UL and the GCC Laboratories Announce Joint Venture to Strengthen the Middle East’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Local🕔 12 October 2017

Joint venture will operate as a UL and GCC Lab Company based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia Partnership will combine resources, knowledge and expertise to improve the region’s renewable energy market


Riyadh, KSA; October 12, 2017: Global safety science firm, UL, has announced a joint venture with Saudi based GCC Lab aimed at strengthening the Middle East’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure.

UL’s regional base operates out of offices in Dubai and its new state-of-the-art lab facility in Abu Dhabi. The joint venture will operate as a UL and GCC Lab Company and will be based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to cater to customers throughout the Middle East, including Egypt.

The joint venture will be a catalyst in boosting the quality of the region’s renewable energy market by leveraging both party’s’ resources, knowledge and experience and updating the certification requirements.

Moreover, the joint venture company will offer a variety of services related to the renewable industry, such as pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services and product testing of solar PV modules, including accessories that comply with applicable standards including UL and IEC standards.

The partnership will also aim to capitalize on UL’s reputation as the leading safety science company in the region and on GCC Lab’s strength and mandate as part of the Kingdom’s vision 2030 to diversify its economy.

Hamid Syed, Vice President & GM, UL Middle East, said: “This agreement represents each organization’s strong commitment to provide customers with all services related to renewables to meet the varied climate of the region.

“We are delighted to be able to be part of its aggressive renewable targets by offering a complete range of services via the new joint venture company and excited about developing new relationships through the extended client base.”

The GCC Lab is a closed joint stock company that was formed by a select group of prime governmental and commercial entities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Its mandate is to provide testing, inspection, and certification services for electrical equipment.

Saleh Amri, CEO of GCC Lab stated: “This partnership combines UL’s safety science knowledge, expertise and global resources with the GCC Lab’s, knowledge of local market needs and goals - laying the groundwork for improvements and updated certifications in the region’s renewable energy market.

It is a significant step in line with the Kingdom’s visions 2030 and GCC countries vision and will contribute significantly towards localizing manufacturing and services, fostering a knowledge-based economy, energy sustainability and competitiveness, supporting research, enhancing energy efficiency, and promoting alternative energy applications suitable for the climatic conditions in the GCC countries.”

The Middle East markets to be served by the joint venture all have ambitious renewable targets with substantial growth expected over the next several years. It is anticipated that the joint venture will be well positioned to support those targets in the years to come.


About UL UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com.

About GCC Lab

The GCC ELECTRICAL TESTING LABORATORY is an independent, reliable capable and efficient start-up laboratory to serve the electrical equipment testing requirements including renewables in the GCC & neighboring countries GCC LAB will serve as a corner stone to enable major electrical and renewable manufacturing in the GCC and the surrounding region by offering cost-effective and world-class testing & certification services to ensure the highest levels of equipment safety, reliability and efficiency. To learn more about the GCC Lab, visit gcclab.com.sa.

Sheila Tobias Communication Manager Twister Communications Middle East Dubai Media City - Shatha Tower - Office 1303 PO BOX 502475 Dubai - United Arab Emirates Telephone: +97144321195 Mobile: +971558723009 Instagram: twistercommunicationsme Website: www.twisterme.ae

Local🕔 12 October 2017

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