The Big 5 2012 to host some of the GCC's biggest steel companies to address growing demand
- Saudi Arabia: Monday, October 08 - 2012 at 11:26
- PRESS RELEASE
Saudi Arabia continues to lead the Middle East's steel production, manufacturing around eight million tons per year, according to a recent report from Zawya, commissioned by The Big 5 2012.
"The region's steel industry is becoming a fast paced, highly topical market with demand continuing to soar," said Andy White, event director of The Big 5 2012.
"Large scale infrastructure projects have dominated the Saudi market for a number of years now and these projects only continue to account for such large portions of the country's construction spend. Such projects bring increasing demand for steel products and this is a trend we expect to see grow over the coming years as Saudi, and many other GCC countries, drive forward significant construction projects with major infrastructure support."
Saudi is not only the biggest steel manufacturer within the GCC, but also the wider MENA region, with 220 registered steel companies and home to the world's fortieth largest steel producer, Hadeed. According to the report, rising infrastructure spend in the GCC has come directly from higher oil revenues, of which Saudi Arabia represents the highest, resulting in an increase of 4.1 million tons in steel production capacity for 2012.
Due to significant infrastructure projects, rebar has therefore become a commodity of increased production also, with regional demand expected to reach 13.3 million tons alone next year.
Companies, including Hadeed, Emirates Steel and Rajhi Steel will be taking advantage of access to opportunities and insider market knowledge during this year's The Big 5, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 5-8 November.
"We will have some of the most influential names from the region's steel industry present at this year's event and it will be an excellent opportunity for the market to benchmark progress and expectations for the coming years," White concluded.
As well as the range of steel products and technologies being showcased at the event, The Big 5 will also provide access to a complete range of building and construction solutions. From 5 - 8 November, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, The Big 5 will host more than 2,500 exhibitors from 70 countries, with PMV Live, Middle East Concrete and FM EXPO taking place alongside.
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