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Xylem in $35mn MENA expansion drive

The expansion will see increased localisation of products and building of vital local capabilities, including manufacturing, which will provide customers with more high quality, efficient services and products

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Vincent Chirouze, regional director, MEA, Xylem
Vincent Chirouze, regional director, MEA, Xylem

 US headquartered water technology company, Xylem, is committing $35mn to fund its expansion plans across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a focus on energy efficiency.

The expansion will see increased localisation of products and building of vital local capabilities, including manufacturing, which will provide customers with more high quality, efficient services and products.

The plan includes construction of a mega manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali that is expected to be complete mid next year and will be open for future expansion to bring products closer to the market.

“We are customising our products to suit local needs while at the same time enhancing the efficiency of our products to enable customers save more energy,” Vincent Chirouze, Xylem’s regional director for Middle East and Africa told Utilities Middle East on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi.

Xylem has invested in a number of facilities across the region, including a local manufacturing plant and offices in the UAE, Oman and Qatar.

Further investment will be made into expanding business service offerings designed to provide customers with smarter solutions to their water technology needs.

“The water-energy nexus is especially relevant throughout the MENA region,” said Chirouze.

“We view the low oil price environment as an opportunity to invest and expand in this market.”

Xylem also intends to broaden the scope of its strategic partnerships with government and private entities to address pressing regional water issues.

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