12 - 14 September 2022

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The Abu Dhabi government will invest Dh10 billion ($2.72bn) across six industrial programmes to more than double the size of the emirate’s manufacturing sector to Dh172bn by 2031.

This will be done by increasing access to financing, further improving the ease of doing business and attracting foreign direct investment, government officials said on Thursday.

The move is part of the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy to strengthen the emirate’s position as the region’s most competitive industrial centre.

“The industrial sector plays a major role in bolstering economic diversification in the UAE and the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi represents 40 per cent of the total sector in the country, as the emirate has invested more than Dh51bn in the past 15 years to set up a complete infrastructure,” said Mohamed Al Shorafa, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

The first tranche of the Dh10bn investment will be disbursed by October this year, Mr Al Shorafa told The National on the sidelines of the conference.

“The planned disbursement is based on incentive programmes to priority sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food, chemicals, robotics, electronics and transport,” he said.

The investment was earmarked to “enable and incentivise” the industrial sector to raise its output to Dh170bn by 2031, he said.

The sector contributed Dh85bn to Abu Dhabi's gross domestic product in 2021 and was the second-largest sector contributor to the emirate's non-oil GDP.

The move will create 13,600 jobs, for mostly Emiratis, in the industrial sector, Mr Al Shorafa said.

The UAE last year unveiled its “Operation 300bn” industrial strategy to position it as a global industrial centre by 2031.

The 10-year comprehensive road map focuses on increasing the industrial sector's contribution to the country's GDP to Dh300bn by 2031, from the current Dh133bn.

The strategy focuses on boosting production in 11 priority sectors, supporting the growth of national industries, attracting foreign investment, modernising legislation and ensuring the availability of dedicated financing for local industrial companies.

The UAE, the Arab world's second-largest economy, has already launched the national In-Country Value (ICV) initiative that aims to boost the private sector's participation in the economy, diversify output and localise critical parts of the supply chain.

More than Dh40bn has so far been redirected into the national economy through the ICV programme. Currently, 45 government entities, 17 leading national companies and 5,500 suppliers are participating in the programme.

The UAE's industrial sector has grown rapidly over the past few years, despite the global economic slowdown caused by Covid-19 headwinds.

Last year, 220 factories were opened and began production as the government unveiled measures to improve the ease of doing business and ensure the industrial sector's continued access to financing.

"The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy complements the achievements of the industrial strategy of the UAE which was launched in order to boost the industrial sector and increase its contribution to the national economy," said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

"Within a short period of time, the UAE has developed its industrial ecosystem by focusing on existing industries, paving the way for future industries and attracting industrial investments. The strategy will support national industrial growth, nurture and empower Emirati talent, create a smart circular economy, develop a sustainable ecosystem, invest in future technologies, and enhance partnerships with the private sector," he said.

It will also create a business environment that supports investors and entrepreneurs, through new programmes such as Make in the Emirates, Dr Al Jaber said.

The new strategy will boost Abu Dhabi’s trade with international markets, with the aim of increasing the emirate's non-oil exports by 143 per cent to Dh178.8bn by 2031, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said in a statement.

Initiatives under the strategy include a new regulatory framework for the circular economy and new green policies and incentives, the statement said. Abu Dhabi's transition to a smart, circular economy, will powered by an industrial sector that “champions responsible production” through waste management, parts supply and manufacturing.

“Abu Dhabi’s drive for industrialisation is aligning the emirate on an upward path that is bolstering non-oil GDP growth and at the same time facilitating a fast-growing, dynamic, and job-rich logistics and manufacturing ecosystem,” Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of AD Ports Group, said.

New industry partnerships were also signed along with launching the new strategy.

Adnoc partnered with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) to expand the Houston-based oilfield equipment company's manufacturing footprint in the UAE. NOV will manufacture essential components used for drilling across facilities in Abu Dhabi to strengthen the local supply chain.

Adnoc also signed an agreement with international chemicals company Ingenia Polymers.

Added signed agreements with Italy's Made Competence Centre and Germany's TÜV SÜD on Industry 4.0 technologies.

The UAE’s industrial sector is the most competitive in the Arab world, according to a 2021 UN report.

It was ranked 30th globally in 2021 by the UN, climbing five places since 2020 and nine places in four years and, in the process, helping to attract the interest of global investors.

The UN Industrial Development Organisation’s Competitive Industrial Performance Index report tracks 152 countries.

