Promoting low carbon development at WFES 2017

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:25

Dubai Carbon, a locally developed think tank for environmental economics, is playing a key role in promoting sustainable development in Dubai and the wider region

Renovating older buildings can save up to 50 per cent of energy costs

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:31

Government initiatives to make older buildings more energy efficient could achieve dramatic reductions in the UAE’s electricity consumption, one of the speakers at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) Energy...

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 opens

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo opens

Monday, 16 January 2017 07:55

HVAC R Saudi Expo also opens alongside the events that is taking place 15 - 17 January 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events 

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

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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...

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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