A ground-breaking new agreement to develop waste facilities across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) has been signed by Grundon Waste Management and construction industry leader MAN Enterprise.
Neil Grundon, deputy chairman, said: “We’re incredibly excited about this new partnership, which enables us to broaden our operations into the international arena at a time when opportunities are sorely lacking in the UK and European markets.
“It is an excellent opportunity for us to share our innovation and knowledge within a new marketplace and demonstrates that we see our long-term future as being on the international stage, as well as at a domestic level.
“MAN has impressed us with their commitment to the development of waste infrastructure in the MEA region and, as a fellow family business, I can see we share many similar values, which is why I am confident this partnership will be built on solid foundations for future growth.”
Grundon will provide recommendations on Best Available Technology (BAT) and knowledge transfer on the technical aspects of establishing a state-of-the-art waste infrastructure; including the design, build, installation and commissioning of waste treatment facilities such as Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), recycling, composting, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities.
It will also provide expertise in areas such as health and safety, environmental mitigation and the development of effective and sustainable working practices.
Michel Abi Nader, MAN Enterprise Chairman, was quoted saying: “We are delighted with this new partnership with Grundon that combines British excellence with Lebanese resourcefulness. Both companies share same values and spotless records. The Middle East and Africa regions are currently witnessing tremendous growth in their population and economies; this is posing additional challenges to a solid waste sector that is already suffering from a lack of efficient and sustainable solutions. We view our alliance with Grundon as a strategic move directed towards reversing this trend, benefiting from Grundon’s extensive experience and MAN’s network and commitment to develop waste infrastructure across the region.”
During discussions last October, Neil Grundon visited Lebanon’s capital Beirut to meet the MAN team and see first-hand the challenges ahead, not least of which is the rapid growth in population, coupled with a severe lack of adequate waste management facilities.
“MAN has demonstrated they are not afraid to make long-term strategic decisions in order to make their own operations more sustainable and benefit the communities within which they operate,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing and growing our working relationship with them and helping to achieve their goal of developing much needed waste infrastructure throughout this area.”
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- MAN Enterprise is an international leader in the construction industry specialising in the delivery of turnkey projects to a broad base of both public and private sector customers. It has a portfolio of large scale developments in sectors including infrastructure, recreation, hospitality, education, residential, commercial and industrial. For more information, please visit
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