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August 2017

ASSA ABLOY

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Universal Building Materials Merchants Co Ltd ( UBM), The Kingdom's leading building materials company, recently entered into a strategic alliance with the world's largest Architectural door hardware and security solutions provider , ASSA ABLOY.

The partnership comes in line with UBM's continuous pursuit to provide distinctive door hardware and security solutions to the construction industry.

ASSA ABLOY offers a complete range of door opening solutions making people feel safe and secure in simple and convenient ways. With 47,000 employees in over 70 countries, it is the strongest global player in the industry with over $ 8 billion sales worldwide.

Through this alliance, the two companies will share knowledge and experience that will provide unique services to the construction sector.

The alliance between UBM and ASSA ABLOY, is a powerful collaboration that will provide high- quality door opening solutions and specialized services to clients in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. On July 10, 2017, a agreement was signed between UBM and ASSA ABLOY. On behalf of UBM, Chairman – Advisory Board Mr. Raghunath Sadasivam and for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions Middle East Group Mr. Nassim Abu Yousef CEO for Middle East has signed the agreement.

October 2015

ZURN Awards

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Zurn, a leader in engineered water solutions recognizes Universal Building materials for 35 years of partnership in KSA. The award was presented by Mr Ken Clark the MD of Zurn to the CEO of UBM Mr Raghunath. Zurn Engineered Water Solutions, a recognized leader in commercial, municipal, and industrial markets, manufacturing the largest range of engineered water solutions in the industry, also recognized UBM efforts for participation in the building of the trust in the contracting and the consultant's community. Surpassing USD 5 million club, every year was also recognized by Zurn which cements the position of UBM as a total solution provider to the construction industry in KSA.

October 2015

The Birth of Architectural Department

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In line with its tradition of sourcing the best products and materials for the construction industry around the world, Universal Building Materials (UBM) introduces new architectural division which will have world leading brands like Hunter Douglas, Hartmann security safes and Rowlands Metal Works and Street and Parks under its portfolio. The launch was attended by the CEO Mr Raghunath and all the employees of UBM. UBM will continue to engage with the world leading brands to help in the building of KSA.

August 2015

Bahrain Annual Meeting

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April 2015

UBM-Diamond Seminar at SDC on March 24th,2015

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UBM & Diamond Pipe Support Systems conducted a seminar about " Diamond Pipe Support Systems Installation & Manufacturing Standards" for Clients, Consultants and Contracting Engineers at Specification & Design Centre' in Riyadh. UBM as a total solutions provider in door hardware and mechanical product categories has organized series of seminars, workshops and lecture sessions on new concepts by introducing global best practice such as energy conservation, green space, environmental protection, water conservation, lead-free solutions and contributing to the enhancement of the construction industry in KSA.

March 2015

MADINAH SEMINAR

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UBM / DORMA SEMINAR FOR MADINA ENGINEERS-11/02/2015

SULTANAH HALL – LE MERIDIEN HOTEL – MADINAH – 11TH FEBRUARY 2015 AT 17:00PM

This Seminar is intended to give any individual a ground level understanding of how can Madinah Engineers make their projects comply with the requirements and meet various international codes and standards including EN and ANSI and benefit from the consultation of qualified professionals of both UBM & Dorma. UBM & Dorma team provide technical assistance to designers in writing specifications, scheduling and drawings for Door Hardware, Entrance Systems, Glass Partition and Electronic Access Controls. Over the years, UBM has grown to become a complete engineering solution provider for everything revolving around door. It has an in-house engineering team which provides complete project solutions right from concept, design, and specification to supply chain management. the event attracted a large number of major Clients, Consultants and Contractors who are involved with prime projects in Madinah. The seminar was aimed at increasing awareness of the understanding basics of Architectural openings specifications as per relative codes and standards. The seminar also focused on Electronic Security and Safety Systems. These include Access Control and Time Attendance, Exit Control, Under-Vehicle Inspection Systems and Electronic Hotel Locks. UBM has branches throughout Saudi Arabia and has supplied materials to most of the major projects in Saudi Arabia as well as the region, holding a leadership position in the building materials market segment, thanks to its quality products from renowned manufacturers, stock availability, highly-trained product specialists, and excellent after-sales service. Its door hardware section offers a comprehensive range of products, such as door handles – standard and architectural (ANSI and EN), locksets, panic devices, door closures, EM locks, hinges and concealed hinges and door sealing systems Over the years, the company has grown to become a complete engineering solution provider for everything revolving around door. It has an in-house engineering team which provides offers building materials from the concept stage to delivery and beyond. DORMA is the trusted global partner for premium access solutions & services enabling better buildings. In the business segments of door control, movable walls and glass fittings the company is a member of the world elite. Tradition & Technology. Service & security. Competence & comfort. DORMA has system to operate all the doors.

