MEET is launching three new business divisions including a MEP service
The former head of trading divisions for Al Serkal Group, Robin Gibbs, has joined MEET (Middle East Environmental Technologies) as its new partner and managing director.
Together with MEET’s former general manager, now technical director, Sebastien Khandjian the duo has launched a biological cleaning machine for industrial kitchen extraction systems called Green Duct (pictured right) and will launch two more business divisions for its products and services; MEP 24/7 and Enviro-tech drainline.
Gibbs said its first customer for the Green Duct is Emaar, which has installed one at Sammach seafood restaurant, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall. MEET is also talking to major hotel and FM groups about the product.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for FM. All MEET’s products have an environmental edge to them and I strongly believe companies have to start making a difference in the region,” he said.
“It’s a unique challenge to drive MEET forward to the next level and we have plans to expand further into the Middle East and Asia Pacific. We are in negotiations with an Indian company to set up a joint venture and we hope to venture into Oman, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar.”
Khandjian said he welcomed Gibbs’ to the team praising his knowledge and contacts within the industry. He said the three business divisions will be publicised via word of mouth at the FM Expo in May and through its website, which will be relaunched with a new logo.
The company is moving from Satwa, in Dubai, to bigger premises in Al Quoz next month and will be employing up to 35 specialist engineers for its MEP unit by the end of the year. It has also finalised a MoU with a local partner in Saudi Arabia.
The Green Duct ICO70-S and ICO-70M uses high pressure water pumps to spray a small amount of water and bacteria inside kitchen ducts. The product is 100% biodegradeable, and attacks grease and oil, eliminating the risk of fire and odours.
MEET has an agreement with Italian based firm, Idrobase to manufacture the machines and is expecting to sell 50 multi circuit and single circuit systems in the UAE in its first year.
Khandjian is a biochemist with a background in microbiology and said the system can significantly reduce costs because it uses smaller quantities of bacteria to dose a large amount of oil and grease. It can be used in industrial systems, drainage lines, lift stations, sump tanks and to treat sewage treatment plants.
“We are trying to be as green as we can, at a fraction of the cost to guarantee grease free ducts 365 days of the year. We are also working on the R&D for a smoke abatement system, which will eliminate up to 95% of smoke,” he added.
Gibbs said there is a gap in the UAE market for a specialist MEP service. He said it is difficult and time consuming to fix industrial machinery if it breaks down here because most of the manufacturers are based in the US.
MEET is recruiting four specialist engineers and will employ more by the end of the year. It is also launching a kitchen drain line maintenance service and has a new product ready to hit the market in two month’s time and a local group in Dubai which wants to invest.
“Our business model is based on annual maintenance contracts, performed to a high standard. In the four years MEET has been operating, we have never lost a client and with Robin onboard we hope to gain a new client portfolio,” said Khandjian.