Monday, March 7, 2011

INTERMAT Middle East 2011 Provides Networking Platform for Machinery and Equipment in the Construction Industry

Experts Gather to Plan for a Greener Future

Dubai-UAE, 06 March 2011: Industry professionals from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and world-renowned exhibitors will convene at the first INTERMAT Middle East in the UAE capital, an event that will help develop business relationships in the region’s construction and infrastructure sectors in order to achieve sustainability for the future.

Organised by Clarion Events Middle East and S.E. INTERMAT, INTERMAT Middle East will be held from 28 to 30 March 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) centre in Abu Dhabi and will be co-located with the Arabian Construction Week 2011.

According to a recent article in the Gulf News, an estimated US$600 billion will be spent in the construction and infrastructure industries in the MENA region over the next three years. The investment makes INTERMAT Middle East a must-attend for leading construction companies to showcase their latest innovative machines, while also highlighting solutions for recycling and waste management to leading industry-professionals in the region.

S.B. Yun, Middle East Regional Manager, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, said:  “Hyundai’s efforts to offer quality, environmentally friendly and durable products at economical prices, is most relevant when the construction industry is facing a tough time. We believe that this show will provide a good opportunity to reach this message to our customers”. 

The MENA region is concentrating on securing a green future. Governments all across the region have set building codes in compliance with eco-friendly directives to increase the performance of structures. In addition, these directives will improve the physical environment, occupant productivity and life-cycle costs of the building as well as construction site safety.

Patrick Mansuy, CEO of ARCURE, a world leader in video pedestrian detection technology and the developer of the recently unveiled BLAXTAIR safety system, said: “BLAXTAIR has been specifically developed to be integrated on building machinery for preventing collisions with pedestrians. These collisions always result in very serious injuries, often leading to death. GCC countries and, generally speaking, the Middle East region are carrying out huge building works, involving thousands of heavy machines and hundreds of thousands of workers working around.

“These projects are often amazing and are much admired worldwide. We are convinced that BLAXTAIR, by helping to save lives, could bring benefits to workers, to the building companies and finally to the global ecosystem. In this context, INTERMAT Middle East is the place to be to present this extraordinary new device to all. It gives us the unique opportunity to meet, in a short period of time, all the stakeholders taking part in the fabulous development of the building industry in the Middle East.’’

Government officials and policy makers within the MENA region recognize the significance of preserving the environment and are taking steps to mitigate the impact caused by the emissions of carbon dioxide. According to an interview conducted by BuildGreen with sustainability expert Richard Smith, Carbon Critical buildings technical director for Atkins in the Middle East and India, failing to comply with regulations could cost up to 30 per cent or more of GDP per year, leading to economic failure.

Christopher Hudson, Managing Director, Clarion Events Middle East, said: “The Middle East is investing a significant amount of capital into the green building industry in recognition of future perils. INTERMAT Middle East provides an arena for developers and prominent personalities in the construction and infrastructure sectors to assemble with important construction companies and achieve exceptional levels of sustainability in the region.”

Osama Bissada, General Manager at global concrete solutions major SCHWING STETTER, said: “SCHWING Stetter established a Dubai branch office in 2008, and we look forward to participating at the INTERMAT Middle East exhibition so as to deepen our relationships with existing customers and develop new business opportunities in the region. The advantage of INTERMAT is its concentration on the construction industry, so our visitors will mainly consist of experts in the field.”

Exhibiting organisations at INTERMAT Middle East include: Liebherr, Hyundai, Al Wasit Machinery, Doosan Heavy Industries, Doosan-Bobcat, Kanoo Group, Manitowoc, Potain, SCHWING-Stetter, Al Laith Scaffolding, Sennebogen, CIFA, Ammann, Leeboy, Metso Minerals, Sateco, Orbit, Pega, Cattaneo, Mitas, Platform Basket, Sunward, Tuckerbilt, Yongmao, HIFI Filter, ArcGen Hilta, Rapid, Locatelli, Tum-Mak, Goldola, Shantui, HYTEC, United Machinery and Equipment, Halco Rock Tools, BV Beko, Arcure and Jura Filtration, among others.

The Arabian Construction Week consists of three dedicated trade shows: Green Building Middle East for sustainable construction solutions, Future Build Middle East for innovative construction products, and Civil Engineering Middle East.

In addition, the Arabian Construction Week also hosts four international summits: Building Smart, which addresses interoperability delivered by building information modeling processes; the Green Building Summit; the Climate Control Summit in association with ASHRAE; and the Infrastructure Summit.

About MECOM Forums
MECOM Forums is a Clarion Events Partner with offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. MECOM Forums, a Clarion Events Partner has grown into a highly successful business. In 2009, over 800,000 targeted people visited their 200 exhibitions, conferences and seated events across Britain, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

The business-to-business and business-to-consumer, serve 15 different market sectors that include; Defence, Energy, Construction, Retail, Leisure, Entertainment, Finance and Life Sciences.

 Clarion Events employs over 400 people in twelve offices: UK (London Earls Court Exhibition Centre, and Birmingham NEC); Germany (Bielefeld); The Netherlands (Maarsen); South Africa (Cape Town); USA (Connecticut and Reno): Brazil (Sao Paulo); United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai); Singapore and Turkey.

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Comexposium is the leading events organiser in France of both trade fairs (Intermat, SIAL, SIMA, Emballage, Equip Auto, Silmo, etc.) and exhibitions open to the general public (Salon de l’Agriculture, Salon du Cheval, Foire de Paris, etc.). The Group organised 121 events and posted consolidated turnover of €226m in 2008. The Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP) and UNIBAIL RODAMCO hold equal shares in the Group’s capital.

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