Al-Salem-Johnson-ControlsSAUDI ARABIA: Al Salem Johnson Controls (ASJC) has laid the foundation stone for a new plant at King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley.

The new manufacturing and training centre for the joint venture between the Al Salem Group of Companies and Johnson Controls is expected to begin its first developmental phase immediately and become fully operational by 2017. Built on 203,783m² of land, it will create 1000 jobs.

Sheikh Saleh Binladen, executive board member of Al Salem Johnson Controls, a company that has been operating for over 25 years, said: “Our continuous partnership with Johnson Controls through our first factory in Jeddah has given us a positive footprint in the industry throughout the Kingdom, and our second new factory in King Abdullah Economic City is proof of our continuous growth and shared vision of engaging in the economic, social and urban development of the Kingdom.”

Claude Allain, vice president and general manager, Middle East for Johnson Controls and executive board member of Al Salem Johnson Controls, said: “This decision to invest in KAEC will bring Johnson Controls’ state of the art manufacturing and hvac technology to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and aid projects in the region through economies of scale and rapid returns on investment.”

From Yorks’s industrial chillers to its commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the facility will use Johnson Controls’ manufacturing and quality control systems, and has been designed to produce integrated solutions that increase energy efficiency and operational savings.