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AUB to name a manufacturing technologies hub after the late Georges Frem
Ibrahim Khoury, Director, Office of Information and Public Relations  |     |  | 
The Frem family with President Dorman and AUB staff...

The American University of Beirut announced the establishment of the Georges N. Frem Manufacturing Technologies Hub in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. This cluster of engineering laboratories and meeting spaces will be located on the third floor of the Ray R. Irani Oxy Engineering Complex, which is being built on AUB's lower campus.

The Georges N. Frem Manufacturing Technologies Hub will include: a meeting and projects room; mobile robotics and computer vision laboratory; a mechanical design laboratory; a mechatronics laboratory; a design for manufacturing laboratory; a control and robotics Laboratory; an instrumentation laboratory; and an intelligent systems laboratory

Born in Lebanon in 1934, Georges Neemat Frem was a renowned businessman and philanthropist and held several positions in public office, including industry minister and electricity and petroleum minster. He also served in the Lebanese Parliament for 5 years. He passed away in May 2006.

To commemorate the event, members of the family of the late Georges Frem recently visited AUB, meeting with President Peter Dorman, Dean Ibrahim Hajj, and other University officials. President Dorman praised the late visionary minister and businessman, and thanked the Frem family for continuing their father's legacy of supporting education and the community. INDEVCO CEO and President Neemat G. Frem spoke on behalf of the family, thanking the University for "linking Georges Frem's name with AUB forever."

Neemat G. Frem, the late minister's son, is also on the Olayan School of Business advisory board.

Georges Frem believed in building a productive society where citizens live in dignity and respect. In 1955, he founded INDEVCO (Industrial Development Company). INDEVCO now has over 50 affiliates with more than 7500 employees in the Middle East, North America, South America and Europe. INDEVCO focuses mainly on the manufacturing of Consumer Products, Flexible Packaging, Paper and Containers.

Georges Frem was also known as "the industrialist with a heart." In 2002, he founded the INDEVCO Foundation to focus on launching economic development programs that stimulate sustainable job creation for specific sectors in Lebanon.

In honor of its founder, the name of the foundation was changed to the "Georges N. Frem Foundation" in May 2006.
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