Rapid infrastructure expansion and reviving construction industry fuels growing interest in region from materials handling, supply chain and warehousing industries

 

The rapidly rising skylines of the cities and simultaneous creation and expansion of world class transport facilities and infrastructure, have put the Middle East region firmly on the radar of the international materials handling, warehousing, supply chain, freight & cargo industries.

 

Rapid infrastructure expansion and reviving construction industry fuels growing interest in region from materials handling, supply chain and warehousing industries

 

The rapidly rising skylines of the cities and simultaneous creation and expansion of world class transport facilities and infrastructure, have put the Middle East region firmly on the radar of the international materials handling, warehousing, supply chain, freight & cargo industries.

 

The countries of the region have been making substantial investments in the construction or expansion of new airports, enormous new seaports and cargo handling facilities as well as top class freeway networks. These, combined with the reviving fortunes of the construction and real estate business, have made the region a hot spot for global materials handling majors eyeing a greater share of regional business.

 

“The region is reinventing itself with judicious investments in transport and logistics infrastructure even as their economies grow incrementally and development surges,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Materials Handling Middle East 2013, the region’s leading trade and networking gathering for the warehousing, materials handling and supply chain industries.

 

“The UAE itself has an estimated US$ 41.1 billion worth of infrastructural projects either underway or in the pipeline, including railway lines, airports and sea ports*. All this growth will fuel growing demand for materials handling, supply chain and cargo handling facilities, which explains the growing interest from global manufacturers and service providers in the show,” he added.

 

Materials Handling Middle East 2013 will not only feature products and services from leading international manufacturers and suppliers, but will also showcase a range of new cutting-edge developments and systems that are the current rage in the industry.

 

Organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt expects these new trends and developments in the industry being showcased by leading exhibitors to be a significant focal point for trade visitors as well as government and private sector representatives.

 

“Over the years Materials Handling Middle East has witnessed the launch of many a pioneering product or technology that has today become standard in the industry,” said Pauwels. “This edition will feature a range of new product lines and services that have immense potential which regional buyers can definitely benefit from,” he added.

 

Automation of processes and workflow systems, more efficient warehouse and supply chain control systems, innovative new ICT packages that allow greater transparencies and instant communication will all be on show at Materials Handling Middle East 2013, as international majors strive for a greater foothold in the regional market.

 

At the exhibition FAMCO will display its 2013 Material Handling product range and is looking forward to launching the brand new Linde Reach Truck Series that sets a new standard in the industry for the safe handling of loads, productivity and economic efficiency. The overall design concept ensures premium operator comfort, significantly high output and total safety for the operator.

 

Unitechnik Systems from Germany, leading provider of logistics solutions for various industries, will be exhibiting a wide range of their current offerings at the trade exhibition. Managing Director Hans Christian Ettengruber said: "By attending Materials Handling Middle East in 2011, we established valuable contacts to third-party logistics specialists throughout the Middle East. In particular we were able to hold numerous discussions with potential customers from Saudi Arabia, contacts that in general can only be established this easily within the framework of a specialized fair.” He expected even better results from their participation this time.

 

Debuting Autostore, an automated warehousing system, in the Middle East, is Swisslog, leading Swiss-based providers of automated warehousing solutions. Business Development Manager Frederic Zielinski believes the exhibition provides the perfect platform for showcasing Swisslog’s state-of-the-art products, whilst enhancing brand awareness with both existing and potential customers.

 

“These are ideal surroundings for us to demonstrate to our users exactly how we develop our products and services. There’s nothing like seeing the concepts in the flesh for understanding how efficient they are. We also work under the motto ‘Design, Develop, Deliver’ and believe events like these are essential for us to get a real understanding of the qualities our customers want in their logistics systems. The overall goal is the continued success of both their business and ours,” Zielinski said.

 

The seventh edition of Materials Handling Middle East 2013 is expected to begin 25% larger than the previous edition, featuring the widest representation yet. Being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 10th to 12th, the exhibition will feature four major product areas: Materials Handling & Lifting Equipment; Logistics & Postal Service Providers; Value added Logistics Services and Warehousing Equipment.

 

A two day conference on warehousing and materials handling will run parallel to the exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday 11th and 12th. The conference which is being organised in conjunction with the Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG) will include a series of presentations and debates surrounding key topics that are shaping the industry today.

*UAE Infrastructure Report – Business Monitor International

 

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