Volvo CE headquarters to move from Brussels to Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo CE headquarters to move from Bruss…

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:20

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) announced on 12 January that it is moving its global headquarters from Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, Sweden

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo to debut in January 2017

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo to de…

Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:27

The Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events is to host the FM EXPO Saudi 2017 and Saudi Clean Expo between 15-17 January 2017

Volvo to push boundaries at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017

Volvo to push boundaries at CONEXPO/CON-…

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 08:15

From industry-first size classes to technology advancements in machine interfaces and customer support capabilities, it will be clear to visitors why Volvo chose ‘push boundaries’ as its theme for CONEXPO/CON-AGG...

Clean tech competition returns to International Water Summit 2017

Clean tech competition returns to Intern…

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:50

The International Water Summit’s (IWS) exciting competition to find the best clean tech solutions for water sustainability returns as 10 contestants bid for market recognition during Innovate@IWS

Imdaad declares 2016 profits

Imdaad declares 2016 profits

Monday, 09 January 2017 08:02

Imdaad, the GCC’s leading integrated facilities (FM) company based in Dubai, has expressed its optimism for the year 2017, registering a revenue of US$136.1mn in 2016, which is an increase...

Volvo EC140D, available for EMEA, boosts profitability on-site

Volvo EC140D, available for EMEA, boosts…

Friday, 06 January 2017 13:46

The new Volvo EC140D excavator is available with a Tier 2-compliant engine in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets (excluding Turkey)

DWTC awards US$197mn contract to AFC for One Central phase 1A6

DWTC awards US$197mn contract to AFC for…

Friday, 06 January 2017 05:56

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has awarded the US$197mn contract for phase 1A6 of the 182,500 sq m One Central, to Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC), which will commence operations later...

DEWA inaugurates new substation to enhance transmission networks in Al Quoz 4

DEWA inaugurates new substation to enhan…

Friday, 06 January 2017 05:15

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), have inaugurated a new 132/11 kV substation with a total capacity of 150 megavolt Amperes at Al Quoz 4, in collaboration with Meraas Holding 

Qatar Rail to complete 70 per cent of Doha Metro project by 2017-end

Qatar Rail to complete 70 per cent of Do…

Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:10

With tunneling complete and less than three years to go before the Doha Metro launches passenger operations, Qatar Rail aims to finish 70 per cent of the project by 2017-end

‘Egypt most prosperous construction market in MENA’

‘Egypt most prosperous construction mark…

Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:48

Egypt is the most prosperous construction market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region despite the effect of the currency’s devaluation and the high inflation rate, according to...

Borouge to showcase industry transforming solutions at ArabPlast 2017

Borouge to showcase industry transformin…

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 07:46

A leading petrochemicals company and joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austria based Borealis, Borouge, are to showcase its portfolio at ArabPlast on 8 - 10...

Expo Centre Sharjah to host 13th annual SteelFab Exhibition

Expo Centre Sharjah to host 13th annual …

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 07:32

The Middle East's largest steel fabrication event, SteelFab, will take place on 16 - 19 January 2017 at Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE

CAT to launch eight machines at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

CAT to launch eight machines at CONEXPO-…

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 07:59

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas from 7-11 March 2017, Caterpillar will present its extensive line of machines and technology along with eight Cat machines making their public debut at...

CEO of Danfoss: Action on the Paris Agreement flows in the Water

CEO of Danfoss: Action on the Paris Agre…

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 07:43

Niels Bjorn Christiansen, CEO of Danfoss, writes ‘Action on the Paris Agreement flows in the Water’

Kuwaiti government to sell half of Az-Zour North One project stake in 2017

Kuwaiti government to sell half of Az-Zo…

Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:19

Kuwait’s government plans to sell 50 per cent shares in its Az-Zour North One Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) to the citizens by the middle of next year

Integrated Logistics Company expands fleet with Terex cranes

Integrated Logistics Company expands fle…

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:01

In a massive fleet expansion, logistics provider in Kuwait – Integrated Logistics Company – has taken delivery of a new Demag CC 3800-1 crawler crane, 20 Terex AC 100/4L all...

Big 5 2011 a success - sees 6 per cent increase in participation

Big_5__2011 The Big 5 2011 attracted more than 49,000 participants, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year's participation figures.Held in November at Dubai, The Big 5 2011 attracted more than 49,000 participants, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year's participation figures.

The co-located shows Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM Expo as well as the newly introduced product zones created a more coherent event experience for construction industry exhibitors and visitors, with an easy and efficient navigation through the halls based on their product interest.

The show floor featured a mixture of product specific sections as well as the traditional National Pavilions, of which there were 32 popular features. The Gaia Awards and The Platinum Club returned in 2011 ; the Green Build Congress was launched and over 130 free to attend product and educational seminars were organised.

Gaia Awards

For the first time this year, the Gaia Awards, which honours companies who have contributed towards reducing the impact of construction on the environment, was open also to non-exhibitors and the response was nothing short of overwhelming.

This year's Gold winner, Enocean Technology by Nuuon Trading LLc, was assessed by the judges as a world and sector leading technology with innovative and energy efficient features, generating high level benefits to other building systems.

Green Build Congress

The Big 5 2011 also saw the introduction of the Green Build Congress, with over 40 of the region's most influential industry leaders, who spoke to an audience of 250 delegates from the building and construction industry.

Feedback

Feedback from attendees highlighted that there is still a strong desire to improve sustainability in the region's construction industry. Over 90 per cent of those who fed back believed that buildings in the Middle East are not yet sustainable enough, though 92 per cent of those questioned did not think it was too late to conserve the Middle East's environment. Over 60 per cent believed that it is possible for commercial growth and environmental conservation to work together.

The Platinum Club

The Platinum Club also resumed this year, bringing together high-level construction industry players, with spending budgets in excess of US$100m. This year the Club saw a 25 per cent increase on 2010 participation with the number of buyers increasing from 499 to 628 in 2011, accounting for billions of dollars worth of purchasing power and providing a broader focus group for future research into industry requirements and expectations of The Big 5.

The next Big 5 show will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 10-13 March 2012.

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