LG sets the stage for system air-conditioning excellence in Bahrain

LG Electronics (LG) held an exclusive event in Bahrain on February 6th, when it highlighted its continuous efforts to advance the HVAC sector, promoting innovative solutions that cater to evolving consumer needs. Attendees of the seminar at the Diplomat Radisson Blue Hotel in Manama gained insights regarding LG's strategic vision, product innovation, and the pivotal role Bahrain plays in LG's regional growth strategy. The event set the perfect stage to showcase LG's Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) solutions’ cutting-edge technology, which offers unmatched efficiency, comfort, and control for both commercial and residential spaces. Featuring advanced features like simultaneous heating and cooling, individual zone control, and energy-saving innovations, LG's VRF systems provide tailored climate solutions while reducing energy consumption and operational costs. With a wide range of indoor unit options, including sleek ducted units and versatile ceiling cassettes, LG ensures seamless integration into any environment.Furthermore, LG's VRF systems prioritize sustainability, boasting high SEER ratings and utilizing eco-friendly refrigerants to minimize environmental impact. With their commitment to innovation and sustainability, LG continues to redefine comfort and efficiency in HVAC solutions with their VRF offerings.Another focus of the seminar was LG’s Retrofit Solution and Inverter Technology. As Bahrain moves towards implementing sustainable building practices, retrofitting old HVAC systems is one of the key methods for achieving low energy consumption. LG has been at the forefront of providing solutions that support global environmental care mandates.LG’s inverter compressor technology ensures consistent temperature and airflow and has been proven to provide up to 50% electricity consumption savings over conventional air conditioners. Retrofitting enables parts of the recycled and reused existing frameworks to be utilized, saving not only initial costs but also long-term operational expenditures. Owing to the method’s ability to utilize existing infrastructure, retrofitting is a popular choice for decision-makers and business owners as it saves time, cost, and effort.The excitement surrounding the event was added to during the introduction of the newly appointed General Manager for the Gulf Region, Mr. Brandon Sung. Armed with a wealth of experience garnered in the Asia and Pacific markets, Mr Sung is poised to lead LG Gulf towards further growth and success."We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Brandon Sung to spearhead LG's endeavors in the Gulf region. His extensive experience in the Asia and Pacific markets position him as a key assetin continuing LG's upward trajectory," remarked Ahmad Abed, Sales Director Air Solutions B2B at LG Electronics Gulf.LG is committed to fostering partnerships, sharing knowledge, and collaborating to create a sustainable and comfortable future for consumers in Bahrain and beyond. This seminar marks a significant step in LG's journey towards solidifying its leadership in the System Air-Conditioning sector in Bahrain, said Mr. Brandon Sung, General Manager of Air Solutions B2B, LG Electronics Gulf.

M42 partners with Siemens to enhance energy efficiency across UAE health sector

M42, a global tech-enabled health company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has partnered with Siemens to boost energy efficiency across the UAE healthcare sector by auditing health facilities for energy efficiency and exploring digitalisation of infrastructure.Decarbonising infrastructure is part of M42's two-fold approach to reduce its carbon footprint. It also includes using preventative tech-enabled health solutions to reduce the number of patients required to visit energy-intensive facilities.The project’s initial phase involves a comprehensive energy efficiency audit of the healthcare facilities operated by M42 across the UAE. These audits are designed to identify opportunities for substantial energy savings and examine means for carbon emission reductions.Siemens and M42 have further committed to discussing and developing a roadmap that will lead to the digitalisation of M42's infrastructure. This digital transformation aims to enhance operational efficiency and improve the comfort of patients, healthcare professionals, and staff at M42's facilities.The partnership will leverage the Siemens Xcelerator platform, setting a standard for healthcare sustainability. By integrating innovative technologies, M42 and Siemens are determined to make a positive environmental and societal impact.The first audit, completed in November 2023, found that one of M42’s healthcare facilities could achieve significant savings in energy costs through heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofits, and through the integration of space management systems via Siemens Enlighted portfolio that centralises energy management into a building management system. Implementing these energy-saving solutions across M42’s portfolio of hospitals and clinics, the largest network in the Middle East, could produce substantial reductions in carbon emissions and increase operational efficiency.According to the international non-governmental organisation Health Care Without Harm, emissions from healthcare facilities make up 17 per cent of the sector’s worldwide footprint. Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, cooling and heating comprise another 12 per cent.Mark McGourty, Group Chief Operating Officer of M42, said: “M42 is at the forefront of tech-enabled healthcare; we're leveraging cutting-edge tools like AI and genomics to treat people, not just patients and focus on health, not just healthcare. Harnessing technology is only part of our strategy. We're also committed to decarbonising our facilities to ensure we can sustainably continue to provide world-class care to those in need. Our collaboration with Siemens demonstrates our dedication to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.“The healthcare sector's carbon footprint is immense, if it were a country, it would rank as the fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. This partnership marks just the beginning. I call upon other healthcare facilities to join us in this critical endeavor of decarbonising their operations, paving the way towards a more sustainable future for the industry and the planet,”Helmut von Struve, the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in the Middle East said: “We are proud to partner with M42 and are confident that we can develop a roadmap that will improve asset performance and enhance the comfort of patients and healthcare workers in their facilities. This partnership isn’t just about energy savings, it’s about setting a new standard in the healthcare industry for sustainability and operational excellence.”Siemens collaborates with healthcare providers globally to create highly efficient hospitals with smart, optimised processes. Building systems, automation software, and hardware that are part of Siemens Xcelerator, an open digital business platform designed to accelerate digital transformation on a larger scale, allow operators to centralise control of thousands of data points like energy supply, fire protection, HVAC, lighting and access controls, optimising patient comfort, facility safety, and sustainability.

