Case in point: Khansaheb details its CNH kit
UAE-headquartered contractor, Khansaheb, explain why it trusts Case Construction Equipment
Big things are happening at UAE-based Khansaheb Civil Engineering, which proudly describes itself as the country’s first contracting company. Khansaheb was established in 1935 by its founder Khansaheb Hussain Bin Hassan Amad . It also lays claim to building the first motor track between the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah in the same year of its foundation.
A partnership between Khansaheb and Interserve, a leading UK-based construction and support services group, was formed in 1981, and this association has allowed Khansaheb to develop into a truly first-rate diversified company combining local knowledge and reputation with global strength.
Khansaheb currently employs approximately 6,500 people working in construction, building services, facilities management, interiors, roads and infrastructure, joinery, property services, architectural and structural metal.
Plant manager Peter Grant told Construction Week that now is not the time to stand still with Khansaheb having already secured a “good order book” for 2015.
“With many of our existing projects nearing completion we are just waiting on the next wave of work beginning again,” he added.
Khansaheb presently has around 16 major live projects in the UAE and can at any one time be involved in 40 to 50 separate projects throughout the whole company, the biggest of which is the huge extension to Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates under a AED700mn ($190.5mn) contract with mall owner Majid Al Futtaim.
“The work on the Mall of the Emirates project started about nine months ago and is due to finish mid-summer next year,” said Grant. “As the main contractor we are responsible for construction and fit out for the whole project. The first phase is to put up the structural steel and the fit out of all the new areas.”
Grant is responsible for all of Khansaheb’s transport and machinery. Over the years it has developed a strong relationship with CHN Industrial, a global leader in the capital goods sector, which supplies it with new Case Construction equipment.
“We find that Case equipment is cost-effective,” said Grant. “We do the training of our operatives in-house whenever we bring in a new piece of equipment and we will bring the dealer in to give us some additional training as and when required.”
Khansaheb has approximately 65 units of Case equipment, about 40% of its construction related fleet. “Currently the Case equipment owned by Khansaheb comprises of 18 wheel loaders, 10 back hoes, 20 skid steers, and seven excavators,” said Grant.
“What I’m looking for when I buy a piece of equipment is productivity. This goes hand in hand with operator comfort – nice cab, nice environment; production goes up. Also the reliability of the equipment which leads to reduced down time. The cost of the equipment, the service, the technical back up, the availability and the cost of the spare parts. Case ticks all these boxes,” he added.
Khansaheb, he said, would be looking to maintain roughly the same volume of equipment and personnel in the immediate future (Grant is responsible for up to 700 people under the plant and transport division).
“We rent externally to supplement our equipment. You always aim to have a nucleus of equipment of your own and supplement with external rental. That means you’re not carrying too many additional pieces of equipment,” Grant explained. “Over the last four years Khansaheb has spent in excess of AED70mn ($19.2mn) only on replacements. Replacements and additions to the fleet is always an ongoing process. With the old equipment being sold via sealed bid auction that we conduct twice or three times a year.”
Khansaheb is also investing around AED3.5mn ($952,000) in upgrading its main plant yard in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area and is currently in the process of building a new workshop to replace the existing temporary facility that was built out of containers and canvas two years ago. This should be ready by the end of the year.
The benefits are obvious for the longevity of its equipment.
“The custom-built workshop is 80 metres long by 28 metres wide,” said Grant. “It will boost the plant and equipment side of the business by giving us a proper facility to work out of. It has everything you’d require to carry out servicing, maintenance and overhauls of construction equipment and transport.”