Seismic influence

Who knew that a volcano in Iceland would have an impact

Stuart Matthews, Editor.
Stuart Matthews, Editor.

Who knew that a volcano in Iceland would have an impact on the local construction industry? Anyone planning a trip to Munich’s Bauma trade show found out just how much impact last Saturday, when flights to Europe were grounded.

There are plenty of sizeable suppliers and contractors working in the GCC that call Europe their home market, so the event is a big one for them. The fact that key buyers from an important construction market – that’s here by the way – wouldn’t be on hand to spend a few dollars means Bauma and its exhibitors may have missed out because of the ash.

One man that did make it to the show was Greg Whitaker, editor of PMV Middle East, who had been invited by Doka. Already in Ireland for a machinery event, he managed to make it to Munich overland, via Dublin, London, Norfolk, Paris, Strasbourg, Stuttgart and Zurich.

What was his purpose? In part it’s an opportunity to see new technology and cool kit up close. But it’s also a chance to get face-to-face with the critical suppliers who keep industry innovation ticking over.

The influence these suppliers, their tools, technology and ideas have is difficult to measure, but is certainly significant. It usually comes down to money. Clever ideas save time and thus cash. Core materials such as steel, cement, copper and aluminium, always seem to cost more.
New, efficient machinery can save money in the long run, but needs cash up front. Fixtures, fittings and finishing touches can have a huge impact on the operational cost of the finished product, but again require up front investment.

In our first ‘power list’ we’ve ranked the top 50 suppliers who we think are most influential in Gulf construction. Not everyone will agree, least of all some on the list, but it will certainly give you something to talk about. Oh, and if anyone can give Greg a ride back from Munich he’ll really appreciate it.

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