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The Kanoo Group buys storage systems specialist Stor-mat
Dubai: May 8, 2011

Dubai: May 8, 2011 - The Kanoo Group, a Gulf-based multinational group of companies which has been in existence in excess of 120 years has announced the acquisition of Stor-mat Systems, Dubai based storage systems specialists.

The transaction is in line with the Group's philosophy of expanding within its area of core expertise and Stor-Mat will compliment Kanoo Machinery's and Kanrent's material handling products to the logistics industry which is envisaged to grow strongly across the region. With this acquisition, Stor-Mat Systems will be the newest addition to the fourteen Divisions of The Kanoo Group.

The new website was developed over the past four months by the Group’s Marketing team, with effortful to develop the site’s updated look and feel, with compelling graphics, clean navigational scheme and much more. Significantly, it also features service-oriented design to enhance administrative operations and encourage seamless communications for visitors through its newly-launched social media network.

Mishal Kanoo, The Kanoo Group's Deputy Chairman welcoming the acquisition, said: "There is a strong demand for material handling in the region and we have taken over Stor-mat Systems to satisfy this demand. The global potential of the material handling services sector is growing fast and the acquisition promises attractive returns as there is a strong potential for expansion in the region."

Stor-mat Systems along with The Kanoo group will fill a gap in the market for a professionally run storage and material handling company.

Based on strong interest and market demand, Stor-Mat Systems has a reputation for its quality of product and its in-house expertise in the preparation and delivery of solutions to meet any storage and material handling problems that business and government organizations may come up against.

Stor-mat Systems having commenced its operations in 1993, is one of only a few locally based storage and material handling companies with the in-house expertise to carry out the design of complex storage facilities. The company, which operates office in Dubai, is managed by a British management team headed by Brian Burns and backed up by a group of reputable and strategic agencies. These include Eonmetall, Kardex Mlog, Ettax, Stow International and GS Engineering (formerly known as GS Scaffalature), some of worldwide leading manufacturer of world class metalwork and suppliers of high-end storage, each with decades of industrial experience in storage and material handling services.

"Stor-mat Systems is excited to be part of The Kanoo Group as a result of this acquisition. We look forward to substantial growth and of becoming a major asset within the Group", said Brian Burns, General Manager, Stor-mat Systems.

About The Kanoo Group

The Kanoo Group, a Gulf-based multinational group of companies with over 120 years of entrepreneurial experience in Shipping, Travel and Holidays, Machinery, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Power & Industrial Projects, Industrial Chemicals, Freight services, Exhibition services, Commercial Lease and IT Solutions. It operates through more than 15 divisions and on top of the work, the group has entered into joint ventures with some of the world's leading companies such as AXA, AKZONobel, BASF, Maersk, Freightworks, Wolffkran and a number of others.

The Kanoo Group employs about 4,000 staff, with another 6,000 working in the various joint-venture companies. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces across Gulf region.

The Kanoo Group strives towards meeting global standards and ensures it excels at the exacting quality and business excellence standards set by the UAE government. The Kanoo Group is the only corporate group to have won Quality Awards in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for consecutive nine years from 2000 to 2010.