With a 3-decade time-honored tradition of excellence, the diverse Centena Group proved to be among Dubai’s Top 100 SMEs at the Dubai SME 100 awards, 2015. The Centena Group, long esteemed as pioneers in the fields of Science and Technology in the Emirate, both in exploring and identifying advanced applications, has today been pronounced 33rd in overall rankings.
The 2015 award ceremony was conducted at the Emirate’s Madinat Jumeirah Hotel under the aegis of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The Dubai Onehundred SME award lauds top-performing SMEs in Dubai, in recognition of their business practices and contribution, in grooming them into larger, more sustainable enterprises, and in assisting their growth into internationally oriented companies. The parameters on which the companies are evaluated are:
• Growth Performance
• Corporate Governance
• International Orientation
• Human Capital Development
• CSR initiatives
Representing over 90 per cent of the total number of companies in the UAE, studies show that SMEs account for over 85 per cent of employment opportunities in the private sector. This fast evolving sector also contributes up to 40 to 46 per cent to Dubai’s GDP, not to mention over 60 per cent of the UAE’s GDP. The SME award lauds top-performing SMEs in Dubai, in recognition of their efforts and contribution, in grooming them into larger, more sustainable enterprises, and in assisting their growth into larger, internationally oriented companies.
Mr. Sanjay Raghunath, Chairman and Managing Director of Centena Group, commented on this unique distinction, in moving words.
“It is a very proud moment for the Centena Group to be recognized as one of Dubai’s leading SMEs. This award encourages us to move ahead in our journey towards excellence, reiterating our beliefs to contribute more meaningfully and bettering the quality of life of the community we serve. We are focused on emerging advancements in technology and dynamic in our ideologies on innovation. Our entire team is inspired to strive harder to create value through innovation and continue to excel in what we do”
The forerunner of Centena is “Maritronics” established in 1980 in Dubai as a marine Electronics sales and service operation. Today Maritronics is a Division of The Centena Group, maintaining its flagship status within the Group. Expertise and acceptance that the company acquired in business operation as well as in technology emboldened it to grow and expand laterally into applications in other fields and industries than maritime. This was a milestone strategic decision that found Centena expanding its operations into:
• Life & Analytical Science Applications
• Industrial Control Automation
• Identification & Security, and
• Educational & Training Systems
These operations are conducted under established Companies within the region such as Emphor, Tensosys, ScreenCheck and Atlab under astute administration of the Centena Group. Dubai Onehundred SME had ranked the Centena group No.1 under the sub category of group A companies for Innovation, recognizing the group as leaders in Innovative solutions and for launching three brands of their own Bravo, Exceed and Edge that cater to a variety of verticals.
The Educational & Training Systems activities are handled by “ATLAB”, the youngest Division within the Group. Drawing inspiration from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his vision of “FIRST-RATE EDUCATION SYSTEM”, having established “ATLAB STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ACADEMY” with a view of introducing modern concepts of “learning by doing, learning by experiencing” into educational programs in the region.
Group Chairman & MD, Sanjay Raghunath went on to add:“The trend of giving back to society has gained momentum in the region and we are actively involved in offering our services to the less fortunate, particularly in the field of Education, amongst others, as Centena believes “that innovative education is the cornerstone of building brighter futures and stronger communities”
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