Amazon Saudi launches new fulfillment center in Riyadh

Riyadh: The Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), Eng. Suliman Almazroua and delegations from the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services, the Transport General Authority, and Monsha’at – Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises today witnessed the inauguration of Amazon’s latest Fulfillment Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Following the ceremony, Abdo Chlala, Country Manager, Amazon Saudi Arabia, along with Prashant Saran, Director of Operations, Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Dr. Hatem Samman, Public Policy Lead, Amazon Saudi Arabia, guided the dignitaries on a tour of the facility.Eng. Suliman Almazroua commented, “Saudi Arabia has made remarkable progress in developing world-class infrastructure and business-enabling policies that aim to place the Kingdom at the forefront of investor attractiveness. Amazon’s expansion supports Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector - one of NIDLP’s four key sectors – bringing the latest innovations and technologies in ecommerce operations to the country. The new Fulfillment Center in Riyadh will further unlock the value of the Kingdom’s resources by empowering local startups and entrepreneurs with improved global connectivity and access to new markets.”As the Kingdom accelerates towards a digital economy with a growing ecommerce market, the new Fulfillment Center will double Amazon’s total storage capacity in Saudi Arabia. The facility spans 390,000 square feet across five floors – approximately the size of five football fields. The center will be able to store over 9 million products, enabling Amazon to delight customers with a wider selection of products across electronics, appliances, groceries, fashion, books, and more.H.E. Eng. Saud bin Rashid Al-Askar, the Deputy Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), said, “As Saudi Arabia progresses towards sustainable development in tandem with regional and international markets, we affirm the company’s keenness, in cooperation with other sectors, to ensure consumer safety by conforming its products received through e-commerce. We are happy to see Amazon’s expansion in the Kingdom as the company continues its efforts to bring global standards and processes to the ecommerce sector in Saudi Arabia.”Abdo Chlala, Country Manager, Amazon Saudi Arabia, said, “Our expansion and investment in our network underscores our commitment to delivering an enhanced shopping experience for customers, providing Saudi businesses with greater access to Amazon’s expertise in fulfillment, reliable countrywide delivery, and customer service, and unlocking opportunities for local talent. Led by a diverse cohort of talented Saudi nationals in managerial positions, we expect this Fulfillment Center to support the Kingdom’s digital economy goals.”In support of Saudi Arabia’s rising entrepreneurship culture and rapid development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the enhanced capacity will empower independent sellers to scale their businesses online. In order to reach a wider customer base faster and more efficiently, Saudi sellers can take advantage of the Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) offering that allows them to store, pick, pack and ship customer orders through Amazon. The company has been working closely with Monsha’at, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, to empower this segment of the economy, with an aim to host 40,000 Saudi sellers by 2025 on Saran, Director of Operations for Amazon MENA, said, “Technology is at the heart of our operations, and with the opening of our most advanced Fulfillment Center in Saudi Arabia, we are all set to bring an enhanced fulfillment offering to Saudi sellers. At Amazon, we relentlessly innovate on behalf of our customers and continue to strengthen our operations with state-of-the-art technology and global processes and programs in order to ensure a fast, convenient and reliable shopping experience.”The new Fulfillment Center is Amazon’s most advanced in Saudi Arabia and brings 25+ years of global logistics technology and innovation in line with the Vision 2030 goal of establishing the Kingdom as the go-to logistics hub for the region. The new facility incorporates innovative solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in its operations and more than two and a half kilometers of conveyance equipment to ensure seamless fulfillment operations.To ensure local talent is able to grow and advance their careers, Amazon offers an array of training, upskilling and mentoring programs that empower employees to reach their full potential. Today, Saudi women at the center occupy a variety of leadership roles within operations, human resources, learning and development, and information technology, among other departments. Further, the facility provides various accommodations for people with disabilities that aim to ensure their full and active participation. Amazon continues its relentless focus on the safety and well-being of its employees, deploying cutting-edge technology to assist employees and keep them safe while delivering for customers.As part of Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040, the facility is powered 100% by electricity, including its heating and hot water systems, avoiding the use of fossil fuel combustibles and with energy efficiency as a top priority. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is controlled by a building management system that ensures a comfortable working environment for employees while reducing unnecessary energy consumption. In addition, LED lighting adjusts according to natural light availability and building occupancy, and indoor air quality is constantly monitored.Since the launch of in 2020, the company has continued to invest in Saudi Arabia, supporting the Kingdom’s vision to accelerate a digitalized and diversified future. Today, Amazon Operations’ network in the country comprises 2 Fulfillment Centers, 3 Sort Centers, a footprint of over 25 owned and third-party delivery stations, and a network of small and medium businesses working as Delivery Service Partners across Saudi Arabia.