Programmes Abu Dhabi plans to invest the Dh10bn in:

  • Circular economy programme: will drive sustainability in the industrial sector. A regulatory framework for waste, recycling and consumption will be developed, along with environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies, green procurement and incentives for improving environmental sustainability.
  • Industry 4.0 programme: will accelerate business growth by adopting new technologies and processes.
  • Talent development programme: will assess industrywide talent and offer upskilling courses to meet future needs. Job placement programmes will offer career opportunities in high demand areas.
  • Programme for digital geographic information system (GIS) mapping: for industrial land search and unified inspection for quality control. Doing business will be made even easier with reimbursement incentives for government fees, land rebates, R&D and tax. It will also streamline customs processes and costs.
  • Home-grown supply chain programme: will aim to increase industrial self-sufficiency and promote domestic products. The Abu Dhabi Golden List, which encourages government procurement of locally-made products, will be expanded.
  • Value chain development: As part of this programme, a supply chain equity investments fund will be established to drive local infrastructure development for end-to-end integration.

Source: The National News 04/08/2022

The Make it in the Emirates Forum ended on Wednesday with the signing of 32 agreements between government entities, industrial companies and finance institutions.

About 1,800 stakeholders from the industrial sector, investors and 24 leading companies participated in the two-day forum that was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

National companies committed Dh110 billion ($30bn) in potential purchasing agreements for existing and new partners.

The forum also included an exhibition highlighting opportunities and incentives across more than 11 priority sectors, and unveiled more than 300 products to be manufactured locally.

These products will contribute more than Dh6bn to the economy annually.

“The 32 agreements will diversify the industrial sector and enhance its sustainability, increasing the national industrial sector’s contribution to the UAE’s economic diversification,” the ministry said on Thursday.

Among the agreements, Adnoc signed pacts worth Dh21bn with local and international companies to purchase locally manufactured products.

Last year, the UAE launched Operation 300bn, an overarching strategy to position the country as an industrial centre by 2031.

The 10-year plan focuses on increasing the industrial sector's contribution to the country's gross domestic product to Dh300bn ($81.67bn) by 2031, from last year's Dh133bn.

The strategy focuses on boosting production in 11 priority sectors, supporting the growth of national industries, attracting foreign investment and ensuring availability of dedicated financing for local industrial companies.

The Make it in the Emirates forum also witnessed the unveiling of various incentives for manufacturers in the UAE.

They include financing up to 80 per cent of capital expenditure at low interest rates, with grace periods of two years and a repayment period of up to 15 years, as well as the reduction of industrial fees and service tariffs, efforts to introduce exports to new markets and the availing of funding via seven major finance institutions.

Added unveiled several programmes to support the industrial sector and enhance its competitiveness.

Some of the initiatives include the Abu Dhabi Local Content Programme and the Electric Tariff Incentive Programme.

Source: The National News 04/08/2022

Experts believe quantum applications can have real-world relevance in five years’ time

Alvaro Orgaz, Lead Quantem Computing Control, Quantum Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: At the heart of Abu Dhabi’s science research hub in Masdar, a new era of computing is taking shape. With massive investments towards becoming a leader in the field, Abu Dhabi could well revolutionise quantum computing when a newly-developed foundry starts churning out quantum chips this summer.

With the world of computing still undecided on which platform works best to enable, and then scale up, quantum computing, chips manufactured at the laboratory will allow important experiments into the possibilities of various material and configurations.

Quantum foundry

The laboratory is part of the Quantum Research Centre, one of a number of research interests at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), which focuses on applied research and is part of the over-arching Advanced Technology Research Council in Abu Dhabi.

“TII Quantum Foundry will be the first quantum device fabrication facility in the UAE. At the moment, it is still under construction. We are installing the last of the tools needed to manufacture superconducting quantum chips. We are hoping that it will be ready soon, and hopefully by then, we can start manufacturing the first quantum chips in the UAE,” Alvaro Orgaz, lead for the quantum computing control at the TII’s Quantum Research Centre, told Gulf News.

“The design of quantum chips is an area of active research at the moment. We are also interested in this. So, we will manufacture our chips and install them into our quantum refrigerators, then test them and improve on each iteration of the chip,” he explained.

What is quantum computing?

Classical computers process information in bits, tiny on and off switches that are encoded in zeroes and ones. In contrast, quantum computing uses qubits as the fundamental unit of information.

“Unlike classical bits, qubits can take advantage of a quantum mechanical effect called superposition — where they exist as 1 and 0 at the same time. One qubit cannot always be described independently of the state of the others either, in a phenomenon called entanglement. The capacity of a quantum computer increases exponentially with the number of qubits. The efficient usage of quantum entanglement drastically enhances the capacity of a quantum computer to be able to deal with challenging problems,” explained Professor Dr José Ignacio Latorre, chief researcher at the Quantum Research Center.

Why quantum computing?

