Drake & Scull awards Transguard three-year MEP contract

Drake & Scull awards Transguard thre…

Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:04

Transguard has secured a three-year fixed mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contract for 650 employees with Drake & Scull International 

Saudi Arabia to create joint investment fund to aid Jordan

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:48

Saudi Arabia will set up a US$3bn joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a visit to Amman

Industry collaboration supports integration of renewable electricity by enabling hydrogen addition to natural gas

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:13

DNV GL are leading the HyReady Joint Industry Project to ‘be ready for hydrogen’

Omantel replaces and expands national power park with John Deere-powered SDMO gensets

Omantel replaces and expands national po…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:14

Oman’s leading telecoms provider Omantel replaces and expands national power park with John Deere-powered SDMO generator sets

Mercedes-Benz to supply 540 trucks to Saudi Arabia’s Al Khaldi Transport Group

Mercedes-Benz to supply 540 trucks to Sa…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:03

Al Khaldi Transport Group, from Damman, Saudi Arabia, has ordered 540 medium and heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks, with all 540 trucks coming with a full service and maintenance contract

DEWA and GE to collaborate on 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects

DEWA and GE to collaborate on 3D printin…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:35

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed an MoU with GE Additive to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for the ‘Industrial Internet’

Alara Resources signs off-take agreement for Oman’s copper mine

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Monday, 27 March 2017 05:47

Alara Resources Limited, an Australian minerals exploration company with projects in Saudi Arabia and Oman, has signed an off-take agreement for the supply of copper concentrate from Al Hadeetha Project...

The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than 500 exhibitors

The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 08:22

The seventh edition of Saudi Arabia’s largest and fastest growing construction show will open its doors to thousands of industry professionals tomorrow at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events...

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn rental order in Middle East

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn renta…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:51

Generator manufacturer JCB Power Products has won its biggest export order of the year for its new RS rental range with a multi-million dollar deal in the Middle East

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 19 - 25 March

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on technicalreview.me/, from 20 - 27 March 2017

Demag KBK modular cranes now come with lower load capacity

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 03:23

Extending cranes in the lower load capacity range have been added to the Demag KBK modular crane construction kit

Moroccan tech city boosted by US$10bn preliminary funding deal

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:15

The new industrial and technology hub, located close to the city of Tangiers, will be funded by Chinese group Haite 002023.SZ, BMCE's Bank of Africa and the Moroccan government According to Construction News, the...

DEWA CEO reviews Phase III of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:38

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), met with Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) to...

DP World CEO and Panama President discuss logistics and industrial parks in Panama

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:51

DP World Group chairman and chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem met with the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela to explore logistics and industrial...

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-machine mobile plant

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-m…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:20

MB Crusher – together with its branch office MB America, Inc. – had a huge showcase at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, crushing and screening with an excavator and skid...

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability at Qatar quarry

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability a…

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:23

Three SDLG wheel loaders are working round-the-clock feeding, crushing and screening equipment in Qatar, without any significant downtime

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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