New Manufacturing Partner at Middle East Rail


As I head to Day 2 of Middle East Rail, I hope it proves to be as stimulating, exciting and commercially successful as Day 1.

Yesterday was one of the most interesting and inspirational days I’ve had at an event like this. His Excellency, Dr Abdulla Al Nuaimi welcomed us warmly and his opening remarks reflected the key position the UAE holds in the rail sector regionally and globally.

For me, the way His Excellency outlined the importance of railways to infrastructure across the region and around the world, along with his support of rail’s role in doing business and stimulating economies, was very encouraging. It’s all about investment, innovation, speed, connectivity and sustainability – all things that Inspire Rhino Doors to deliver the best solutions to the market. I also respect, very much, His Excellency’s engineering background and the expertise he brings to his role.

Of course, the Rhino Doors team came out here from the UK to share our expertise in the rail and infrastructure sector and develop commercial relationships in the market. Middle East Rail has also proved excellent for that.

One of our main aims was to look for a manufacturing partner in the region that would allow us to bring our innovative and world-leading solutions to infrastructure projects over here, cutting out the shipping time and costs involved in moving our products from the UK around the world.

I am delighted to say that we have found our partner; it’s still early days so I’m not in a position to share any details other than they are based in the region, have all of the skills and facilities we need, have a background in door manufacture in the infrastructure industries and share Rhino’s vision of providing the very best bespoke solutions in a market that’s full of energy and innovation.

This is a hugely exciting time for Rhino Doors, as it will give us a presence in the Middle East and will allow us to contribute to the development of infrastructure projects across the region, combining our globally renowned solutions with local skills and knowledge and allowing us to be a real part of the bright future out here and share in the confidence and drive that exists within the sector.

As well as meeting our future partner, the Rhino Doors team and I have made some excellent connections, with whom we will build strong relationships and we have seen some enlightening presentations from a range of internationally-renowned speakers, who have brought to life some of the opportunities within the sector and inspired us with their enthusiasm and innovation.

Thanks must go to our local government authority, Neath-Port Talbot Council who have been extremely supportive of Rhino over the past 18 months as we have grown and specifically for the funding support they provided, without which we would not have been able to attend MER 2017. We have also been supported strongly by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade and Rt Hon Paul Maynard MP, our own Minister responsible for rail, showed his support, when he visited the Rhino Doors stand – I also got him to pose for a picture with me.

I’m looking forward to getting to the event this morning and meeting more people and building more relationships that will support infrastructure projects across the region. If I don’t make it to you, please drop in on the Rhino Doors stand.

Stuart Lawrence

CEO, Rhino Doors

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