Challenge

Established in 1978, BK Gulf LLC is a leading contractor in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and building services within the UAE & Middle East market.

BK Gulf LLC’s has a deep understanding of the issues associated with providing highly specified projects to ever tightening deadlines. Realising that efficiencies could be gained by centralising the majority of construction work for individual projects in an off-site facility and then transporting the modules to site for installation would make the process quicker, cleaner and more efficient, they approached Firmac for specialist advice and assistance.

Solution

Firmac provided a ductwork consultancy service, assessing the needs of BK Gulf in order to provide a complete workshop, containing machinery which would increase production efficiencies.

BK Gulf LLC invested in a complete duct factory from Firmac, including a Drive Cleat Duct Line, two Mini-Lines, Pittsburgh Roll Former, S & C Cleat Roll Former, Auto Flange Machine, Powered Guillotine, Hydraulic Folding Machine, Power Swaging Machine and Cleat Benders.  

David Shimmons, Division Manager Modular Systems, at BK Gulf explains why Firmac was chosen to fit out the MSD factory. “Firmac provide much more than just excellent machinery. They understand our business and what we are striving to achieve and then deliver a full service resulting in a highly efficient duct work factory.  This includes recommendations on factory layout, machine configuration and even in education and training of our operators to run and maintain the machinery”.

Training of machine operators is crucial to the success of any project and following the installation and commissioning of any machinery, operators were trained in BK Gulf MSD’s Factory.  Service does not stop there. In addition to the one year warranty as standard from Firmac, BK Gulf also has now a store of spare parts in their factory.

Results

BK Gulf’s innovative approach, coupled with strategic investment in technology to support their customers’ growth plans is evident in the highly successful Modular Systems Division, whose aim is to keep onsite work to a minimum.

This division now manufactures complete construction modules, including all electrical, mechanical, piping and ductwork off site in their fully equipped factory. The modules are then transported to site, ready to install, making the process quicker, cleaner and more efficient.  Major projects that have benefited from the increased efficiency provided by the MSD service include universities, hospitals and airports including the largest airport project in the region in UAE.

BK GULF

Established in 1978, BK Gulf LLC is a leading contractor in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and building services within the UAE & Middle East market. The company provides a complete contracting service and is backed by shareholders Balfour Beatty PLC and the Dutco Group.

http://www.bkgulf.com/