SteelFab and SteelTech expos open in Sharjah
Sharjah, January 21, 2008
The fourth annual edition of the SteelFab Exhibition is once again featuring Middle East’s largest machinery, machine tools, welding equipment, supplies, consumables and ancillary equipment used in the pre-and-post-treatment of steel.
The three-day event opened today (January 21) at Expo Centre, Sharjah.
And for the first time this year, SteelFab will be collocating with the debut edition of the SteelTech Exhibition – a trade fair featuring the complete range of technology, equipment and products for the Middle East-based steel production sector, including steel producers, rolling mills, tube and pipe manufacturers, wire manufacturers, steel processors, and rebar manufacturers.
The two shows are being organised by Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Over the past three years, SteelFab has successfully attracted a wide category of personnel from the regional steel working industry, such that the show is now considered essential viewing by anyone engaged in the sector.
SteelFab 2008 is featuring over 400 brands and occupying an exhibition area of 16,000 square meters, compared with 8,000 sq. m. last year – an increase of 100 per cent.
Exhibitors from more than 25 countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (ROC), Turkey, UAE, UK and the US are taking part in the event.
Of the total number of brands represented at SteelFab 2008, approximately 100 are focusing on steel machinery, 75 brands are dedicated solely to welding and cutting, and over 50 in surface preparation and finishing. Almost all major manufacturers of structural steel fabrication machines are having an imposing presence at the event.
Meanwhile, a major attraction of SteelTech 2008 is the Gulf Iron and Steel Conference, which will be addressed by key players in the industry from across the globe. Among the participants at the event will be top decision makers from the regional iron and steel sector as well as technology providers, equipment manufacturers, and raw material suppliers to the industry.
“A large number of infrastructure and industrial development projects are currently underway in the Middle East region,” said director general, Expo Centre Sharjah, Saif Mohammad Al Midfa.
“These developmental projects have to a very large extent contributed towards the unprecedented growth that the regional steel working industry is currently witnessing. The Middle East steel fabrication industry is at an all time high owing to high oil prices, subsequently leading to astronomical investments on infrastructure and industrial development in the region,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service