BY OUR BUSINESS BUREAU
Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance on Sunday inaugurated the Aluminium Dubai 2009 Exhibition which will run for three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
Organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, Aluminium Dubai features 166 companies from 24 countries and occupies 6,000 sq.m of exhibit space at the Sheikh Rashid Hall at DICEC.
The show has recorded a 100 per cent growth in exhibiting companies and a 150 per cent increase in exhibit space demand as compared to the 2007 edition.
After the ribbon-cutting to open Aluminium Dubai 2009, Sheikh Hamdan toured the show and met with international and local exhibitors at their stands. He was accompanied on the tour by Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubal and Chairman of Emirates NBD, as well as top industry officials including Duncan Hedditch, CEO of Emal.
Besides Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) and Emirates Aluminium (Emal), key UAE exhibitors at the show include Al Jaber Aluminium Extrusions, Alba Tower Aluminium Factory, ATBIN International, Gulf Extrusion, Inma-Gulf Development and Construction , CIE Environment Dubai and Smartouch, among others.
International exhibitors include SMS Demage, FATA Group, Zenergy Power Pty Ltd, Hydro ASA, RHI AG, Harbin Dongsheng Metal Co. Ltd and, Nanjing Welbow Metals Co. Ltd,, to name a few. Germany and Norway will have national pavilions at the event. Over 3000 visitors from more than 18 countries including Mexico, Canada, the US, Australia, India, the UAE and other Gulf countries are expected to attend.
"We are very pleased with the active interest in the show from all our key audiences via Aluminium Dubai, it is our intention to provide an outstanding business and networking opportunity for the region's aluminium industry, and with the support we have received from the UAE's leadership, we are convinced that this objective has been met," said Tarek Ali, Show Manager of Aluminium Dubai.
Over 40 per cent of exhibiting companies this year are showcasing midstream technologies such as aluminium extrusion, casting and heat treatment, while smelting, plant engineering, fabrication and other technologies make up the rest.
The exhibitor portfolio at this year's edition includes products used for building and construction, transportation, electrical and mechanical engineering, factory equipment, packaging, and container construction, as well as those used in design-oriented applications, said Ali.
According to industry estimates, the Mena (Middle East & North Africa) region is poised to emerge as the world's largest aluminium producing region by 2018. Aluminium production in the region is expected to top 6.1 million tonnes by 2013.