November 2014

Gulfex highlights twisted profile

Gulf Extrusions (Gulfex), a leading manufacturer of extruded aluminium products, said its ‘twisted profile’ was a key highlight at this year’s Aluminium 2014, which was held last month (October 7 to 9) in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The first of its kind in the Middle East region, the twisted profile was nominated as the most innovative product of the year in the innovation area of the event – a leading trade show for the aluminium industry.

The twisted profile, which was developed and customised for King Abdul Aziz International Airport project façade in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, obtained a 60-degree and 6-m-long twist with the help of a special machine used and tested on various grades of alloys and tempers.

 Aluminium 2014 featured six themed pavilions – foundry, competence centre surface technology, primary, welding and joining, magnesium and recycling.


Axor debuts at design show

Axor, the designer brand from sanitary fittings specialist Hansgrohe, made its debut at the Downtown Design show in Dubai, UAE, last month
(October 28 to 31).

Axor, a brand representing a diverse collection of bathroom solutions, showcased two new collections in the Middle East for the first time. They were Axor Starck V, the brand’s first transparent mixer brought to life in partnership with Philippe Starck, and the recently launched Axor shower products by Nendo and Front that merge traditional living and bathing spaces to creatively redesign the bathroom.

The German bathroom specialist also unveiled iSpecify, a new online specification tool developed in collaboration with leading architectural and hospitality design companies.


5D BIM solutions to be presented

The RIB Group, a Germany-based construction technology company with a strong Middle Eastern presence, will hold this month two consecutive conferences in China and Hong Kong to promote BIM (building information modelling) 5D technology.

The group, which provides a 5D BIM solution called iTwo, will hold the iTwo World Conference 2014 at the iTwo 5D Lab in Guangzhou, China on November 19, and at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong on November 20 and 21.

“iTwo is the only Big Data BIM 5D construction management solution available in the world that integrates the 5D virtual construction process into physical construction process and manages the entire project lifecycle including model-based quantity take-off (QTO), model-based estimating, subcontracting, tendering and bidding, procurement, scheduling, cost control, and connects to the corporate ERP (enterprise resource planning) system,” said a RIB spokesperson.


Property in the spotlight

The 2015 edition of International Property Show (IPS), which will be the biggest to date, will facilitate direct selling of property at the event, organisers said.

The 11th edition of the event will be held from March 30 to April 1 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), in Dubai, UAE.

Organisers said the first-of-its-kind show will allow visitors to compare prices of residential, commercial and mixed-use units and take decisions on the exhibition floor. Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, the organiser of IPS, said: “We have received record confirmations seven months ahead of the event. We anticipate a large number of visitors, and several exhibitors along with their entire sales teams to interact with as many institutional and individual buyers.”

IPS is expected to attract 300 exhibitors from 120 countries including the UAE, Turkey, UK, US, Canada, Spain and Australia. It will feature pavilions from India, Philippines and Pakistan.


200 HVAC experts attend seminars

More than 200 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) experts gathered at a series of technical seminars held in major cities of the region.

The seminars on sustainability and innovative solutions were hosted in September by Carrier Middle East, the regional arm of the US-based HVAC market leader Carrier, which is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies.

The events, held in Dubai (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Kuwait City (Kuwait), and Muscat (Oman) aimed at addressing the technical challenges and opportunities faced by the HVAC industry across the region.

Participants from key sectors, including hospitality, health-care, transport and stadiums interacted with Carrier leaders to learn more about the company’s innovative solutions.


Marmomacc sets new expo records

Marmomacc, a leading exhibition for the stone industry, set new records in terms of attendance this year with 65,000 visitors – up by 15 per cent over 2013.

The 49th edition was held at end of last month (September 24 to 27) at the Verona Exhibition Centre, Verona, Italy, for the first time alongside Abitare il Tempo, an exhibition dedicated to furniture, interior finishes and the contract world. More than 1,500 exhibitors from across 58 countries took part in the event that hosted trade delegations from 45 countries. More than 80 companies took part in Abitare il Tempo.

The largest number of international visitors came from India, followed by Germany, Turkey, Spain, France, China, the US, Brazil, Russia and Egypt. There was significant attendance from the UK, Iran, South Korea, Portugal and Poland.

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