Emirates Glass – Investing In Innovation

The past year has seen Emirates Glass pour considerable resources into its research and development operations. We caught up with Executive President Mr. Rizwanulla Khan to find out more.

Demand for glass continues to rise. As the global population continues to grow at a whistle-stop rate, industry is responding in kind by producing more products and building more buildings.

This is reflected by the constant growth forecast for the world’s glass manufacturers. By 2023, demand for fabricated flat glass is expected to reach $139 billion, more than double that seen in 2008 before the global financial crisis.

Emirates Glass continues to operate as a regional market leader in the Middle East. Celebrating two decades of existence, the Company has become a go-to for architects seeking the highest quality flat glass across both the Gulf and the wider world.

In September 2017, Executive President Rizwanulla Khan spoke to EME Outlook at length about the firm’s flagship EmiCool range of solar control, multi-functional Low-E and standard Low-E glass designed to minimize solar heat gain into air-conditioned buildings in the Gulf environment. He also outlined ambitions to acquire increasing market share and keep ahead of customer needs and technological advancements.

A year on, Emirates Glass is progressing on both fronts. Almost immediately after our conversation last year, the Company secured projects worth $27 million across the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Such projects entailed high performance, energy-saving, reflective coated glass products for the Ministries Complex in Kuwait, the first ever greenhouse being constructed in Dubai, The Quran Park, the Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3) for Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, and ITCC Tower and Maad Tower in Saudi Arabia. The firm also won several glass contracts for residential complexes in the UAE.

Commenting on the new business, Khan says: “These prestigious projects for Emirates Glass are a testimony to the growth potential of its high-quality, energy-efficient products.

“The Company has an excellent portfolio of projects in the Gulf region and beyond, which has cemented its credibility as a trusted supplier of glass products in the region and overseas.”

Knowledge is power

Contract wins and material growth aside, the past year has been hallmarked by a dedication to differentiation and innovation.

“Emirates Glass is uniquely positioned in that it is the only company in the UAE with float, coat, processing and research and development (R&D) facilities,” comments Khan. “This affords us flexibility and agility with respect to not only serving our markets, but also developing new products and ideas, which is a massive focus area for us.”

The drive to innovate has been centred around a desire to build a team of young, creative individuals, not necessarily those with experience of operating in the glass, façade or even the wider construction industry.

“The Company hires with a long-term view in mind,” adds Khan. “We are investing in the future.”

These new recruits can draw on expertise in the form of a body of international experts which together amount to more than 150 years of experience. Khan himself, for example, boasts more than 30 years of industry experience, with other highly influential figures including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mr. Samih Fatayerji, Technical Manager Mr. John Reeves, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development Mr. Kurt Russell, Operations Manager Mr. Rodel San Jose and of course the Coating Manager, Mr. Marco Kohs.

Innovate to differentiate

Helping to channel this experience and develop even further knowhow is a new research and development department, fit with separate offices, workshops, labs and training facilities.

“The challenge is how to focus all this power,” Khan says. “It is unwise to put smart, creative, dedicated, knowledgeable people in a secure space and ask them to develop something wonderful without guidance from the market.

“We have created an open and free flowing conduit of information between the marketing team and the product development team.  In fact, they work side by and often sit in the same meetings and brainstorming sessions.

“And just as we bring together individuals with a wide range of experience and knowledge both young and, well, not so young, within our own organisation, we also invite others from outside our four walls.”

Since January 2018, Emirates Glass has been running a series of training and idea sharing sessions, inviting leading architects, façade engineers, consultants, framing fabricators and installers to collaborate.

Leading names such as Dubai Central Laboratory from Dubai Municipality, WSP, Al Ghurair, Thomas Bell Wright (TBW) and Koltay Facades have all participated so far. Given the positive response to the sessions to date, Emirates Glass desires to run at least two each month.

“We have found, naturally, that the interests of architects are different from engineers and consultants and that façade companies are entirely different again,” Khan says. “We generally custom design the session to suit the needs of the visitors.”

This is reflected in the diversity of subjects discusses, ranging from principles of energy transfer and the impact on facades to technologies and techniques of various manufacturing processes.

Through continual engagement internally and with the wider industry, Emirates Glass has placed itself in a position to steer the future of the region’s glass manufacturing business. Once more, as Khan emphasises, it is very much a case of watch this space.

