Times of Oman
Dec 01, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 03:27 PM GMT
Khimji Ramdas supporting small enterprises in Oman
May 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Ceramic tiles, sanitary wares, electrical switch boards and water heaters made in Oman are extensively used in Khimji Ramdas projects. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: KR Infra, the infrastructure vertical of Khimji Ramdas Group, said that it is fulfilling its pledge to support the local industry by utilising the services of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in its projects that cover a diverse range of client needs.  

"We encourage local brands," Vijaya Kumar, chief executive officer of KR Infra, told the Times of Oman in an interview. 

Ceramic tiles, sanitary wares, electrical switch boards and water heaters made in Oman are extensively used in KR's projects, Kumar explained.

Services of SMEs
"We utilise the services of SMEs and source from them in various projects including construction, painting and high voltage cable jointing projects as well as air conditioning services," he added, noting that all the workers representing Khimji Ramdas are provided with special training.

"We try to strengthen their position, enhance their skills and help them to distribute their products," Kumar said. "About 40 per cent of our employees are locals."  

KR's chief executive officer  said that the company's footprint can be seen in a large number of projects that have been implemented to develop Oman's infrastructure.

"Oman has been growing by leaps and bounds, particularly in the last decade, and we have a role to play in the infrastructure development of the country," he added.

He noted that the solutions offered by the group for the industrial and home arenas range from  construction, building materials, air conditioning and refrigeration, paints and electrical products to home and office interiors, storage and warehousing solutions.

KR Infra partners with both individuals and companies, both in private and public sectors, Kumar said, adding that the group's services have been used in projects of many important organisations and institutions, including banks, the Ministry of Education, State Audit Institution and Oman's Majlis.

Bait Al Ahlam is the retail face of the Infrastructure Group, he added.

Best quality products
Kumar said that KR Infra also sources from other countries to make sure that it is providing its clients with best quality products. "We offer products made in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, Canada and a number of other countries."

New campus
Commenting on KR Infra's new campus in Ghala which was launched recently, Kumar said that the decision was made in the light of efforts to transform the industrial area of Ghala into the city's commercial hub.

The new 9,400 square metre building on an 18,000 square metre plot was constructed by converting three of KR's large warehouses into a state-of-the-art office complex for the company's infrastructure business in a record 200 days.

The new campus combines three massive office blocks constructed on 7,500 square metres of floor space that will house 500 staff in an ergonomically planned layout.

The campus is designed to ensure employee well-being and to foster an environment of creative thinking and proactive learning. It includes a huge cafeteria that can seat 200 guests simultaneously.

To get in touch with the reporter: elham@timesofoman.com

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