US fuel injection system designer and manufacturer Stanadyne has opened an assembly plant in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) to support export contracts. With manufacturing plants in China, India, Italy and the United States, the Sharjah facility is the company’s first in the Middle East.
Stanadyne’s new plant will initially manufacture low emission diesel fuel pumps for Millat Tractors Ltd., an agriculture tractor manufacturer based in Lahore, Pakistan. Further to a contract signed earlier this month, Stanadyne will manufacture 30,000 mechanical rotary pumps per year for Millat. According to the manufacturer, the low emission diesel fuel pumps, which are used worldwide in 50-85 horsepower diesel engines, have never been made available in the region at this scale until now. The first product shipments are expected to leave the SAIF Zone plant in August.
Connecticut-based Stanadyne is the first fuel injection system company to establish large-scale manufacturing in the Middle East. The 600 square metre plant in SAIF Zone and has an initial capacity to assemble 3,000 diesel rotary pumps per month. Stanadyne expects to employ 60 staff for the new venture, including machinists, assembly technicians, administration and management.
According to the UAE Ministry of Economy, 29% of the UAE manufacturing firms have chosen to locate themselves in Sharjah (2011). The emirate is well positioned for export manufacturing, being a hub for a number of international cargo airlines, while having seaports on both the Indian Ocean (Port Khor Fakkan) and the Arabian Gulf (Port Khalid). SAIF Zone’s strategic location and proximity to Sharjah International Airport have made it popular with manufacturing and distribution companies.