When quantum computers were first proposed in the 1980s and 1990s, the aim was to help computing for certain complex systems such as molecules that cannot be accurately depicted with classical algorithms.

“Quantum effects translate well to complex computations in some fields like pharmaceuticals, material sciences, as well as optimisation processes that are important in aviation, oil and gas, the energy sector and the financial sector. In a classical computer, you can have one configuration of zeroes and ones or another. But in a quantum system, you can have many configurations of zeroes and ones processed simultaneously in a superposition state. This is the fundamental reason why quantum computers can solve some complex computational tasks more efficiently than classical computers,” said Dr Leandro Aolita, executive director of quantum algorithms at the Quantum Research Centre.

Complementing classical computing

On a basic level, this means that quantum computers will not replace classical computers; they will complement them.

“There are some computational problems in which quantum computers will offer no speed-up. There are only some problems where they will be superior. So, you would not use a quantum computer — which is designed for high-performance computing — to write an email,” the researcher explained. This is why, in addition to research, the TII is also working with industry partners to see which computational problems may translate well to quantum computing and the speed-up this may provide, once the computers are mature enough to process them.

Quantum effect fragility

At this stage, the simplest quantum computer is already operational at the QRC laboratory in Masdar City. This includes two superconducting qubit chips mounted in refrigerators at the laboratory, even though quantum systems can be created on a number of different platforms.

“Here, the super conducting qubit chip is in a cooler that takes the system down to a temperature that goes down to around 10 millikelvin, which is even cooler than the temperature of outer space. You have to isolate the system from the thermal environment, but you also need to be able to insert cables to control and read the qubits. This is the most difficult challenge from an engineering and a technological perspective, especially when you scale up to a million qubits because quantum effects are so fragile. No one knows exactly the exact geometric configurations to minimise the thermal fluctuations and the noise, [and this is one of the things that testing will look into once we manufacture different iterations of quantum chip],” Dr Aolita explained.

Qubit quality

The quality of the qubit is also very important, which boils down to the manufacture of a chip with superconducting current that displays quantum effects. The chips at TII are barely 2x10 millimetres in size, and at their centre is a tiny circuit known as the Josephson junction that enables the control of quantum elements.

“It is also not just a matter of how many qubits you have, as the quality of the qubits matters. So, you need to have particles that preserve their quantum superposition, you need to be able to control them, have them interact the way you want, and read their state, but you also have to isolate them from the noise of the environment,” he said.

Optimistic timeline

Despite these massive challenges to perfect a minute chip, Dr Aolita was also quite hopeful about the work being accomplished at TII, including discussions with industry about the possible applications of quantum computing.

“I think we could see some useful quantum advantages in terms of classical computing power in three to five years,” he said. “[Right now], we have ideas, theories, preliminary experiments and even some prototypes. Quantum computers even exist, but they are small and not still able to outperform classical supercomputers. But this was the case with classical computing too. In the 1950s and 1940s, a computer was like an entire gym or vault. Then the transistor arrived, which revolutionised the field and miniaturised computers to much smaller regions of space that were also faster. Something similar could happen here and it really is a matter of finding which kind of qubit to use and this could ease the process a lot. My prediction for a timeline is optimistic, but not exaggerated,” the researcher added.

Science research

Apart from the techonological breakthroughs, the QRC’s efforts are likely to also improve Abu Dhabi’s status as a hub for science and research.

“The UAE has a long tradition of adopting technologies and incorporating technologies bought from abroad. This is now [different in] that the government is putting a serious stake in creating and producing this technology and this creates a multiplicative effect in that young people get more enthusiastic about scientific careers. This creates more demand for universities to start new careers in physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics. This [will essentially have] a long-term, multiplicative effect on development, independent of the concrete goal or technical result of the project on the scientific environment in the country,” Dr Aolita added.

The QRC team currently includes 45 people, but this will grow to 60 by the end of 2022, and perhaps to 80 people in 2023. “We also want to prioritise hiring the top talent from across the world,” Dr Aolita added.

Source: Gulf News 15/07/2022

 
The Steering Committee for Standardisation and Metrology, part of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), discussed new initiatives to support the growth of the UAE's industrial sector during its first meeting held on Wednesday.
 
 
The agenda included modernising the ecosystem of technical committees and teams as well as their work mechanisms, state news agency Wam reported.
 
 
The committee “evaluated plans and initiatives under MoIAT’s standards and legislation sector to engage the industrial sector in developing standards, laws and technical regulations in the UAE”, the report said.
 
 
It also discussed MoIAT’s plan to restructure national technical committees for standards, which will help improve the quality of national industrial products while meeting health, safety and environmental requirements.
 
 
MoIAT, responsible for enacting the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology launched by the UAE government in the first quarter of 2021, has achieved “several outstanding results within one year of its establishment”, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said last month.
 