Focus of Madinah

Universal Building Materials has Branches throughout Saudi Arabia, to be easily accessible to the project sites with a large stock that enables us to offer our services to all projects in the Saudi Arabia on time. UBM pays special attention to the city of Madinah. As it aims to empower the construction industry professionals and contribute to the projects' success and the development of the city UBM understands the importance of contributing to the Madinah projects by opening Madinah Branch to serve architects, contractors and interior designers in Madinah by providing the latest products that contribute to their projects solutions and contribute to the enhancement of the construction industry in Madinah. Specification and Design Centre (SDC) & Dorma PMT will deliver all the technical competence in terms of specification of right products to right project requisites in compliance with all kinds of Standards both American and European. We would educate the Architects, Consultants, Clients on the Technical Aspects, Compatibility and provide them commercially viable product solutions.

1) TARGET AUDIENCE

Our Target Audience was further categorized into three. They were:- Technically Expertise – Head of Departments – Architectural / Interior Designers Commercial Expertise – Procurement Manager – Contractor / Client Representatives Decision Makers – Clients/ End Users – esteemed customers

2) SEMINAR OBJECTIVES

Understand basics of Architectural openings specifications as per relative codes and standards. Introduce UBM as a total solutions provider in Door Hardware ,Mechanical product categories and Electronic Access Controls, Create the awareness of following the codes and standards in door hardware, to ensure that projects are following the international standards Provide technical assistance to engineering fraternity to work on new concepts for Door Hardware, Entrance Systems, Glass Partition, Movable Walls and Electronic Access Controls in compliance to international standards. Assist in life & fire safety and access controls reviews and recommendations to comply with the requirements. Offer solutions for escape route doors and fire doors, as well as electronic access control systems.

March 2015

NATIONAL WATER COMPANY (NWC)

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Universal Building Materials Merchants Co Ltd (UBM), one of the leading suppliers of Door Hardware, Specialized Architectural Hardware and Mechanical products for over 35 years, in association with DORMA, a market leader in premium access solutions, has organized a seminar on the Subject of "Codes, Standards and Dorma Solutions" on 25th February 2015 at Specification and Design Center for the National Water Company Engineers. The seminar focused on Door Hardware and Electronic Security and Safety Systems (These include Access Control and Time Attendance, Exit Control, Under-Vehicle Inspection Systems and Electronic Hotel Locks).

March 2015

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY (KSU)

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UBM Specification & Design team and Zurn-Business Development team, who on 22/02/2015, gave an excellent Power Point presentation to the Strategic Construction Program Team in King Saud University-Riyadh and several engineers from contracting companies.

The presentation showcased the Zurn product line of Drainage system, Chemical drainage system, water control Products, sensor operated electronic flush meters and faucets. The latest and most up to date Hydro generator battery recharging systems were also on display at the presentation.

September 2014

WILSON TAYLOR LAUNCH

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Wilson Taylor Floor Drains and Cleanouts were launched on the 28th August 2014. This program was attended by the entire sales team of UBM. Wilson Taylors new logo was also unveiled during this Program. The focus of the program was the key features of Wilson Taylors's Drains and Clean-outs and the key benefits it offered to the customers. This program concluded with rolling out of key steps in ensuring the success of these products in the project market of Saudi Arabia.

August 2014

GULF CONSTRUCTION

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May 2014

ANNUAL SALES MEETING, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Bahrain

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The Annual Sales Meeting of UBM was held in Bahrain, 08th May 2014. It is an annual event that UBM usually hosts, in order to gather all management members as well as the sales team from all regions in Saudi Arabia.

February 2014

UBM INAUGURATES ITS MASTER KEY FACILITY IN RIYADH

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A brand new master key facility, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, was inaugurated on the 23rd of December 2013 by Mr. Mohammed Fahad Saja in the presence of senior executives of UBM. Mr. Kannan Srinivasan, Chairman of the Group, Mr. Raghunath CEO along with senior officials of UBM attended this opening ceremony.

January 2014

UBM IS THE PARTNER BY CHOICE FOR DORMA GLASS INTERIOR SOLUTIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA.

