- December 2, 2012 - X-CITE.COM ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDER OF NOKIA LUMIA
- November 21, 2012 - X-CITE WINS THE 2012 BEST VIVA POSTPAID SALES AWARD
- November 20, 2012 - SAFAT HOME LAUNCHES ITS 'CREDIT FESTIVAL'
- November 18, 2012 - X-CITE LAUNCHES 'CALL OF DUTY - BLACK OPS 2'
- November 8, 2012 - SAFAT HOME LAUNCHES 'DOUBLE SAVINGS'
- November 8, 2012 - ROCKWOOL INDIA PARTICIPATES IN 'GREEN BUILDING CONGRESS'
- November 5, 2012 - X-CITE SIGNS UP WITH HUAWEI TO INTRODUCE THE LATEST MOBILE
- October 23, 2012 - KIMMCO SPONSORS MEED’S SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM 2012
- October 20, 2012 - X-CITE AND PHILIPS INTRODUCE NEW RANGE OF SMART TV'S BY PHILIPS
- October 7, 2012 - SAFAT HOME HOSTS 'PURPLE CARPET' EVENT FOR ITS VIP CUSTOMER'
- September 13, 2012 - FIRST 3 INSTALLMENTS FOR FREE ON ALL NEW CHEVROLET VEHICLES
- September 13, 2012 - X-CITE LAUNCHES 'CINEMA AT HOME' CONCEPT
- September 12, 2012 - THE ALL NEW 2013 CHEVROLET COLORADO ARRIVES
- September 12, 2012 - FREE CHECK-UP FOR CADILLAC & CHEVROLET VEHICLES
- September 12, 2012 - KIRBY INDIA WINS 2012 GREENTECH SILVER AWARD IN SAFETY
- September 6, 2012 - X-CITE LAUNCHES NEW E-COMMERCE APPLICATION FROM FACEBOOK
- August 29, 2012 - X-CITE LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF PREETHI STEELE MIXER GRINDERS
- July 23, 2012 - X-CITE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF X-CITE BLOG
- July 22, 2012 - KIMMCO PARTICIPATES IN INTER-BUILD EGYPT 2012 EXHIBITION
- June 28, 2012 - X-CITE'S FACEBOOK PAGE WINS BEST INTERACTIVE AWARD
- June 20, 2012 - XCITE.COM LAUNCHES EURO CUP GAMING APP ON FACEBOOK PAGE
- June 14, 2012 - X-CITE WINS "IN-STORE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR" AWARD
- June 11, 2012 - THE NEW SAFAT HOME OPENS ITS DOORS IN SHUWAIKH
- June 10, 2012 - X-CITE WINS BEST OVER ALL RETAILER AWARD
- May 31, 2012 - X-CITE WINS 'RETAILER OF THE YEAR' AWARD
- May 23, 2012 - X-CITE OPENS ALL-NEW, EXPANDED SHOWROOM AT THE AVENUES
- May 13, 2012 - AI RECOGNIZES 2011-2012 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRADUATES
- May 8, 2012 - ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES AWARDED 'BEST CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN KUWAIT'
- April 25, 2012 - KIMMCO PARTICIPATES IN 'WORLD ECO-CONSTRUCT' EXHIBITION IN ABU DHABI
- April 23, 2012 - ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN
- April 15, 2012 - FIRST SAUDI INSULATION MANUFACTURING CO. TO OPEN STONE WOOL FACTORY
- April 5, 2012 - KIMMCO RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF GCC’s ‘CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATORS’
- March 26, 2012 - TALENT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AWARDED ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION
- March 10, 2012 - ‘KIMMCO MEANS INSULATION!’ AT BIG5 SAUDI
- February 22, 2012 - X-CITE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PLAYSTATION VITA IN KUWAIT
- February 21, 2012 - 5 DAYS OF FUN WITH X-CITE AND SAFAT HOME’S HALA FEB CARNIVAL
- February 14, 2012 - XCITE.COM WANTS TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU!
- February 8, 2012 - SAFAT HOME PARTICIPATES IN THE ‘WEDDING EXPO’
- January 25, 2012 - KIMMCO TEAM INAUGURATES NEW JEDDAH SALES OFFICE
- January 10, 2012 - ALGHANIM AUTOMOTIVE LAUNCHES '12 WAYS TO SAVE IN 2012' CAMPAIGN
December 2, 2012
X-CITE.COM ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDER OF NOKIA LUMIA 820 AND 920 ONLINE
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics’ online web portal, www.xcite.com, continues to serve as the region’s premier e-commerce electronics website, bringing the best products first to its customers. xcite.com has launched the pre-ordering campaign of Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, the world’s most innovative smartphones, and the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone that includes the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Lumia 920 is able to take photos in environments with five times less light than competing smartphones, without using flash. This makes it possible to take blur free images and video in low light even at night. The Nokia Lumia 820 is a stylish, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. Although the Lumia 820 has the same look and feel as the other Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design that not only makes it possible to select from a range of colors, but can also support wireless charging accessories.
Both Nokia Lumia devices come with an impressive list of unique features whereas the Windows Phone 8 provides a more personal smartphone experience. X-cite is bringing these new series of Lumia smartphones first to our customers through its exclusive online pre-ordering campaign. Customers can now pre order their Nokia Lumia handset exclusively from www.xcite.com which will be delivered by early December. Pre-ordering is currently valid only through the X-cite online web portal until December 15th. X-cite ensures to fascinate Nokia lovers with its breakthrough in the Lumia series which will be available soon in all X-cite stores.
Aniltom P Thomas
Brand Marketing Manager
Tel: +965 1881111 ext 3604
November 21, 2012
X-CITE WINS THE 2012 BEST VIVA POSTPAID SALES AWARD
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics was recently awarded for the ‘Best Postpaid Sales’ at the VIVA Annual Dealers Recognition Convention held in Dubai. The convention is an effort to reinforce relations with VIVA's dealers and reward them for their continuous support and efforts.
X-cite was recognized for achieving the highest postpaid sales record of the year and was the only VIVA dealer in Kuwait to achieve such results after a one-year partnership. Salman AL-Badran, CEO – VIVA, presented the award to the X-cite Telecom Services team in the presence of VIVA's senior management and VIVA dealers and brand ambassadors at the event.
Last year, VIVA signed a strategic partnership with X-cite to offer VIVA products and services through X-cite showrooms. VIVA applauded X-cite for their continuous efforts to improve post paid sales in the market and congratulated them for this significant contribution.
Due to the positive response and high demand received from customers, X-cite is now offering VIVA services at 8 more showrooms including Al-Rai, Avenues, Farwaniya, Fahaheel, Hawally, Salmiya, Sahari and Beitak. X-cite is honored to receive this recognition and congratulates VIVA for achieving success in the year. A special thank you to the members of VIVA including its CEO, Mr. Salman Al-Badran, Mr. Danny Dweik, Executive Vice President for the Commercial Sector, Mr. Faris Sulaibi, Sales Director, Mr. Abdulaziz AlDawish Indirect Sales Senior Manager, Mr. Hamad AlMarri Dealer Account Manager, and to Mr. Mohammed Askar.
With this achievement X-cite looks forward to continuing a successful partnership with VIVA in the coming years.
Aniltom P Thomas
Brand Marketing Manager
Tel: +965 1881111 ext 3604
November 20, 2012
SAFAT HOME LAUNCHES ITS 'CREDIT FESTIVAL'
Safat Home launched its new credit campaign at both its stores to provide its customers with great deal while purchasing on credit.
The ‘Credit Festival’ campaign allows customers to choose exciting gifts after making a credit purchase. On a spend of KD 150 and more, the customers are entitled to a KD 25 gift voucher from Safat Home. Other gifts include the LED TV’s, the new IPad, the IPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and laptops.
Safat Home’s credit service is available in-store, can be availed by both Kuwaitis and ex-pats, and requires no down payment.
November 18, 2012
X-CITE LAUNCHES 'CALL OF DUTY - BLACK OPS 2' AT AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT AT THE AVENUES
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, in collaboration with RED Entertainment and Activision, held an action-packed launch event for the exclusive release of the much awaited PS3 game ‘Call of Duty – Black Ops 2’. Activision, the largest software publisher in the interactive entertainment software industry released the highly anticipated Call of Duty Black Ops II which is known to be the biggest game of the year by the gaming community.
