Saudi Build reflects growing desire for business ties with kingdom

The 45 participating German companies at the show successfully showcased a wide group of industry-leading products

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Saudi Build 2014 – the 26th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Trade Exhibition, successfully concluded its four-day run at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with more than 23,200 specialized visitors.

The leading construction industry fair hosted more than 850 exhibitors from 36 countries and played a major role in providing an ideal networking platform for industry professionals from the related fields to share and overview latest products, services and trends.

Held under the patronage of Prince Dr. Mansour Bin Miteb Bin Abdulaziz, the minister of municipal and rural affairs, and inaugurated by Eng.

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Mogbil, mayor of Riyadh, Saudi Build 2014 was held with Saudi Stone-Tech 2014 – the 17th International Stone and Stone Technology Exhibition, and Saudi Build PMV Series – the 15th International Exhibition for Construction Equipment, Plant, Machinery and Vehicles, in addition to the first edition of Saudi Build Seminars.

Commenting on the show, Edgar Zedler, spokesperson of German Pavilion at Saudi Build 2014, said: “Germany has been maintaining a high level of participation in terms of number and quality of companies at Saudi Build trade show, what reflects our ongoing interest in initiating and developing business relations with the Kingdom, especially in the machinery and tools fields.

The 45 participating German companies at the show successfully showcased a wide group of industry-leading products and solutions in the fields of building engineering, equipment and materials, in addition to business information, construction tools and technology, heavy construction equipment, maintenance services and equipment, repair, interior construction and stone treatment and handling.”

“Building on the strong economic bonds between both countries, expressed by the 9.2 billion euro German exports to Saudi Arabia and 1.7 billion euro imports from KSA during 2013, we are looking forward to further the business cooperation success through key gateways like Saudi Build that allow meeting quality industry personnel and leveraging major business opportunities,” he added.

Held for the first time in collaboration between Riyadh Exhibitions Company and Advanced Conferences and Meetings, Saudi Build Seminars has provided a key opportunity for specialized visitors to overview recent updates and experts’ view on three main topics including interior design and architecture, landscaping and exterior design and sustainable design and construction.

Seminar speakers shared their experiences and knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the Saudi Arabian construction industry, and highlighted the need for promoting the benefits of raising the quality of finishing products and skilled workers and moving away from the concept of selecting the cheapest bid in place of quality.

Furthermore, the event called for additional focus on local companies that are to be supported by international consultants to guarantee sustainability.

Approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Saudi Build 2014 highlighted a wide range of leading products and cutting-edge technologies, including aluminum frames and structures, architectural finishing products, building materials, ceramic tiles, concrete products and precast structures, construction systems, engineering and design services, environment protection equipment, landscaping and garden ornaments, security and safety tools and systems, water and heat insulation, and steel and wood products, among others.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2014.

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