Saudi Arabia plans expansion of 12 industrial sectors


RIYADH: As part of the Saudi National Industrial Strategy, the authorities plan the expansion of 12 strategic industrial sectors in which opportunities have been identified for growth and increased competition at the regional and international levels, Oussama Al-Zamil, Deputy Minister of Industry and Mines Resources, said on Tuesday.

He was speaking on the opening day of ‘A Renewed World’, a two-day conference organized by Johnson Controls Arabia, the joint regional arm of Johnson Control International, specializing in smart heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, fire safety and security systems, as well as building management and control systems, in the Middle East and North Africa.

A group photo of elite speakers at the Renewed Global Conference hosted by Johnson Controls Arabia in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. (Provided)

Organizers said the aim of the event was to promote national dialogue on the vital role of innovation and the development of smart, carbon-neutral buildings in sustainable development efforts. Local and international experts from the energy and industry sectors highlighted the important role of private-public sector partnerships in Saudi Arabia, especially in terms of innovation, in achieving the Kingdom’s sustainability goals.

Al-Zamil said the 12 sectors targeted for expansion are aerospace, automotive, marine, renewable energy, chemicals, machinery and equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food processing. food, building materials, mining industries and military industries.

“Modern technology, innovation and digitalization are creating a disruptive transformation in the future of business and investment,” he told delegates.


George Oliver, President of Johnson Controls, speaks at the ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Future’ conference in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Hebshi Alshammari)

“Therefore, when we looked at the Kingdom’s potential, we found that it had huge untapped technical potential as well as a predominantly young population that was passionate about and understood the technological revolution and how to keep up to date with the latest technologies.”

The Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources has therefore launched a “Factories of the Future” program, “which will lead to a radical change in the manufacturing sector”, Al-Zamil added.

“The goal of the current industry and mineral resources ecosystem is to develop a technological and innovative manufacturing sector,” he said. “This will significantly improve our national industry and create locally competitive products, while increasing the contribution of industrial enterprises to the national economy.

“It will also benefit from the unique geographical location of the Kingdom, which allows it to connect regional and international markets. Additionally, the Kingdom has state-of-the-art industrial infrastructure in more than 36 industrial cities across the country. The Kingdom’s emphasis on industry is an inevitable choice, as evidenced by the support of the leaders for this strategic sector.

Al-Zamil highlighted the launch of Ceer, a Saudi electric vehicle company, by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a few days earlier.

“Ceer will be an important addition that will contribute significantly to boosting and improving the manufacturing sector in the region, being the first Saudi electric vehicle brand in the Kingdom,” he said.

George Oliver, President of Johnson Controls, told Arab News: “As a global leader in smart and sustainable buildings, we are part of this world and we have a responsibility to help solve some of the pressing problems facing the world. faced, such as climate change.

“Advancing the national conversation on energy sustainability by getting subject matter experts, business leaders and policy makers to talk about sustainable lifestyles and the need for more innovation in energy use is an important result of this event.

“At Johnson Controls International, we believe that sustainable innovation is about meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations. This requires that all actors actively integrate climate change and carbon neutrality into their innovation processes.

Oliver said buildings are currently responsible for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“So as a global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, Johnson Controls is committed to leading the fight against carbon emissions and climate change,” he said.

“Johnson Controls is no stranger to the region in general or Saudi Arabia in particular. As part of its Vision 2030, the Saudi government has put in place plans to increase the manufacturing and local content footprint This is where the goals of the Saudi government and Johnson Controls converge.

“As a global leader in building technologies, we would like to be part of the incredible economic transformation taking place in Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia goes through a massive economic transformation, where it intends to spend $7 trillion in 10 years, much of this is about renewable energy and sustainable living.

Mohannad Al-Sheikh, CEO of Johnson Controls Arabia, highlighted the importance of innovative solutions that “raise efficiency and sustainability standards in buildings, with ambitious plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the Kingdom” .

He added: “The Kingdom is playing a leading role in the fight against climate change and we at Johnson Controls Arabia are keen to support visionary local environmental goals by promoting sustainable living standards in the region.

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