Saudi Readymix, has since last year, started off a new scheme to reward the company’s highest achieving commercial station. The company’s Jeddah South station (RM22) was named the first to bag the ‘Station of the Year’ award.
The scheme requires the company’s stations to compete against each other to meet certain targets that would be measured on a monthly basis.
“Under the scheme each of the company’s 18 stations would be evaluated based on 12 different criteria in the four disciplines of sales, quality, financial and operational efficiency,” says the spokesman.
“For 2005 it was Jeddah South that scored the highest cumulative marks during the year. The results were very close as three stations were competing for the top spot,” he says.
Jeddah South, which celebrated its second anniversary last month, employs a highly skilled, 45-member workforce. Serving more than 50 customers, the geographical coverage of Jeddah South extends all the way from Makkah Road to the Shoaibah Area covering the Industrial area and the Jeddah Islamic Port, the spokesman adds.
SRCC caters to the specific requirements of projects through having on-site plants, flexible equipment and detailed internal planning.
Among its more challenging recent projects was the Al Ma’alam Water Towers, a prestigious landmark built on an artificial island at Al Khobar’s Corniche by the local Al Yamama Contracting Company.
The 100-m tower has a water tank with a storage capacity of 5,000 cu m with an observation platform and a revolving restaurant at the top. The project entailed the supply of concrete for the 90-m-high vertical shaft, which was constructed using hydraulic slip-form technique. Saudi Readymix had to design and deliver sophisticated concrete mixes with varying setting times without any interruption over a period of eight weeks, says a spokesman for the company.
Established in 1978, SRCC was the first readymix concrete company in the kingdom to be accredited the ISO 9001 certification, says Mujahed, adding that it has qualified workforce of over 1,300 people, supported by the best equipment fleet and technology platform in the industry.
The company’s commitment to total quality management extends to every area of its operations, including the most comprehensive and exhaustive materials testing programme in the region, says the spokesman.
“Saudi Readymix is also the only readymix concrete company in the kingdom actively engaged in continuous technological research and education. Research and development activities include the qualification and selection of raw materials, admixture analysis, new product design and development, and applications research. Education programmes are conducted in conjunction with the local chapters of engineering and standards organisations, and with local universities,” he adds.
The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Khalid Ali Alturki and Sons Group of Companies (Alturki Group), a leading industrial conglomerate operating in Saudi Arabia for over 30 years. The Group’s subsidiaries and joint venture companies provide specialised products and services for major industrial sectors such as construction, oil, gas, petrochemicals, utilities, power, and telecommunications.
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