UAE Office Furniture Giant Pushes Ahead with Expansion Plans
UAE-based office furniture giant BAFCO today broke ground on a 245,000 sq ft facility at Dubai Industrial City, which is expected to dramatically improve production output from 50,000 furniture units to 150,000 units annually.
BAFCO, a Dubai-based central trading hub for office furniture since 1991, will benefit from the new centralised headquarters and manufacturing facility, with lead times for clients expected to drop to under two weeks from the previous two months.
Khosrow Fattahi, BAFCO’s Managing Director, said: “This connection of our disparate operations is of paramount importance to BAFCO’s continued success and we are excited to be expanding and moving forward, particularly during these challenging times, when many companies are retracting. Our facility will be a multi-storey unit with warehouse, factory, showroom and offices all operating as the central hub.
“Dubai Industrial City was chosen after careful review because of the integrated services and facilities it provides in addition to its strategic location, with its proximity to the new Al Maktoum airport, Jebel Ali free zone and Abu Dhabi which will allow us to serve the entire UAE from one location.”
Rashid Al Ansari, Vice-President, Dubai Industrial City, a member of TECOM Investments, said: “We are delighted to welcome BAFCO to Dubai Industrial City and look forward to building a mutual long term relationship. The company’s decision to locate their factory in the destination reinforces our vision of providing the industrial sector with a cost competitive environment that is supported by world class business processes and a host of ancillary facilities and services”
Fattahi added: “BAFCO’s expansion is a result of the trust bestowed upon us by our partners and clients for continuously supporting the growth of their businesses with quality and value office furniture and creative executions for their corporate workplaces. Dubai Airport Terminal 3, Sorbonne University, Hamdan e-University, Drydocks World are few of the successful business stories of 2009 that has benefitted from the expertise of BAFCO in the field of corporate workplace furnishing and interior design.
BAFCO aims to achieve the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its new facility. LEED was developed by US Green Building Council as a rating system to set a standard for environmentally sustainable construction. It encourages projects to source their project requirements in a manufacturing facility within 800 km of the building site to reduce carbon emissions associated with transportation and storage.
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BAFCO is a UAE-based specialist in corporate and commercial interior solutions, with almost two decades of experience executing projects across the Middle East. Since 1991, BAFCO has collaborated with clients and interior designers to create environments that enhance organisational performance by enriching the efficiency and quality of work life.
BAFCO is the only office furniture manufacturer awarded by the UAE government as Supplier of the Year for successfully contributing for the entire office requirements of the Dubai Airport Terminal 3. As an ISO certified company, BAFCO’s commitment is to continuously supporting businesses, institutions and interior design partners to deliver quality design solutions and the largest collection of office furniture.
About Dubai Industrial City:
Dubai Industrial City (DI), a member of TECOM Investments, is the third largest non-real estate project in Dubai and is spread across 560 million square feet of land. The industrial destination was established to serve as a catalyst for the growth and expansion of the industrial sector in the United Arab Emirates - especially in light to medium manufacturing sectors with specific emphasis on Machinery and Mechanical equipment, Transport Equipment and parts, Base Metal, Chemicals, Food and Beverage and Mineral Products.
Dubai Industrial City provides a cost effective and efficient business environment together with a number of industry supporting products and facilities including warehousing and logistics solutions, labour villages, vocational training, commercial space as well as a one stop shop for the issue of required licenses and permits.
Dubai Industrial City is strategically located next to the new Al Maktoum Airport (Dubai World Central) and in close proximity to the Jebel Ali Free Zone. The City provides a traffic free environment with direct connections to the Emirates Road, Dubai By Pass Road providing easy and convenient access to global transportation points via road, air and sea.