Gibbs Amphibians (Gibbs), a pioneer in creating vehicles that can exceed 30 miles per hour on water as well as achieve typical speeds on land, is set to ink a strategic partnership deal with the Madaeen Al Doha Group for the supply and assembly of its subsidiary – Gibbs Humdinga.
The joint venture unit will supply Gibbs products in the region and other key markets including Australia, Canada and the UK.
Mohammed Al Sada, a partner at Madaeen Al Doha Group, said: “Today’s announcement about establishing the first factory for Amphibian vehicles is a great milestone for both Qatar and the Arab world.”
“The first phase will revolve around assembling the “Humdinga” in Qatar as a first step till the factory commences production of all Gibbs amphibian models to be able to supply global demand for this technology which is expected to be available in the local market before 2022 and bear the Made in Qatar stamp,” explained Al Sada.
Gibbs founder Alan Gibbs is enthusiastic about the new opportunities in the region and the performance of the Humdinga in the market.
“There is a developing global demand for the Humdinga, and we are receiving high levels of interest from all kinds of customers, including governments and private individuals,” he stated.
“This is the right time and the right opportunity to further the use of Humdinga, and I expect we will see them being widely used in many parts of the world in the near future. This is the right step because Gibbs products are high value and high tech, and we are keen to work with partners who share our vision and values, as the Madaeen Al Doha Group do. The first product we will be focusing on for the region will be the Humdinga,” noted Gibbs.
Gibbs has locations in the UK (Nuneaton) and New Zealand, utilising engineers and expertise from both countries to continue to develop high speed amphibian (HSA) technology and the vehicles designed around it.
Over the last 20 years, Gibbs has invested hundreds of millions of pounds, and more than three million man hours, in the maturation of the technology.
This has resulted in over 400 patents and patents pending worldwide, making Gibbs the global leader in high speed amphibious technology.