Al Salem Johnson Controls Leads Local HVAC Manufacturing for 20 Years

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  • Dr. Mohanad AlShaikh: The “Made in Saudi” program promotes the sustainability and growth of the Saudi non-oil economy
  • More than 95,000 units manufactured by Al Salem Johnson Controls over the past two decades
  • The company succeeded in exporting 30% of its Saudi-made units to more than 20 countries
  • The company furthered its national manufacturing capabilities by developing two infection control units

Dr. Mohanad AlShaikh, CEO of Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK) in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen, has extended his congratulations to his Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Saudi Export Development Authority Bandar Alkhorayef, for the launch of the “Made in Saudi” program, which aims to support national products at the local and global levels, and increase non-oil exports.

Expressing appreciation for the new initiative, Dr. AlShaikh said that the program is in line with Vision 2030, and will contribute to starting a new era for the Saudi industry, enabling and increasing the competitiveness of the national product locally, as well as increase production for export. He stressed that the company aspires to localize the manufacturing of HVAC Units, in line with Kingdom’s directives to manufacture high-efficient products, as one of the key pillars of the national non-oil economy. Furthermore, the company will work towards attracting Saudi engineers and technicians, who will play an active role in achieving the goals of the “Made in Saudi” Program.


Manufacturing capabilities

Over the past 20 years, since the opening of its Jeddah YORK Factory, Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK) has manufactured over 95,000 HVAC Units, in addition to designing and manufacturing the Units’ corresponding control panels, certified by Johnson Controls International. This makes the Company one of the local manufacturing pioneers, transferring and localizing the latest global technologies. The company aims to carry on toward achieving the “Made in Saudi” Program’s goals, and to contribute to raising the Saudi non-oil exports from 16% to 50% by 2030.

Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK) has succeeded in exporting 30% of its Saudi-made Units to more than 20 countries in the region, as part of several strategic projects, including: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Hurghada International Airport, Atlantis Dubai, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Bahrain International Circuit, Patchi factory in Lebanon, and Microsoft offices in India.


Moreover, the relocation of Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK) Factory – scheduled for the second quarter of 2021 – to King Abdullah Economic City, will play a role in transforming the Kingdom into a leading industrial destination, as it is the largest YORK Factory in the Middle East. Through this factory, the Company seeks to expand local manufacturing by doubling its production lines, and raising the percentage of locally made product exports to Regional and international markets. The move is in line with the Kingdom’s plan to localize the industry, aiming to raise the quality of the local products and paint a positive image about locally made products to grow the sense of pride of local consumers.


Examples of locally manufactured Units include YORK Air Handling Units, YLAA chillers, and Packaged Units. These Units have been supplied to a number of major local projects, including, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower- A Fairmont Hotel, the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, and the National Guard Hospitals, and others.

Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK) is exerting all efforts to develop and implement an integrated strategy with the aim of increasing local content and export revenues, in terms of products, services, assets, technologies, and manpower, enabling the Company to play a pioneering role in achieving the goals of the “Made in Saudi” Program and Vision 2030.

The Company is keen to develop the national cadres working in the HVAC Sector, both inside and outside the Company; through implementing of a number of training and development programs, such as the Saudi Engineers Development Program and the Saudi Technician Development Program. In recent years, it has also conducted a number of training courses and workshops for engineers and technicians working for clients, in addition to signing several memorandums of understanding with a number of technical colleges around the Kingdom.


To enhance local specialized manufacturing capabilities, the Company’s R&D and Product Management Departments developed two Infection Control Units, the first of their kind in terms of local manufacturing. The Units eliminate viruses, bacteria and airborne contaminants that exist on surfaces and are airborne, in order to combat infectious diseases in general, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in particular. 

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Saudi Company for Ground Services to provide one of these Infection Control Units to disinfect and sterilize all Saudi airports and aircraft cabins, using ultraviolet light, in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for travelers and airport staff.