Link to the full story: https://www.emeoutlookmag.com/outlook-features/emirates-glass-sept-2018

Emirates Glass Organises Glass Testing Training For Dubai Municipality’s Dubai Central Laboratory

Emirates Glass LLC recently organized a two-day training program for Dubai Central Laboratory, the testing and certification wing of Dubai Municipality. The training program focused on glass performance and testing for the construction and building industry.

 

Emirates Glass, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC and a leading architectural glass provider in the Middle East, has announced that it recently organized a two-day training program for Dubai Central Laboratory, the testing and certification wing of Dubai Municipality.

The training program focused on glass performance and testing for the construction and building industry, underlining the company’s commitment to uphold the highest quality and testing standards in the glass industry.

It included presentations about glass manufacturing and processing and applications in the sector; factory tour of Emirates Glass in Al Quoz and the coating plant in Dubai Investments Park; as also practical testing sessions at its state-of-the-art laboratory.

Rizwanulla Khan, Executive President – Emirates Glass, said: “Emirates Glass aims to become the centre of learning and innovation for the glass industry and prides itself on delivering high quality training that equips the attendees with the tools and knowledge to stay up-to-date with the latest development in the glass processing industry.”

A statement from Dubai Central Laboratory, said: “This partnership with Emirates Glass will help DCL in fully delivering on Dubai Municipality’s vision of developing a happy and sustainable city by giving the department solid technical capabilities and business foundation in glass quality testing. DCL is confident that Emirates Glass is the perfect partner to help foster technical advancement to its resources in the field of architectural glass quality testing and performance.”

The training session marked the beginning of a series of collaborative engagements between the two organizations as Emirates Glass endeavors to be DCL’s preferred partner for all architectural glass requirements/ trainings/ conferences in the future.

Emirates Glass Celebrates Ramadan and its Traditions with Delightful Iftar

(June 14, 2018) – The Iftar gathering brought together all the executive staff and factory workers of  Emirates Glass and Lumi Glass Industries, who enjoyed the ritual of breaking the fast together, nourishing body and soul with delicious food and excellent company. More than 400 people, their significant others and families joined their colleagues in attending the traditional Iftar Dinner. Far away from work and projects, staff and factory workers reconnected during this special time, sharing personal news, as well as perspectives on the business environment, and rekindling memories of working together.

 

Mr. Rizwanulla Khan – Executive President, Emirates Glass, Lumi Glass and SAG, welcomed Mr. S. Krishnamurthy, COO, Dubai Investments, Mr. Ahmed Al Shared- Operations Manager, Dubai Investments and; department managers, unit heads & staff, as well as their families and the factory workers.

 

He addressed the crowd with an interesting insight about how fasting in Ramadan benefits the human body and saves it from numerous life threatening diseases. Mr. Rizwan also emphasized about the real essence of fasting which is way beyond abstaining from eating and drinking– but from lying, bad morals and behaviors. He said, “Fasting is supposed to make you a better person for yourself and the people around you. It has to train you for controlling your whims/desires and basic needs, with a strength, willpower and determination to do it, or to change. Fasting is a balance between the body and soul”.

 

“We are very appreciative of all Emirates Glass and Lumi Glass employees and want to commemorate the Year of Zayed by announcing year-end bonuses to all employees. Our employees are “our family”, they are the main shareholders of the company and we felt it appropriate to provide a more direct recognition of their importance to Emirates Glass success.  The bonuses are possible due to the company’s robust financial performance in 2017 and strong confidence in the growing economy.

 

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Ahmed Al Shared congratulated the event attendees as it invokes traditions that are in line with the religious customs of the region, and emphasized that organizing such events or meetings is aimed at enhancing good relationships among staff members on all managerial levels, disseminating sense of cooperation and fraternity amongst the Company employees. He also added that Ramadan is a time of charity and distributed Suhoor food boxes to the Emirates Glass and Lumi Glass factory workers.

The Emirates Glass Iftar dinner won much admiration from the attendees. The guests were much impressed as they relished a traditional and truly sumptuous Iftar buffet complemented with Arabic, Indian and Chinese cuisine, assorted juices and mouth melting desserts.

 

The 2018 corporate Iftar gathering of Emirates Glass provided the ideal setting amongst their families and groups to preserve the tradition while enjoying their time together in a comfortable and relaxed environment.