Aramex opens $14.9m Infofort facility
Dubai, April 24, 2008
Aramex, one of the leading providers of total transportation solutions, has opened its largest document management facility in the Middle East region in Dubai.
The Dh55 million-InfoFort, aimed at providing a regional gateway for the growing document management industry, was inaugurated at a special ceremony in Jebel Ali free zone.
Over the past 3 years, Aramex has successfully transformed InfoFort to become the leading documents management solutions provider in the Middle East.
The new mega-facility’s reach will extend across the GCC and Mena, acting as an unmatched regional force for InfoFort’s network of records management centres in Saudi, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
The pioneering facility is designed to serve InfoFort’s expanding document management client base, said Ibrahim Al Janahi, senior vice president, commercial sales, Jafza.
Through innovative record management solutions, the company has already enhanced the operational efficiency of thousands of business groups and banks across the region.
"For a region that has set high standards of modern business norms, document records management is an area that needs higher attention. Aramex and InfoFort, like Jafza, deal with a diverse customer base, which makes it imperative to be constantly innovative and dynamic," Janahi noted.
"The opening of this very impressive new facility is a clear indication of the preparedness by the company to take on bigger challenges and look for wider markets," he added.
Since acquiring InfoFort in 2005 and DocMan in 2006, Aramex has benefited from the region’s trend toward outsourcing the management of data storage, as a growing number of companies look to specialists to take care of their physical and digital archiving needs.
“Document management is an industry poised for major growth across the region, which is why we have placed this unique facility in Jebel Ali at the heart of a dynamic and thriving market,” said Fadi Ghandour, founder and chief executive officer of Aramex.
“This investment is an important milestone for Aramex as it signals our long-term commitment to the document management business and strengthens our position as a provider of business solutions,” he added.
Built on 20,000 sq m, the three-level compound includes 12,000 sq m of warehousing space and 4,500sq m of temperature-controlled space, with an operational capacity to hold over 1.5 million boxes and 12 million files.
The centre is also equipped with sophisticated safety and security systems, and has advanced scanning and sorting capabilities for the millions of documents it will house.
“Companies in the region are becoming increasingly sophisticated and InfoFort is ideally placed to help them manage the growing complexity of their business and protect their confidentiality in a highly safe and secure environment,” said Georges Harfouche, managing director of InfoFort.
The company serves a diverse clientele, including banks, financial institutions, insurers, media and telecommunication companies, hospitals and other industries which make up the region’s thriving knowledge economy.-TradeArabia News Service