Muscat – Oman is a country that does things. From car batteries, cables, shoes, ceramic tiles, sanitary ware to luxury perfumes, the products made in the sultanate are incredibly diverse. Representing 9.5% of GDP, employing over 200,000 people and exported to over 130 countries, the manufacturing industry is at the heart of Oman Vision 2040 and the topic of discussion on Wednesday evening Tejarah Talks at the Civil Aviation Authority in Al Hail North.
The growth of Gen Z-run micro-manufacturers – small Omani businesses typically employing fewer than 10 people who are infused into the sector addressing a specialized market, generally neglected or forgotten by large companies. These are often innovative twists on old ideas, completely new innovations, or throwbacks to lost ways of doing things.
According to Maymuna Al Adawi of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP) and Tejarah Talks organizer, though small in size, many of these micro-manufacturers are becoming an economic force to be reckoned with. A revolution in manufacturing is coming. The power of automation and falling tool costs are changing the manufacturing landscape in Oman. In fact, the micro-manufacturing sector is part of a much larger creative economy that accounts for 3% of global GDP, creating around 30 million jobs and generating over $2 trillion in revenue.
“Micro-manufacturing is nothing new,” explained Al Adawi, “but we are seeing its resurgence, from women’s fashion to precision engineering, where innovation in design creates products that meet needs of today’s sophisticated and environmentally conscious Omani consumer.”
This new breed of creative Omani micro-makers includes artists, builders, programmers, engineers, bakers, and graphic designers, all of whom specialize in custom products, small quantities, and quick turnarounds – doing it all, high-end fashion, incense-infused chocolate organic cosmetics. .
“They are creative people who just want to design and make cool things. They want to do things and they want to do it personally,” Al Adawi stressed.
Today, small Omani manufacturers do not need large factories. Instead, they need compact micro-manufacturing facilities suitable for flexible small production runs like those offered by Muscat’s Innovation Factory and Makers Oman Centre.
“A few years ago, two guys with laptops described an internet startup. Now it describes a micro-manufacturing business,” says Al Adawi.
Organized by MoCIIP in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Oman Business Forum, HSBC and SOHAR Port & Freezone on Wednesday May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tejarah Talks the panel includes His Highness Sayyid Dr. Adham Al Said, Founder, The Firm; Cinzia Farise, CEO, Oman Cables; Nadia Al Zakwani, Managing Director, Endemage; Eng. Hilal Al Shibli, Managing Director, Makers Oman Center; and Firas Al Balushi, CEO, Innovation Factory.
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