 
This has “supported the growth of the UAE’s industrial sector by contributing to its capabilities, competitiveness and attractiveness".
 
 
The Operation 300bn strategy aims to boost the industrial sector’s contribution to the economy to Dh300bn by 2031 from Dh133bn in 2021. It also seeks to support 13,500 small and medium enterprises over the next decade.
 
 
The steering committee is responsible for supervising the development of the legislative ecosystem for standard specifications and their mandatory regulations, developing integrated infrastructure and assessing draft standards and technical legislation.
 
 
Omar Al Suwaidi, under-secretary of MoIAT and chairman of the steering committee, emphasised during the meeting on Wednesday that the ministry's ability to co-ordinate and integrate with its partners, including federal and local government agencies, directly affects the development of policies, laws and programmes that boost the growth of national industries and enhances their competitiveness.
 
 
He said the ministry’s approach creates a “conducive and attractive business environment for local and global industrial investors while stimulating innovation and the adoption of advanced technology in industrial systems and solutions".
 

Source: The National News 16/03/2022

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has launched the ‘Smart Manufacturing Project’ to support the adoption of new technologies by the manufacturing facilities.

With this project, ADDED aims to boost the productivity of manufacturing enterprises in Abu Dhabi. Further, the project looks forward to accelerating commercial business growth.

The Smart Manufacturing Project will also contribute towards strengthening the technical and technological capacities of the industrial sector labor force, which in turn will enhance the competitiveness of the emirate’s manufacturing sector.

Mr. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, ADDED’s Under-Secretary, stated that the Smart Manufacturing Project comes under the umbrella of ADDED’s important strategic initiatives for the improvement and diversification of the economy of Abu Dhabi. The initiative encourages the industrial facilities in the emirate to adopt the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) applications by offering new financing solutions through the commercial banking system to fund the transformation of factories.

The project has specified the number of key performance indicators (KPI) to ensure the achievement of its objectives, mainly to increase financing opportunities by local banks and banks specialized in industrial financing, with a special focus on the sectors adding high value, as well as implementing several awareness programs and workshops.

Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) is supervising the Smart Manufacturing Project. The industrial entities can register a request in IDB to join the project until February 2022.

The requests will be subject to technical assessment by the IDB as per the defined criteria of the Smart Manufacturing Project. Next to this, the requests will be added to TAMM’s financial platform, Mr. Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the IDB, said.

“The IDB named its strategic partners for this project which are some commercial banks and a consulting firm to provide technical support to the project. The project targets some industrial sectors, namely, food, chemical, electronic and electrical, pharmaceutical and transportation industries,” Mr. Al Mansouri pointed out.

The first phase of the Smart Manufacturing Project will focus on the new and existing industrial projects, especially the small-and-medium-sized enterprises.

Source: GCC Business News 21/10/2021

Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of a new initiative to drive technological change in the emirate’s growing manufacturing sector.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), represented by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), has announced the launch of the Smart Manufacturing Project which supports the adoption of new technologies by manufacturing facilities.

The project aims to develop and enhance the productivity of manufacturing enterprises in Abu Dhabi while also accelerating commercial business growth.

The project also aims to improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of the emirate.

Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, ADDED’s Undersecretary, said the initiative encourages the industrial sector to adopt Industry 4.0 applications by providing new financing solutions through the commercial banking system to fund the transformation of factories.

He said that the project specified a number of performance indicators to ensure the achievement of its objectives including an increase in financing opportunities by local banks and banks specialised in industrial financing, with a special focus on the sectors adding high value, as well as implementing several awareness programmes and workshops.

Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, executive director of the IDB, said food, chemical, electronic and electrical, pharmaceutical and transportation industries were among those targeted by the smart project.

The first phase will focus on small-sized enterprises (with annual returns less than AED50 million and workforce size ranging between 10 and 100, in addition to medium-sized firms with annual returns less than AED250 million and workforce up to 250.

Earlier this year, Abu Dhabi launched a trade initiative aimed at increasing the visibility and brand trustworthiness of products made in the emirate.

The IDB announced that the Made in Abu Dhabi brand will be added to all industrial licences issued to factories and manufacturing companies located in the emirate.

More than 50 new industrial facilities went into production in Abu Dhabi last year despite the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic as the sector contributed over 10 percent to the emirate’s non-oil GDP.

A report, issued by the IDB in March revealed that the emirate saw a total investment of AED3.9 billion during 2020, with 35 facilities launching in Abu Dhabi, 11 in Al Ain and five in Al Dhafra.

Source: Arabian Business 21/10/2021

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has launched the ‘Smart Manufacturing Project’ for the adoption of new technologies by manufacturers.

