DUBAI: One fifth of the UAE's tubes and pipes requirements are met internally and the UAE has built strong capabilities that has placed the country as a serious competitor to international companies in terms of quality and prices, according to industry figures released at the inauguration of the debut Arabia Essen Welding '&' Cutting, Tekno Arabia and Tube Arabia, the 3-in-1 show, at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre by H.E. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber.
The organizers, Al Fajer Information '&' Services (AFIS), Messe Essen and Messe Dusseldorf, expressed satisfaction with the quality of visitors and deals being discussed on the first day.
The organizers said that the tube and pipe manufactures in the UAE are very aware of the valuable opportunity they have to cater to the present demand and leading manufacturers of pipes in the UAE are increasing the production of tubes and pipes every year.
Satish Khanna, General Manager, AFIS said that with this big drive taken by pipes and tubes producers in the UAE, the country might reach self sufficiency at some time in future as well as exports to other neighboring countries in the Gulf and Middle East with lower costs and better quality. Costs incurred in freight and logistics that are passed on the customers could be eliminated if Gulf and neighboring countries consume tubes and pipes from the UAE.
USA and Germany have gained sizable market share in the GCC in recent years, while other international players are trying to enhance their sales to the region.
The three shows being held in Sheikh Saeed Hall and Halls 2 and 3 in Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, are regarded as gateways to the extremely important Gulf and Middle East markets by exhibitors from Europe, North America and Asia.
Tekno and Tube Arabia have emerged as the largest and most important regional industry exhibitions and adding welding to these two vibrant industries offers an integrated solution to the rapidly growing needs of the industry. The three exhibitions represent a significant industry component of the industrial and manufacturing stake.
Exhibitors in Arabia Essen Welding '&' Cutting include manufacturers of welding equipment, consumables and accessories as well as traders of fume extraction devices, pool monitoring systems, seam measurement and evaluation devices, automated for lattice work girders, bugles, converters and generators, filter installations, fittings, installations, welding machines, power drying furnaces, welding robots, seam identification systems, welding tables, torches, tractors, wire de-reelers and cutting and soldering technologies and solutions.
Tekno and Tube Arabia fairs witnessed the display of a wide array of tubes, pipes as well as machineries in the first day of the show.