Reaching out to all gaming enthusiasts in Kuwait, X-cite invited its customers to the exclusive launch of the game that took place at The Avenues on November 12, 2012, from 9.30 pm – 12 midnight. The new Black Ops is the first Call of Duty game with ‘branching’ storylines – i.e. where the player can change how the game ends. X-cite created the ambience of the game with a unique in-store set up that included barricades, barrels, sand bags, as well as a jeep Wrangler which gave the actual feel of the game.
During the event, X-cite held random competitions such as a paint ball competition depicting actual characters from the game, which gave customers an exhilarating gaming experience. Adding to the excitement, a flashmob was done by Q8cosplayers who were present at the event, showcasing a variety of different costumes. A costume competition was held as well in which the best costume went to a character from the popular Japanese animation Naruto. Customers could also play the actual Call of Duty game and the first iteration of the PC Call of Duty game in the game zone to bring back memories from the first of its series. Promoters dressed up in army suits interacted and engaged with the crowd and helped to promote the game.
Due to the game’s widespread popularity, it even broke the record for the highest pre-orders. X-cite had launched a preorder campaign a month before the release, during which a customer was eligible to win a Jeep Wrangler, Turtlebeach headsets and loads of other exclusive prizes on ordering their game.
Customers flocked in numbers to participate in the launch event and were very enthusiastic throughout all the competitions. A prize ceremony was held towards the end where the X-cite team handed out various prizes to the winners and giveaways to the participants. X-cite received an overwhelming response from hundreds of gaming enthusiasts and were thankful for their tremendous support to make launch of Call of Duty – Black Ops 2, a great success. The game is now available in stores, and can also be ordered online through X-cite’s web portal www.xcite.com
Aniltom P. Thomas
Brand Marketing Manager
Tel: +965 1881111 ext 3604
November 8, 2012
SAFAT HOME LAUNCHES 'DOUBLE SAVINGS'
Get double the savings at Safat Home with its ‘Double Savings’ offers across all categories including furniture, home accessories, children’s furniture, sanitary ware and tiles. ‘Double Savings’ means that you get further discounts on already discounted items!
The promotion started across both Safat Home showrooms in November and has great offers but only for a limited time.
Visit one of our branches in Al Rai or Shuwaikh today to avail these great offers.
Think furniture, think Safat Home!
November 8, 2012
ROCKWOOL INDIA PARTICIPATES IN 'GREEN BUILDING CONGRESS' CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
Rockwool India recently participated in the 10th edition of ‘Green Building Congress’ conference and exhibition, held from 31 October – 1 November 2012, in Hyderabad, India. Rockwool India is one of the founding members of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the organization responsible for organizing this amazing event.
The IGBC’s activities have transformed the Indian market with regard to green building concepts, materials and technologies. The event attracted over 2,000 delegates and over 5,000 visitors from India and other countries. This international event showcased the latest trends in green building by exhibiting various green technologies and materials.
Rockwool India exhibited a wide range of fire-safe insulation products and solutions for sustainable buildings. The visitors at the Rockwool stall included high-profile green building architects, consultants, builders and engineers. During the exhibition, the Rockwool team was able to introduce its new and innovative products including acoustic and thermal insulation Board (ATIB) for false-ceiling application and ALG facing building roll for metal building.
This exhibition offered great opportunities for Rockwool India to promote its product line, network with key players and understand the latest developments in the field of green building in India.
Rockwool India will continue to participate in such events to promote and establish as one of the leading brands in India to offer fire-safe insulation products for sustainable buildings for a wide range of building applications.
November 5, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS SIGNS UP WITH HUAWEI TO INTRODUCE THE LATEST MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES IN KUWAIT
As Kuwait’s main provider of the latest in innovation and technology, X-cite by Alghanim Electronics is proud to announce the launch of global telecom solutions provider, Huawei, in Kuwait. Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is set to showcase its vast product portfolio, covering a wide range of market sectors including mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home device.
Huawei Device ME, headquartered in Bahrain, has offices across the Middle East and is most actively involved in Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and now in Kuwait. “Kuwait, a vibrant market for consumer electronics, is one in which we feel that Huawei can succeed in offering the latest technology innovations coupled with robust media applications and a particular emphasis on chic model designs,” said Mr. Gene Jiao, President of Huawei Middle East Region . Today Huawei Device is ranked among the top manufacturers of Smartphones, providing the best and only affordable Smartphones worldwide.
Huawei is pleased to introduce to the Kuwait market the new Ascend Platinum series that includes the D1 and P1 Smartphones. The Ascend D1 with 4.5” and Ascend P1 with 4.3" Super AMOLED screen come fully-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and feature a powerful dual-core 1.5GHz processor. In the home device category, Huawei’s stunningly light and thin-design tablet MediaPad 10 FHD comes with 10.1” screen, quad core CPU for quick performance, and double channel speakers with Dolby™ surround sound for enhanced sound quality.
Within the Middle East, Huawei Device has focused on strengthening its regional distribution partnerships over the last year, and has successfully introduced a number of local Smartphone models. Samer Sayegh, Vice President of Alghanim Electronics said, “We take pride in being the exclusive distributor of this innovative telecom brand in Kuwait. With Huawei, we expand the Smartphone and tablet offerings to our customers. We are optimistic that Huawei’s Smartphones and tablets will be a popular choice amongst our customers in Kuwait. ”
Huawei has a wide assortment of over 15 different products including Smartphones, feature phones, tablets and internet devices. The entire product range is now available is all of X-cite’s 17 stores located all over Kuwait. As part of the launch of Huawei devices, X-cite is running exclusive offers and promotions across all its stores. A mall demo is also slated to take place at The Avenues, where the Huawei product range will be on display. This partnership with Huawei strengthens X-cite’s position in the market, bringing the latest technology first to it customers.
Aniltom P Thomas
Brand Marketing Manager
Tel: +965 1881111 ext 3604
October 23, 2012
KIMMCO SPONSORS MEED’S SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM 2012
KIMMCO recently co-sponsored MEED’s Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) Conference, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 13-16 October 2012.
The SGBF 2012 focused on the development of laws and regulations that promote green building initiatives in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the conference provided a crucial industry forum to debate best practice on design, construction and build environment. The event highlighted the key role that the wider community has to play in achieving an environmentally sustainable future. SGBF presented information on the analysis, insights and business opportunities across the Saudi Arabian green building projects, and built cultural awareness of green building and sustainability initiatives.
Robert Schild - Multi-Comfort Manager, Saint Gobain, representing KIMMCO at the event, gave a 45-minute presentation entitled, “Passive House: Ways to save energy in Building.” Robert spoke about improving energy efficiency in buildings by using mineral wool insulation, and explained that using insulation also leads to energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. He also spoke about the impact of climate change, outlining specific solutions that the gathered decision-makers could act upon. The presentation was well-received by the audience.
KIMMCO will continue to strengthen its position as the region’s premiere insulation solution provider by taking the lead in promoting green building initiatives, and participating in major construction exhibitions and events in key markets.
October 20, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS AND PHILIPS HOLD MALL DEMONSTRATIONS TO INTRODUCE THE NEW RANGE OF SMART TV'S BY PHILIPS
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, in collaboration with Philips, have been conducting a series of mall promotions displaying the exciting new range of smart TV’s by Philips, in an aim to educate customers and create awareness about the latest Smart TV technology. This new range consists of various series of LCD, Smart LED and Smart 3D TV’s, ranging from size 32” right up to 55”. With the advent of the Smart TV technology, users can not only enjoy cinematic entertainment but can also browse through the web with integrated Wi-Fi system. Users can download a host of apps, control the TV from their Smartphones, make voice and video calls over Skype, and lots more.
The new Philips Smart TV series is targeted at users looking for state-of-the-art online services and high picture quality yet at an affordable price. This Smart series features a sophisticated choice of Smart TV applications, internet browsing, USB recording and usage of online apps. In the Philips 3D TV series, the integration of active shutter glasses technology has made it possible to display 3D movies with excellent picture quality. Philips also offers real-time, high-quality 2D/3D conversions of any 2D content at the push of a button, allowing for an unparalleled cinematic as well as gaming experience.
