Shell Lubricants Egypt Discussed the Problems of Fleet and Construction Sectors
Cairo, 19 October 2017, Shell Lubricants Egypt held a two-day conference on Fleet and Construction sectors held in Alexandria, Egypt. The event was attended by top leading senior executives from more than 130 industry sectors. Well-known names, like Mr. Sherif Seleem, National Project Development Advisor for the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Mr. Medhat Stefanos, Chairman of the Egyptian Cement Association, and the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Building Materials (The Federation of the Egyptian Industries), Mr. Ahmed Shaker, Gilbarco Middle East and North Africa Operations Manager, Mr. Atef Zaki, Cemex Sales Director and Mr. Mohamed Dagash ,3S Managing Director, were members of the panel discussion
The conference tackled the challenges facing the construction sector in Egypt, the future vision of fleet and construction industry, recent trends in construction, infrastructure projects and their importance.
Mr. Saher Hashem, Shell Lubricants Egypt Managing Director said: “This conference aims to discuss the latest developments and trends in the industry to reduce the total cost for operating, come up with practical solutions to meet the challenges facing this sector now and raise the efficiency of these vital industries.”
“This industry conference has developed over the past few years, having been limited only to offering Shell products and benefits to business owners and investors, here we are now discussing the challenges of the entire sector and the future of the industry in Egypt more broadly as part of our responsibility as one of the leading companies in Egypt. Our customers are treated as our partners in our success, so we strive to provide the suitable product for each machine. This will not happen without knowing all the obstacles facing the Egyptian industry.” added Saher.
Mr. Sherif Seleem, National Project Development Advisor for the Egyptian Minister of Housing commented on the construction sector in Egypt being ready to start building skyscrapers: “What we lack in the Egyptian construction sector is experience, knowledge of the latest international developments of tower building systems and qualified human resources, not financial resources.”
“The challenges facing the investment sector in Egypt and undermining its ability to participate effectively in targeted development plans must be faced by positivity from the investor sector through engaging in alternative solutions and proposing legal frameworks that provide the appropriate investment atmosphere.” added Seleem.
The conference also discussed automation operation solutions for fleets and commercial truck industry, as well as Shell’s efforts to reduce total operating cost and increase machine efficiency. Medhat Stefanos, Chairman of the Egyptian Cement Association, and the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Building Materials (The Federation of the Egyptian Industries) said: “According to 2030 Egyptian Development Plan, the Egyptian government aims to increase the urban space by 5% in addition to implementing the project of the new administrative capital and foreign investment projects, which will lead to a significant improvement in construction. After cement sales fell by 14% during the first quarter of the year due to a slowdown in the consumption rates, it’s time for Shell to step in to contribute to reduce the total cost for factories by protecting machines from corrosion, which means prolonging the useful life of the machine, reducing the number of maintenances, maintain the machinery production and raise efficiency.”
Shell is the world’s leading supplier of synthetic oil for 10 years as the company’s product has the ability to withstand high temperature and high viscosity that make it difficult to evaporate. Shell seeks to help companies reduce the total cost, as it managed to save nearly USD 130 million of the total cost for a number of companies around the world last year.
The conference ended with a panel discussion on the increasing challenges and future visions of industries related to fleet and construction in Egypt. It pointed out the necessity of treating the customer as a partner, to make them not only a consumer but a marketer of the product, as well as the need to provide qualified human resources by holding training courses for the companies and factory employees on reducing the total cost.