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EVENT PREVIEW: Materials Handling Middle East 2015

by Sarah Jacotine on Sep 13, 2015

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Recent research by analysts Frost & Sullivan of more than 200 logistics end-users from various industries across the GCC region revealed ‘strong intent’ to adopt automation in warehousing and transportation in order to improve operational efficiency and processes.

According to the survey, forklifts are the most popular forms of mechanisation in the GCC logistics industry, with 37% of respondents indicating they use this equipment, followed by coding and labelling devices (34%) and warehouse trucks (26%).

The overall opinion within the GCC logistics market, however, is the level of penetration of automation is low, with over half of respondents saying they don’t use automated technology in their logistics operations because such systems are deemed too expensive.

Looking to reverse this trend and capitalise on the latent demand for automated and semi-automated technologies will be the world’s leading materials handling systems suppliers at the eight edition of Materials Handling Middle East, taking place from 14-16 September, 2015, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As the hub between Asia, Europe and Africa, Dubai is a natural choice for a central meeting place, and more than 150 exhibitors from 17 countries are scheduled to presenting their products and services at the biennial three-day event.

Headline companies confirmed include UAE-based powerhouses Kanoo Group, Al Futtaim Motors, General Navigation and Commerce Company (GENAVCO), SPAN Group, and Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO). Indeed, a long list of exhibitors are returning this year, joined by notable international newcomers, such as Belgian company Alphaplan, Bulmor Industries from Austria and German warehouse pallet manufacturer CABKA.

Exhibition space for the wider region’s only dedicated trade and networking event for intralogistics, warehousing, supply chain management, freight and cargo sold out back in July, prompting its organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East to surmise that the multi-billion dollar investments in GCC-wide commercial and civil infrastructure projects are having a positive impact on the materials handling sector.

The Gulf region awarded $86 billion worth of infrastructure projects in 2014, fuelling demand for providers of logistics, transportation, materials handling, and supply chain solutions.

“The continued growth in the sector can be not only be attributed to the continued infrastructural development across the region but also to increasing demand for a streamlined supply chain and logistical framework from a growing number of regional businesses,” Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, commented.


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