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Making a cool profit

Article - January 25, 2012
Refigeration Industries Company (RIC) is a diversified manufacturing, contracting and services business, offering a wide range of products and services in the areas of climate technologies and storage solutions

Kuwait, a country composed primarily of deserts, was for decades reliant on imports of fruit and vegetables from neighboring countries. These fresh goods would perish in a matter of hours in warehouses, leading to a shortage of produce and a huge waste of resources. A step had to be taken to counter this…
Refrigeration Industries Company (RIC) is a group holding company catering to both residential and commercial customers. In its 36 year history it has developed a strong foothold in the Kuwaiti market. The company is proud of its  achievements in protecting the people of Kuwait from bad weather… Hot, dusty or humid, RIC and its products and services have been there for Kuwait’s people and will continue to be so.

RIC has even been honored to be included on Kuwaiti currency, a true sign of the company’s positive effect on the regional economy.

Key Facts

  • RIC built the world’s largest cold store complex for the Ministry of Health in 1979. the Central Medical Cold Store Complex was constructed on a BOT agreement and is also the largest refrigerated store in the Middle East. The total project cost was KD 12 million and has a volume of 330,000 cubic meters.
  • RIC plants has been producing the Middle East renowned COOLEX brand since 1986.
  • RIC Served the Supply Chain Solutions, through its warehouses and logistics, with the Coalition Forces during the Iraq reconstruction initiatives. It has worked with major armed forces including the US, British, Japanese, Dutch and Italian armies.


Rapid, resolute decision making and the ability to react quickly to changes in the market are amongst RIC’s core strengths.

At RIC, ongoing self-renewal is a core business principle. This concept is applied to all operations, from the elevated top-down view to the manner in which everyday decisions are made within the business. In applying this principle, RIC adheres to the logical product and business life cycles, thereby laying the foundations for sustainable, profitable growth.

Operational Excellence
The RIC management team strives for operational excellence, improving capital efficiency and maintaining a strong cash flow. As part of this process RIC are always seeking to improve manufacturing processes, distribution logistics and on-time delivery performance exceeding customer’s expectations.

Simplification has driven RIC’s cost base down helped to significantly boost profit margins.
RIC Management have simplified many aspects of the company and have worked continually on developing a closer, more innovative relationship with suppliers.

Vision and Values

“Pioneering Effective Solutions through Pragmatic and Progressive Approaches”

RIC is a practical and efficient company, ensuring that everything is done according to best business practise from inception to completion.

Moving forward and onward with a clear vision and determination for continuous improvement in the way business is conducted in the region.

RIC produce pioneering solutions to meet the requirements of our customers and are persistent in seeking market-leading, innovative results.

The Figures

Paid-Up Capital:  8,514,108 KD
Share Per Value:  100 KF
Issued Shares:   85,141,080 Share
Treasury Stock:   840,000 Shares
Shares Outstanding:  84,301,080 Share
End of Fiscal Year:  31 December