May 16, 2020

Ducab Aluminium Company inaugurated in Kizat

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Ducab Aluminium Company
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Sophie Chapman
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Joint venture - Ducab Aluminium Company - was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court
The cable firm based in Dubai, Ducab, and industrial investment company, Senaat, inaugurated their joint venture on 24 January.

The Ducab Aluminium Com...

The cable firm based in Dubai, Ducab, and industrial investment company, Senaat, inaugurated their joint venture on 24 January.

The Ducab Aluminium Company, worth Dh220mn (US$60mn), was inaugurated in the Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizat).

The firm will annually manufacture 50,000 metric tonnes of aluminium rods and conductors, with plans to export 75% of its output to oversees markets.

The joint venture is owned 40% by Senaat, and the remaining 60% shares are owned by Ducab.

“The UAE has become, thanks to the unlimited support from our wise Leadership to public and private sector entities, a leading player in industries such as aluminium and conductors and has built world-class factories and manufacturing facilities to meet the growing global demand for such industrial material,” commented Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.

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“The inauguration of Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC) at KIZAD, one of the region’s largest progressive industrial and logistic hubs fully integrated with Khalifa Port, offers DAC unrivalled advantages such as world-class infrastructure, integrated transportation and road network with direct access to Khalifa Port,” he added.

“Proximity of the DAC facility to major partners Emirates Global Aluminium, who are also based in KIZAD and our anchor tenants in the aluminium cluster, is a clear advantage in terms of access to raw materials.”

“We look forward to welcoming more industrial and logistics companies to set up at KIZAD and Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone to maximize down, mid and upstream availability within specialized clusters at KIZAD.”

The joint venture was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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ConnectedFactory
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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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