GE Lighting, an industry leader in major lighting solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use, yesterday unveiled its first full-fledged distribution center in the Middle East in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, GE said in a press release.
Spanning over 1,375 square meters, the GE Lighting distribution center will serve as a strategic hub for the company to further expand its presence in the UAE as well as strengthen exports to key markets in the Middle East and Africa.
To feature the advanced product range of GE Lighting, the pioneers in the Light Emitting Diodes (LED) technology as early as the 1960s, the warehouse will have over 2,000 products, bringing one of the largest showcases of GE Lighting products beside its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. All products will be shipped in from Hungary and the other manufacturing centers of the company around the world.
As Tamer Al Shaer, Regional Channel Manager, GE Lighting, explained, there is a growing demand for intelligent and energy-efficient lighting solutions in the region due to its focus on infrastructure investments.
“One of the many outstanding features of Dubai as an investment destination is its ability to inspire innovations and grow them into successful business models. We are delighted to see energy majors like GE Lighting using the competitive investment platform in Dubai to launch path-breaking innovations of great significance to business and growth, both within and beyond the region,” said Khaled Al Boom, Executive Director, Investment Support & Promotions, Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development (DED).
John Lancia, Director of Government Affairs for GE in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), said: “GE Lighting is a thought leader in the lighting and luminaire sector, underlined by its focused research and development to boost energy efficiency across the entire spectrum of applications for residential, commercial and industrial uses. The opening of the new distribution center in Dubai, a regional trade hub, underlines the commitment of GE to further strengthen its regional presence in the UAE. The distribution center, which marks a key investment in the logistics sector of Dubai, will further drive exports and leverage Dubai’s strategic geographic location.”
The new warehouse will help meet the growing need for advanced lighting solutions in the UAE and the rest of the GCC region, as well as demand from markets across the Middle East and Africa, where GE Lighting has established long-term partnerships. The product range covers solutions for home lighting, hotels, office, retail, showbiz and entertainment, street lighting, and special applications such as airfield, aircraft, transportation, heating, medical, bacterial destruction and shatter protection to meet the needs of original equipment manufacturers and end-users.
In the UAE, GE Lighting has been associated with several key initiatives including nearly 70 per cent of street lighting in Abu Dhabi, as well as lighting solutions for several landmark projects across the country.
Today, GE Lighting has over 15,000 employees globally. The headquarters is in Cleveland, Ohio, the EMEA Headquarters is in Budapest, Hungary. The research and development of GE Lighting is coordinated through its Global Technology Center from Hungary with other key locations in Cleveland and Shanghai.