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Belden to up headcount in the region

US cabling giant Belden is to expand its product line and increase its workforce in the region to spur growth.

US cabling giant Belden is to expand its product line and increase its workforce in the region to spur growth.

“We’re expecting 35% to 40% growth in this region in 2007 over 2006. We expect to emulate that in 2008,” D Larrie Rose, Belden’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) president, told IT Weekly during a recent visit to Dubai.

Growth will come in part from an extended product line, as Belden broadens its positioning in the cable and wireless arena, and also from increasing its presence in the region, Rose said, with the vendor looking to add another three employees this year to its current ten regional staff.

Belden’s recent work in the region includes projects on Burj Dubai, Aramco Khursaniyah Gas Plant, and New Dubai Airport. The firm also supplied security systems for prisons in Saudi Arabia.

“If the region grows to a point where that would justify capital being invested in a manufacturing plant, we’d certainly do it but manufacturing is not the primary drive,” he said.

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