King Abdulaziz International Airport
Clare Burnett

Malton-based Ellis secures contract to supply Saudi Arabian airport

North Yorkshire manufacturer Ellis has secured a major contract to supply the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), which is currently being built north of the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The order was secured through the North Yorkshire company’s Saudi distributor, Riyadh-based Mena Arabia.

Installation of the products is currently underway, and is scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2015, with the airport expected to open at the end of the same year.

When complete, the new KAIA will feature a 670,000 sq. m. passenger terminal complex with the capacity for 80 million passengers a year, an increase of over 600% on the current airport’s 13 million.

Tony Conroy, export director for Ellis, said: “KAIA is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world today and securing such significant involvement in it is a resounding endorsement of our strategy of appointing local distributors in key export markets.”

“As with so many of the export orders we secure, the market knowledge and expertise our local distributor – in this case Mena Arabia – brought to the table proved absolutely vital in delivering the specification.”

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