Schneider signs largest ever deal with Saudi Binladin

Saudi Arabia the fastest market in terms of growth for adoption of power efficiency software

Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia has signed the largest ever contract with the Saudi Binladin Group to provide power for the Haram expansion project in Makkah, it was announced on Thursday.

In an interview with Arab News, Abed Jawad Qasem, vice president of Saudi Schneider, said that the value of the contract was confidential, but that it would be announced officially at a later stage.

He added that the IT business unit of Schneider Electric Saudi was established four years ago, with three female employees, the newspaper reported.

While Saudi Arabia is not the first company to adopt the power efficiency software in the region, it was the fastest ever in terms of growth, said Soeren Juul Schroeder, the software sales director, who was also interviewed by the paper.

“The important thing about our software is that it is an extension to all the beautiful things we already do with hardware. We’ve been helping our customers to become more efficient, as for many of them; the data centre becomes the mission-critical part of the operations. For the banks, for instance, where there are no data centres, there is no business,” he explained.

Qasem added that at present, the group consists of around 25 professional engineers, who look after partner management, account management, product management, architecture and design.

“The growth of resources is very much connected to our market share growh in all of our businesses and product elements,” Qasem explained.

“These elements include secure power, software, cooling and data centre businesses,” he added.

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