X-cite held its first mall demonstration at Marina Mall from 18 -20 October. Promoters at the display stand interacted with customers in the mall and helped to educate the people about the various features of the new Smart TV series by Philips. Customers were thrilled to experience this new technology.
Additional road shows are slated to be held at 360 Mall from 25-27 October and at The Avenues Mall from 22-24 November. Please visit the Philips demo stalls during these days and get a glimpse of the latest Smart TV range by Philips.
October 7, 2012
SAFAT HOME HOSTS 'PURPLE CARPET' EVENT FOR ITS VIP CUSTOMER'
On Sunday, 7 October 2012 Safat Home hosted a special event - Purple Carpet - for VIP customers at its Al-Rai showroom.
A special lounge was set up in the Safat Al-Rai showroom for this exciting event where VIP customers could preview the latest furniture arrivals at the store. In honor of the ‘Purple Carpet’ event, all invitees were entitled to a 20% discount on all products in the store.
In addition, VIP customers were qualified to enter a draws for a chance to win any of the following three furniture sets:
• Dining set (to the value of KD180)
• Bedroom set (to the value of KD230)
• Sofa set (up to the value of KD250)
During the ‘Purple Carpet’ event, VIP customers enjoyed an exquisite selection of sweet and savory gourmet appetizers accompanied by fresh juices. Invitees also enjoyed entertainment provided by a jazz band which added to the events ambience.
The ‘Purple Carpet’ event proved to be a huge success and concluded with the announcement of the lucky winners of the night.
September 13, 2012
FIRST 3 INSTALLMENTS FOR FREE ON ALL NEW CHEVROLET VEHICLES
Staying true to its tradition, Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons offers various, valuable surprises to its customers and car lovers alike. The company has chosen the month of September for its ‘’3 month installment free” campaign, along with the end of summer holiday season and the start of the new school year. Now, customers can enjoy the first three monthly installments for free when they buy any new Chevrolet vehicle, anytime during the month of September.
Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons, the exclusive dealer of Chevrolet vehicles in Kuwait, is keen to provide its customers with solutions for all needs and wants. That is one of the main reasons why the company is continuously offering valuable and exclusive promotions that meet the growing needs and preferences that cater to all customers.
The Chevrolet Traverse, one of the most popular models, is characterized by an advanced and comprehensive safety system that also gives drivers the luxury of space as it accommodates eight passengers, quality performance and ultimate driving control. The vehicle is powered by a 3.6L, V6 engine generating 288 hp and is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that has earned a five-star frontal and side impact crash test rating. With three rows of airbags, rear ultrasonic parking assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control system, the Chevrolet Traverse offers everyone a comprehensive safety system fit for every individual and family.
As for the speed and excitement lovers, the legendary Camaro is available with two powerful engines; a 6.2L, 8 cylinder engine generating 426 hp and a 3.6L, 6 cylinder engine generating 323 hp. In addition, customers can customize and accessorize the exquisite Camaro with tinted windows, rally posters, xenon headlights and much more, to further enhance their road experience.
The iconic 2013 all-new Malibu has redefined the midsize sedan category in Kuwait with its expressive style, refined interior, outstanding driving experience and five-star safety features, qualifying it as the best-equipped vehicle in the midsize segment. The exterior design of the all-new Chevrolet Malibu possesses elements of its sibling, the Camaro, bringing sporty sensibility and slick edge to the sedan family.
Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons Automotive adds the finishing touch to the ownership experience with high-quality after-sales services. With the world’s biggest and most advanced automotive service center, customers need not worry about their service and maintenance needs.
To find the vehicle that will perfectly suit your world, visit Yusuf A. Alghanim showrooms in Al Rai, Fahaheel ,Shuwaikh and Sharq and grab the opportunity of this amazing offer.
September 13, 2012
X-CITE LAUNCHES 'CINEMA AT HOME' CONCEPT AT THE AVENUES SHOWROOM
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, in collaboration with the Alghanim Engineering Group, launched the new instore concept of ‘Home Cinema’ at X-cite’s flagship store in The Avenues. The ‘Home Cinema’ concept at The Avenues comprises a highly-specialized team with expertise in audio-visual and interior designing. The team is responsible for the entire process of creating the home cinema from the ground up; sound-proofing the entire room, hiding electrical wiring, locating appropriate lighting options within the room and arranging the sound system, giving home-owners a thrilling at-home cinematic experience.
By combining the innovative engineering designs and specialized installation set up of home cinema, X-cite has introduced a new service giving customers a unique cinematic experience at home. Samer Sayegh, Vice President - Alghanim Electronics commented, “X-cite continues to cater to our growing customer needs by providing them with the latest in technology. The Home Cinema concept is one more way in which we offer our customers an innovative service to enjoy the best of audio visual entertainment at home, similar to that of a high-end cinema theatre, yet modified to suit the customer’s preference down to the last detail.”
The Home Cinema concept is a step ahead in the field of home cinemas worldwide. This new service offered by X-cite is ideal for those seeking a superlative entertainment experience at their home; to watch movies or even listen to music in an elegantly designed setting.
Those seeking a glimpse of the Home Cinema setup with its entire components can now check it out at a specially-designated area at the X-cite Avenues showroom. Customers can enjoy a live demo of the Home Cinema concept and experience the latest in technology and high-end entertainment. With this new Home Cinema concept, X-cite continues to solidify its position as the region’s leading retailer, bringing the best instore experience to its customers.
September 12, 2012
THE ALL NEW 2013 CHEVROLET COLORADO ARRIVES IN YUSUF A. ALGHANIM & SONS' SHOWROOM
With Already amassing a large following in Kuwait, the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Colorado finally makes it debut in the country. The irresistible, newly-designed model welcomes visitors to observe and experience its iconic, strong performance, luxurious features and smooth drive. Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons ِAutomotive, the sole distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in Kuwait, celebrated the arrival of the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Colorado in its Safat showroom, in the presence of senior management, fleet customers, media representatives, and esteemed customers
Based on GM’s new global body-on-frame, rear-drive midsize truck architecture, the Colorado is designed, engineered and executed to deliver best-in-class appearance, performance, versatility and refinement.
The all-new Colorado offers two gasoline engines that incorporate a host of technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of power, performance and fuel efficiency. A four-cylinder 2.4-liter DOHC power train matched to a five speed manual transmission is rated at 150 horsepower and 229 Nm of torque, while achieving best in segment fuel economy of 10.4 L/100km. A 3.6-liter high-feature V6 with variable valve timing matched with six speed automatic transmissions is rated at 236 horsepower and 329 Nm of torque with fuel economy of 11.5 L/100km.
With a flowing instrument panel, integrated center stack and trademark Chevrolet dual cockpit design, the interior of the all-new Colorado combines car-like characteristics with the boldness expected of a pickup. Boasting segment-leading front- and second-row shoulder room, headroom and seat height, the Colorado provides outstanding levels of interior comfort for the driver and passengers alike proving to be Best-In-Class 2nd row legroom. Designers also carried the premium finish expressed so boldly in the Colorado’s exterior into the interior, with the use of chrome appointments around the shifter and shifter head; steering wheel bezels; HVAC controls; door pulls; door appliqués; and surrounding the radio head. The use of LED backlighting in the instrument cluster and HVAC controls in Chevrolet’s trademark “Ice Blue” illumination provides a high-definition appearance. The Colorado also includes a vast amount of storage locations designed to be Best-In-Class cargo volume.
Visit any of Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons’ showrooms to experience the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Colorado first-hand. Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons adds the finishing touch to the ownership experience with high-quality after-sales services. With the world’s biggest and most advanced automotive service center, customers need not worry about their service and maintenance needs.
September 12, 2012
THE ALL NEW 2013 CHEVROLET COLORADO ARRIVES IN YUSUF A. ALGHANIM & SONS' SHOWROOM
With the start of the new school year, Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons, the sole distributor of Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles in Kuwait, has launched a new promotion to further enhance its commitment to providing outstanding service to its customers in Kuwait. This offer especially targets Cadillac and Chevrolet owners by giving them the opportunity to enjoy a free and comprehensive check-up, as well as special prices on parts and labor. Customers also get a chance to enter a draw to win gift vouchers worth KD 400 from X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, for every KD 25 spent at Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons Service Centers, located in Fahaheel and Shuwaikh.
