Ceva Logistics expands Middle East warehousing

Logistics firm to open latest storage facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
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CEVA Logistics has revealed plans to build another state-of-the-art office and warehouse facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone to support its operational growth in the Middle East.

The forthcoming building, which will reinforce an expansion of the company’s contract logistics capabilities, is the latest part of CEVA’s regional plan to have 100,000m2 of warehousing space by the end of the year.

“The new facility is a solid demonstration of our continued commitment to the United Arab Emirates. It will also deliver infrastructure that is tailored to meet the stringent quality and environmental standards expected,” stated Shamsudeen Ahmed, CEVA’s regional vice president in the Middle East.

“This office and warehouse has been developed to host a range of business sectors, with key details included in the design that cater for key growth sectors such as healthcare, retail, consumer, technology, aerospace, automotive, industrial, oil and energy,” he added.

The purpose-built facility, scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, will incorporate the latest technology features and will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

“The marks another significant and concrete milestone in CEVA’s regional growth and expansion strategy,” explained Gianfranco Sgro, president of CEVA in Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We have improved our network of local warehouses, taking our total space in Jafza zone to over 168,000m2 and our built-up area to 95,800m2. This new tailor-made warehouse facility will enable us to further optimise our logistics solutions and make CEVA a truly integrated supply chain player in the region.”

An announcement ceremony for the project was hosted by CEVA last week. Guests included Salma Hareb, CEO of Economic Zones World (EZW) and Gazeley top management along with Shamsudeen Ahmed, Regional Vice President for CEVA in the Middle East and Wade Thompson, CEVA’s Regional Director for Contract Logistics and Colin McKinlay, CEVA’s Regional Director for Freight.

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