The Project Development Group (PDG) is a partnership of professionals
established in response to the growing need for reliable, effective and high quality
consulting, development, and production support services to meet the requirements
of the industrial sector in developing regions.
PDG is a consulting and
development company specializing in international development of industrial, power
generation, food, and agricultural products' production facilities, transfer of
technology, training, and other related services.
Over the past two decade
the company conducted, through affiliated entities, viability studies, and developed
many international projects on behalf of its affiliated companies and third parties.
works closely with U.S., Canadian, European, and other Governmental development
agencies, international governmental and non-governmental development agencies,
and other organizations.
PDG also works with a network of International
banks, to provide conventional commercial financing to the group's development
projects, and its clients.
With a network of offices, affiliated companies,
and professionals covering four continents, PDG is a world-class consulting and
development company with access to vast resources, programs, and markets.
services are designed to meet the engineering/production and business consulting
needs of the industrial and technology sectors, and to guide entrepreneurs through
all phases of project development from inception to operation.
program has included assisting our clients in the following areas:
pre-investment studies consisting of technical and feasibility overviews of proposed
II Identifying the most suitable manufacturing
technology for proposed manufacturing projects and assisting client firms in conducting
effective negotiations for the procurement of the selected technology.
Bench marking both products and currently utilized manufacturing technologies
for the purpose of scientifically and accurately guiding the process of product
and manufacturing process upgrading.
IV Securing a financial package combining
equity, government grants & subsidies, tax credits, and conventional commercial
explanation of PDG services
I- PR-EINVESTMENT & EXISTING PROJECT DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
studies: These encompass a comprehensive study and design of the optimal technology
suitable for the manufacturing facility. This includes identifying a wide range
of suppliers of machinery and production lines, raw materials, and the evaluation
and selection of the most appropriate technologies. It also includes deciding
on the appropriate capacities of the production units and determining all the
required inputs to operate the proposed systems.
- Market studies:
These encompass full market research to define the specific products to be produced,
establish a marketing concept, and develop a marketing strategy. This includes
defining the relevant market, analyzing primary demand, defining the target market,
identifying direct competitors, assessing competition dynamics and the intensity
of competition, and finally measuring the market and estimating demand.
Financial Studies: These encompass a detailed financial analysis covering all
financial aspects of the project to prove its viability. This includes collecting
all the financial data required, performing the required calculations (initial
investment costs, pre-production expenditures, fixed assets, networking capital,
current assets and current liabilities), developing all the required financial
sheets required from banks and other financial institutions. Provision of all
financial ratios and indicators of interest to the investors and creditors.
Re-engineering studies: These studies target existing firms and are designed to
improve the current production/management efficiency through the upgrading of
manufacturing systems, enhancing manufacturing skill, upgrading/adjusting product
quality and enhancing business practices. These studies also assist existing firms
in building up a new vision and an overall business strategy.
II- TECHNOLOGY ACCESSING & SELECTION SERVICES:
of our core competencies lies in our technology accessing capabilities which we
have developed independently and through our association with international firms.
The scope of our technology accessing services is outlined below:
Conduct in-depth research on specific manufacturing technologies and provide accurate
recommendations regarding their selection and use.
- Identify and
recruit specialized manufacturing and technology experts to provide hands-on technical
assistance to manufacturing enterprises in the Middle-East region aimed at resolving
technical and production bottlenecks or upgrading manufacturing techniques and
- Design effective skills development programs in high
and medium technology specialization by studying the relevant programs addressing
similar issues that have been implemented in industrial economies.
Identify suitable technology partners for strategic joint-ventures between regional
and international firms.
III- PRODUCT BENCH MARKING & DEVELOPMENT
core competency lies in our capacity to provide our clients with comparative information
on a wide range of comparable products they are currently or aspire to compete
with in the future in local/regional and international markets. This service provides
local and regional manufacturers to position themselves in relationship to their
competition from a product quality, marketing pattern and cost stand point. Under
this program we can:
- Provide valuable product bench marking services
to enable local/regional manufacturers to compare the technical, quality and price
of their products to comparable products manufactured in the surrounding region
- Conduct research on market entry requirements and
product specifications to facilitate access of regional products into international
markets. Provide the necessary technical guidance to enable local/regional firms
to make the necessary adjustments to their products to ensure adherence to market
IV- Government subsidies and financing:
is instrumental to its shareholders and third party clients alike in securing
the required financial package to bring the proposed project to life. The group's
financial experts prepares all the necessary documentations, applications, forecasts
and projections, and the follow up required to combine the investor's equity,
government grants & subsidies, tax credits, and conventional commercial financing
to form the capital investment for the project and its working capital.
