August 10th, 2020 Dubai – RMA Automotive Middle East & Africa, has opened its Dubai Modification Center, strategically located in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone on a 25,000m2 property.
This is RMA Automotive’s 6th global modification center and fleet hub. With 7,800m2 under roof, it is RMA Automotive’s second largest manufacturing facility outside of Thailand.
The Dubai Modification Center provides customers in the Middle East and Africa easy access to RMA Special Vehicles which are professionally modified to global standards.
The facility provides hub services to automotive customers and OEM’s for PDI, maintenance, storage, and minor repairs. Its ideal location adjacent to the port minimizes vehicle movements.
In addition, the Dubai Modification Center is set up to deliver major modifications such as ambulances, industrial and mining vehicles, cash-in-transit and prisoner transport trucks, police & security vehicles, personnel carriers and a range of other RMA Special Vehicles.
RMA Automotive Global Manufacturing and Quality Director Peter Lawson stated, œRMA Automotive has been operating out of the UAE for many years delivering special vehicles, fleet vehicles and hub services to a range of customers and OEM’s in the Middle East and Africa. With the increase in demand for special vehicles our new Dubai Modification Center provides us with the flexibility to increase our capacity and with quicker turnaround times.
RMA ME&A have existing close relationships and partnerships with manufacturers including Ford, Toyota and Nissan. Ford Global Fleet Sales, a subsidiary of RMA Group, works closely with RMA ME&A to support the distribution of Ford vehicles to its customer base in the UAE and Northern Africa. Most recently Tesla appointed RMA ME&A to receive and PDI Tesla Model 3 cars destined for customers in the UAE.
The Dubai Modification Center has been recently fitted out to the global RMAA factory standard. The facility has four paint booths, six wash bays and open parking for 350 vehicles. The adjoining office building accommodates RMA ME&A’s management, operations and sales staff.
Hisham Issa, General Manager RMAA ME&A, oversees the Dubai Modification Center. œEven during the lockdowns and economic downturn as a result of Covid-19, the Dubai Modification Center has remained busy, fulfilling orders and developing new products. Not all of these are automotive products, explains Issa. œWhen we were approached to develop a Covid-19 disinfection tunnel, we used the opportunity and the skills of our engineers and technicians to design and develop the robust ProtecTunnel. Several ProtecTunnels have been delivered around the UAE with more on order.
RMA ME&A co-ordinates with other subsidiaries within the RMA Group bringing a wealth of engineering, manufacturing and hub services expertise to the Middle East region:
Minecorp the Australian industry leader and experts in roll over protection system, deliver safe, sturdy and compliant mine site and fleet vehicle modifications.
TPSV, Thailand based world-leading supplier of lighter yet stronger composite panels specializing in cash-in-transit and prisoner transport vehicles.
Ford Global Fleet Sales, the Global Export Distributor for Ford with access to over 100 markets, FGFS provides expert fleet solutions to Ford customers around the world.
Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, RMA Group employs over 7,800 people and has an operational presence in 14 countries globally. RMA is the partner of choice for leading automotive, equipment, services and food brands in Southeast Asia and beyond.
RMA’s roots are in Southeast Asia, where in the 1980s we started to supply goods and equipment to the government, NGOs and private contractors in Cambodia and Vietnam. We fast became known for our expertise in establishing high quality distribution and service support networks, in helping to build infrastructure, and providing a range of much needed services.
Core operations are automotive distribution, automotive modifications and manufacturing, parts and service, fleet management, sales & distribution of heavy equipment, power generation as well as food franchises and engineering services.
RMA Automotive is a major global supplier to markets worldwide with the widest range of special modified vehicles, fleets, accessories, parts, after sales service and training. Over 30 years of experience, engineering, responsiveness and competitive pricing has made RMA Automotive one of the world’s fastest-growing international suppliers of modified vehicles, with over 100,000 units delivered to customers.
RMA Automotive, headquartered in Thailand, partners with OEMs, particularly those with production facilities in Thailand, where some 75% of the world’s one ton pickups are built. Additional RMA Automotive manufacturing and modification plants are situated in Turkey, South Africa, Myanmar and Australia.
RMA Automotive is a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program participant.
RMA Middle East & Africa Inquiries
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