GCC ‘reboots’ its economic agenda

GCC ‘reboots’ its economic agenda

Monday, 05 December 2016 07:16

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – represents one of the wealthiest country groupings in the world,...

DEWA introduces world’s first virtual reality utility inspection project

DEWA introduces world’s first virtual re…

Sunday, 04 December 2016 10:32

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a pilot project for the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance

DP World and CDPQ sign investment platform deal

DP World and CDPQ sign investment platfo…

Friday, 02 December 2016 15:15

DP World has announced the creation of an investment vehicle in partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of North America’s largest pension fund managers

Kuwaiti company to build manufacturing plant in KIZAD

Kuwaiti company to build manufacturing p…

Thursday, 01 December 2016 07:02

Abu Dhabi Ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) have signed a Musataha agreement with Integral Plastic Industries to build a new manufacturing plant in KIZAD with an investment of US$2.7mn

Volvo CE launches new global website

Volvo CE launches new global website

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:33

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its new global websitefollowing the recent roll-out of over 120 dealer and market websites around the world

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo set to debut next year

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo set t…

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:29

Being the largest facilities management market in the GCC, Saudi Arabia’s sector is rising from being worth an estimated US$20.3bn in 2014 to a forecasted US$29bn by 2017

Schneider Electric introduces world’s first ePAC for IIoT in GCC

Schneider Electric introduces world’s fi…

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:59

Schneider Electric, specialist in energy management and automation, has introduced its new high-end Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) to the GCC region

Xylem Inc. buys water analytics company Visenti

Xylem Inc. buys water analytics company …

Monday, 28 November 2016 07:23

Xylem Inc., a global water technology provider, has acquired Visenti Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based smart water analytics company that provides a suite of advanced products and services to enable smart...

Swisslog brings automation expertise to Saudi Arabia

Swisslog brings automation expertise to …

Monday, 28 November 2016 06:35

Swisslog, automation expert for robot-based and data-driven intralogistic solutions, will be showcasing its latest warehouse automation solutions and new picking technologies for forward-thinking customers in Saudi Arabia and the bordering...

Dynamic new products and innovations displayed at Middle East Concrete & PMV Live 2016

Dynamic new products and innovations dis…

Friday, 25 November 2016 07:45

With a number of iconic infrastructure projects in the pipeline for the GCC, innovation remains the focus for the region’s infrastructure and heavy industry

Siemens and Bentley Systems join forces

Siemens and Bentley Systems join forces

Friday, 25 November 2016 07:24

Siemans and Bentley Systems advance strategic alliance including joint investment initiatives, realising new growth opportunities in industry and infrastructure through integration of complementary digital engineering models 

BREEAM resource for the Middle East launched at Big 5

BREEAM resource for the Middle East laun…

Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:57

Bre Global launched a dedicated resource for the delivery of BREEAM, the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for master planning, infrastructure and built environment at The Big 5 2016

MEC/PMV to diversify from The Big 5, return as standalone event in 2018

MEC/PMV to diversify from The Big 5, ret…

Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:16

Co-located with The Big 5 for the last six years, MEC/PMV is looking forward to carve out as an independent event starting 2018. To be hosted at Dubai World Trade...

‘Made in Italy’ at the Big 5

‘Made in Italy’ at the Big 5

Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:08

The Italian Trade Agency in collaboration with Made Expo hosted ‘Made Expo 2017: Made in Italy Construction Solutions and Materials’ at the Big 5

UAE mega-projects rank among the most innovation and least wasteful

UAE mega-projects rank among the most in…

Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:01

Legoland Dubai headlines UAE mega-projects that have been recognized as among the world’s most innovation, industry experts announced today ahead of The Big 5 construction exhibition

The competition ramps up at the Action Zone at MECPMV Live 2016

The competition ramps up at the Action Z…

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:54

Thousands of visitors expected at the region’s largest dedicated infrastructure and heavy machinery event

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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