The Big 5 2018: Saint-Gobain outlines eyes Saudi growth in H1 2019

Saint-Gobain will announce new acquisitions and capex in Saudi, Egypt, and Kuwait next year

Saint-Gobain is exhibiting at The Big 5 2018 show that is currently under way at Dubai World Trade Centre [ITP Images/Ajith Narendra].
Saint-Gobain is exhibiting at The Big 5 2018 show that is currently under way at Dubai World Trade Centre [ITP Images/Ajith Narendra].
Hady Nassif, Saint-Gobain.
Hady Nassif, Saint-Gobain.

What products and services does Saint-Gobain offer in the region?

Saint-Gobain has been consolidating its presence in the Middle East, Near East, and Egypt for the many years through industrial know-how transfer, partnership, acquisitions, and greenfield developments.

Today we are in position to offer a full range of construction products, glass, and other products and solutions for the ‘habitat market’ offering across the region. They include Saint Gobain Flat Glass – reflective, fireproof, and electrochrome, Gyproc plaster board systems and gypsum powder, Weber admixtures, cement-based mortars (tile adhesives, flooring solutions, technical repair), and other specialities, the full range of mineral wool (glasswool and stonewool) under the brand Kimmco Isover, and other specialities.

What are you expectations from exhibiting at The Big 5 2018?

Saint-Gobain usually participates in The Big 5 every other year. And, for the third time, we have decided to present all our activities and brands under the umbrella of Saint-Gobain. This will allow us to showcase the different innovative solutions offered by our group.

We expect our stand will allow our customers and business partners to live the ‘multicomfort experience’. Saint-Gobain aims to create great living spaces, in which people can enjoy visual comfort with more natural light, thermal comfort through an optimised room temperature which can be maintained thanks to energy efficient insulation systems, and enhanced air quality.

Noise-reducing ceilings and floor solutions also contribute to ensure acoustic comfort, with security and aesthetics being key elements to complete the overall experience.

What are you expectations from exhibiting at The Big 5 2018?

The highlight of our stand this year will be the Kimmco-Isover insulation solutions. This is our contribution to face the growing challenges of energy efficiency and sustainably in the global construction markets and more particularly in the Gulf region.

Earlier this year Saint-Gobain Isover joined forces with Al Ghanim Industries, in launching the new stonewool plant in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Kimmco-Isover is now supplying glass wool from its Kuwait plant and stone wool from Saudi Arabia, thus making it the largest mineral wool player in the Middle East.

Is this a particular segment of the market you are targeting at the show, as well as in 2019 more generally?

The Saint-Gobain stand at Big 5 is conceived and intended to attract all our stakeholders. Designers, consulting engineers, and architects will find it attractive to see a large number of solutions in one stand. They will also find new ideas and materials that can help put their conceptual thinking into tangible constituents. General and specialised contractors can take the time to scroll across our new products and find new horizons to develop their own business in new fields.

Distributors can visualise synergies that can be made in supply chain  and logistics and for overall commercial efficiency. Authorities and regulators will have the chance to select new techniques and features that can help improve the building codes and norms relying on qualitative and quantitative criteria.

What are Saint-Gobain’s expansion plans in 2019?

In addition to the Multicomfort House project in UAE, we also have a few industrial projects under execution – one additional Weber plant in Saudi Arabia and a new greenfield operation in Egypt.

Other improvements in our existing plants in the UAE are now being commissioned. These will increase capacity and improve efficiency, while ensuring best quality and safety performance.  In the first half of 2019, we are planning to announce new projects of acquisitions and capital expenditure in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

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