All Cadillac and Chevrolet owners can now bring their vehicles to Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons Service Centers in order to benefit from this exclusive offer that provides a complete free check-up. This campaign gives customers the opportunity to learn more about their car with a detailed condition and cost report, twenty-one point inspection of the entire car, complimentary wash and vacuum, and special promotional prices on vehicle parts and labor, valid for 2 months after the inspection date. The free check-up is valid from September 10 to September 22, 2012 and the draw will take place on Tuesday 25 September at 11:00 am, at the Alghanim Shuwaikh Service Center.
This offer is another reminder of Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons’ continuous commitment to providing its customers with valuable offers that meet customers’ needs and wants, providing only the best services, products and promotions in all of Kuwait.
September 12, 2012
KIRBY INDIA WINS 2012 GREENTECH SILVER AWARD IN SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Kirby Building Systems India has been awarded the prestigious Greentech Silver Award in Engineering Sector for outstanding achievement in Safety Management for 2012. This award has been received by the company for the second time in succession, after also being awarded with Greentech Environment Award and Greentech Safety Award in 2011. The Greentech Silver Safety Award was received by the Kirby India team in July 2012, during an event held in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
The Greentech Foundation is reputed for its stringent safety standards, credibility and honoring the proactive practices of the awardees. The Greentech Safety Award recognizes the safety initiatives practiced by the industries.
D. Raju, Vice President – Kirby India and MEA, congratulated the Kirby team members, led by K. G. Phillipose, Director – Kirby Manufacturing, for this achievement, and emphasized how these awards reinvigorate Kirby India’s commitment to world class safety standards.
September 6, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS LAUNCHES NEW E-COMMERCE APPLICATION FROM FACEBOOK
As the market leader in innovation, X-cite by Alghanim Electronics web portal, xcite.com, has launched its first ever e-commerce application from Facebook. This is the first time in the Middle East any electronics retailer has offered such a unique service where customers can shop directly from their Facebook page. X-cite fans can now view special offers directly from X-cite’s Facebook page, interact, engage and shop for their favorite products.
X-cite has launched this breakthrough in social media to keep pace with the recent advent of e-commerce Facebook integration in the international market. X-cite’s e-commerce Facebook integration involves copying different aspects of X-cite’s online portal, www.xcite.com, onto Facebook to expose it to a more massive audience. The new ‘Shop’ tab now available on the X-cite’s Facebook page gives visitors an immediate shopping experience of selected inventory. What makes the ‘Shop Now’ application on Facebook unique is the virtual-interactive experience allowing shoppers to view, share, and openly discuss their potential purchases. After filling up a virtual shopping cart, users are offered various payment options including Visa, Knet, Mastercard, and even Pay-On-Delivery. This gives customers an opportunity to try out new and innovative ways to explore safe and secure online shopping.
X-cite’s Facebook page is a fantastic resource for the latest and upcoming product knowledge and has been considered to be one of the most active electronic retail pages on the internet throughout the Middle East region. X-cite proved this by recently winning the Best Facebook Interactive Award, at an awards ceremony that was held by Pan Arab Web Awards Academy in Jordan. Ali Maaz, Head of Product & Sales at xcite.com commented, “We have an intelligent customer-base requiring intelligent platforms of access. Our new e-commerce platform on Facebook allows us to give our customers a new online shopping experience with the capability of directly purchasing xcite.com products in a social environment.”
The high engagement of users comes from the continuous interactivity of X-cite on their Facebook page through various postings on the wall, photos of new products, forum discussions, videos, events, competition, reviews, etc. Since launching ‘Shop Now’ on Facebook to an international audience late last month, users have already begun to take advantage of the show-cased merchandise by purchasing and sharing products. xcite.com is committed to continuous development and is planning for many application upgrades offering a larger selection of items. To access the Shop Now on Facebook app please visit Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/XcitebyAlghanim?ref=stream#!/XcitebyAlghanim.
August 29, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF PREETHI STEELE MIXER GRINDERS
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics introduces the launch of Preethi Steele, an exclusive class of mixer grinders from India. Preethi, India's largest mixer grinder brand and a leading kitchen appliances company, has emphasized its strong presence in over 9 million homes in India and abroad. The Preethi range of kitchen appliances includes mixer grinders, electric pressure cookers, wet grinders, coffee makers, kettles and irons, amongst others. Currently, four models of Preethi Steele mixer grinders have been launched in Kuwait.
The brand has grown from its modest beginning to become the market leader in the mixer grinder market. The company has 7 manufacturing facilities spread across India. The brand was introduced in 1978 and over a span of 33 years of continued commitment to quality, Preethi has grown to establish a No. 1 position in India and is now globally recognized and sold across various countries including USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and in the Middle East.
X-cite believes in its commitment to quality. A major insight about Preethi is the quality that is highly associated with the brand. Preethi mixer grinders are well known for their ruggedness. A powerful motor, turbo vent for effective cooling and low noise, and faster grinding are some of the main features that contribute to its superior performance. Preethi Steele mixer grinders, made out of 100% stainless steel, are ideal for preparation of South Indian delicacies such as dosa, chutney, idli etc., which requires powerful grinding compared to the other conventional mixers.
X-cite is constantly exploring new products and the Indian market has a lot of innovative products to offer such as wet grinder, spice mills, food steamers etc. X-cite continues to enhance customer satisfaction by bringing in these innovative products to Kuwait and making them available in our showrooms. Once again X-cite is very delighted with this new venture of bringing India’s largest mixer grinder brand to Kuwait and enabling our customers to enjoy the quality of Preethi’s products and services.
July 23, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF X-CITE BLOG
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics' e-commerce portal, the region's largest consumer electronics and home appliance retailer, has launched its own technology blog. The X-cite blog available on (www.xciteblog.com) is a technology portal created to provide an interactive platform where the latest trends, product reviews and opinions are shared. The X-cite blog is an effective channel for product reviews, recommendations and exchange of opinions between the brand and its audience.
Ali Maaz, Head of Product & Sales at xcite.com commented, "X-cite believes in an era where companies differentiate themselves based on superior customer experience through different channels. The X-cite blog is an effective platform for communicating and reaching out to anybody interested in consumer electronics and home appliances. It gives us an interactive and engaging platform that helps us serve our customers better."
Apart from being the only electronics blog in the region, the X-cite Blog is all about communicating to people. Customers can review the expert opinions and product reviews made by the blog auth, as well as get truthful insights from our readers on various products. The blog consists of posts that vary from basic thoughts on rumored or released electronics to in-depth reviews on wild card electronics, and helpful guides on how to make the most out of the latest gadgets. The posts even carry video previews of the products so readers can get a real-time experience of what is spoken about the product. The authors are trained technology specialists and the general style of the blog is to encourage community participation by enabling readers also to add in with their experiences, comments and feedback on products. Readers are encouraged to comment, rate, ask, discuss, critique, or simply speak their minds. The blog also announces new products that are launched on xcite.com as well as the various ongoing promotions and discounts. X-cite customers can use the blog to read comments on different products and therefore have better insight before purchasing it online. The X-cite blog aims to attract and develop a regular audience through constant and freshly updated content.
In the past few months, xcite.com has built a strong presence on social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google plus and Pinterest. With the effective use of social media, X-cite’s online portal xcite.com has been actively expanding its customer reach. Following the launch of X-cite blog, the newest edition in social media, xcite.com aims to build a stronger online community.
July 22, 2012
KIMMCO PARTICIPATES IN INTER-BUILD EGYPT 2012 EXHIBITION
KIMMCO recently participated in the Inter-Build Egypt Exhibition, held at the Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 21 – 25 June 2012. The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Fathi El Baradei, Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development. The exhibition included over 1,500 exhibitors from 46 countries, and witnessed an estimated 100,000 visitors over the course of the five day event. In addition, several chambers of commerce, industry associations, and private companies took advantage of the event to organize seminars during the period.
KIMMCO held a technical seminar at the Holiday Inn, Cairo on 22 June, at which Manhal Jaweesh, Regional Sales Manager, MENA Exports, gave a talk entitled, “Green & sustainable benefits of glass fiber insulation.” Invitees to the seminar included consultants, contractors and other industry executives.
Hashim Gillani, Vice President – Alghanim Insulation Group, and Jamal Abu Saleh, Head – Glasswool Sales, attended both the exhibition and seminar, and were pleased to see the huge number of participants and attendees.
