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AEC prepares to show KSA manufacturing skills

Saudi Arabian manufacturing and R&D powerhouse Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is preparing to impress once again at GITEX Saudi Arabia this year, making the most of its local expertise in high-quality production.

Saudi Arabian manufacturing and R&D powerhouse Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is preparing to impress once again at GITEX Saudi Arabia this year, making the most of its local expertise in high-quality production.

“At GITEX, AEC expects to promote its manufacturing capabilities and services to the IT-related customers, and we are anticipating a very positive response from international customers,” said Ziad Al-Musallam, director of system development and R&D at AEC.

The company, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, was set up by the Saudi Arabian government to promote IT manufacturing within the Kingdom, and reduce the country’s reliance on imports. In addition, AEC has helped Saudi Arabia develop and maintain important skills.

“AEC has been able to acquire considerable technological knowledge through partnership with international companies and the development of comprehensive R&D capabilities,” commented Al-Musallam.

“So far, AEC has developed substantial design, manufacturing and repair capabilities. AEC continues to invest in expanding its technology and manpower development, especially in the high-tech area and IT systems and solutions,” he added.

At this year’s show in Riyadh, AEC will be showing off its extensive capabilities, which include industrial automation, telemetry systems, asset tracking and management, environmental monitoring, and real-time systems. AEC scored a major coup last year, when it signed a deal with PC and laptop giant Acer to manufacture its products in the Kingdom. The Acer-AEC plant, located in Riyadh, is producing around 120,000 units per year, and both parties in the venture are clearly very pleased with its success.

“We are now manufacturing desktops in Saudi Arabia with our partner AEC and have won several major contracts in the Kingdom,” said Emanuele Accolla, VP at Acer EMEA. “There are still huge growth opportunities in MEA. In Western Europe the total PC market is growing at 10% year-on-year. In MEA, notebook sales are climbing by 30% each year and desktops are growing at 15%.”

AEC is clearly poised to make the most of the booming Middle Eastern IT market, and by keeping jobs and skills in the region, is helping to secure the long-term future of the Saudi Arabian high-tech sector.

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