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OCS Group expands Middle Eastern operation with launch of UAE business

Media release.
Published: 21-May-2014 12:11 pm
Publisher: OCS Group

Description: In partnership with United Technical Services, OCS Emirates will handle total facilities management from headquarters in Abu Dhabi with a supporting office in Dubai

Comments: OCS Group, which is the world’s largest family-owned facilities management company, has signed a joint venture with United Technical Services to enter the UAE market and introduce customer-focussed strategic FM services and integrated solutions for clients. OCS Emirates now becomes the second operation in the Middle East following the opening of OCS Qatar in 2012.

The partnership with United Technical Services, also a family-owned business which has been operating engineering services since 1961, will create Outsourced Client Solutions comprising of over 70 Total Facilities Management related services - all benchmarked against global standards.
As a company that mobilises its people across the global network, OCS Emirates will tap into the Asian and Indian subcontinent to build the UAE operation from qualified engineers and FM managers with OCS values. As part of a new venture, OCS staff will continue to reap the rewards from internal training schemes and succession planning that is standardised across the global group.
“Launching an OCS operation in the UAE illustrates the commitment we have for the Middle East” Said Chris Cracknell, Global CEO of OCS Group, at its launch hosted by the British Embassy. “We are opening a customer-focussed, family owned company that will train and nurture our people respective to a client’s business and through our joint venture with United Technical Services, introduce proprietary technology that will help clients manage their assets effectively and cost-efficiently.”
Paul Fox, Charge d’Affaires, British Embassy Abu Dhabi went on to add, “I am delighted to see OCS, the UK’s largest family-owned facilities services provider, extending its international reach to the UAE. OCS’s partnership with Abu Dhabi’s United Technical Services is a good example of the strong ties between our two countries.
I am certain companies in the UAE will benefit from OCS's vast expertise and excellent services when looking for good value services and solutions".
OCS Emirates will leverage the sector insight and local experience that United Technical Services has developed since 1961, specifically in healthcare and biomedical engineering, to create solutions that meet increasing demands of the FM market.
Omar Ziad Al Askari, Chairman & CEO of United Technical Services said of the deal; “The likeminded focus on customer service created an instant synergy between two family-owned businesses. This will ensure the partnership delivers a new standard of integrated FM for clients who manage master developments, residential communities or industrial and office-based complexes. The business integration is complete and we are now implementing a clear strategy to consolidate our local experience that will help position OCS Emirates as a market leader.”
The launch of OCS Emirates took place on 18th May 2014 at the Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi, hosted by the British Embassy who, alongside Chris Cracknell, introduced Heather Suksem who in her capacity as CEO of South Asia, South East Asia and Middle East for OCS Group will oversee the business and Fiona McDonnell as General Manager for OCS Emirates.
Later in 2014, the OCS Group is hoping to commence a similar operation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order that it can further consolidate its presence in the Middle East.


Contact Details:

Contact number: 971 50 1142216
Name: James Holmes


Details: About OCS
OCS is the largest family-owned Facilities Management Company with US$ 1.1 billion turn over. The company is headquartered in the UK and employs over 90,000 staff across the globe. OCS delivers in excess of 70 different services, across the full range of sectors to over 100,000 clients in over 40 countries worldwide. Established in the year 1900, OCS has currently expanded over 40 countries spread across Europe, Australasia, the Americas, Africa, Asia and now, to the Middle East region.
The Group’s core skill is creating value for clients through the management of our people to deliver essential services, utilising proven innovation and best practice from the facilities management markets across the globe. Our OCS and Cannon Hygiene brands are recognized worldwide.
With OCS Total Facilities Management (TFM), clients have all of their requirements serviced by a single partner and achieve cost reductions though economies of scale and enhanced effectiveness. We are in business to provide competitive solutions for critical and non-core activities aligned to clients’ business strategies. More information
About UTS
United Technical Services (UTS) is a progressive business that has sustained over four decades of growth and development. The company has been serving the UAE's developing economy in various sectors, including Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Water Treatment, Air Conditioning, Facilities Management, Clinical & Biomedical Equipment Maintenance, Contracting, Information Technology, Consulting, and Corporate Investments. More information

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