June 28, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS' FACEBOOK PAGE WINS BEST INTERACTIVE AWARDPAGE
In a ceremony held on June 19, 2012 in Amman Jordan, X-cite by Alghanim Electronics was announced as the winner of the Facebook Interactive Award for the electronics category in the GCC region. The event was held by the Pan Arab Web Awards Academy where representatives from all the GCC and MENA region were nominated in various categories. Pan Arab Web Awards Academy is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire and reward creators for their skills so that they continue to improve. The Facebook application award is an exciting new initiative by Pan Arab that aims to develop an interactive community providing recognition to this e-sector in the most superlative way.
Elizabeth Linder from Facebook Europe, Africa and the Middle East was representing Facebook and distributed awards for the various categories. X-cite won this award for its interactivity with the audience, rich content, easy to navigate design and the number of likes on its Facebook page. Ali Maaz, Head of Product & Sales at xcite.com commented, “X-cite is honored to receive such a prestigious award that recognizes our efforts of using new innovative channels to reach out to our customers. We aim to lead and innovate all online mediums through our social media channels. I would also like to thank all our loyal fans who made winning this award possible.”
X-cite's Facebook page has been considered to be one of the most active electronic retail pages on the internet, effectively communicating in both English and Arabic. The page was set up with an aim to connect and engage with fans in an ongoing conversation whilst building awareness of X-cite's activities. X-cite’s Facebook fan page has more than doubled in the last 6 months with customers taking a keen interest to stay updated with the latest news and happenings about the regions largest retailer.
With the effective use of social media, X-cite’s online portal www.xcite.com, which is the region’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances retailer, has been actively expanding its customer reach. This in turn has enabled xcite.com to communicate, engage and satisfy the diversified segments on these trendiest platforms. xcite.com's strategic communication through social media keeps customers updated about the latest offers, promotions, new arrivals, discounts and also exclusive prizes through various competitions and activities.
June 20, 2012
XCITE.COM LAUNCHES EURO CUP GAMING APP ON FACEBOOK PAGE
With the 2012 Euro Cup Championship tournament heating up, www.xcite.com has launched a new initiative where football enthusiasts can log on to xcite.com’s Facebook page to predict the winning team.
This exclusive application is specially designed for soccer enthusiasts on the X-cite Facebook page. It works on a simple and easy-to-use system, the game allows fans to predict scores of the ongoing matches and enables them to collect points for predicting the right result. The app offers soccer enthusiasts an interactive Facebook page that is both an entertaining as well as a rewarding experience. Not only can one interact with other fans, but also have the chance to participate in the daily competitions until the 1 July 2012. There is a KD 10 discount coupon given out to 10 winners daily and a grand prize for the 55 Inch LED TV from LG.
“Football is truly one of the most popular sports in Kuwait and the Middle East. We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and connect with football enthusiasts in Kuwait and our loyal fan base on Facebook. The gaming app on Facebook will provide all participants a way to share their love for football with their friends and communities. In addition, there is the added incentive to win the daily discount coupons and the grand prize of the LG LED TV that is being raffled,” said Samer Sayegh, VP – Alghanim Electronics.
www.xcite.com is the online portal for X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, which is the region’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances retailer. The X-cite website has been at the forefront of using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to reach out and connect with customers. This in turn provides a meaningful experience to customers that goes beyond the customary brand experience and creates a sense of ownership for the online community. www.xcite.com has run various contest and activities using social media in the past to engage with its customers. The online and social media engagement strategy helps xcite.com to build awareness and educate customers better about the many exciting things that are available on www.xcite.com and in the 17 retail outlets spread across Kuwait.
June 14, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS WINS "IN-STORE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR" AWARD
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics won the award for the Best In-Store Experience at the Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) awards held at Distree 2012 in UAE. Award submissions were received from retailers across the Middle East. The short-listed finalists were CompuMe for its concession stands in Virgin outlets in Dubai; Emax for an in-store display system it has deployed called 'Positive Disturbance'; iMachines in Bahrain for its new Apple-focused store; Jacky's for its Dubai Mall outlet and X-cite for its all-new, expanded store at The Avenues. The In-Store Experience Award was decided by a VIP jury based on the submissions submitted by the respective retailers.
The Best In-Store Experience award evaluates the customer experience in a store and is based on a variety of parameters such as the store layouts, the services available in the store, the fit and finish, the application of brand colors, and most importantly, assesses the efforts made by the retailer to provide the customer with a superlative in store experience.
Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, organisers of the ‘MERA: 2012 Awards’, said “Shopping is still all about the experience in the Middle East and retailers in the ICT and CE market are coming up with innovative methods to attract customers to their outlets. From a store-in-store concept through to an interactive demonstration zone, a unique POS display, superior service or an innovative retail layout, we want to find out who is leading the way in terms of the development of the In-Store Experience in the Middle East. The Middle East ICT and CE channel continues to develop and mature at a rapid pace and the retailers picked out at the MERA: 2012 Awards are all playing a key role in driving this development across the region.”
As the largest consumer electronics and home appliances retailer in the Middle East , X-cite has been the pioneer in deploying evolved shop floor tactics much ahead of time. X-cite moved from the conventional passive display of products in locked cases to an environment where the customers can experience and engage with products, to the latest concept where X-cite presents entire ecosystems of products that tie-in to the interactivity of products. This shift in experiential retailing is also presented in conceptual display in the form of innovative 3D studios, home cinema rooms, sound rooms for audiophile, home automation zones - all initiatives that provide the customers an opportunity to keep pace with technology.
Samer Sayegh, Vice President – Alghanim Electronics, said “The Best In-Store Experience Award for the new and expanded X-cite store at The Avenues mall recognizes our efforts to enhance the shopping environment and bring to market the most advanced electronics showroom in the region.”
In addition to the many new zones, X-cite offers a range of services in its stores, some of the value added services provided in its retail environment include - Easy Credit Service (for product financing), Al Esraa – the Islamic financing option, a tech force support counter for technology related configuration and installation support, and a dedicated customization counter where customers can get their personal digital entertainment devices laser engraved or “instant skinned” with pictures of friends and family, etc. With 17 outlets and an online e-commerce portal (www.xcite.com), X-cite is the destination for consumer electronics, home appliances and technology products.
June 11, 2012
THE NEW SAFAT HOME OPENS ITS DOORS IN SHUWAIKH
Safat Home, one of Kuwait’s leading home furniture and accessories stores, has opened its new branch in Shuwaikh. Safat Home is famous for having a comprehensive variety of homeware, from classic designs to modern pieces, that suits every type of home and taste. The new Shuwaikh showroom features a new and wide range of items including home furniture and accessories, a variety of tiles and sanitary items. Safat Home makes one’s home renovation more convenient as it provides free delivery and installation of furniture, flexible credit conditions and free warranty for one year on furniture items.
In addition to having free delivery and free warranty, a design center is available for all customers who wish to purchase tiles and sanitary items so as to provide design solutions. The newly-opened Safat Home in Shuwaikh also has a designated special engineering solutions division that caters to specific requests such as elevators and air conditioning installation and other engineering mechanics that go into one’s home. Such an addition further makes Safat Home everyone’s one-stop shop for all home needs.
Safat Home’s newest location offers its customers exclusive offers every week that provide them with great discounts on furniture items and accessories.
Visit the newly-opened Safat Home today located in Shuwaikh to enjoy the new and wide collection of homeware and the exclusive offers available.
June 10, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS WINS BEST OVER ALL RETAILER AWARD
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics won Best Overall Retailer at the GameStream12 awards held in association with DISTREE Middle East at Le Meridien Al Aqah, Fujairah, UAE. The GameStream12 awards recognize excellence in games retail and highlights innovation and creativity in the retail sale of game solutions and products across the Middle East.
The award was announced after X-cite had recently opened its all new and expanded outlet at The Avenues mall. One of most attractive sections is the Game Zone; uniquely designed with a wide selection of the latest games and accessories. The gaming section at X-cite showcases a wide variety of multi-gaming platforms, state-of-the-art gaming computers with customized accessories, in addition to the toys section that displays the latest in high tech toys.
The Game Zone allows customers to demo the latest customized PC gaming machines and gaming consoles, or play network games before buying, giving them a real-time gaming experience rather than just viewing the contents on the box.
