UAE’s NIMR Automotive announces new partnerships

This article is published in Show Daily 2017 - Day 2.


NIMR Automotive has expanded its business into the Southeast Asian region following agreements with industry partners in Thailand and Malaysia.

NIMR has been working closely with Thailand’s FICO Technology and Engineering (FTECH) to explore potential opportunities in the country. Through the partnership, NIMR’s AJBAN 440A and Long Range Special Operations Vehicle (LRSOV) are earmarked to undergo trials arranged at Thailand’s Military Transport Training Centre. Both vehicles, which will be tested and evaluated in the presence of senior officials from the Thai Armed Forces, are on display at Defense and Security 2017.

In Malaysia, NIMR and DefTech, the country’s premier armoured and logistics vehicle producer, have announced plans to finalise a formal strategic partnership agreement in early 2018. Under the agreement, DefTech will support NIMR through the marketing and sales of the complete range of NIMR vehicles to Malaysia and other territories in Southeast Asia.

NIMR’s CEO Dr. Fahad Saif Harhara Al Yafei said of the partnerships, “Following on from the success of our strategic partnership with VOP in the Czech Republic, the ventures with FICO and DefTech represent a key milestone in NIMR’s overall growth, providing a firm foundation for our expansion into the region.”

Dr. Harhara added, “NIMR has a clear understanding of the threats faced across the region and with our partners we will be able to deliver proven, combat-tested armoured vehicles, capable of addressing these challenges.”

Both ventures mark an important step in NIMR’s international growth and its desire to expand into Southeast Asia, a key target market for the company. They also build upon NIMR’s strong background in technology transfer programmes, including its joint venture with Algeria (NIMR Algerie).

NIMR Automotive is a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), the UAE’s integrated defence manufacturing and services platform.