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UBM and DORMA have been exclusive Project Partners for the last 15 plus years in KSA for the Door Hardware products. UBM is recognized by DORMA as the BEST PARTNER in the whole of Mediterranean, Middle East and African countries. The relationship between UBM & DORMA has been strengthened further by their partnership with DORMA for Glass Interior products on an exclusive basis for Saudi market. A partnership agreement was signed in Riyadh recently by the visiting CEO of DORMA Group Mr. Thomas P. Wagner and by the CEO of Universal Building Materials Co, Mr. Raghunath S.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raghunath CEO of UBM said, "UBM and DORMA are now joining hands to launch DORMA Glass Interior in this market. From now, the world famous DORMA Glass Interior products can be ordered to specifications from the designing stage itself, from UBM who have the expertise and the market knowledge to serve the growing needs of the construction industry in Saudi Arabia. UBM Team is well qualified to offer building materials from Concept stage to Delivery and Beyond …… This end to end service is being offered for the first time in KSA."

Mr. Thomas P. Wagner CEO of DORMA Group acknowledged the dedicated partnership being offered by UBM to DORMA in enhancing the product experience and helping to grow the market share for door hardware in Saudi Arabia and thanked the construction industry professionals for patronizing and endorsing DORMA, a global brand of stature.

February 2014

NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED TO SAUDI ARABIA IN NOVEMBER 2013

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Rowlands Metalworks was established in 1956 and has a strong reputation for high quality custom metal fabrication and manufacturing. Our purpose-built manufacturing facility in South Australia features state-of-the-art technology and equipment, with expert staff and a commitment to service and quality. Rowlands modular systems are found in commercial applications across the world. They are suitable for airports, hospitals, hotels, conference centers, distribution and transport companies, government departments and offices – anywhere functionality and design are paramount. We visualize, design and build for your business. We consult and communicate. We think end-user. Think seamless functionality.

Rowlands modular systems are competitively priced. We understand budgets and design systems to be functional and cost-effective. Rowlands has over 50 years experience in high quality metal fabrication and manufacturing. Our purpose-built manufacturing facility in Australia features state-of-the-art technology and equipment, with expert staff.

We have earned a reputation for delivering high-end equipment that is designed to fit and built to last, even in the toughest commercial environments. Every element of a Rowlands modular system is built to our exacting standards, with longevity and attention to detail. This quality delivers faultless performance and total confidence.

Many clients find our flexibility a significant benefit to managing their own business. Rowlands have the capacity to handle large orders or very small runs, for suitability with your business requirements, where inventory control and lead-times can be essential to your business efficiency and profitability. We pride ourselves in the capacity to help you plan and problem solve your project, so can trust Rowlands to help you find the right solution to any manufacturing problem.

October 2013

SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF UBM MET IN BAHRAIN

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SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF UBM MET IN BAHRAIN ON THE 17TH AND 18TH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 TO DISCUSS AND CHART OUT STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TO CONSOLIDATE AND GROW THE BUSINESS IN THE REGION.

September 2013

ZURN, A WORLD LEADER IN ENGINEERED WATER SOLUTIONS RECOGNIZES UNIVERSAL BUILDING MATERIALS, KSA AS THE GLOBAL AGENT/DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR 2013 AND ALSO AWARDS UBM WITH THE MILLION DOLLAR ACHIEVEMENT CLUB AWARD.

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June 2013

UNIVERSAL BUILDING MATERIALS OPENS A WORLD CLASS HIGH QUALITY DOOR HARDWARE SHOWROOM IN JEDDAH.

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Universal Building Materials Merchants Co. Ltd, (UBM) a pioneer and a total solutions provider in offering high quality door hardware from concept to execution and a specialist in plumbing and drainage products, serving the growing construction industry in Saudi Arabia for the past 34 years as a market leader, has recently opened a modern showroom for high quality door hardware in the famous Tahliya street in Jeddah. With a retail space of 100 sq.m dedicated to showcasing and selling world famous brands of door hardware like Mandelli, Raven, AGB, Dorma, Ghidini, Kwikset, Simonswerk, Baldwin, Rocky Mountain, Frank Allart, Martin Pierce and Brassart, UBM is all set to consolidate its leadership position in this specialized world of construction materials. This is UBM's 14th showroom in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and plans are being drawn up to increase the total number of showrooms to 34 in 16 months.



