Rockwell launches ThinManager software to improve worker productivity

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 06:06

Rockwell Automation has introduced new ThinManager v10.0 software platform, aiming to provide better access to information to the industrial workers

Middle East and North Africa to see uptick in construction tenders for 2018

Middle East and North Africa to see upti…

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 06:02

Construction company Mace Group said that tender prices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could improve in 2018 after a two-year contraction in project spending

Bin Quraya Rental receives 10 Genie boom lifts in Saudi Arabia to support O&G operations

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Monday, 19 March 2018 07:18

Seeking the right access solution to support the needs of petrol project specialist customer Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian heavy equipment rental company Bin Quraya (member of the Bin Quraya Group)...

Schneider Electric’s smart devices aim to save utility expenses

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Monday, 19 March 2018 06:32

Schneider Electric, one of the leading providers in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched a showcase of smart city innovations to enable residents and businesses to...

Emirates Global Aluminium expands and modifies homogenisation capacities with Hertwich Engineering

Emirates Global Aluminium expands and mo…

Monday, 19 March 2018 05:26

This year, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) successfully commissioned the fifth Hertwich batch furnace plant for the heat treatment of extrusion billets at the Jebel Ali plant

New Range. New Rules - Al-Bahar at The Big 5 Heavy 2018

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:20

Al-Bahar, exclusive dealers of Cat® products, will participate in The Big 5 Heavy 2018, dedicated to the heavy construction industry, at Dubai World Trade Centre on from 26-28 March 2018

‘Pay as you throw’ waste fee for Dubai building owners soon

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

All buildings in the emirate will soon be charged a new fee of US$21.78 per tonne for general waste disposal, which is proposed to go up by US$2.72 per annum...

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 online vehicle licensing transactions in 2017

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 …

Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has processed more than half a million transactions relating to vehicle licensing in 2017 amidst a major push to digitise government services

Digitalisation and clean energy integration help ABB attain growth in UAE

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Friday, 16 March 2018 10:55

ABB has recorded a steady and sustained growth in the UAE in 2017

FAMCO launches ‘safer’ Volvo Trucks in UAE

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:50

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO) announced the launch of the Volvo Trucks advanced safety features in the UAE 

MEFMA steps up efforts to strengthen corporate sectors’ role in regional facilities management

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:20

The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) has formed a new category for its members – the Strategic Corporate Members – and established the Strategic Corporate Members Committee, which would...

Panel on construction prioritises latest modeling technique adoption

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:56

At a panel discussion hosted by construction consultancy Faithful+Gould, participants spoke about challenges in adopting latest modeling practices and how technology could help drive efficiencies in project delivery

Egypt’s digital forensic lab to improve IPR’s protection and enforcement

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:24

The government of Egypt has announced to set up a specialised digital forensic lab for intellectual property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy

The Business Year and Investors Group Iran collaborate in research on Iran’s national economies

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:25

The Business Year (TBY) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Investors Group Iran (IGI) to help IGI’s annual research on Iran’s economy

Abu Dhabi’s Taweelah A2 CCP plant to be managed by Emiratis for one month

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:13

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates CMS Power Company (ECPC) has launched a new initiative to manage and operate Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant by the UAE nationals for one...

Tunnel drilling for Dubai Metro extension 50 per cent complete

Tunnel drilling for Dubai Metro extensio…

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:53

Tunnel drilling works for the Dubai Metro extension, dubbed as the Route 2020 Project, is now 50 per cent complete, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of...

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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