“The initiative encourages facilities in the emirate to adopt the Industry 4.0 applications, by providing new financing solutions through the banking system,” said Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, ADDED’s Under-secretary. “It also offers a chance for advanced technology providers to offer their services to the industrial sector.”

The Project will raise efficiency of Abu Dhabi-based industrial facilities and their contributions in the emirate’s GDP. Targeted sectors are:

Food
Chemical
Electronic
Pharmaceutical
Transportation
Smart ‘manufacture’

Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of IDB, said, “The IDB named its strategic partners for this project which are some commercial banks and a consulting firm to provide technical support to the project.”

The first phase of the Project will focus on new and existing industrial projects - the small-sized enterprises (with annual returns less than Dh50 million and workforce size ranging between10 to 100 employees), and medium-sized projects (with annual returns less than Dh250 million and workforces of between 101 to 250 employees).

On the criteria, Al Mansouri said that the most important criterion for the transformation of the industrial facility or ‘smart’ ways.

Source: Gulf News 20/10/2021

ABU DHABI, 20th October, 2021 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), represented in the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), had announced the launch of the Smart Manufacturing Project, which supports the adoption of new manufacturing technologies by the manufacturing facilities.

The project aims to develop and enhance the productivity of manufacturing enterprises in Abu Dhabi, also, the project works to accelerate the commercial business growth. As well as contributing to strengthening the technical and technological capacities of the industrial sector labor force, in turn, will improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of the emirate.

Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, ADDED’s Under-Secretary, stated that the Smart Manufacturing Project comes under the umbrella of ADDED’s important strategic initiatives for enhancement and diversification of the economy of Abu Dhabi.

The initiative encourages the industrial facilities in the emirate to adopt the Industry 4.0 applications, by providing new financing solutions through the commercial banking system to fund the transformation of factories into Industry 4.0 technology, and also makes a chance for the advanced technology providers to offer their services to the industrial sector.

Al Blooshi said that the project specified a number of KPIs to ensure the achievement of its objectives, mainly; increase in financing opportunities by local banks and banks specialised in industrial financing, with a special focus on the sectors adding high value, as well as implementing several awareness programmes and workshops.

Moreover, he noted that the "Smart Manufacturing Project" targets to help raise the efficiency of the Abu Dhabi-based industrial facilities, and their contributions in the emirate’s GDP and revolutionalising the Abu Dhabi industrial sector on the regional and international levels based on the adoption of the Industry 4.0 criteria applied in the Major Industrial Countries.

For his part, Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the IDB, said that it is scheduled to receive the requests of the industrial facilities to register in the project by next February. These requests will be subject to technical assessment by the IDB as per the defined criteria of the Smart Manufacturing Project. Next to this, the requests will be added to TAMM’s financial platform.

He added, "The IDB named its strategic partners for this project which are some commercial banks and a consulting firm to provide technical support to the project." Al Mansouri pointed out that the project targets some industrial sectors, namely: food, chemical, electronic and electrical, pharmaceutical and transportation industries."

Al Mansouri, specified the project phases stating that the first phase of the Smart Manufacturing Project will focus on the new and existing industrial projects, especially the small-sized enterprises (with annual returns less than AED 50 million and workforce size ranging between 10 to 100 employees), in addition to the medium-sized projects (with annual returns less than AED 250 million and workforce size ranging between 101 to 250 employees).

On the project’s criteria, Al Mansouri said that the most important criterion for the transformation of the industrial facility is its technical aptitude for the adoption of smart manufacturing. He added that this indicator help analyses the three main foundations of Industry 4.0 which are: the processes, the technology, and the organisational structure; pointing out that the IDB’s assessment processes contribute to the comprehension of the smart manufacturing criteria by the industrial facilities.

Source: Emirates News Agency 20/10/2021

Manufacturers of electronics, food and pharmaceutical products in Abu Dhabi are getting a technology push under a new initiative from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, which has introduced the 'Smart Manufacturing Project' to boost productivity.

The project is expected to open up more financing opportunities from local banks and banks specialised in industrial financing, said Rashed Al Balooshi, the department's undersecretary.

The aim is to encourage new financing solutions to fund the transformation of factories to become more automated, safer and more efficient through technology.

The project comes a week after the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology announced Industry 4.0, an initiative to accelerate the digital capabilities of thousands of local manufacturers through partnerships with a dozen multinationals including Adnoc, Siemens and Microsoft. The aim is to boost manufacturing by 30 per cent and add Dh25 billion ($6.8bn) to the economy by 2031.

“This initiative is a first of its kind in the Middle East and is a cornerstone of the Projects of the 50,” Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, said at the launch of the programme.

