GE agrees with Al Farraj to meet electricity needs of Qatar

Doha, Qatar, November 1, 2010 — Under a recently signed agreement with GE, Al Farraj Trading & Manufacturing Co. will assemble and supply GE electrical equipment to five key Middle Eastern countries: Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Jordan.

To support the growing requirements of its relationship with GE, FTMC is inaugurating a new manufacturing facility in Doha. This facility was officially inaugurated today by Their Excellencies Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs, and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammad Al-Thani, chairman, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

FTMC is a licensed GE electrical distribution panel builder and will assemble GE’s low voltage switchgear — critical to ensuring the reliability and safety of the distribution of electricity. The new facility will create up to 150 new jobs in the country.

The 7,000-square-meter FTMC plant also will manufacture electrical equipment, including electrical distribution boards and sub-main distribution panels equipped with GE electrical components, used in the protection and distribution of electricity in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

To support the region’s industrial and commercial growth, GE is further localizing its electrical distribution technologies by establishing local warehouse, execution and assembly capabilities.

Through the increased working relationship with FTMC, GE is further expanding its knowledge sharing initiative by increasing local access to its latest designs for low voltage switchgear and other distribution equipment.

GE has been active in the Middle East since the 1930s and has management and project management offices as well as local repair and service facilities to serve customers throughout the region.

GE Energy has installed 1,000 turbines and has over 1,400 employees across the Middle East, while GE’s oil & gas and water & process technologies businesses also play major roles in the development of the region’s infrastructure.

FTMC was established in 1999 in the United Arab Emirates as a branch of FTC to distribute electrical distribution components in local and neighboring markets. FTC was founded in 1962 by the Al Farraj family for around 50 years, to serve the electrical distribution needs in the Middle East. Since 1972, FTC is headquartered in Amman, Jordan, with distribution facilities throughout the region.

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