With over USD 700 billion worth of active projects currently going on in the Kingdom, and an additional USD 30 billion investment expected from the Saudi Government in 2017, architects, engineers, developers, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors from around the globe are meeting in Jeddah to capitalise on this growing market.
“The outlook for Saudi Arabian construction remains bright as the industry's output value is forecast to rise by 2020,” Adeel Muhammad, Harwal Group’s marketing manager, said. According to Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone), “The Big5 Saudi is one of the best industrial exhibitions in the region, and there is a high potential to meet the business community for networking and for branding our free zone.”
This year, The Big 5 Saudi will host over 500 exhibitors from 20+ countries, including country pavilions from Italy, Turkey, Germany, Greece, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Spain, Hungary and India. The event will be an exclusive platform for 15,000 peers to network, do business and learn, as it will display 600 brands from regional and international industry leaders.
Products on display
Exhibiting at The Big 5 Saudi, the Dubai-based Harwal Group is among the most diversified Building Material manufacturers in the region. Its business segments include a wide range of products, from building materials to prefab buildings, doors & windows, and furniture. A primary member of the Harwal Group, TSSC, will exhibit the EASYWALL™ range this year.
“These Light weight concrete panels are designed to replace block work for internal walls,” Adeel Muhammad explained. “TSSC will also showcase its range of Cold Rolled Steel profiles, which offer flexibility in the design & construction of steel Buildings. Moreover, Interplast, another key member of Harwal Group, will exhibit its new range of Exhaust fans sold under the renowned brand EDISON.”
The British Owned Venture based in Dubai, Kent Smoke and Fire Curtains, will be exhibiting for the first time at The Big 5 Saudi. According to Kent Smoke and Fire Curtains’ Director, “Saudi Arabia is a land of opportunities in terms of construction and requirement for active firefighting materials. Curtains have been popular amongst consultants in Saudi Arabia and we believe that meeting them personally at the show will nurture successful business ties between us.”
“Smoke and Fire Curtains ensure safer residing in a building, as they provide a means to safe escape from a building in event of a fire,” Sanjwali explained. “We will be displaying Smoke and Fire Curtains that are used to channelize the spread of smoke/fire from one zone to another. Our products are tested under realistic conditions at Exova and UL and have passed tests to achieve the said standard nd certificates,” he added.
Besides its core products, COMMANDbatch and COMMANDseries, at The Big 5 Saudi 2017 Command Alkon will present TrackIt, a GPS Truck Tracking & Telematics and Fleet & Workforce Management for construction material transportation, and Mobile Connect, that promises to cancel boundaries to where and when customers and staff can request orders, generate tickets, access account information, and more.
A global supplier of Automation Solutions for Producers, Haulers and Suppliers of Ready-mixed concrete, Concrete Products and Aggregate, Asphalt and Cement, the Command Alkon family of products offers solutions for process controls, quality control, batching, dispatching, transportation planning and performance, mobile solutions, GPS telematics, dispatch optimization, fleet and workforce management, bulk materials distribution, plant and quarry automation, back-office operations, performance management, enterprise content management, voice-based scheduling, and mobile computing.
“We have been supplying the Saudi market for some 30 years now, and we are still receiving enquiries from our customers in Saudi Arabia, many of whom are optimistic about the future in the short, medium and longer term, so we look forward to welcoming visitors of the Big5 Saudi to our booth 1E50” Simon Gibbs, Command Alkon Area Sales Manager Middle East, stated.
Saudi-based manufacturers will be also exhibiting their latest solutions for the built environment at the show. Headquartered in Jeddah, Goldenline Lifts is a trading company supplying elevator's components imported from Europe, Turkey and other countries. The company also installs a wide range of passenger's elevators and home lifts, offering after sales service and annual maintenance contracts.
”Our vision is to be a major player and market leader in passenger's elevator, home lifts and lifts spare parts, characterised by high-quality lift's components and service excellence,” Mohamed Albahr, sales manager of Goldenline Lifts, stated.
More than just an exhibition, The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will offer 48 complimentary and CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certified workshops to visitors attending the event. Focusing on Project Management, Innovation & Technology, and Sustainability, these will help industry professionals develop their skills and knowledge in areas critical to the future success of their business.
“Since its inception in 2011, The Big 5 Saudi has continually been adapting to keep pace with the fast moving Saudi construction industry and continues to offer the key platform to bring inspirational people, products, and industry knowledge together,” Nathan Waugh, Portfolio Event Director, said.
Live Products and Tools Demonstrations will provide an interactive display of the most innovative products and technologies. Experts will showcase their products live, giving visitors the opportunity to assess the suitability of a product for their projects right there and then.
Presenting the latest in concrete technology, the dedicated Concrete Zone will feature technology that is moving Saudi forward with construction on the ground level.
In 2016, The Big Saudi welcomed an impressive 14,985 unique visitors, bringing together over 21,138 participants from 34 countries, with 3,000+ products on display.
Organised by M.I.C.E. Arabia and dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, The Big 5 Saudi 2017 kicks off on 27-30 March 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM daily and 1:00 PM to 07:00 PM on March 30. The event is free to attend. To find out more, visit www.thebig5saudi.com.