The Projects of the 50 and the related Principles of the 50 are part of the government's plan to ensure the UAE economy remains dynamic and robust over the next half-century.

Harnessing the potential of automation, additive manufacturing and blockchain, among other technologies, will help to lower the carbon footprint of UAE industry, allow small-and medium-sized companies to become “more innovative and inventive” and give UAE consumers a wider array of available products and services, Ms Al Amiri said.

Abu Dhabi's Industrial Development Bureau is overseeing the Smart Manufacturing Project.

Mohammed Al Mansouri, executive director of the IDB, said that industrial entities can register a request to join the project until February 2022.

Requests will be subject to technical assessment by the IDB. He added that the first phase of the project will focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises, with between 10 and 250 employees.

Source: The National News 20/10/2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), represented in the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), had announced the launch of the Smart Manufacturing Project, which supports the adoption of new manufacturing technologies by the manufacturing facilities.

The project aims to develop and enhance the productivity of manufacturing enterprises in Abu Dhabi, also, the project works to accelerate the commercial business growth, said the statement from ADDED.

The first phase of the Smart Manufacturing Project will focus on the new and existing industrial projects, especially the small-sized enterprises (with annual returns less than AED 50 million and workforce size ranging between 10 to 100 employees), in addition to the medium-sized projects (with annual returns less than AED 250 million and workforce size ranging between 101 to 250 employees).

Under-Secretary Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi said the new project comes under the umbrella of ADDED’s important strategic initiatives for enhancement and diversification of the economy of Abu Dhabi.

The initiative encourages the industrial facilities in the emirate to adopt the Industry 4.0 applications, by providing new financing solutions through the commercial banking system to fund the transformation of factories into Industry 4.0 technology, and also makes a chance for the advanced technology providers to offer their services to the industrial sector.

Al Blooshi said that the project specified a number of KPIs to ensure the achievement of its objectives, mainly; increase in financing opportunities by local banks and banks specialised in industrial financing, with a special focus on the sectors adding high value, as well as implementing several awareness programmes and workshops.

IDB Executive Director Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri said that it is scheduled to receive the requests of the industrial facilities to register in the project by next February.

These requests will be subject to technical assessment by the IDB as per the defined criteria of the Smart Manufacturing Project. Next to this, the requests will be added to TAMM’s financial platform.

"The IDB named its strategic partners for this project which are some commercial banks and a consulting firm to provide technical support to the project." Al Mansouri pointed out that the project targets some industrial sectors, namely: food, chemical, electronic and electrical, pharmaceutical and transportation industries," he added.

Source: Trade Arabia 20/10/2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development revealed the success of the Basic Industries Project, implemented by its Industrial Development Bureau, in adding 22 new industrial licenses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the first year of its launch, in the medical, food and electrical industries, with a total investment volume of up to 286.4 million dirhams.

Mohamed Ali Al-Shurafa, head of the department, said that the basic industries project, which contributes to achieving self-sufficiency in industrial products at the level of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, aims to identify areas of local industrial investment at the level of the emirate in the main specific sectors, which are the food, medical and electrical industries, which are considered among the Target industries in the updated industrial strategy of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al-Shurafa stated that the Industrial Development Bureau seeks to add 50 local industrial facilities during the next three years, which contribute to achieving self-sufficiency in many targeted industrial fields, the most important of which are medical, food and electrical, bringing the total industrial facilities currently included in the self-sufficiency system to Abu Dhabi Emirate level, 141 factories.

The honorable praised the level of partnership and joint cooperation between the Department and its strategic partners, in strengthening the system of self-sufficiency in basic products, which contributes to attracting new investments and developing existing basic industries, noting the role of the Department of Health, the Department of Energy, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority And Rafid Company, in strengthening the efforts of the Department of Economic Development, to achieve the objectives of the basic industries project, explaining that the manufacturing industries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi achieved a growth rate of 4.8%, and their contribution rose to 13% of the non-oil GDP, by the end of 2020.

Al Shurafa pointed out that the department launched a policy to achieve self-sufficiency for industrial products in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and worked to raise the list of investment fields, adding 29 new activities with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, to develop a plan to attract additional new foreign investments, in addition to signing a joint cooperation agreement between the Development Office. The industry, with Salal Company, to implement the Local Content Program.

The report on the achievements of the basic industries project stated that the percentage of local products in the food, medical and electrical industries will be raised to more than 25%, indicating that the list of investment areas that were included in the basic industries project included 17 food industries. , including 8 new industries, and the development of 9 existing industries, while the medical industries included 23 fields, including 14 new industries, and the development of 9 existing industries, and electrical industries 12 areas, including 7 new industries, and the development of 5 existing industries.

