Qatar Foundation (QF) established Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in 2006 as part of its ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. QF views research as essential to national and regional growth, as the means to diversify the nation’s economy, enhance educational offerings and develop areas that affect the community, such as health and environment. QNRF is looking to implement and drive the innovation and development of new smart manufacturing technologies that use digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things to boost manufacturing and production, by reducing production cost and time..
At a glance
Qatar’s manufacturing sector is a major driving force in Qatar’s economic diversification, backed by Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030), which aims to develop an economy that is less dependent on hydrocarbons. With that in mind, Qatar National Manufacturing Strategy focuses on establishing advanced manufacturing value chains with the aim of transforming Qatar into a major hub for production. With Qatar’s high-calibre talent pool, unparalleled market access and connectivity, and the state-of-the-art free zones, Qatar is emerging as a global manufacturing destination.
QNRF Smart Manufacturing
QDB Factory One
Factory One is the first-of-its-kind industrial capability center based out of Qatar, established in collaboration with McKinsey & Company to bring world-class experience in lean operations to power local manufacturing industries. A broad spectrum of capability-building and SME transformation programs will be delivered at the center offering local manufacturers the opportunity to advance their efficiency, innovation, and competitive advantage.
QDB Jahiz supports innovative entrepreneurs striving to manufacture products within Qatar. Solutions include training programs, industrial workshops for startups at promotional prices, and ready-to-operate manufacturing facilities suitable for a wide variety of industries – including Food & Beverage – at competitive rates.
In the high-tech sector of electric vehicle manufacturing it has established a hub to pioneer and develop Plug&Play component research, developing and testing prototypes and provided an environment to test mobility vehicles and emerging technologies across buses, vans, and small vehicles. Qatar offers a breadth of incentives to foreign investors such as but not limited to tax exemptions, land allocation, regulatory exemptions, energy supply for manufacturing, and financial support, which can be tailored to meet your needs based on the requirements of your investment proposal.
Aerospace Additive Manufacturing
Qatar is inviting leading global prototyping and aerospace parts manufacturers to establish a 3D manufacturing facility that focuses on prototyping, fabrication, and post processing of aerospace parts.
Qatar is an ideal manufacturing destination for aerospace additive manufacturing. The Qatari aerospace additive market boasts strong market growth. This is aligned with the strong aviation sector driven by Qatar Airways, the country’s award-winning airline, being the 3rd largest air-fleet in MENA with 205 passenger aircrafts and $82 billion worth more in order until 2029. Yet there is limited presence of 3D manufacturing of aerospace parts, therefore the majority of demand for parts is met through imports. With the Qatar National Manufacturing Strategy that is focused on establishing advanced manufacturing value chains to feed into advanced industries, and Qatar’s unparalleled market access and connectivity, local production will enable access to significant local and regional demand. This makes Qatar an ideal manufacturing destination for aerospace additive manufacturing.
Medical Consumables and Device Parts Additive Manufacturing
Qatar is inviting leading global prototyping and healthcare parts manufacturers to setup an additive manufacturing facility with the capabilities to prototype, fabricate and post process medical consumables and device parts.
The Qatari market for medical additive manufacturing boasts strong growth primarily driven by demand from healthcare. This is aligned with the rapidly growing healthcare sector as evidenced by the state’s spending on healthcare per capita being the highest in the MENA region, the 88% expected growth in the number of healthcare centres and facilities between 2020 and 2022. The market also has a robust ecosystem for manufacturing with significant access to base materials, and home to the first model factory in the GCC that offers hands-on training to help corporations achieve operational excellence. In addition, Qatar’s unparalleled market access and connectivity mean that local production will have access to significant local and regional demand. Overall, Qatar is an ideal manufacturing destination for medical additive manufacturing.
Qatar is inviting leading global vaccine manufacturers to establish a vaccines facility in Qatar that can formulate and package generics locally.
Qatar is a thriving economy that offers robust, competitive, and attractive business opportunities. Its rapidly growing healthcare sector along with the country’s robust business ecosystem, world-class infrastructure, strategic location, and unparalleled connectivity make it an ideal location for vaccine manufacturing. Those who take up the opportunity may enjoy a potential import substitution of approximately $30 million annually, and an annual export potential of approximately $28 billion to the MENA, African, Central Asia, and European region.
Who is already here?
Inventus Power established a manufacturing presence in Qatar Free Zones and has entered into a partnership with Qatar Free Zones Authority (“QFZA”) to accelerate international expansion. Inventus is a global leader in the design and manufacture of Li-ion battery packs, chargers and power supplies for the commercial, industrial, consumer, medical and military markets across a broad range of portable, motive and stationary applications.
GAUSSIN is a technology company that designs, assembles and offers zero-emission, smart and connected vehicles for freight transportation and people mobility to enable off-road and on-road applications. The company has established the first factory to assemble electric vehicles in Ras Bufontas Free Zone through a joint venture with Al Attiya Motors and Trading Company.
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