This year Danube Group are Platinum Sponsors of the Middle East Architect Awards
Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman explains his company’s involvment
What inspired you to become involved in the awards?
The Middle East Architect Awards recognise the best projects and people from the Middle East, ranging from the world’s tallest towers to one-off villas, and veteran designers to those bright young architects just starting out. With MEA’s reach into the region, including key markets such as Saudi Arabia, we expect a diverse range of nominees and winners that represent a broad cross-section of the region. MEA will give us a chance to share the platform with the extraordinary talent in the construction sector.
Tell us about the sort of projects Danube are involved in across the region
Danube remains steadfast in its key efforts to become a major part of the development and progress that the region is currently experiencing which also reflects our long term commitment to leverage our world class high quality building materials across the various construction and development projects in the region.
Danube launched Alucopanel Middle East LLC in March 2014 to manufacture Fire Retardant Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP). And since then Alucopanel has serviced many projects, notable ones being Nakheel Mall in Riyadh, Ajman Residence Tower, Jeddah Islamic Port Tower, Doha Festival City, 5 Star Hard Rock Hotel in Abu Dhabi, 5 Star Hotel in Makkah, Grand Mall Riyadh and Jeddah Business Centre and Nakheel Mall in Riyadh.
What makes Danube and its products special for architects and designers?
The fact that we are a one-stop shop for all building materials, and our expertise in the artistic as well as practical application makes us special to architects and designers.
Our building materials portfolio is exhaustive as we deal in wood, steel, sanitary, glass, laminates, hardware, electrical, aluminium, flooring, adhesive, ceiling, paint, edge banding, fire solutions and much more. Our most recent addition, Alucopanel, certainly has added more dimensions to our collection. Our finished products adorn homes, palaces, corporate offices, hospitality and residential interiors.
We deal in supplying wood inlay and marquetry to companies in the UAE and the other GCC countries, to combining inlay, marquetry and exotic veneers into faces for doors, walls and furniture of all types. Inlay borders and marquetry can transform the entire image of a project. Furthermore we also deal in plastic laminates, metal laminates, gypsum boards, chipboard and blockboards, edge banding, veneer doorskins, parquet flooring, doors, sanitary and ironmongery.
What is inspiring to you about the urban environment in Dubai
Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in world and a lot of credit goes to city’s architecture. It’s a fact that urban environment in Dubai is on par, if not better, than any other city. I am proud to recollect that there have been many instances of Dubai building- concepts being replicated worldwide.
Can you give us a message to all who are entering the awards
I thank ITP team for bringing together engineers, architects, designers, visualisers, developers, homeowners and planners to honour best-in-class projects. I congratulate the jury members for being responsible and choosing the best in each category, furthering harmony and sustainability in the real estate sector. I wish everyone the best of luck for the upcoming awards.
Alucopanel Middle East is a subsidiary of the Danube Group. The company is a joint venture between Danube Group and Alucopanel USA. Alucopanel is suitable for architectural applications such as external and interior claddings, roof covering, and ceilings of buildings. Alucopanel believes in sustainable development providing cladding solutions that are eco-friendly and non-hazardous to the environment.
Designing a desired space is important, but creating it with trusted and dependable materials that can suit your design and architectural needs is important. At Alucopanel, we understand what your space means to you, hence we offer ‘Class A’ ACP.
Alucopanel Middle East has a production capacity is 1.2m m2 per annum and with state of the art production facilities, until now Alucopanel has sold panels to the tune of 1 million square meters. The Alucopanel range comes in 15 metallic finishes, 15 solid/plane finishes and more than 10,000 colors can be matched as per RAL Coloring Systems
The company maintains quality management system as per ISO Standards: ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. Alucopanel is tested & certified by: EXOVA Warringtonfire – UK, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants – UAE and BM Trada UK. The Civil Defence in Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain have also approved Alucopanel.
Alucopanel will set up a new production line for manufacturing Class A2 “Non-combustible grade of Alucopanel, that would be a first in the Middle East. The company will also deploy latest technology of Coil Coating Line to meet architectural needs of color finishes within a short span of time.