KSA Construction Giant to Ramp up Process Efficiency with SAP

GCC Aims to Build on World-Class Reputation and Boost Regional Influence

AL-KHOBAR, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaGulf Consolidated Contractors Co. (GCC) has bolstered its ability to build the future of Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed its dedication to international best practice by embracing cutting-edge IT solutions from SAP, the world’s leading business software company.

By integrating and enhancing its core processes, the acclaimed conglomerate – which includes the construction arms of FAFCO-PETCON (Abdullah Fouad), Abdullah H. Al-Shuwayer, Al-Tamimi and Al-Jabr Trading – will be better able to serve key customers such as Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), as well as markedly increase its influence across the Middle East region.

In the first instance, GCC will adopt SAP’s Business-in-One solution, which has been specifically tailored to the construction industry to automate systems, improve overall efficiency and provide critical, real-time business insights.

“As Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region continue their rapid and visionary evolution, the construction industry laying the foundations for this bold new future must adapt to keep pace,” said Waleed A. Abubshait, President, GCC.

“This is a big challenge, but one we are well-placed to meet as long as we never lose sight of innovation in all its forms – least particularly when it comes to IT. To this end, SAP will be a vital ally as we move forward, providing us with a peerless digital platform – be it on site, in the cloud or on our mobile devices – that enables end-to-end visibility, drives sustainable business practices and dramatically enhances acuity for swifter decision-making.”

SAP’s Business All-in-One is designed for rapid implementation, delivers a fast return on investment and has the flexibility to adapt as business needs change. It encompasses every aspect of operations, from project management, procurement and financial control to environmental compliance, quality management and overall business transparency.

“GCC boasts a remarkable half a century of continuous improvement and an unassailable track record of fuelling Saudi Arabia’s infrastructural development,” said Sam Alkharrat, Managing Director, SAP MENA.

“The company’s determination to continually benchmark against the very best and adopt the latest IT technologies is laudable and serves as a tremendous example not only to Saudi Arabia, but also the world’s construction industry as a whole. By using SAP solutions to enhance its processes, empower its employees and maximize value wherever possible, GCC’s future is hugely exciting and something we are genuinely honoured to be part of.”

SAP is teaming up with GCC at a time of strong growth and ambition for the company in Saudi Arabia, with a recent study by IDC, the premier global market intelligence and advisory firm for the information technology and telecommunications markets, naming it as country’s Enterprise Application Software (EAS) vendor front-runner with a 43.5% market share.

Moving forward, SAP’s position in Saudi Arabia is set to improve further still thanks to the 12 March announcement by SAP AG CFO Dr. Werner Brandt of a four-year plan worth US $450 million to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The plan includes recruiting more than 500 additional employees, opening several new offices and expanding the company’s partner ecosystem and the SAP University Alliances program. Additionally, significant increases will be made in the availability of comprehensive, innovative and localized service offerings.

SAP MENA will also establish a dedicated “Training and Development Institute” that aims to certify 2,000 new consultants within the next four years. This will triple the company’s existing consulting capabilities in the region and further support the localization of SAP solutions to meet fast-growing regional industry needs.

Back row (left to right): Andrew Asir, Business Development Manager, BAASKAAR; Maran N, CEO, BAASKAAR; Nader Al-Ibrahim, VP Strategic Planning-Industrial Support & Services, GCC; Mishal S. Al-Ardi, Al-shuwayer Representative (GCC Executive Committee Member); Waleed A. Abubshait, President & Managing Director , President and Managing Director (Executive Committee Member); Ibrahim H. Tarabzouni, VP Operations, GCC; Jasem M. Al-Sahwan, VP Technical Services, GCC; Zia Akbar, Al-jabr Representative (GCC Executive Committee Member); Baha AL-Ramahi, General Manager IT (MIS), GCC.
Front row (left to right): Mohd Bader Al-Suweidan, Group Executive GM, BAASKAAR; Faisal Abdullah Fouad, Abdullah Fouad Representative (GCC Executive Committee).

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About GCC
In 2005 a number of forward-looking local contracting entities agreed to pool their experience and resources with a view to forming a general contracting company with the capability to meet the present and future demands in the region for a strong locally based company. Thus was born GCC, having the benefit of local knowledge and experience together with a powerful history of construction over the past 50 years.

The constituent companies include the construction arms of FAFCO-PETCON (Abdullah Fouad), Abdullah H. Al-Shuwayer, Al-Tamimi plus Al-Jabr Trading. Collectively, and through this grouping GCC has inherited a pool of experience throughout the full spectrum of the industrial construction market to include all aspects of building, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation disciplines and also including a strong background in the specialist pipeline and steel fabrication fields.

Much of this extensive historical in-kingdom experience has been built serving Saudi Aramco – the national oil company and the largest oil corporation in the world, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) – the national electrical energy supplier and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)- current one of the largest global producers of petrochemicals via their multiple in – kingdom affiliated companies, ensuring that the experience so gained was to the highest standards.

As a measure of the high standards achieved GCC are proud to be recognized as worthy holders of ISO 9001:2008.

The objective of the creation of GCC remains as originally envisaged via early discussions, i.e. “To harness the joint and varied attributes of the constituent companies in order to build a general contracting company with a well-diversified capability and of sufficient stature and experience to be able to undertake the scale and scope of the large industrial plant and related construction projects currently planned in the region and beyond.”

The combined workforce currently available to GCC in Kingdom is approximately 4,000, plus a considerable plant fleet.

GCC is registered in KSA under CRC Number (2050049773) and has recently moved into an Executive/ Corporate Management Office based in the new and prestigious Automoto mall – Building B- located on the Al-Khobar – Dammam Coastal Road.

A number of projects, sufficient to employ the bulk of our workforce, are currently in hand, generally forSAUDI ARAMCO, SATROP (Saudi Aramco Total), SEC & Ma’aden covering the major disciplines of Civil, Mechanical, E&I, Fabrication works and pipelines.

In order to expand our services, both in content & geographical location, we will look to making certain acquisitions & or partnerships in the future depending upon targeted project requirements.

We look forward to sharing our combined experience and expertise to the benefit of all existing and future clients.

For more information, visit http://www.gccksa.com

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