanning Honeywell’s industrial automation and control equipment, field instruments, rugged mobile computers, gas detection equipment, fire safety systems and building management systems hardware. Additional capacity for potential future manufacturing expansion, as well as customer demonstration facilities, is also planned.
“The ground-breaking of our new facility at SPARK represents a significant investment and an important milestone in Honeywell’s long history of partnership Saudi Arabia, which dates back to 1948. We are proud to support Saudi Arabia’s most important companies in localizing and developing innovative technologies to advance critical sectors of the economy,” affirmed Abdullah Al-Juffali, President, Honeywell, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
“SPARK is the perfect location for us to continue our journey of investment, localization and growth in the Kingdom in-line with its sustainability goals and broader Vision 2030 objectives,” he continued.
The new facility will be developed in phases, with Phase One expected to be completed in 2024. Honeywell broke the ground for the facility at a ceremony attended by a delegation of global and regional Honeywell executives including Vimal Kapur, President and Chief Operating Officer; John Waldron, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer; Ben Driggs, President, Global High Growth Regions, and Mohammed Mohaisen, President and CEO, Honeywell Middle East and North Africa, as well as and senior leaders from SPARK and Aramco.
Expanding the Kingdom’s capabilities
“We are delighted to welcome Honeywell to SPARK, in support of our localization objectives and commitment to expanding Saudi Arabia’s capabilities as a manufacturing and engineering powerhouse for the region’s energy sector. Honeywell’s investment in our ecosystem will contribute to local economic growth and help create more job opportunities for Saudi nationals in advanced technology sectors,” commented Saif Al Qahtani, President and CEO, SPARK.
SPARK is being developed into a 50sqkm industrial ecosystem designed to capture the full value from the energy value chain by acting as a principal gateway for the region’s energy sector. It contributes to Vision 2030 by supporting the Kingdom’s efforts in building a strong economy through diversification and localization of key sectors.
King Salman Energy Park is a new megaproject being constructed and located between Dammam and Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This project is being developed, operated and managed by Saudi Aramco.