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The GCC region was awarded US$86bn worth of infrastructure projects in 2014, which is a 78 per cent over 2013, with the increased investments fuelling demand for providers of logistics, transportation, materials handling and supply chain solutions
According to industry reports, the multi-billion dollar investments in GCC-wide commercial and civil infrastructure projects has been having a positive impact on the materials handling sector and this would be focussed in the region’s dedicated logistics and warehousing trade show reaches full capacity ahead of its September opening in Dubai.
Materials Handling Middle East 2015, which will take place on 14-16 September at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is expected to exhibit the upbeat sentiment underlined by the industry’s biggest names.
Returning to the biennial three-day event to expand business opportunities include UAE-based companies Kanoo Group, Al Futtaim Motors, General Navigation and Commerce Company (Genavco), SPAN Group, and Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO).
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, organiser of Materials Handling Middle East 2015, said, “The continued growth in the sector can be not only be attributed to the continued infrastructural development across the region but also to increasing demand for a streamlined supply chain and logistical framework from a growing number of regional businesses.
“As the premier trade event in the region for the industry, Materials Handling Middle East provides exhibitors and trade buyers with a dedicated networking platform and unmatched business promotion and development facilities.”
Genavco, supplier of high-tech industrial and construction equipment, will showcase some of the world’s leading brands in warehousing equipment, racking and shelving systems, including Crown, JLG, Weiro, and Flexi articulated trucks.
Asif Khan, general manager of Genavco Equipment Business Unit, said, “Instead of providing just a product, we provide a solution to our customers covering their requirement of warehousing equipment, racking and shelving systems.
“Having a diversified product range improves a dealer’s ability to adapt. If one is not doing so well, the others can compensate and fill in those gaps. It makes our overall business more robust in the face of market fluctuations.”
Now in its eight edition, Materials Handling Middle East 2015 will feature more than 150 brands from 17 countries. International newcomers participating for the first time include Belgian company Alphaplan, Bulmor Industries from Austria, and German warehouse pallet manufacturer CABKA.
New features in 2015 include the inaugural Warehousing and Materials Handling Conference, a two-day summit analysing key growth drivers and restraints, emerging trends and their impact on the regional materials handling industry.
Another highlight is the first Materials Handling Middle East Awards, according to organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East.