Company: AE Arma
Designation: Deputy general manager
Burak Kizilhan has spent seven years working at AE Arma-Elektropanç, two of which have been in his current role as a board member of the Turkish contracting company. Headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, the company reported revenues worth $177m (AED650m) for the 2014 fiscal year, and its projected revenues for 2015 stand at $204m (AED750m).
The contracting giant’s order book is currently worth $332.6m (AED1,222m), and its new projects are valued at $356.6m (AED1,310m). Some 250 qualified engineers, 4,000 labourers and 106 employees work at AE Arma-Elektropanç, and the company is focusing on BIM training for its design team as part of its annual employee development programme.
Over the next 12 months, AE Arma-Elektropanç will work on the Legoland theme park at Dubai Parks & Resorts and carry out redevelopment work for Abu Dhabi Marina and Al Maktoum Hospital in the UAE. The company lists the UAE, Qatar and Lebanon as its most important Middle Eastern markets.
AE Arma-Elektropanç’s scope of work on the Legoland project is in MEP, where the firm has been employed by the contractor Belhasa Six and Orascom JV to work on the 25,000m² development in Dubai.
In March 2012, the formation of an alliance between AE Arma-Elektropanç and Dutch firm Imtech created an MEP business with international reach.
The construction boom in Dubai due to development for Expo 2020 is, Kizilhan states, the single biggest opportunity for the company this year. He is, however, concerned about “unfair competition” creating challenges for AE Arma-Elektropanç during this period.