Speaking on the occasion of the showroom's inauguration in Jeddah, the CEO of UBM Mr. Raghunath highlighted the conscious role of the company management in identifying Saudi talent and offering in-house training of Saudis through a structured 12 months UBM Graduation Program, thereby preparing the young Saudi work force for a rewarding career at UBM itself. He emphasized the fact that UBM has taken up Saudiaization as a social responsibility and has started implementing the program as part of the ongoing growth strategies of UBM.



Mr. Raghunath also spoke about the fact that UBM is unique in many aspects and more so in setting up a Saudiaization department with a qualified Saudi heading the department. He mentioned that in a year's time, this department will be fully supporting the HR needs of the company by providing well trained Saudis to take up positions in various departments within UBM including the staffing requirement in the retail trade counters. He expressed satisfaction in the company's preparedness on the new direction of empowering young Saudi workforce to face the most challenging area of market expansion and achieve market growth.

June 2013

UNIVERSAL BUILDING MATERIALS MERCHANTS CO., LTD INNOVATES TO LEAD THE WAY IN SAUDIAIZATION

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Universal Building Materials Merchants Co.,Ltd (UBM) an established leader in the building materials industry of KSA has been one of the pioneers in implementing Saudiaization even before Nitaqat was announced. Having realized the need to secure the long term sustainability of a people's business, UBM's management set their goals and took the opportunity of Saudiaization as a social responsibility that had to be fulfilled.

UBM's program for Saudiaization has been named as "KAWADER" and under this program, young talented Saudis in the age group of 20 to 25 were invited to apply and were inducted for a comprehensive training program in all departments within the company. UBM's senior managers imparted intensive training to these Saudi graduates along with continuous evaluation while utilizing and re-inforcing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Upon completion of this one year training program, these young Saudis emerge as UBM Kawader graduates ready to be absorbed within the company in various departments.

Speaking on the occasion of the Kawader Graduation celebration program where these trained Saudi graduates were felicitated, UBM's CEO Mr. Raghunath appreciated the enthusiasm of these young Saudi talents and said that in the first batch which commenced last year, 70% retention and induction into the mainstream work force was achieved and the program is running successfully now in its second year. He said that apart from the training modules, the trainees are also getting exposure to International standard practices of the construction industry which is an added advantage. As a company which is committed to fulfilling its social responsibility, UBM will continue to attract these young talented Saudis and will provide all ways and means to train and create the next generation Saudi workforce who will continue to achieve the company's goals and realize the vision through a sustained manner.

June 2013

GREEN CONCERTE – NATURAL POZZOLAN

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Seminar on Green Concrete – Natural Pozzolan by Dr. Mohammed AlHaj Hussein, Green Concrete Consultant

June 2013

SGBC – LEED 101

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SGBC-LEED 101 Green Building Basics & LEED certification course conducted by Mr. Jalal Al Khasawneh,CEM LEED AP

June 2013

UBM LAUNCHES A MODERN SPECIFICATION & DESIGN CENTRE, A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SAUDI ARABIA

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Universal Building Materials Co.,( UBM ) a leader in the building materials industry of KSA has designed and opened a modern facility for the benefit of all the Architects, Interior Designers and Contractors belonging to the Construction industry in Saudi Arabia. The all new UBM Specification and Design centre, located in the first floor of BILDA mall in Exit 17 in Riyadh was declared open by Mr. Christoph Jacob, Area President MMA of DORMA yesterday. With more than 100 years of tradition behind it, DORMA as a family-owned company has developed into the world market leader in door controls, movable walls and glass fittings and accessories.



UBM's new facility showcases latest products from NIBCO which are contributing to lead-free water solutions for a modern world, ZURN water conserving products and solutions, an exclusive educational corner for CES who are master cylinder manufacturers from Europe and a demonstration area for door security solutions from DORMA. Through this new facility, UBM plans to empower the construction industry professionals with all their project related specification details. Their dedicated professional team in this new centre will engage these professionals and help them out with their project related specifications and product solutions. A series of seminars, workshops and lecture sessions are being planned during this calendar year to empower industry professionals in their mission to excel in their businesses. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raghunath, CEO of UBM said "Our objective is to strive to work with new concepts related to our product categories from all over the world and contribute to the enhancement of the construction industry in KSA. We hope that this facility will become a forum of interaction and a meeting point for construction industry professionals." Mr. Christoph Jacob toured the facilities in the Specification and Design centre and appreciated UBM management's endeavor and their commitment for bringing in world class best practices into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.