TE24 Business Desk:
JEDDAH – The King Abdullah Economic City is all poised to become the automotive capital of the region, with car companies evincing interest in setting manufacturing facilities in the city, said its CEO Cyril Piaia.
The megacity has been finalizing deals with car manufacturers after the US-based electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid Motors signed an agreement to build a production factory with an annual capacity of 150,000 zero-emission EVs.
“Those deals are very active; they might be announced very soon,” Piaia told Arab News in an exclusive interview.
An industry in making
Clear Motors, supported by the Public Investment Fund, is conveying its most memorable industrial facility outside the US, which will make up portion of the Kingdom’s arrangement to deliver 300,000 vehicles yearly by 2030.
“All concentrate today is to situate the modern valley as the auto capital of the district,” Majid Matbouly, top of the modern valley at KAEC, told Arab news.
The EV maker means to send out 85% of its creation outside the Kingdom, profiting from the city’s port situated on the Red Sea.
The megacity has a prepared fabricated private framework for the future representatives of Lucid Motors, which incorporates schools and sporting and diversion roads.
“The work on the Lucid office has initiated. We as of now have individuals who have begun to search for properties and accomodation here at KAEC to be found nearer to their work environment,” Matbouly added.
KAEC is likewise decisively positioned for auto organizations, given its full-administration business port and developing availability with different regions of the planet.
“We accept that we are very strategically set up. We have the King Abdullah port that can work with commodity and import. We are likewise associated with the rail that will connect KAEC to Riyadh and Dammam,” expressed Piaia uninvolved of Lucid Motor’s marking function.
The destined to-be megapolis is now home to a large group of huge names in the truck gathering area, including Renault, Volvo and Rosenbauer.
“Early this year, we marked an arrangement with Juffali Automotive Co. to move its office from Jeddah to here. The organization gathers Mercedes trucks,” brought up Matbouly.
Feasible financial zones
Last year, Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih reported the Kingdom’s arrangement to send off unique financial zones, including numerous planned operations plants, one of them is in KAEC.
The city has likewise vigorously put resources into manageability which could be an objective of decision for organizations aware of their natural responsibilities.
“We invite super advanced organizations investigating maintainability; we are pursuing giving environmentally friendly power energy to their production lines,” Piaia said.
KAEC is working with a few accomplices to foster environmentally friendly power sources, including sunlight based and wind ranches.
“We have confidence in natural, social and administration and are applying to turn into an individual from the United Nations Global Compact for supportability as a feature of the Saudi Green drive,” added Piaia.