Five minutes with: Ian Hume, JLG

The Middle East's construction sector is "in a good place, despite oil prices remaining low", JLG's regional sales director tells Construction Week

Ian Hume, JLG.
Ian Hume, JLG.

Ahead of the 13th CW Awards, Ian Hume, sales director of JLG Industries' and Oshkosh Arabia's Middle East and Africa operation, speaks to Construction Week about the trends influencing regional construction. 

JLG is a Category Sponsor for the CW Awards 2017. 

The winners of this year’s event will be presented with their accolades during a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Rixos Premium Dubai on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017.

READ: JLG’s MacAngus retires; Hume joins as Middle East sales director

Why is it important that you support the CW Awards 2017?

JLG is the leading brand in the access equipment industry, and with 70% of our machines working within the industry, we feel there are fantastic synergies we can gain from supporting the CW Awards.

What do you think are the main challenges that the regional construction industry may face in 2018?

We will see cash flow issues continue to be a major factor, especially in Saudi Arabia.

Within the UAE, contractors will be under time-related pressure to deliver their projects, which will drive demand for productive machines such as the JLG Power Tower products, and the Ultra Boom range too.

How would you rate the GCC construction industry’s performance in 2017?

Overall, the industry is in a good place despite, oil prices remaining low.

The UAE especially is in a very strong position for the next 5 years.

Please list the top three categories that you will look out for at the CW Awards 2017.

We will be looking out for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, and Contractor of the Year categories.

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