Big 5 Saudi exhibitors focus on sustainability

Announcements and product launches also took place at Big 5 Saudi 2012

Saudi Arabia has climbed on to the green bandwagon.
Saudi Arabia has climbed on to the green bandwagon.

After four days and over 500 exhibitors, Big 5 Saudi 2012 saw a focus on sustainability within construction, with almost 30% of exhibitors classifying their products within this category.

UK company Dura Composites supported the sustainable cause and said it sees Saudi Arabia as a big market for such products. Managing director, Stuart Burns said: "Sustainable products are hugely important to the industry. They shouldn't be green at any cost, but if the specification can be met then the product chosen should be the greenest option."

"The important thing for those within the industry is to keep sharing information. Green criteria and credentials are evolving so quickly that unless we come together the sector will be littered with expensive products that don't meet the right specification," he added.

In addition to the sustainability factor, many exhibitors brought new products to the show, with a number of announcements made.

UAE's Emirates Steel celebrated the commissioning of its latest expansion, with the first Heavy Section Mill in the region at a cost of around $650m. From the US, Global Business Alliance launched its new Mould Care Products, including mould release waxes, polishing compounds, PVA, buffing pads, and moulding clay.

Hascro Baroom showcased its brand new scaffold training academy. Located at Yanbu, the purpose-built premises of 1,800m2 has a functioning scaffold yard, handling an average of 80 tons of product per day.

Andy White, event director for The Big 5 Saudi, said: "For the second consecutive year, this event has surpassed all expectations in terms of participation, quality of exhibitors and the interactive environment that we have see between all exhibitors and visitors."

"The Saudi construction market is the largest in the GCC and will continue to be for a number of years to come. The show floor has been a constant hive of activity and we expect to hear of a number of agreements, partnerships and business deals that have resulted from this week," he added.


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