Caterpillar launches two new ultra-class trucks for mining

Caterpillar launches two new ultra-class…

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:22

Following the successful introduction of the 794 AC 291-tonne capacity truck in 2016 and investments to further advance the 797F 363-tonne mechanical-drive truck, Caterpillar is now introducing the 798 AC...

Airbus wins HOTBIRD satellites replacement order from Eutelsat

Airbus wins HOTBIRD satellites replaceme…

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 06:38

France’s Eutelsat Communications has ordered two new satellites from Airbus Defence and Space to replace the three existing HOTBIRD satellites at its 13° East flagship neighbourhood

Dubai RTA opens marine station for Waterfront Market customers

Dubai RTA opens marine station for Water…

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 06:26

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a marine transit station at Deira Waterfront Market, aiming to broaden the maritime transport network in several vital areas of Dubai

Construction companies to convene in Dubai for The Big 5

Construction companies to convene in Dub…

Monday, 19 November 2018 16:49

The Big 5, one of the largest construction events, returns with a brand new look and mission to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 26-29 November

US-Libya renew science and technology cooperation agreement

US-Libya renew science and technology co…

Monday, 19 November 2018 06:45

The US State Department held a signing ceremony in the Treaty Room on 15 November 2018 to recognise the ten-year renewal of the US-Libya Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement

Ejadah and Idama deploy drone technology and digitised FM solutions

Ejadah and Idama deploy drone technology…

Monday, 19 November 2018 06:28

Ejadah, Dubai-based total community solutions provider, and Idama, the facilities management solutions provider, have deployed new drone technology and digitised cost-saving solutions in their operation

COMANSA upgrades 21LC660 and 21LC750 flat-top tower cranes

COMANSA upgrades 21LC660 and 21LC750 fla…

Monday, 19 November 2018 06:15

COMANSA, global manufacturer of tower cranes for construction, has upgraded the models 21LC660 and 21LC750, mainly for large industrial projects, energy, mining and PPVC construction, with an aim to significantly...

Bentley Systems signs digital twins deal with Atos

Bentley Systems signs digital twins deal…

Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:37

Atos, one of the leading global digital transformation solution providers, and Bentley Systems have announced a strategic partnership to create and operate digital twins on behalf of industry and infrastructure...

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan supplies 100 new vehicles to Greater Amman Municipality

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan supplies 100 …

Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:34

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan has supplied 101 MAN trucks at Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), in an initiative to make the city of Amman cleaner and greener for residents and...

Clear Blue Technologies lists on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Clear Blue Technologies lists on Frankfu…

Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:00

Clear Blue Technologies, which provides smart off-grid power, technology, and services, has listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

ENEC achieves major progress in construction of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant

ENEC achieves major progress in construc…

Thursday, 15 November 2018 06:21

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has completed all main concrete works and heavy equipment lifting for the four nuclear reactor units of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, being built...

DP World Kigali’s logistics platform

DP World Kigali’s logistics platform

Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:30

DP World and the government of Rwanda have established a logistics hub located 20 km from the capital, Kigali, near the international airport

GCC to speed up solar conversion

GCC to speed up solar conversion

Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:48

The GCC is likely to speed up its solar energy conversion movement, reaching its 2030 target of a collective 4.6 GW photovoltaic (PV) in power generation to emerge as a...

ADIPEC 2018: Al Masaood shares global energy solutions

ADIPEC 2018: Al Masaood shares global en…

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:10

Al Masaood’s Projects & Engineering Services Division (PESD) has appeared at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) to share comprehensive energy and petrochemical services in cooperation...

Glasspoint and Occidental of Oman cooperate on solar EOR project

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:14

GlassPoint Solar and Occidental of Oman have signed a MoU agreement aiming to lead to a large solar thermal energy plant, exceeding two gigawatts, at the Mukhaizna oilfield in Oman

Alstom’s first metro trainset comes on time in Dubai

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:28

Alstom, French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, has delivered to the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) the first of the 50 Metropolis trainsets that will...

