Bahrain construction sector back in business
Manama, April 25, 2012
Things are looking up in the construction industry, according to leading players in the sector who were claiming Bahrain was very much back in business after the disruption a year ago.
That was the view being expressed by exhibitors at the region's leading construction exhibition gulfBID 2012, which opened at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre.
The exhibition was opened by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Al Yusuf Thermo Glass, a regular exhibitor at the event, was talking about expansion plans and showcasing its latest range of Keller paint coatings for glass.
'We produced this new product last year and we are launching it at this show with a product range that can offer 18,000 different colours and shades that can be used on floors and walls,' said projects manager Mohammed Al Thahaba.
'We have already done a deal with the Mazda showroom in Bahrain and are expecting to sign a deal worth around $900,000 with a Nigerian company in the very near future.
'Business is looking good again and we are investing in our factory and we expect to finalise a new lamination line by next year.
'It is good to be back at gulfBID which is an excellent opportunity to talk to existing and new clients and we are already planning to return next year,' he added.
Real estate and property to construction and building materials company Grnata Group were also pleased about the return of the event.
'This is the third time we have taken part and it is an important event for us at a time of an upturn in the industry,' said Budaiya branch manager Mohammed Khalid.
'It is a show where we can meet people it would be hard to see in our normal daily life as it brings together in one place all the leading and successful traders and contractors.
'The people who come here are serious people who are looking to do business. Most of the important companies in the industry are here.'
Stallion, the decor and wallpaper company, were taking part in their fourth gulfBID.
'We are showcasing our range of wallpapers and tiles and even for a first day we have received a lot of interest from both individuals and commercial buyers,' said director Nadia Dashti.
Saudi Arabian scaffolding specialists Manar Al Omran also welcomed the return of the event.
'It is important for us as we can meet all our main contractors here,' said civil engineer Adnan Diab.
'We operate from 50 branches and gullfBID is an event where we can meet people from across the region,' he added.
Building materials firm to shop fitters and designers Al Nooh general manager Maki Ali Al Nooh said they had been very busy with visitors from the start of the first day.
'This is our second time at the show and we were disappointed it was cancelled last year because it is an ideal venue to meet customers from across our entire range of products and operations.'
Bio-Remedies, which specialises in water softening systems and products, is looking to meet both commercial and domestic customers at the show.
'We have been very busy in the morning and this event is clearly the right place to be for us,' said vice-president Annet Al Ammari.-TradeArabia News Service