Saudi Build 2010 concludes with 18,000 trade visitors and 900 exhibitors
Saudi Build 2010 & Saudi Stone-Tech 2010, the biggest business-to-business construction and stone technology event in the region, have recently concluded with a total of 18,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors from 35 countries taking part in the four-day showcase at the Riyadh International Exhibition Centre. The strong turnout reaffirmed the status of Saudi Build & Saudi Stone-Tech as the Middle East's premier construction technology and building material exhibition, while reinforcing the position of Saudi Arabia as a lucrative business destination of leading suppliers and solution providers in the global construction sector.
Held under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Dr. Mansour Bin Miteb Bin Abdulaziz, the KSA Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs, and inaugurated by Prince Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Ayaf Al-Muqrin, Saudi Build/Stone 2010 also welcomed national pavilions from a total of 16 countries. The event also featured for the first time a B2B matchmaking exercise, which allowed companies to network with more than 50 industry peers from Europe and Australia.
Mohammed Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, said: "The remarkable success of Saudi Build 2010 has reaffirmed its position as the premier platform that supports the sustainable growth of the region's construction industry. The business-to-business matchmaking initiative, in particular, was widely appreciated along with the various innovations we have introduced this year. This year's edition has certainly opened new opportunities and possibilities for local, regional and global industry players, who are now looking forward to take advantage of excellent business networking opportunities of the next edition of Saudi Build/Stone in 2011."
Commenting on the success of the event, Giovanni Luca Atena, head of the Italian pavilion, said: "A total 47 Italian companies participated at the event, including 16 that are under the Italian Trade Commission. I believe that the strong participation of Italian companies manifests a growing focus on Saudi Arabia as an attractive and lucrative market and investment destination. We had a very good response from visitors, who showed great interest in the various Italian products and services that were showcased. Moreover, several projects were signed by Italian companies during the event, with machineries accounting for the biggest share of trade activities at 30 per cent. I believe that the favourable market response also highlights the strong trade relations between Saudi Arabia and Italy."
Sebastian Sons, Head of Regional Managers and the representative of German companies at Saudi Build, said: "German companies have been very eager to participate in Saudi Build, as shown by the remarkable 150 per cent increase in the number of participating German companies this year. There were only 24 German exhibitors in 2009, while this year's edition saw 60 companies. A key factor that has encouraged more German firms to participate here is the excellent reception of visitors to the wide range of German products."
Roland Van Driessche, representative of Belgian companies at Saudi Build, added: "The Belgian delegation had a wonderful experience at Saudi Build & Saudi Stone-Tech 2010 and we are definitely coming back next year. The impressive results this year, which saw several Saudi clients signing huge contracts with Belgian companies, should help us convince more businesses to attend the event next year. Saudi Build has certainly reaffirmed its status as the most important construction event in the Middle East."
Saudi Build 2010 – the 22nd International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition, covered the full range of industry topics related to construction material and equipment, air-conditioning, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, concrete and steel technologies, and "green" construction technologies. Saudi Build also featured The PMV Series 2010, the leading international exhibition for construction equipment, plant, machinery and vehicles. Also concurrently held was Saudi Stone-Tech 2010 – The 13th International Stone and Stone Technology Show, which showcased products ranging from marble slabs to mosaics as well as computerized stone cutting, quarrying and polishing machinery and equipment.
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