Michel G Mitri, Deputy Managing Director, Qatar Technical
Involved in the design, fabrication and installation of cold rooms in the two floors of the Doha World Trade Centre Project, Qatar Technical, launched in 2011, is a leading name in steel fabrication and industrial refrigeration in Qatar. The company, over the last 20 years, has delivered many projects including fabrication and installation of stainless steel handrails, kitchen equipments and many other custom steel works in different sites in Qatar. Michel G Mitri, Deputy Managing Director, talks about the company's operations, its products, its involvement in the Doha World Trade Centre Project and its future plans.
Kindly elaborate on the operations of each of your divisions. What are their annual capacities?
Qatar Technical comprises four business divisions; namely:
Standard Products Division: This division is involved in the design, fabrication and supply of cable support systems, Kahramaa service cabinets, aluminium ceiling panels, air diffusers, lintel beam and cut out box.
Steel Fabrication Division: Design, fabrication and installation of custom steel and stainless steel works including but not limited to stainless steel kitchen equipment, handrails and various decorative works.
Industrial Refrigeration Division: Design and assembly of cold rooms using PU sandwich panels in all required dimensions and specifications with optional supply of high-end refrigeration units to provide the necessary cooling temperatures. Provision of electro-mechanical services including maintenance and repair.
Machining Division: Design and fabrication of steel dies to the capacity of 6,000 kg. Repair services for static or dynamic mechanical parts.
Please elaborate on the services provided for the Doha World Trade Centre project?
Our Industrial Refrigeration Division was involved in the design, fabrication and installation of cold rooms and PU (Polyurethane) sandwich panels in two floors of the Doha World Trade Centre Project.
In the Ground floor, two cold rooms (freezer and cold store) fabricated from PU (Polyurethane) sandwich panels were installed and fitted with refrigeration units. These refrigeration units are electronically controlled and monitored via a control system to maintain the desired temperatures. In the third floor, the main chiller utility room was insulated with PU panels with an approximate surface area of 1,180 sq m.
What were the major challenges faced while executing the project?
Each project has its own unique challenges. In the DWTC project, coordinating our works with other contractors on site was quite challenging considering the high standards or expectations required by the project and its tight deadlines. On the other hand, supply of products and services was quite smooth. You have mainly executed steel fabrication projects in Qatar? Please elaborate on this. We have executed many projects in the past 20 years both in steel fabrication and industrial refrigeration. These include:Steel and stainless steel projects:
What are the major quality and safety standards adhered to by the company ?
We abide by general health and safety guidelines in our manufacturing facility and project sites. We follow strict policies in this regards, which are monitored by the production and site superiors. We are currently improving our health and safety plans to meet international standards. We also plan to invest in acquiring environment-friendly production processes.
The company has been operational in Qatar for the last 20 years. How has the industry evolved over these years?
Over the past few years, Qatar has witnessesed rapid economical growth, which has affected all aspects of its business not only in the industrial field but also in other setors as well. The competition has became fiercer and companies now have to adapt to a new business environment and in some cases also amend their sales and marketing strategies.
What are the upcoming trends in the sector?
As in any booming economy and in particular Qatar's case, developing new infrastructure is the focal point. Many components are involved in this long process, and steel fabrication in all its applications is a major component. As for new industrial trends, there are some conservative attempts to improve the local private industrial sector, specifically for small and medium industries, yet most of the innovations and production techniques remain humble.
What are your plans for the future?
Qatar Technical has set several goals for the near future. Complete commissioning of the new factory is our first goal. This is expected to materialise between the end of 2013 and mid 2014. We also plan to contribute to Qatar's National Vision for 2030 by exporting our products to the region's countries. Another of our objective includes adapting our production methods to more environment-friendly procedures.