Samer Sayegh, Vice President - Alghanim Electronics said “Providing customers with a unique shopping experience has distinguished X-cite as a market leader in the region. This award from Gamestream recognises our excellence as retailers within the gaming sector across the entire Middle East market. "
X-cite's active participation with vendors like Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox , Razer and Steelseries to introduce the best in gaming and keeping customer’s engaged through in store activities has enabled widespread popularity of X-cite in the gaming market. Our past succesful events include the launch of Playstation Move, PS Vita and the Pro Evolution Soccer Gaming challenge in association with Goalna. X-cite competed with last year winners Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore and Emax to win this award.
After its successful debut in 2011, GameStream12 returned to DISTREE Middle East to give retailers the opportunity to hear from some of the region’s biggest names in the gaming industry. This year’s alliance of Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation, Red Distribution and Pluto provided a cutting edge perspective on the latest trends and products. The event concluded with a gala dinner and was highly appreciated by the attendees, consisting of more than 600 retailer, distributor and vendor executives involved in gaming across the Middle East.
May 31, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS WINS 'RETAILER OF THE Y EAR' AWARD
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics has won the 'Kuwait Retailer of the Year' award for the 4th consecutive year from Middle East Retail Academy (MERA). The award ceremony was part of the annual 2012 Distree channel networking event held at Furjairah, UAE. The award is bestowed to international retailers for excellence in retailing across a range of criteria that includes successful channel engagement strategy, implementation of best business practice in retailing and in being able to provide its customers access to the latest technology products within a world class retail environment.
More than 300 senior executives from the vendor community took part in a live electronic vote at the MERA 2012 Awards' gala dinner. Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, organisers of the ‘MERA: 2012 Awards’, said: “The Middle East ICT and CE channel continues to develop and mature at a rapid pace and the retailers picked out at the ‘MERA: 2012 Awards’ are all playing a key role in driving this development across the region.” The annual MERA Awards are now firmly established as a benchmark for retail channel excellence in the Middle East market.” X-cite’s dominance in the Kuwaiti market was underlined by its overwhelming success in this category, with the retailer securing a hugely impressive 82% share of the live vendor vote.
The award was announced after X-cite had recently opened its all new and expanded outlet at The Avenues mall in Kuwait. The new and spacious X-cite showroom at The Avenues mall exudes a modern and sleek vibe. With X-cite’s signature touch –feel-interactive displays, more than 10,000 products are now easily accessible to customers. The multi-cultural bilingual trained product specialists ensure that customer can get a deeper insight into how the product works or how modern technology converges to make life easier and better. The retail environment and shopping experience at the outlet is the best example of how MERA endorses retail channel excellence in the Middle East market. X-cite with its network of 17 stores and online portal at www.xcite.com is the market leading retailer for consumer electronics and home appliances in Kuwait and across the Middle East.
Samer Sayegh, Vice President - Alghanim Electronics said “The 'Retailer of the Year' award comes straight after the opening of the all new and expanded X-cite store at the Avenues Mall. The award recognizes our efforts to enhance the shopping environment and bring to market the most advanced electronics showroom in the region.” X-cite has won numerous awards from various international organizations in the past including being the Superbrand for Kuwait, Best Retailer Middle East at MERA 2011, as well as Super Retailer from Reseller Middle East 2011.
May 23, 2012
X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS OPENS AL- NEW, EXPANDED SHOWROOM AT THE AVENUES
Once again, X-cite by Alghanim Electronics reinforced its leadership in Kuwait’s electronics market by opening its expanded showroom at The Avenues mall. The all-new showroom introduces spacious layouts and a stylish look and feel that enhances customers shopping experience.
Mr. Samer Sayegh, Vice President - Alghanim Electronics, opened the showroom during the official opening ceremony in the presence of VIP guests, X-cite’s senior management and the local media. After cutting the ribbon, Mr. Samer Sayegh guided the invitees and media through an introductory tour inside the various sections of the showroom. A brief summary about each section was highlighted to explain the background of every concept and theme of the newly-designed sections.
Mr. Sayegh explained the reason behind the exceptional development of X-cite’s showrooms, “Over the past years, we exerted all our efforts to enhance our communication and interaction channels with our customers and visitors. As a result, we have a rich knowledge base of customer expectations, insights and feedback. After conducting detailed marketing studies and research to see the shopping trends and behaviors of customers in Kuwait, we utilized the results to create a significantly enhanced shopping experience for our customers. We transformed our customers’ expectations and wants into a shopping environment that embodies the most advanced and modernized electronics showroom in the region.”
The new and spacious X-cite showroom at The Avenues exudes a modern and sleek vibe. With X-cite’s signature touch & feel interactive displays, more than 10,000 products are now easily accessible to customers. The multi-cultural, bilingualtrained product specialists ensure that customer can get a deeper insight into how the product works or how modern technology converges to make life easier and better. One of the most eye-catching sections is the gaming zone which is the largest in the Middle East. Filled with the latest games and gadgets in the market, the game zone also allows customers to try out different gaming consoles or play network games before buying. The home theater section showcases the widest range of sound and video products. The high technology system in the listening rooms allows customers to test the combinations of home theater kits before making that all important purchase decision. There are different product test/experience zones that customers can try out different products. Shopping at the X-cite store is a one stop solution as it provides for all solutions including Easy Credit product financing to instant skinning and laser customization, all under one roof.
Everyone is invited to visit the expanded X-cite store at The Avenues to enjoy an exciting shopping experience that showcases the best and latest electronics in the market. After all, X-cite is where technology meets excitement.
May 13, 2012
ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES RECOGNIZES 2011-2012 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRADUATES
Alghanim Industries recently marked the successful conclusion of its 2011-2012 Leadership Development Program, at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. During the event, held at the company’s head office in Shuwaikh, thirty-four employees were recognized by the executive and senior management team for their successful completion of a rigorous, seven-month development program.
During the ceremony, teams of program graduates presented the results of their action learning projects, which are sponsored by senior business leaders within the Alghanim group of companies. This year’s projects came from Gulf Trading and Refrigerating Company (GTRC), Kuwait Insulating Material Manufacturing Co., (KIMMCO) and the Xerox Division. The projects involved defining a new competitive strategy for a mature business, conducting a feasibility study for an online business, and proposing a diversification strategy for a specific territory. The action learning module was among the highest rated elements of the overall program by the participants.
Alghanim Industries’ multi-level Leadership Development Program provides the company’s emerging, mid-level and senior leaders with world-class leadership development. Employees must be nominated into this program. The development curriculum offers a unique, integrated learning experience, based on international best practice that strengthens employees’ leadership capabilities and helps them realize their leadership potential. The program, developed and delivered by the Talent Development Company (an Alghanim Industries company), includes classroom-based workshops, action learning projects, business simulations, an international speaker series, e-learning, and one-to-one executive coaching.
Commenting on the graduation, Jim Batchler, Alghanim Industries’ Chief Human Resources Officer, stated, “We are extremely proud of these employees. They invested a great deal of their time and energy in this program, in addition to carrying out their full-time responsibilities within the company. We believe that by providing an integrated learning experience that really stretches them, we have built a platform that will enable them to become even more effective and valued leaders within our businesses.
Alghanim Industries will continue to provide leadership development programs for its employees, with the next program scheduled to launch in June 2012.
May 8, 2012
ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES AWARDED 'BEST CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN KUWAIT - 2012’
Alghanim Industries, one of the largest, privately-owned companies in the Gulf region, was recently awarded ‘Best Corporate Governance Kuwait - 2012’, by World Finance, a London-based, international finance magazine.
With this award, World Finance recognizes Alghanim Industries for its excellence in the field of corporate governance and its efforts to go beyond the formal regulatory requirements for the benefit of its various stakeholders. This award specifically highlights the company’s high degree of fiscal integrity, thorough oversight, effective use of internal and external audit functions, and high levels of disclosure and transparency. Alghanim Industries was the only company in Kuwait to be selected in this year’s Corporate Governance awards.
Commenting on the honor, Alghanim Industries’ Chief Executive Officer, Omar K. Alghanim stated, “We are pleased to be recognized by World Finance for the strength of our corporate governance framework. This award reinforces our belief that one of the keys to operating as a world-class company is the successful implementation of robust control systems and processes. We plan to continue to grow our governance program and further embed this culture of responsibility and best practice throughout the company.”