The report of the Industrial Development Bureau monitored measuring the impact of the basic industries project that contribute to achieving self-sufficiency, highlighting the new investments according to their classifications. In total, 22 new industries were licensed, with a total investment volume of 286.4 million dirhams.

The report indicated that 7 specialized licenses were licensed in the field of food industries, with investments amounting to 9.8 million dirhams, in addition to the issuance of 6 specialized licenses in the medical industries, with investments amounting to 261.8 million dirhams. The report also monitored the issuance of 9 industrial licenses in the electrical industries sector, with investments amounting to 14.8 million dirhams.

The report of the Industrial Development Bureau stated that the Abu Dhabi Medical Supplies Factory succeeded in signing two agreements to supply injections and specialized materials for the industrial respiratory system, with “Rafid Company”, the collective purchase organization for health care goods and services in the emirate, with a total value of 3.2 million dirhams.

He added that, in the context of enhancing the provision of raw materials, coordination was coordinated between the Abu Dhabi Company for Medical Supplies and Borouge to provide plastic raw materials for medical use locally, for the production of medical syringes, with an investment volume of 94.28 million dirhams, which contributes to raising production capacity by 11%, as of From July 2021, with an expected production volume of 61 million syringes per month.

Source: Middle East in 24 30/08/2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development said on Sunday it has identified 725 industrial activities that could be eligible for full foreign ownership as it seeks to further attract foreign direct investments.

The emirate's Industrial Development Bureau also plans to add 50 industrial facilities over the next three years as part of a push towards self-sufficiency in the local manufacturing of basic commodities from food to medical supplies, Added said.

Added introduced the basic industries project aimed at making the emirate “self-sufficient in the production of basic and consumer commodities” in July 2020. The aim is to increase the private sector's contribution in meeting local demand and to encourage exports. The project, which is being undertaken by the Industrial Development Bureau, will seek to strengthen investment in four major sectors of food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement.

In the first year of the project, Added granted licences for 22 industrial facilities in the UAE capital. They operate within the medical, food and electrical sectors with a total investment of Dh286.4 million. ($77.9m)

Of these, seven were granted to food production with a total investment of Dh9.8m. Six licences were granted to companies in the medical industries with investments totalling Dh261.8m and nine licences for the electrical industries sector with investments reaching Dh14.8m.

The basic industries project contributes to self-sufficiency in industrial commodities across Abu Dhabi and promotes local industrial investment within key sectors such as steel, aluminium and cement, said Mohammed Al Shorafa, chairman of Added.

Abu Dhabi will also raise the local manufacturing share of industrial commodities in the medical, food and electrical sectors to more than 25 per cent the current share.

The emirate's push towards self-sufficiency has helped to support local manufacturing over the past year.

The Abu Dhabi Medical Supplies Company has signed two agreements with Rafed Company to supply ventilator-related injections and medical consumables with a total value of Dh3.2m, according to Added.

In addition, it has co-ordinated with Abu Dhabi's petrochemicals company Borouge to provide the plastic raw materials for local medical use, to manufacture medical injections with a total investment of Dh94.28m. The partnership will raise the production capacity to 11 per cent as of July 2021, with a total monthly volume of 61 million injections.

Source: The National News 24/08/2021

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development outlined investment opportunities in 27 fields to boost local manufacturing of basic consumer and industrial products in a push towards self-sufficiency.

The government is aiming to attract private sector investment in four key basic industries of food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement, the department told reporters during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

The government agency highlighted 14 new investment opportunities in medical supplies, including gloves and face shields. Another eight areas in food production targeted range from manufacturing dates to baby foods, turning food waste into animal feed and seed production.

Opportunities in power generation include the manufacture of solar panels and batteries needed for clean energy production and machines for electronic surveillance of power plants.

"Selecting these targeted industries came after detailed analysis in co-ordination with government partner entities based on the amount of consumption of these products and their production rate," said Nabil Saleh Al Awlaqi, the department's environment, health and safety director.

The investment opportunities were identified after studying gaps in the supply chain.

"Through these basic industries we talk about the value chain: how can we complete the value chain with our existing industries, where's our competencies to achieve self-sufficiency?" Khaled Mubarak Banizama, the department's industrial development director, said. "We need to define these gaps and through that we consider the opportunities."

To implement its plan, the government is identifying and engaging key local and global manufacturers to boost production of these goods domestically, Mohamed Ebrahim Al Hosani, Adio's domestic investment director, said.

To attract investors, Abu Dhabi is offering various incentives to manufacturers to stimulate more local production.

This includes a reduction of 10 per cent to more than 30 per cent on electricity tariffs to industrial companies to reduce operational costs, Mr Banizama said.

