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Oil sector recovery boosting GCC boom market

by Fatima De La Cerna on Jul 14, 2017

Malcolm Early is vice president for marketing at Skyjack.
Malcolm Early is vice president for marketing at Skyjack.

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A recovering oil and gas sector is said to be helping boost the performance of the region’s boom market.

Malcolm Early, vice president for marketing at Skyjack, an access and material handling equipment provider, said that while DC and rough terrain scissors are performing well in the regional market, demand for booms has been higher.

He elaborated: “The influence of the petrochemical sector tends to mean the proportion of booms is greater than the [others].

“As infrastructure projects and oil prices regain confidence, I see the boom sector growing, and that is certainly reflected in the feedback we get from our customers in the region.”

Responding to the rising demand for the equipment, Skyjack has reportedly been undertaking measures to expand its footprint by investing in booms.

“Skyjack is well-known for its scissors products, with one in three scissors sold globally being a Skyjack. However, we have made significant investments in booms, and 2017 saw the launch of the SJ85 AJ,” said Early.

He added: “Some years ago, we launched the SJ63 AJ to acclaim. We have similar aspirations for SJ85 AJ.”

A special report on the access equipment market in the region will be included in issue 662 of Construction Week, coming out on 15 July, 2017.