Jan 18, 2010 - Europoles Middle East officially opens its first concrete mast works in the Sultanate of Oman
Her Excellency Dr Rajiha bint Abdulamir bin Ali, Minister of Tourism, opened the new plant in the Nizwa commercial district
On the 39th National Day of the Sultanate of Oman, the first production works for spun concrete masts in the country was opened by Her Excellency Dr, Rajiha bint Abdulamir bin Ali, Minister of Tourism, in the presence of His Excellency Maqbool Ali Sultan, Minister of Economics and Industry, Her Excellency Ms. Angelika Renate Storz-Chakarji and other top-ranking representatives of the worlds of industry and politics.
The new plant represents an investment of around nine million euros, and has been set up as a Joint Venture between Europoles and RAY International L.L.C., one of the most important engineering offices in Oman, specializing in oil, gas and energy. With a total production capacity of 40,000 masts, Europoles Middle East should be able to replace the wooden masts currently used in Oman in short order.
In the past, Europoles supplied masts to Oman from Germany. Now the new production plant will be able to provide locally made masts for power cables - a reliable and economic solution, dispensing with the need for expensive foreign imports. There are further plans for exporting the products to other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
In order to maintain the high quality standards of the Europoles Group, key representatives of the workforce were trained in Germany. As a result of government policy, Europoles Middle East is subject to the constraints of the 'Omanization' of the job market. The high training investment was justified by the need to provide a young and well qualified team of Omanis for leading positions in the plant - as foremen, shift coordinators and logistics managers.
Fritz Fückert, Managing Director of Europoles, gave an address emphasizing the company's adherence to the fundamental principles of German and Omani policy, and highlighting the partnership between the two countries. He sees the training of employees in Germany and the support of German training staff at the Oman plant as a key factor for the successful realization of the project.
The requirement that 45% of the workforce come from Oman has already been met. The plant has been audited and certified by the German standards authority TÜV Rheinland (LGA Intercert) as meeting DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards, and it has also been audited and approved by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
But the plant is not only under an obligation of training and employing Omani workers - it is also committed to the use of local raw materials. The main resources for the plant - sand, aggregate and cement - come from the region, some of them in fact from Nizwa itself.
Ray International L.L.C.
The partnership between Ray International and Europoles Middle East has been the basis for the realization of turnkey solutions for overhead cable masts. The portfolio includes training and consulting, products, services, drilling, and the development, installation, and testing of overhead cable structures.
Europoles is the European market leader for the production of masts, support columns and towers made of spun concrete, steel and FRP for many different areas of use. The company has production sites in Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Oman. With a comprehensive range of products and services, extending from 3-metre lighting masts to advertising, overhead cable and floodlight masts between 20 and 50 meter and even to 100-metre-high telecommunication towers, Europoles achieved an annual turnover of 125 million euros in Germany and the surrounding regions in 2010 with a workforce of around 900 employees. Europoles is a company belonging to VTC Industrieholding GmbH, a diversified, small to medium-sized industrial group based in Munich.