Set up by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) in early 2007, OMG is designed to help Oman-based manufacturers respond to the rapidly changing industrial world. "We want to work with our manufacturers to ensure they remain competitive. Indeed, we fully recognise the crucial role this sector plays in Oman's economic and social development," says Eng. Hamad Al Harthy, Director General of PEIE's Rusayl Industrial Estate.
OMG runs free of charge, quarterly specialist seminars on practical manufacturing issues. The 2007 seminar series will debate: new product development; manufacturing strategy; lean enterprise; and branding. The first OMG seminar held in March attracted a range of companies from large international organisations to small independent specialist manufacturers from across the sultanate. According to Eng. Al Harthy over 200 attended the March program. "We were overwhelmed by the response. The OMG meets will also help us boost the image of manufacturing among the public, media and Oman's youth," says Al Harthy.
Commenting on the OMG initiative, Mohammed Al Lawati, Assistant General Manager, Oman Cables Industry SAOG (pictured above left) says: "OMG creates a marvellous opportunity for manufacturers to discuss and address common issues and explore ways of improving performance levels. I'm also confident it will increase levels of co-operation, collaboration and communication within the sector. Indeed, the support that OMG has received from the manufacturing sector plus the attendance level at the first seminar clearly indicates the industry's eagerness to come together, exchange ideas and network. "
The next OMG seminar – Developing a Manufacturing Strategy – will be held 7:45pm, Sunday 20 May at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
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