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His Majesty King Abdullah II inaugurates KADDB Industrial Park
His Majesty lays the cornerstone for two new plants and reviews plans to start work on Phase 2 of the Industrial Park’s Master-Plan 
KADDB IP is the first and only free zone in the Middle East specialized in the defense industry and in manufacturing vehicles
 

 

Amman – Thursday 10/9/2009 – His Majesty King Abdullah II inaugurated today the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Industrial park (KADDB IP), which is the first comprehensive free zone in the Middle East, specialized in the defense industry and the manufacturing vehicles. His Majesty laid the cornerstone for two new plants and officially inaugurated a third, signaling the completion of Phase 1 of KADDP IP and the start of Phase 2, in accordance with the Master-Plan announced in a press conference in April 2008.  His Majesty also had Iftar with all employees in the Park.

His Majesty received from the KADDB’s staff a pledge of loyalty and determination to persevere towards the greater success of KADDB.  The pledge was read by Chairman and CEO Dr. Moayad Samman, who also reviewed the development of KADDB from a vision that His Majesty had, to create an establishment that would provide the Jordan Armed Forces with its needs of advanced technology.  Dr. Samman pointed out that this dream appeared hard to attain in 1999; but thanks to the special care and support that His Majesty gave to KADDB, the Bureau succeeded in establishing 15 joint ventures in its first year.  Today, the opening of the Industrial Park coincides with the 10th anniversary of KADDB, which has become a respected establishment regionally and internationally, exporting its products to more than 50 clients in 28 countries worldwide.
 
Mr. Wahab Awamleh, KADDB IP Director-General emphasized that the creation of KADDB and KADDB IP came in fulfillment of His Majesty’s vision to encourage the flow of advanced technology to Jordan through companies that seek to benefit from the added value provided by KADDB IP, mainly the highly qualified and trained manpower, which would help raise the standards of Jordanian manpower and create employment on the national level.  The project’s feasibility study anticipated that employment in KADD IP would reach 15,000 jobs by 2015, and investment would reach JD 500 million.

The achievements of KADDB IP so far have surpassed the objectives outlined in the Master-Plan announced in April 2008.  The Park has moved from being a developer to an operator and provider of logistical services, now that the Park is connected with the services needed and with related Government departments such as customs and the Free Zones Corporation.  He also indicated that occupancy in the Park has exceeded expectations, which prompted the Park’s management to introduce new services such as leasing ready-built workshops and hangars 8,000 square meters in area as a first step, and providing advanced logistical services.

His Majesty then laid the cornerstone for two new plants for:
1. Arab Ready Meals, a joint venture between KADDB and Dewina Holdings, a Malaysian company specialized in MREs.  The project consists of a plant covering an area of over 20,000 sq meters with built facilities of over 8,500 sq meters.  When completed, the factory will be equipped with state-of-the-art food processing machinery to produce MREs that meet the highest food safety regulatory requirements. The project is expected to provide over 300 new job opportunities in various positions.


2. The Jordan Ammunition Manufacturing and Services Co (JORAMMO), which was established in 2008 as a joint venture between KADDB, MECAR, a Belgian ammunition manufacturing company, and DMV, a holding company from the USA.  JORAMMO aims to become one of the largest centers in the Middle East and North Africa for the design, development, production of ammunition, conducting testing and qualification of the Company's products, and dematerializing ammunition.  The Company would cater for the ammunition needs of the Jordanian Armed Forces as well as other armed forces in the region and worldwide.

His Majesty also officially inaugurated the Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing LLC (JLVM) factory. JLVM is a joint venture between KADDB and the Jankel  Group Ltd. of the UK to design, develop, produce, and market military vehicles.  Its main products are Al-Jawad troop carrier for internal security uses, Al-Tha’lab long-range reconnaissance vehicle, Desert ranger (a heavy-duty military reconnaissance motorbike).  JLVM, which has been operational during the past year, won the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence this year.

KADDB IP is a public limited liability company owned completely by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB).  It was established in 2006 in accordance with the Free Zones Law to upgrade Jordan’s industrial base, attract investments, and encourage the development of interactive industries for manufacturing vehicles, in the context of an environment that attracts investment by offering incentives, tax exemptions, and excellent logistical services such as communications, infrastructure, and management.  The Park also enjoys the security measures needed for defense industries and all other facilities to ensure the success of the investment.    

KADDB IP is located on 3,800 dunums (1 dunum = 1,000 square meters) of land at Khalidiyah in thye Mafraq Governorate, 50 klms from Amman and 24 klms from Zarqa, on the cross roads linking Jordan to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria, which facilitates the transportation of KADDB IP products to all countries in the region.