Abdullah O. Al Baiz, fourth from the left, poses with the representatives of the winning companies at the 2019 Quality Forum in Dhahran.
Saudi Aramco recently honored a number of local manufacturers distinguished for offering high-quality products at the 2019 Saudi Aramco Quality and Excellence Forum, which was held for a second consecutive year.
Conducted under the theme “Leading Change in the Quality of Manufacturing, Construction and Services,” the forum sought to boost excellence in quality by providing a platform where Saudi Aramco and key proponents in the manufacturing sector could share ideas in the area of quality. The event also sought to:
- Promote and upgrade local industry to become competitive globally
- Encourage competition among national manufacturers
- Increase the level of job localization in the industrial sector.
Encouraging ‘Made in Saudi Arabia’ and Building Trust
“Saudi Aramco seeks to recognize the advanced quality sector in the Kingdom and encourages the ‘Made in Saudi Arabia’ trademark by giving quality performance awards, which is one of the national quality criteria, and enhancing the customer trust in local products and enterprises,” said Abdullah O. Al Baiz, Saudi Aramco’s vice president of Engineering Services.
Al Baiz noted the forum is a Saudi Aramco initiative to improve quality on the national level — both in the area of manufacturing and projects of contractors and suppliers, which will lead to high-quality national products.
“It also represents an opportunity to showcase best practices in the area of quality and encourage competition among manufacturers and contractors to increase competency,” he said.
This Year’s Winners
Speakers from a number of regional and world business organizations, academia, and industry leaders participated in the event, addressing a wide range of topics, including manufacturing quality systems, construction quality systems, inspection techniques, and the role of institutions in the field of quality.
This year’s top winner in the sector of major companies was ArcelorMittal Tubular Products in Jubail. Second place went to Jubail Energy Services Company, and Nasser Saeed Al Hajri Metal Forging Factory was awarded third place.
In the sector of small- and medium-sized enterprises, the first-place winner was the Industrial Valves Manufacturer Company, while S & T Gulf Ltd. Company came in second, with Ashcroft Al Rushaid Instrument Co. Ltd. awarded third place.