GIF exhibitors seeking key agreements
Manama, February 9, 2011
The sheer size of this year's Gulf Industry Fair has impressed exhibitors on the first day of the event.
'This year's show is the biggest yet and we are certainly looking to do business this week,' said Bahrain Logistics Zone assistant director general Hamad Fakhro.
'We come back year after year and the show just keeps getting bigger and better.
'We have always got good leads from the event which we later follow up,' he said.
'This show is a key event for Bahrain and it allows us to target both local business and Saudi Arabian businesses who come here because they see the kingdom as a gateway for their business,' he added.
Bahrain Foam Factory has been a regular visitor to Gulf Industry Fair but this year they decided that it was time to have a physical presence.
'We have always been impressed when we visited the show but this year we felt we should have a physical presence,' said manager Paul Uruvath.
'We have a wide range of products and we want to explore new markets.
'Some of our range is specifically targeted at Bahrain while some of our other products are looking at markets further afield and we believe this event can help us break into those new markets.'
Baytik Industrial Investment is taking part for the second time as it continues to develop its facilities at Bahrain International Investment Park.
'We are offering an advanced factory concept that offers clients that ability to choose from various sized facilities that have already been supplied with the necessary infrastructure like roads, electricity and water,' said chief executive officer Nader Almoayyed.
'We have invested $50 million in the first phase of this development and the second phase will be even bigger.
'We already have our first tenants moved in and we are in discussions with a number of companies from the US, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent,' he said.
'This is a good event for us to target tenants.
'We have already spoken to a number of interested industrialists from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and what has impressed me is the high quality of visitors who are serious about doing business,' he added.
Lifting equipment specialists Ebrahim K Kanoo has taken part in HCE's gulfBID event twice and they were so impressed that they decided to give GIF 2011 a go.
'We have had very good feedback from gulfBID over the past two years so it was logical for us to come here,' said engineering and material handling division manager Hisham G Andraos.
'I am confident we will get a lot of enquiries from both fleet operators and individuals.'
Warehousing specialists Majaal have taken a stand and sponsored the event.
'We have been talking to a lot of potential customers this morning and there has been a lot of interest from people at other stands,' said Majaal director Amin Al Arrayed.
'I am impressed about the scale of the show because the hall is full and there are no empty spaces.
'The number of firms taking part is very positive and we are not only taking part but are sponsoring the event because we believe in supporting the kind of small to medium sized enterprises who can use this show to grow their business,' he said.-TradeArabia News Service