German suppliers eye booming construction sector

German wire and tube manufacturers are gearing up to capitalise on the region’s booming construction sector.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

German wire and tube manufacturers are gearing up to capitalise on the region’s booming construction sector. Consequently, Messe Düsseldorf, organisers of the specialist twin fairs dedicated to the manufacture of solid and hollow metal products, to intensify its efforts to attract exhibitors and trade visitors from the Middle East. The organiser’s two shows, Wire 2004 and Tube 2004, will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from March 29 to April 2, 2004. “We feel there is tremendous scope for German wire, cable and tube products to bolster the growing construction industry in the Middle East,” said Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, project director of Wire 2004 and Tube 2004. According to data provided by Germany-based Economic Association of Steel Tubes, the market supply of steel tubes in the UAE increased from 228,000 tons in 2002 to 307,000 tons in 2003. With just over 32,000 tons of tube imports originating from Germany, manufacturers and suppliers are seeking to augment the share through the introduction of cutting edge technologies to the market. “The reconstruction of infrastructure in Iraq, the construction boom in the UAE and the growing energy [needs] of the Middle East, demand high quality, technologically advanced wires, cables and tubes. Dubai’s importance as the trade hub of the Middle East makes the emirate a very important trading partner for the German as well as the global manufacturers that are seeking new markets,” explained Kehrer. “On the other hand, the small, but rapidly growing industrial sector in the UAE will also benefit from participation in the two events, as they will provide direct access to an extremely large international potential client mass, concentrated in one place,” he added.

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