HIMA to diversify portfolio in non-hydrocarbon markets

TRME-HIMAIts a conscious decision by the company to expand its presence in sectors such as construction and infrastructure, in addition to power and energy. (Image source: Cramogroup/Flickr)HIMA Middle East FZE, a provider in automated safety solutions, is looking to diversify its presence in non-hydrocarbon markets in addition to its existing business strategy

The falling oil prices have impacted various oil and gas explorers, as well as companies related to the sector. However, Germany-headquartered automated safety solutions provider HIMA, which has operations in the Middle East, is seeking to explore opportunities in non-hydrocarbon markets such as building or civil infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, energy and power sectors.

The company mainly produces safety programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are used to install products in various industries such as oil and gas, railways, logistics and machinery.

“Our vision is to be customer’s first choice for safety and critical control solutions through superior technology and first-class services. Our mission is to enable the client to achieve maximum benefits while protecting people and their facilities, thereby helping them achieve increased revenue, maximum process uptime and improvement in risk assessment,” said HIMA Middle East managing director Denrich Sananda.

HIMA has a marked presence in the Middle East, with offices in Dubai, Doha and Oman, and local representation in Kuwait as well as Saudi Arabia. The region’s active participation in hydrocarbon processing has led to HIMA providing solutions such as ESD, BCS, F&G, HIPPS, pipeline monitoring and control, and turbo machinery.

“We have a dedicated team of TÜV Certified FS Engineers, who have successfully completed many prestigious and significant safety automation related engineering projects in the UAE as well as the entire Middle East region,” said Sananda.

However, the fluctuating oil prices have resulted in the German company to approach a different strategy, in a bid to continue its expanding presence in the GCC.

“We plan to grow and expand our business into new prospective application areas in addition to the conventional process applications that we have been dealing for last few decades,” stated the managing director.

The core focus is to target and deliver high-end safety solutions in other areas such as transportation infrastructure like rail, metros and airport solutions like baggage and cargo handling systems, aircraft refuelling and fuel storage solutions, power and energy sector, civil infrastructure including building management systems, added Sananda.

HIMA Middle East FZE was established in 2001 as service support office for Middle East customers to supply Safety Integral Level 3 PLC systems. Currently, HIMA Middle East has a team of experienced engineers and professionals providing customers with a full suite of services including sales, application engineering, integration, project management, system maintenance, start-up, training, commissioning support as well as functional safety consultancy. HIMA Middle East is ISO 9001:2008 certified and is considered among Dubai’s 100 top performing SMEs, said the company.

The company has worked on projects such as Harweel GBLLP Phase 3 project in Oman, RSD system for Borouge LDPE Plant in Abu Dhabi and the upgrade of Qapco Furnaces 8, 9 and 10 at QAPCO in Qatar.

Over the past 40 years, more than 30,000 HIMA systems in more than 80 countries have been installed to protect the assets of the world’s major oil, gas and processing companies.

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