BUILD­ING AM­PHIB­IANS IN QATAR

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NEW ZEALAND’S ALAN GIBBS – founder of Gibbs Am­phib­ians – is es­tab­lish­ing a strate­gic part­ner­ship with the Madaeen Al Doha Group to sup­ply and as­sem­ble the Gibb­shumdinga. The sub­sidiary – Gibbs Am­phitech – will be based in Qatar and sup­ply Gibbs prod­ucts to the re­gion and other key mar­kets.

Gibbs founder Alan Gibbs says there’s a de­vel­op­ing global de­mand for the Humdinga, with high lev­els of in­ter­est from all kinds of cus­tomers, from gov­ern­ments to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als.

The com­pany has lo­ca­tions in the UK 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 millions of pounds, and more than three mil­lion man-hours, in the tech­nol­ogy. This has re­sulted in over 400 patents (and pend­ing) world­wide.

The 7m Humdinga is one of Gibbs’ more rugged ve­hi­cles, ca­pa­ble both off-road and on-wa­ter. It seats up to nine pas­sen­gers and can carry up to a tonne in pay­load. It reaches speeds in ex­cess of 65kph on wa­ter and over 130kph on land, and is equipped with a V8 diesel, 4WD and twin wa­ter jets.

A flex­i­ble plat­form, the Humdinga is suited to ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­gis­tics to search and res­cue, to po­lice pa­trols to pri­vate leisure. It has been man­u­fac­tured un­der li­cense in South East Asia but has never been avail­able to the pub­lic, or to such a wide re­gion be­fore. www.gibb­sam­phib­ians.com

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