Dutch firms upbeat after fruitful discussions at GIF
Manama, February 6, 2014
The Dutch Masters, a group of Dutch companies showcasing their expertise at the country's pavilion, have reported a good outcome at the Gulf Industry Fair 2014, which concludes today (February 6).
The debutants said the fair had proved to be a specialised exhibition with a high-quality visitor turnout, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"The 13 companies that are participating have had meaningful discussions with potential customers and partners," the Netherlands honorary consul Jaap Vaandrager said.
"We have seen a lot of visitors from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and are very impressed with the interaction and business prospects generated," he added.
"Our pavilion is at the fair for the third time and we are looking to connect the Netherlands with Bahrain through our theme 'Meet the Dutch Masters'," he added.
"The theme alludes to those painters of great skill during the 'Dutch Golden Age', in the 17th century.
"A few of the companies already have distributors here."
Three of the companies have returned after participating in earlier editions of the fair. The Dutch are very good in logistics, offshore, marine and earthmoving equipment, he said.
"Here at the pavilion, there are at least four companies with solutions specialised in water works and what we also have are firms dealing in hydraulics systems, dredging, port operations and ship to shore handling."
Vaandrager saw a lot of potential in developing the recycling and sustainability business in Bahrain.
"We have brought the BOA Recycling Equipment to the fair and believe that it has bright prospects in the kingdom. "The company designs and delivers high-quality machines and solutions for recycling and waste processing," he added.
The consul expects to return next year with a bigger contingent and many more Dutch companies.-TradeArabia News Service