Middle East Concrete to provide high-profile platform for precast concrete industry

Leading precast concrete companies in the UAE and across the GCC have thrown their weight behind the inaugural Middle East Concrete (MEC) exhibition, being held alongside the industry leading Big 5 Show at Dubai's World Trade Centre from 21st to 24th November 2011.

Nathan Waugh, the Exhibition Manager of Middle East Concrete, said the debut MEC event will host a Precast Zone, which will see the participation of ten of the major UAE precast companies including, Emarat Europe, Dubai Precast and Exeed Precast alongside many other key names in the concrete industry such as Lafarge, Sany and Edama.

MEC's debut comes as the building industry continues to gather pace in the Gulf. According to market research firm Ventures Middle East, construction contracts worth $20bn were signed in the GCC in the second quarter alone.

"MEC will bring together suppliers, buyers, contractors, architects and other key players to experience and interact with the full range of concrete products, share information and technical knowledge and participate in ground breaking discussions on a global scale," explained Waugh.

A relatively new sector within the Middle East's concrete industry, precast, in which concrete products are molded and cured in off-site plants, is making major inroads. It boasts a number of benefits over on-site mixing, which has long been the norm in the Middle East construction sector, including better control, lower cost of production, durability and minimal material wastage.

"Concrete is at the heart of every building project and is used in many applications, from decorative to functional, so a dedicated exhibition will help develop the sector and address its various needs," Waugh said.

"Attendees and participants will notice a particular emphasis on precast at the event, which is a reflection of its increasingly important role within the sector. With a great range of applications and real impact on the bottom line, precast will undoubtedly prove itself to be an indispensible product across the industry in the years to come," he added.

"GCC economies account for over 40% of the Middle East concrete market spurred by the region's largest construction market. Multi-billion dollar projects are currently being built across the GCC ranging from rail and metro projects, to large scale commercial, industrial and residential developments and infrastructure projects. The demand for concrete will be on the increase," Waugh pointed out.

Dr. Daniele Pfeffer Seraphim, COO of Abu-Dhabi-based Gulf Precast Concrete Company, said her company, a major contributor to the UAE construction market for the past 28 years "intends to use MEC as an opportunity to identify new trends in techniques and products so as to later use it and integrate it within the company processes."

"MEC will also be a great platform to exchange knowledge, meet potential partners and collect more information about the forthcoming developments across the GCC," she added.

Emad Shahin, Factory Manager at Union Precast, which produces a comprehensive range of products from simple items such as boundary walls to sophisticated pre-stressed precast elements and entire precast structures, viewed MEC as a vital event that is sure to positively reflect on the sector.

"Construction laws and regulations in the UAE are changing and are favouring precast concrete and MEC will be the ideal channel to promote our products, discuss issues of interest to the sector and meet new players and stakeholders in the market," he said.

"The fact that the event is co-located with Big 5 will make it accessible to a larger audience that is also interested in precast and stands to benefit from having a product specific-show on concrete all under one roof," he added.

Construction professionals including contractors, architects, manufacturers, and engineers will also have the opportunity to attend a range of free to attend seminars every day of the event, with day 2 devoted to topics on the products and trends related to the precast industry. Workshops are scheduled to include educational forums, product showcases and panel discussions aimed at highlighting key trends in concrete products and technologies. More information on this exclusive seminar series will be updated on the Middle East Concrete website in the coming weeks.

Robert Campbell, Commercial Manager of Xtramix Concrete Solutions & Xtramix International Precast, recognised market leaders in sustainable concrete solutions, commented on the significance of MEC across the UAE construction industry, saying, "With a projected construction spend of $600bn in the Middle East over the next three years, the market is clearly picking up, whilst becoming increasingly competitive. MEC is an opportunity for a company such as Xtramix to set itself apart from other key players, while reaching out to potential clients."

The event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre will also feature the live product demonstrations in a dedicated area, during the entire event, offering practical product information in an interactive environment.

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