Scope of Services and Profile of Capacity:
During the past year we have
introduced adjustments to our main focus in response to the pattern of demand
in our local market as well as our enhanced understanding of the needs of local
firms and the practical services that should be provided in order to meet such
needs. This adjustment has enabled us to redirect our capacities towards providing
production support services designed to facilitate international market access,
namely, product development, focusing on product quality and standards and adherence
to international environmental product and production standards. The scope of
these services is guided by the practical and grounded feedback we are receiving
through our partnership with Egerton Mercantile, an international marketing company
based in the UK with representatives in Europe, North America, North Africa and
the Arabian Gulf region.
We ground our activities and services in a continuous
process of sub-sector research through which we gain relevant insight into the
status of these sub-sectors, the pivotal firms active within them, and the gaps
in both production and service provision within these sub-sectors. This process
yields two categories of valuable information. The first is an initial evaluation
of the export capabilities of the pivotal firms within a target sub-sector. The
second is information on viable investment opportunities within the target sub-sector
either in new and complimentary projects or in the form of a suitable strategic
partnership with existing firms.
of the export capabilities of strategically selected firms:
assistance from specialized international marketing personnel through our London
office, our initial evaluation visits to the target firms are designed to determine
the suitability of both the managerial and financial structure as well as the
products of the target firm for engaging effectively in the export process. During
these visits, we evaluate the experience of these firms, if any, in the field
of international marketing, determine the attitude of and capacity of management
and their readiness for such a process and conduct an initial evaluation of the
quality and pricing of exportable products.
- Product bench marking
Products of selected firms are evaluated from a technical/quality
and price stand point and their adherence to international product and market
entry standards. These products are then benchmarked against similar products
manufactured by other international producers. A representative sample of internationally
manufactured products is selected and each product is analyzed carefully with
the goal of outlining technical/quality, product standards, price and market entry
pattern characteristics. This information is then used to accurately place the
locally manufactured product in comparison to the range of internationally manufactured
- Product improvement
Technical, price and product
standards information collected and analyzed during the bench marking phase is
then used to provide accurate guidance to the process of product development.
The parameters of the product development process are also defined based on the
marketing plan for the selected product and its target markets. The product improvement
process is then carried out by specialized externally recruited product specialists
working in coordination with our in-house technical support staff to insure the
provision of effective support services to the client firm and to guarantee the
transfer of specialized capacity to our in-house staff.
Production process upgrading
Sometimes, modifications to product quality
and standards may require alterations or the upgrading of the existing production
line or technology. Our in-house production support staff in coordination with
externally recruited specialized production personnel will guide such a process
and will provide the client firm with the technical backing and the technology
accessing support when and if necessary. In most cases, adjustments to product
quality may only entail adjustment to the production process and technique and
will not require any drastic manufacturing technology alterations or additional
investment in manufacturing equipment.
- Production skill upgrading
process or product upgrading may require production skill modification. We have
developed the capacity to accurately identify the most suitable skills development
service providers through our developed capacity to access international sources
of production skill upgrading specialists or programs.
The Export Process:
our network of international marketing specialists, we maintain a continuous process
of dialogue between local production and the requirements of regional and international
markets. This ensures that we accurately assist our local clients to maintain
the necessary production flexibility needed to respond to the intricate market
Our staff provides local exporting firms with a range
of practical support services that are designed to better target the international
marketing effort of local firm and to facilitate and expedite the export process
and ensure the timely delivery of the exported goods. These services are as follows:
Market Research: Assessing the product and identifying target markets.
Competitive analysis of the industry or product group. Forecasting the market
size and value. Finding niche opportunities for the specialist producers. Identify
- Compliance with international legislations:
Identifying all the relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice for
the particular product sectors and ensuring compliance at the product, manufacturing
process and manufacturing establishment levels.
- Product Development:
Establishing the quality and performance criteria for international markets.
Co-ordinating design, reliability, serviceability, cost ceiling, price band, packaging
and other factors for competitive positioning. Ensuring conformity with technical
standards and obtaining certification where necessary.
Assistance and Transfer: Sourcing and providing appropriate expertise and/or
capital equipment to optimize manufacturing capabilities. Arranging subcontract
manufacturing from high to low cost producers. Arranging production under license.
Market Entry: Negotiating with, vetting and appointing agents and distributors
or, alternatively, dealing with end user companies directly. Organizing distribution
channels and administering associate documentation. Co-ordianting promotional
- Lead agent and/or Distributor: In some markets
we are able to directly undertake the role of lead agent or distributor, importing
goods ourselves for downstream sale, with direct responsibility for sales generation
and product distribution
Our aim is to enable the producers to focus
their effort and attention on the production process and continuous development
of product quality and design to ensure long-term competitiveness in regional
and international markets.