Heating systems provider Ariston Thermo inaugurated a new production plant at the Bahrain International Investment Park under the patronage of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
The ceremony was attended by HE Domenico Bellato, Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dr. Carlo Andreatini, Ariston Thermo Rapid Development Countries and Americas director.
HE Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Ariston Thermo to Bahrain. The selection of BIIP for Ariston’s first manufacturing facility in the region demonstrates the quality of the location and the competitive advantages which Bahrain has to offer to global companies.”
Alzayani stated: "The Ministry and Ariston are partners for the long-haul and the Ministry will do everything in its capacity to provide the right support to facilitate the company's success.”
Commenting on the inauguration, HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said: “Ariston Thermo’s new plant is a truly welcome addition to the Bahrain International Investment Park. The plant’s opening is a clear indication of the vast potential and advantages that the manufacturing industry in Bahrain provides, and further reinforces the Kingdom’s position as the ideal hub to meet growing regional demand."
The new plant, located in a total area of 7,000m2 and employing 50 people, will manufacture storage electric water heaters branded Ariston that will be mainly marketed in the Middle East and North Africa. The new plant provides a maximum annual production capacity of up to 250,000 electric water heaters.
Carlo Andreatini, Ariston Thermo Rapid Development Countries and Americas director, said: “With this new production site in Bahrain we aim to strengthen our presence in this area, where the Ariston brand is already leading the water heating category for many years. Keeping production close to the most important markets is indeed a key pillar of our Group’s growth strategy that allows us to better and promptly respond to the specific needs of our customers.”