Emerson has launched a new technology and innovation centre at Dhahran Techno Valley in Saudi Arabia.
The 11,370 sqm built area facility, which represents an Emerson investment of SAR 94mn ($25mn).
Saudi students, entrepreneurs, researchers and industry stakeholders can collaborate with Emerson’s technical experts to develop process automation technologies and design innovative products and solutions.
The facility houses a collaboration centre, educational classrooms, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) laboratory for R&D, and concept test laboratories.
The technology and collaboration focus of Emerson’s new facility aligns with Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan and the Saudi Vision 2030 development agenda.
This forms part of plans to look at technology as a key enabler to boost job creation and economic activities in the non-oil sector.
The project is also in alignment with the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) programme, the initiative created by Saudi Aramco to baseline, measure, and support increased levels of localisation in the Kingdom.
David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson, said: “This project is part of Emerson’s long-term commitment to Saudi Arabia’s growth and to make our technology expertise easily accessible for stakeholders.”
Modern technology-enabled capabilities at the centre will include five research pods equipped with a distributed control system and simulation panels, a collaboration and brainstorming space for creativity and idea sharing, a solutions theatre, and an advanced teleconferencing room.
Dr. Sahel N. Abduljauwad - vice rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), added: “This is a new milestone in Dhahran Techno Valley’s efforts to advance Saudi Arabia’s objective of building a knowledge-based economy and promoting growth in the non-oil sector.
“We are positive that Emerson’s facility will attract huge interest for collaboration from universities and research institutions in the country and the region.”