Lyons, SD – Rosenbauer, a leading manufacturer of fire equipment, has won an order from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior to supply fire engineering equipment worth a total of $318.8 million US. 1,125 vehicles are to be supplied, of various types and for various operational purposes, as are boats and other civil defense equipment.
Due to the rapid increase in the Kingdom's population over the past few decades, it has been decided to launch an additional expansion program for the fire protection sector. This will involve building and fitting out 180 new fire stations, mainly in urban areas. As well as this, some 6,000 extra firefighters have been recruited and are currently undergoing training.
"This success underlines the Rosenbauer Group's industry-leading position yet again. Thanks to the highly satisfactory order trend over the past few months – and in contrast to the negative developments in the market as a whole – capacity utilization at our production facilities is assured for the next two years", comments the Rosenbauer Group's Executive Board Chairman Dr. Dieter Siegel.
Besides water tankers built to European Standards, the supply contract also comprises pumpers and rescue vehicles manufactured to US Standards. In addition, heavy recovery vehicles, aerial ladders, boats and hydraulic rescue equipment have been ordered.
506 of these vehicles are to be built in Lyons, SD, with the balance to be built in Leonding, Austria; Karlsruhe, Germany; and Madrid, Spain. Non-Rosenbauer-specific items such as boats are to be subcontracted to specialist vendors. The order as a whole is to be fulfilled in several part-deliveries spread across the next 30 months, i.e. through mid-2014.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Harold Boer, President of Rosenbauer America. “This order will keep us producing at full capacity through 2014 and will also bring many new job opportunities for our division.”
Rosenbauer's long-standing working relationship with the Saudi Arabian clients is founded upon the high quality of its products, which have been developed in close collaboration with the customer to meet local requirements.
For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.rosenbaueramerica.com.