Details of the investment opportunities emerged after the department said on July 19 it is rolling out a basic industries project aimed at making the emirate "self-sufficient in the production of basic and consumer commodities".

The aim is to increase the private sector's contribution in meeting local demand and encourage exports.

"We hope to attract companies that lead us to a knowledge economy, with the ability for innovation in different sectors," Mr Al Hosani said. "We also want to increase Emiratisation in the private sector."

The project, undertaken by the department’s Industrial Development Bureau, is in partnership with several government entities.

They include the emirate's departments of health and energy, the Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Senaat General Holding and Emirates Global Aluminium.

Food production has become a key focus for the UAE in recent years as it looks to improve its security by encouraging local production and reducing its reliance on exports.

Demand for medical supplies has also skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic and some local manufacturing capacity in the UAE has been converted to meet this need.

Strata, Mubadala Investment Company’s aerospace manufacturing unit, is looking to further diversify into the health technology sector, after producing N95 masks in partnership with Honeywell in May.

Source: The National News 22/07/2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development is also adding the sign to industrial and manufacturing licenses it issues.

The Industrial Development Bureau, an Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (Added) agency, is allowing manufacturers and industrial companies in the emirate to use “Made in Abu Dhabi” sign on their products in an effort to support local production.

The department is also adding the sign to all industrial and manufacturing licenses it issues, Added said in a statement on Tuesday. The move is part of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to increase the visibility and brand trustworthiness of all items and organisations bearing the mark.

The campaign aims to promote the local products' “competitiveness and supports manufacturers across the emirate”, and will give the local production an “added value”, Rashid Al Blooshi, undersecretary of Added, said.

The “Made in Abu Dhabi” campaign by the department targets to put the logo on more than 3,340 products, produced by about 888 factories in Abu Dhabi that have a total investment value of Dh369.32 billion ($100.63bn).

These factories are spread across the emirate, with 678 units in Abu Dhabi, 181 in Al Ain and 29 in Al Dhafra region, according to the statement.

Developing the emirate’s non-oil industrial and manufacturing sector and supporting small and medium-sized businesses are central planks of Abu Dhabi economic diversification and development agenda.

The department is keen to support the manufacturing sector of Abu Dhabi, especially the small and medium-sized businesses and help them expand their investments across industrial and agricultural production sectors, Added said.

The “Made in Abu Dhabi” campaign compliments the government agenda and will help in attracting more local investors to the manufacturing sector, as well as boosting entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi, Mr Al Blooshi said.

The move to allow manufacturers to use the signs on their products is the next step in the campaign that started by displaying the sign at sales outlets.

The department, which has started a dedicated Instagram account for the campaign, has also allowed manufacturers to use “Made in Abu Dhabi” sign on their websites, social media platforms and other marketing platforms and tools.

Abu Dhabi's efforts to encourage locally-made products is part of its ambitions to achieve self-sufficiency in production of basic goods and increase the private sector's contribution to manufacturing. The emirate is also providing various incentives to attract investors to manufacturing and strengthen the local supply chain.

Last year, Added launched a basic industries project that seeks to attract investment in food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement.

Source: The National News 23/06/2021

Abu Dhabi has launched a trade initiative aimed at increasing the visibility and brand trustworthiness of products made in the emirate.

The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), has announced that the Made in Abu Dhabi brand will be added to all industrial licenses issued to factories and manufacturing companies located in the emirate. The IDB has issued a circular to the owners of all industrial facilities registered in the emirate, concerning the permission to use the official Made in Abu Dhabi sign.

This ensures that the brand used is "appropriate, clear and noticeable" on the product. Rashid Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Department, said that the Made in Abu Dhabi campaign aims to encourage the owners of industrial facilities to place the campaign’s approved sign on their products. This will promote the local product’s competitiveness and supports manufacturers across Abu Dhabi in addition to giving the local product manufactured in Abu Dhabi an added value, he added.

The initiative aims to place the Made in Abu Dhabi brand on 3,340 local products from about 888 factories, with a total investment value of AED369.32 billion ($100 billion). A total of 678 factories are located in Abu Dhabi, 181 factories in Al Ain and 29 factories in Al Dhafra. The Undersecretary of ADDED said that the campaign aims to promote the identity of Abu Dhabi’s domestic product, adding that a dedicated Instagram account is set up to post awareness messages. He also said that the campaign is expected to attract more local investors and encouraging entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi.

Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of IDB, said the long-term goal is to enhance the promotion efforts to spread the domestic product of the emirate, which in turn will help strengthen its reputation within the local market and then towards regional and global markets.

Source: Arabian Business 05/06/2021