Mark Schmitz, Chief Financial Officer, and George Lambros, Corporate Controller, received the award on behalf of Alghanim Industries, at a ceremony that took place at the London Stock Exchange.
Upon accepting the award, Mark Schmitz stated, “We thank World Finance for recognizing our efforts with this distinguished award. Our achievements in the area of corporate governance could not have been realized without the strong leadership of our CEO, consistent support from our executive team, and the dedicated teamwork of Alghanim Industries’ employees, at all levels of the company.”
With the demand for accountability and transparency at an all-time high, World Finance established the Corporate Governance awards as a means to identify global companies that have in place a robust and holistic approach to corporate governance. A number of other international companies were also recognized for their Corporate Governance practices this year, including organizations such as BMW Group - Germany, MindTree - India, Pirelli - Italy, Toyota - Japan, Royal Dutch Shell - Netherlands, Qatar Telecom, Nestle - Switzerland, Microsoft – US, and HSBC – UK.
Alghanim Industries was also named one of Hewitt Associates’ Best Employers in the Middle East for 2009/2010, and one of Asia’s Best Employers by the Employer Branding Institute and the World HRD Congress, for 2010/2011.
To view Alghanim Industries’ Best Corporate Governance award presentation and interview, please click here.
April 25, 2012
KIMMCO PARTICIPATES IN 'WORLD ECO-CONSTRUCT' EXHIBITION IN ABU DHABI
KIMMCO participated in ‘World EcoConstruct’ held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center from 22-25 April 2012. During the exhibition, KIMMCO featured a stand with its glasswool and rockwool products to educate and influence the audience about the benefits of using insulation.
The KIMMCO stand stood out with its new branding campaign and attracted many visitors, including contractors and consultants from across the region. The UAE, specifically Abu Dhabi, is a main market for KIMMCO to enter due to its many construction projects and activities.
KIMMCO will continue to look for opportunities to participate in s events in the region.
APRIL 23, 2012
ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN
Alghanim Industries (AI) held its third annual blood donation campaign at its corporate headquarters in Shuwaikh, in cooperation with Kuwait’s Central Blood Bank (KCBB). The campaign was a huge success, with a large number of employees taking the time to donate blood to this worthy cause. AI extends its thanks to the KCBB doctors and staff who facilitated the event.
The annual blood donation campaign is part of Alghanim Industries’ ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility and community engagement.
April 15, 2012
FIRST SAUDI INSULATION MANUFACTURING COMPANY (FSIMC) OF ALGHANIM INDUSTRIES PLANS TO OPEN NEW STONE WOOL FACTORY IN SAUDI ARABIA.
First Saudi Insulation Manufacturing Company, a company owned by Alghanim Industries, is pleased to announce the construction of a new stone wool manufacturing facility based in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
With the support of Saint-Gobain Isover (France), the world leader in insulation, FSIMC will manufacture a variety of stone wool products for thermal and acoustic insulation. Using Saint-Gobain’s latest state-of-the-art technology (REX process), FSIMC will serve both the industrial and building segments.
The manufacturing facility in Yanbu will have potential of 64,000 MT installed capacity and serve markets in Saudi Arabia, as well as other markets in the GCC, Egypt, Iraq and Levant. The plant is expected to be commissioned in 2013. The manufacturing facility in Yanbu will complement Alghanim Industries’ two stone wool facilities in India with a total installed capacity of 50,000 MT. Moreover, Alghanim Industries and Saint-Gobain also have a joint venture in Turkey to manufacture stone wool where installed capacity is expected to reach 75,000 MT in 2012. These facilities operate under Saint-Gobain Isover licensed technology.
The production of stone wool insulation at the Yanbu factory will also enable the construction sector to meet the increasing demand for eco-friendly and energy-efficient building materials. Stone wool insulation products can play a key role in the successful development of “green” building solutions with great energy savings for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and improved living comfort for the people. This investment will also create valuable jobs for Saudi nationals.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the Strategic Planning & Investment Development team of the Royal Commission of Yanbu for the strong support provided both for the industrial land as well as for the associated utilities that are necessary to build and operate this green field manufacturing facility.
About Saint-Gobain Isover
Saint-Gobain Isover is a division of Saint-Gobain. Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market designs, manufacturers and distributes building materials providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and for environmental protection.
With 2011 sales of Euros 40.1 billion and more than 189,000 employees world-wide present in 64 countries, Saint-Gobain continues as one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world.
About AIghanim Industries
Alghanim Industries, one of the largest, privately-owned companies in the Gulf region. A multi-national company in outlook with operations in 40 countries, Alghanim Industries is a multi-billion dollar conglomerate with more than 30 businesses and over 300 brand affiliations. Alghanim Industries has established strongholds in the Middle East, India and Turkey, with operations currently extending to Eastern Europe, Africa, East and Southeast Asia.
AIghanim Industries has strong international insulation manufacturing presence through Rockwool India Limited, KIMMCO and Izocam (a joint venture with Saint Gobain).
- ROCKWOOL INDIA LIMITED: Leading producer of stone wool insulation in India, manufacturing heat, acoustic and fire resistant insulation products for distribution in India and throughout the Asian market.
- KIMMCO: Leading provider of innovative, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient glass wool insulation solutions in the Middle East and Africa as well as South East Asia Markets.
Leading supplier of insulation in Turkey that has operated as a joint venture between Alghanim Industries and Saint-Gobain, Isover, since 2006. Based in Turkey, Izocam manufactures stone wool, glass wool and other insulation products, and exports to markets in the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Africa and C.I.S.
April 5, 2012
KIMMCO RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE GCC'S 'CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATORS'
KIMMCO is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the GCC’s ‘Cutting-Edge Innovators’ by Construction Week magazine.
Construction Week magazine is an entity of ITP Publishing Group, which is one of the largest media, events, and publishing houses in the GCC. It is the definitive industry publication that reaches over 10,000 contractors, consultants, government officials, and other professionals through its online channel.
KIMMCO’s history of innovation as well as its recent introduction of the industry’s first, self-seal glasswool board for HVAC duct insulation, were among the reasons KIMMCO received this prestigious recognition.Since its inception, KIMMCO has established a reputation as a market-leading insulation solutions provider with a strong record of innovation. It has developed many products, such as KCL, an acoustic liner that is strong, clean and offers zero-fibre migration.
KIMMCO also introduced Aluglass, an industry-first facing material boasting high mechanical strength, durability and zero-water vapor permeability that eliminates the need for additional weather protection. KIMMCO’s track record in the industry sets them apart of all competitors and now with self-seal capabilities, KIMMCO offers yet another industry-first, an ‘all dry’ glasswool insulation solution.
March 26, 2012
TALENT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AWARDED ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION
The Talent Development Company (TDC) is proud to announce that it received its ISO 9001 accreditation on 26 March 2012.
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is a family of standards related to quality management systems, designed to help organizations meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders.
This award marks the culmination of nearly a year of rigorous internal preparation and is a clear demonstration to TDC’s clients that we are truly committed to quality and consistency. TDC provides a comprehensive range of talent-related services to Alghanim’s businesses as well as to a growing portfolio of external clients based in Kuwait, Qatar, KSA and the UAE.
Visit our website at http://www.tdc-gulf.com/tdcweb/
March 10, 2012
‘KIMMCO MEANS INSULATION!’ AT BIG5 SAUDI
KIMMCO launched the new KIMMCO means insulation! corporate identity to customers and the general industry at the BIG5 Saudi exhibition, held in Jeddah from 10-13 March 2012. This year’s BIG5 Saudi exhibition saw a record number of participants, with over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors from across the GCC.
KIMMCO used the occasion to showcase their re-branded corporate identity to the industry, a sleek new look to announce their transition from a mineral wool manufacturer to a provider of complete insulation solutions. It proved to be a huge success, and raised great interest amongst the visiting public. The KIMMCO skyline in particular, drew numerous visitors to KIMMCO’S booth.
Going forward, KIMMCO will continue to use such platforms to solidify the new identity, and connect with new and existing customers.
