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Materials Handling ME attracted 30% more visitors

by Sarah Jacotine on Sep 18, 2015

HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board & executive director of Dubai's RTA opens Materials Handling Middle East 2015.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board & executive director of Dubai's RTA opens Materials Handling Middle East 2015.

Materials Handling Middle East 2015, billed as the 'must-attend' trade show for the regional logistics, warehousing, supply chain management, freight and cargo industries, concluded in Dubai on Wednesday, and reported double-digit growth in both visitors and exhibition space.

The biennial three-day event attracted 4,386 trade visitors from 55 countries, which is 30% more than its previous edition in 2013, while 129 exhibitors from 21 countries covered 15% more space at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In a statement, organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East said the diversity, quality, and innovation of products on show was evident, as leading manufacturers showcased their wares – from Swisslog’s popular AutoStore automated storage and order picking system to Korean manufacturer Doosan’s latest range of electric forklifts and heavy duty diesel forklifts.

Now in its eight edition, Materials Handling Middle East 2015 provided a snapshot of the Gulf economy’s inherent strength, where industries such as oil and gas, automotive, manufacturing, and retail are the driving force of region’s materials handling sector.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “While some Gulf industries such as oil & gas remain steady, others such as retail, FMCG, and manufacturing are surging ahead, buoyed by infrastructure investments and growing populations.

“These industries require optimal materials handling and logistics solutions as throughput and scale increase. So while some sectors might have slower growth presently, others are gaining momentum and picking up the slack, and it’s estimated the Gulf’s materials handling equipment market will be worth $5 billion by 2020, up from $3.8 billion in 2014.”

He added: “This explains the impressive growth at Materials Handling Middle East 2015, while the other reason is due to the vast range of solutions on offer, from automated storage and picking solutions, to pallets, racking, cranes, and packaging equipment.”

More than 250 brands were on show at Materials Handling Middle East 2015, including six of the world’s top 20 materials handling systems suppliers.

Daifuku from Japan, currently the world’s largest supplier, showcased its Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), commonly used by automotive and retail giants such as IKEA, Nike, and Toyota.

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