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Suppliers roundtable.

When was the company established? How many people does it employ?

Hassan: Globally FLIR was established 1978, and in Middle East our regional office presence has been since 2002. Number of employees globally is 3,215. And in the Middle East 25 employees.

Pitt: Established in 1874, Geberit employs globally more than 12,000 employees in over 40 countries and in the Gulf region we have 26 employees.

What are the latest trends in your sector?

Hassan: The newest trends have been experienced in the building sector's leak detection especially after the recent products launched by FLIR such as C2, MR176, MR160 along with FLIR One which is tailor-made in terms of price and shape to address consumers with limited budget requirements.

Pitt: The need to design and build sustainable human dwellings has now forced architects into thinking beyond geometry to solutions that are not only aesthetically pleasing in the classical sense but are also environmentally conscious. With topics like fire safety, water saving and environmental sustainability, Geberit is a proven leader. We do everything possible as manufacturers to use natural resources with care and thereby help to protect the environment. This begins with the research and development of our products and extends to daily use and responsible recycling. We consistently deliver high-quality products and services to the market.

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What is your best seller?

Hassan: C2, the thermal camera which fits in your pocket.

Pitt: Geberit cisterns and mechanisms. Geberit's concealed cisterns used around the world offer unsurpassed quality and years of trouble-free performance and with a wide range of design solutions giving you the aesthetic freedom to create the bathroom you desire.

What new products have you launched recently?

Hassan: MR176 Imaging Moisture Meter with Temperature and Relative Humidity plus Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM). IMG is the product which FLIR introduced to the market recently where specialists are now able to guide their measurement for moisture by identifying the wet areas and then measuring the moisture percentage with one device instead of two devices. This reduces time and cost. Time - instead of using an ordinary moisture meter where an inspector needs to inspect each and every point to identify the wet area. And cost - where an inspector does not need to buy an ordinary moisture meter along with a thermal camera to complete the inspection task. One device will suffice.

Pitt: Geberit is launching an exciting new range of concealed cisterns and plates geared towards the competitive residential market. The Alpha 8cm cistern is European made and will be available with an attractive new range in the Gulf region early next year for drywall, prewall and inwall installations.

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What other news is there from your company?

Hassan: Following FLIR's launch in Middle Eastern market of the imaging moisture meter plus IGM, we will soon be launching the IGM clamp meter which will be a game changer for the test and measurement market.

Pitt: Not only is Geberit technology famous for behind the wall, we are now able to offer in the Gulf region the Geberit ceramic brands Twyford, Keramag, Keramag Design and Kolo.

What is your latest CSR initiative?

Hassan: Our corporate social responsibility is reflected through plenty of initiatives which fall under the umbrella 'how to increase the awareness of thermal technology as a sixth sense', which can be used as a tool to address plenty of global concerns such as reducing gas emissions affecting climate changes - which is becoming a global concern - through our gas detection product range.

Pitt: Our latest social project took place near the port city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with the extensive renovation and upgrade of sanitation to the Cottonlands Primary School. Built in 1945 and originally intended for around 500 children, the school is today attended by some 1,000 schoolchildren. The only school in the community of some 15,000 inhabitants is free for the pupils. The school had a total of 18 toilets, only two of which had running water. Geberit extensively renovated the sanitary installations during November 2015 providing fresh running water, drainage and toilets.

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What is the biggest challenge you face as a business in the region?

Hassan: We strive to keep our customers and end users happy with continuous product development based on the feedback we receive and by anticipating future possible requirements. The challenge we are committed to address is to maintain our position as a market leader in the region.

Pitt: Using cheap piping material and the wrong connection technology often leads to problems in the drainage system of buildings and it is clearly understood that a cheap price tag comes with cheap quality and no service. This also gives rise to problems during the construction phase (e.g. no availability, wrong deliveries, faulty deliveries, no training, no spare parts) or a short time after the finishing of the construction (leaking pipes and fittings, smelling bathrooms, toilets that do not flush properly). Our HDPE pipes prove their superiority against PVC in every project we supply as they are innovative, durable and eco-efficient and offer considerable benefits as sustainable solutions.

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