February 22, 2012
X-CITE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PLAYSTATION VITA IN KUWAIT
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, along with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), announces the launch of the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) in Kuwait on 22 February 2012. PS Vita will offer uncompromised portable gaming experiences for PlayStation lovers across Kuwait.
PlayStation Vita is an incredible device that offers the best possible portable gaming experiences. The PS Vita system will bring to consumers new ways to play through a unique feature set such as a stunning OLED front touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, motion sensors, and dual cameras.
With more than 80 games currently in production such as “Uncharted Golden Abyss™,” “FIFA”, Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’, and many more, the PS Vita is poised to deliver game play experiences unmatched by any handheld or mobile device in the market. In addition, with both 3G and Wi-Fi support, PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the game play experience and enable them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, foursquare, Skype™, and Twitter will also be available on PS Vita.
X-cite is delighted to launch this amazing gaming device in Kuwait for all our PlayStation fans. Customers can now pre order their PS Vita bundle from X-cite’s online web portal www.xcite.com. On a pre-order of any one of the two PS Vita bundles one can receive a discount of KD 5 on the following:
- PS Vita Wifi only + 16Gb Memory Card + Uncharted : Golden Abyss
- PS Vita Wifi 3G only + 16Gb Memory Card + Uncharted : Golden Abyss
Pre-ordering is currently valid only through the xcite.com online web portal and ends on 21 February 2012. X-cite encourages its customers to try out a demo of the PS Vita which is available at the Avenues and Al Rai stores, only from 1 February onwards. This is one exciting offer which ensures to take gaming to a whole new level.
February 21, 2012
5 DAYS OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH X-CITE BY ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS AND SAFAT HOME’S HALA FEB CARNIVAL
The first days of X-cite by Alghanim Electronics and Safat Home’s highly-anticipated Hala February Carnival and National and Liberation Day celebration started last night amidst a large, excited crowd. This is the fourth consecutive year that the carnival is being held located outside of Safat Alghanim in Al-Rai. It will run for five days from February 20 – 24, 2012.
The first day of the carnival attracted many families and children who spent their time enjoying the various entertaining activities and programs, contests as well as valuable prizes that were offered. The audience also enjoyed entertaining activities that included Disney characters, face painting and hair accessorizing. The day was also filled with musical performances such as the traditional music and dance, and acrobatic acts. The remaining four days of the carnival will be filled with more fun entertainment and valuable prizes and other activities for families.
In addition to having an unrivalled customer service, X-cite by Alghanim Electronics and Safat Home are committed to offering an exceptional shopping experience that answers each and every need that any of its customers and visitors might have by providing a variety of products and offers. It was this same, careful approach of providing ultimate satisfaction that the carnival’s organizers adopted as their standard in planning and holding the grand event that interacted with the attendees in a fun, entertaining, as well as rewarding way, through the many prizes that were given out. To increase the fun factor, famous MCs and announcers are holding exciting contests and will continue to distribute prizes and surprises during the next four remaining days of the carnival.
X-cite by Alghanim Electronics and Safat Home would like to extend it warm congratulations to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of National and Liberation Day. Everyone is welcome to join the carnival to enjoy a fun, entertaining and rewarding time with friends and family.
February 14, 2012
X-CITE.COM WANTS TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU!
In the spirit of the joyous month of February in Kuwait, xcite.com proudly launched a Hala Feb photo contest on 14 February for its loyal customers and fans. The contest rules were very simple – customers were encouraged to take a picture of themselves with the xcite.com website and the Kuwait flag. They were also encouraged to include their friends and family in the photos, if they wished.
This contest was designed to create awareness of xcite.com, increase fans’ engagement on its social media channels, and, of course, show the love that xcite.com and consumers have for Kuwait. The contest also encouraged individual creativity and established a fun activity for xcite.com fans to enjoy.
Xcite.com has received a great response to this contest from its fans and followers. The photos that were submitted were posted on xcite.com's Facebook page, so that customers could vote for the best pictures.
February 8, 2012
SAFAT HOME PARTICIPATES IN THE ‘WEDDING EXPO’
Safat Home displayed its luxurious range of bridal bedspreads from its exclusive brands of Home Sweet Home and Nirvana at the Wedding Expo held at 360˚ Mall from 8 -10 February 2012. The display and the products were highly appreciated by customers who attended the Safat Home booth.
Home Sweet Home is a renowned quality brand from Turkey which offers handmade bridal linens, beddings, towels and accessories. All designs are unique and have their own special feature - pearls, lace, embroidery, sequins and fabric. All furniture, bedspreads and accessories displayed at the expo are exclusively available at the Safat Home showroom.
The Wedding Expo is an annual event that caters to soon-to-be brides who plan to host a unique wedding. Exhibitors display their exclusive range of designer products including jewellery, accessories, linens, beauty products and much more.
January 25, 2012
KIMMCO TEAM INAUGURATES NEW JEDDAH SALES OFFICE
On Wednesday, 25 January 2012, KIMMCO inaugurated its new Jeddah sales office. Located at the Hefini Center at the intersection of Medina Road and Tahlia Street, the new KIMMCO Jeddah sales office highlights KIMMCO’s commitment to the Saudi Arabian market.
The inauguration was attended by over 30 representatives from the top management teams of KIMMCO’s key customers and partners in Jeddah.
New contact details - KIMMCO Jeddah sales office
Location: Intersection of Madina road with Tahlia St, Hefini Center, 5th floor, Office No. 38
Telephone: +966 2 2616710
Fax: +966 2 2616709
KIMMCO will continue to invest in sales people, capabilities and infrastructure as we seek to build on our strong market position in the key Saudi Arabian market in 2012.
January 10, 2012
YUSUF A. ALGHANIM & SONS AUTOMOTIVE PRESENTS ’12 WAYS TO SAVE IN 2012’ CAMPAIGN ON ALL CHEVROLET CARS
Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons Automotive is starting off the New Year with a bang as the company presents yet another New Year surprise to its customers with ‘12 Ways to Save in 2012’ upon purchase of a new Chevrolet vehicle. Throughout this month, customers will receive a cash voucher of KD 212 that can be utilized across 12 different items ranging from: third party insurance and registration, discount towards a 3 year 60,000KM service contract, window film, paint protection, full insurance assistance, accessories, trade-in assistance, discount towards a navigation system, leather seats, chrome package, undercoat protection and Xenon lights.
As Kuwait’s sole distributor for the Chevrolet range of cars, Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons Automotive understands the choices today’s customers seek and accordingly offers a spectrum of Chevrolet vehicles to suit individual tastes and lifestyles. From space and safety, to design and comfort, Chevrolet has a dynamic lineup in 2012.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a car for every family. Powered by a 3.6L, V6 engine generating 281 HP, the traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover with seating for 8 passengers. Having earned a five-star front and side-impact crash test rating and equipped with three rows of airbags, rear ultrasonic parking assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control system, the Chevrolet Traverse offers you a 360-degree safety system. With ‘12 Ways to Save in 2012’, one can add a combination of window film, paint protection, Xenon lamps and undercoat protection among other options.
Just like its predecessors, the 2012 Camaro is here with all the trappings that make it a true muscle car. The 2012 Camaro is available in two variants, a powerful 6.2L V8 automatic transmission, pumping out 426hp and an impressive 3.6L direct injection V6 engine, sporting a 6-speed automatic transmission, pumping out an amazing 323hp. The ‘12 Ways to Save in 2012’ offer allows enthusiasts to accessorize it with window film, rally stripes, Xenon lamps and body kit among other options that will turn heads on the road.
For those seeking a chic and modern sedan, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze brings alluring options that include style, power and performance with a coupe-style exterior and a spacious world-class interior. The Chevrolet Cruze is powered by a 1.8 L, 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 HP, and boasts a 6-speed transmission that is exclusive in its class. Owners can benefit from the ‘12 Ways to Save in 2012’ offer and add a combination of leather seats, Xenon lamps, and window film
Take advantage of the ’12 Ways to Save in 2012’ and add your very own touch to your new Chevrolet at Kromozone. Kromozone boutique features the world’s latest and trendiest interior, exterior and entertainment accessories, all installed with extreme care and precision by certified professionals.
Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons Automotive strives to ensure that customers get the most distinguished experience, from purchase through ownership. With the world’s biggest and most advanced automotive service center, customers do not have to worry about their vehicles’ service and maintenance needs.