Established in 2001, GulfCrafts has initially provided services for the design and production of unique gifts and awards. Through the years, GulfCrafts has gained recognition with its expert design and fabrication, from comprehensive signage and wayfinding systems, high-end items, and architectural solutions and fit-outs to skilled services like engraving, cutting, electroplating, and branding.
In its mission to be the best in its field, GulfCrafts has constantly developed revolutionary innovations and pioneered new methods that shaped and are still shaping the landscape of the construction industry. Today, GulfCrafts continues to be a trailblazer, offering an unmatched level of service and cementing its reputation as one of the region's industry leaders.
Gulf Crafts is the Official Branding Sponsor of Project Qatar 2017 that will take place from 8 to 11 May.
Ifpinfo had the following interview with Vicken Deyirmenjian, General Manager of the company.
Q. When was your company established?
A. I started the business in 2001.
Q. What are the development stages that your company went through?
A. For the past 15 years, the company went through a lot. I started the business with only 4 people around me dealing from small to big operations. Initially, we were only providing designs and services for unique gifts and awards. Then as the business started to grow, we decided to expand and cater for small signage projects. This made way for more demands until we decided to expand even more to accommodate large scale signage projects. Later, we also entered into different business units such as architectural metal works, traffic signs and branding solutions. Along with all these developments, we have also invested in high tech machines and new facilities to meet the demands of the growing market.
Q. A success story was written since the inception of your company, what was your vision that led to achievements and success?
A. Our goal is to create a unique impression in the market that whenever you see a high quality and unique product, the first thing that will come to your mind is Gulfcrafts. We are always committed to quality. It is our driving force to continuously improve our products and services.
Q. What can you say about the principles and values that guided the company to prosperity and sustainable success?
A. The principle that guided me throughout these years was whatever difficulties I'll come across, I should "never quit, never give up". Through the years, I’ve experienced the ups and down of the business. Its natural. What important is how you were able to stand up from those downtimes and what you have learned from them. The road to success is never an easy task, but since I am the type of person who loves to keep things moving, I can say that I succeeded.
Q. What are the main products/services you are recognized for? What makes you so good at what you do?
A. Gulfcrafts is distinct for its craftsmanship. From the very start we are known for our high quality and unique gifts and awards. I can say that this is one of our company's pride, it’s our Awards Department. Our team works with passion and every single product we create, is built in a meticulous way.
Q. What are the major areas of the company’s specialization? Are there other fields you would like to expand into?
A. I can say that the major area of the company’s specialization right now is our Signs department. With our innovative machinery and strength of our team we were able to cater for big projects and I am proud to say that Gulfcrafts is very competitive in this area. If there are other fields that I’m interested to venture more is the Digital Signage and Architectural Metal works related to bronze, brass and copper.
Q. Is there a certain strategy you are using to achieve your goals for the company?
A. My strategy is simple. Hard work, love what you do and never stop learning and developing new things.
Q. What are major accomplishments you think the company has achieved that is worth noting?
A. I believe that the major accomplishment of the company is that we were able to grow the business. At the same time, we were able to accomplish big projects and make our clients satisfied with our works.
Q. What can we expect from the company in the near future?
A. We don’t have an expansion plan but rather maintaining and continuously developing what we are doing right now.
Q. Have you ever participated in an exhibition or any event organized by IFP Group?
A. Yes, several times in "Project Qatar" events.
Q. If yes, what have you displayed?
A. Variety of our products.
Q. What was your feedback of the event?
A. It was a very nice experience. At Project Qatar, we were given the chance to interact with different people of the same interest and passion as our own.
Q. Do you have any suggestions for improving the show?
A. The event runs good. Just keep up the good work and continue your leadership in organizing such events.