‘Saudi Arabia undergoing significant progress’

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 06:43

In the twelve months to Q1 2017 construction as a percentage of GDP contracted from seven per cent to 6.2 per cent as backlogs continued to fall and awards in...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 24th - 28th September

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 24th - 28th September

Economic slowdown affects GCC’s fuel consumption: Apicorp

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:54

An economic slowdown coupled with energy reforms has adversely affected domestic fuel consumption growth across most of the GCC, and in some cases led to negative growth, according to a...

Dubai adds 50 driverless Tesla to its taxi fleet

Dubai adds 50 driverless Tesla to its ta…

Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:38

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, and chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has launched 50 Tesla electric vehicles to the limo...

Gulf Glass to focus on sustainability goals for glass

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:40

Gulf Glass 2017, which is going to be held at Dubai World Trade Centre from 25-27 September 2017, is expecting to gather more than 140 stakeholders, with focus on glass...

GE to build Egypt’s first utility-scale solar power plant

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:30

General Electric’s (GE) power conversion has announced to provide a full turnkey solution to FAS Energy to build a 50MW solar power plant for Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), a...

Konecranes delivers four reach stackers to container yard in Saudi Arabia

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:29

In August, Konecranes delivered four Konecranes SMV 4531 TC5 reach stackers to Saudi Arabia

RSS achieves ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for meeting health and safety standards

RSS achieves ISO 9001:2015 accreditation…

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:55

Rental Solutions & Services (RSS), the go-to partner for temporary power and cooling rental solutions in the Middle East, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for providing quality, health and safety...

CNIM, GIC and Al Mulla consortium selected preferred investor for the waste to energy project in Kuwait

CNIM, GIC and Al Mulla consortium select…

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:21

A consortium composed of Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM), Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), and Al Mulla Group Holding Co (AMG) has been selected as preferred investor for the Kabd...

Mitsubishi releases special edition warehouse and forklift trucks for silver jubilee

Mitsubishi releases special edition ware…

Monday, 18 September 2017 07:48

Marking 25 years of keeping businesses in Europe, Africa and the Middle East productive, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has launched a special 25th-anniversary edition of its award-winning range of warehouse and...

What are the different accessories used in insulation systems?

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Monday, 18 September 2017 06:41

In the insulation of buildings, there are essentially eight different materials used in commercial and industrial installations

Dubai Ruler announces US$3.87bn contract for world’s largest CSP plant

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:09

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in...

Saudi Arabia to launch nuclear power tender in October

Saudi Arabia to launch nuclear power ten…

Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:28

Saudi Arabia is expected to launch a tender process for its first nuclear reactors as early as next month and will reach out to potential vendors from countries including South...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 10th - 14th September

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 10th - 14th September 2017

Safety-boost for the engine

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:00

The Reuschling case study shows that COTS is the ideal solution for locomotive renovation

The new CAT 426F2 expands backhoe loader line

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:11

Offering a highly configurable design, the new CAT 426F2 backhoe loader with side shift frame provides customers with additional choices, allowing the selection of a more base-specification model or a highly...

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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