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07.09.2015 Fresh investments in UAE’s industrial sector injects renewed impetus in regional materials handling industry

Air cargo logistics and manufacturing among top sectors targeted by global players at Materials Handling Middle East

Dubai, UAE: A spate of investments in the UAE’s industrial sector is injecting renewed impetus in the materials handling industry, as global logistics and warehouse suppliers turn their backs on sluggish domestic markets and look to the Middle East for growth.

Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port's Industrial Zone (KIZAD), and the newly named Dubai South have seen several multi-million dollar investments in various manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics operations in the first eight months of 2015.

Al Gharbia Pipe Company’s US$300 million manufacturing plant in KIZAD has added to the US$322 million in investments in the UAE Capital’s industrial zone for the first half of the year, while in June 2015, global supply chain company Mohebi Logistics broke ground on its new US$150 million 260,000sqm facility at Dubai South.

Such large scale investments underline the positive sentiment currently pervading the regional industrial sector, and will ramp up demand for intralogistics providers and suppliers of heavy lifting equipment, pallets, racking, and picking and storage solutions.

The good news is, more than 150 brands from 21 countries will be lay the red carpet and showcase their latest wares at the upcoming Materials Handling Middle East exhibition, the region’s only dedicated trade and networking event for intralogistics, warehousing, supply chain management, freight and cargo.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the three-day event is now in its 8th edition, and will take place from 14-16 September 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

More than a dozen international companies are debut exhibitors, including Bulmor Industries, the Austrian manufacturer of multidirectional sideloaders, which is targeting Middle East steel, aluminium, plastics, and automotive manufacturers.

“The Middle East’s construction and major steel structural project market has recovered significantly from the global financial crisis, and we’re seeing a marked increase in activity and orders from regional manufacturers,” said Russell George, Managing Director at Bulmor.

“With a broad product range, Bulmor industries is, as a solution-orientated specialist for handling of long, heavy and large material, the perfect partner for Trucks and Earth Moving equipment dealers or for companies involved in materials handling across various industrial sectors.”

Materials Handing Middle East 2015 will also spotlight the latest developments and turnkey solutions for the air cargo intralogistics sector – increasingly relevant as Dubai continues to rise the ranks as one of the world’s busiest air cargo and logistics hubs.

At the forefront of the latest air cargo solutions will be Germany’s Unitechnik Systems.  The leading supplier of automated warehouses and IT systems will showcase its intralogistics solutions specifically targeting the airport sector, from high-bay storage systems, stacker cranes, roller conveyors, and workstations, to automation and inventory control systems.

Wolfgang Cieplik, Managing Director at Unitechnik Systems, said Dubai will soon overtake major Asian centres as the world’s largest air cargo and logistics hub: “With 2.4 million tonnes of cargo per year, the Dubai International Airport is ranked 6th in the world for air cargo handled,” said Cieplik.  “Add to that Al Maktoum International’s 0.76 million tonnes, and Dubai shares 3rd position with Shanghai.

“With the new facilities at Al Maktoum International, it’s only a question of time before Dubai displaces Hong Kong from the leading position.  This makes it an extremely exciting market for our products and services.”

In addition to six of the world’s top 20 materials handling suppliers, Materials Handling Middle East 2015 will also feature regular UAE-based heavyweights Kanoo Group, Al Futtaim Motors, General Navigation and Commerce Company (GENAVCO), SPAN Trading, and Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO).

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “As the UAE and surrounding Middle East countries make investments in large industrial and infrastructure projects, demand for world class materials handling and logistics solutions continues to grow.”

“This is drastically changing the demand dynamics for intralogistics, warehouse, and supply chain solutions, and the focal point at Materials Handling Middle East 2015 will be on the tailor-made products and services available for thousands of regional buyers looking to upscale their operations.”

A new feature at Materials Handling Middle East 2015 is the Forklift Operator of the Year – the Middle East’s only competition where operators will be judged on their ability to safely and efficiently manoeuver up three tonnes of electric forklift machinery in narrow spaces replicating a warehouse environment.

Elsewhere, the Warehousing and Materials Handling Conference on 15-16 September will analyse key growth drivers and restraints in the regional materials handling industry, emerging trends and their impact on the market today.


Show Profile

Materials Handling Middle East is the region’s only exhibition for the Materials Handling industry, covering products and services in intralogistics, warehousing, supply chain, freight and cargo. The biennial three-day event focuses on solutions for the six main sectors that are impacted by the materials handling industry, including logistics, FMCG, Automotive, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, and the Oil & Gas industries.  Materials Handling Middle East 2013 featured 152 brands from 17 countries, and welcomed 3,370 visitors from 55 countries.  The 2015 edition will put a spotlight on the latest international materials handling solutions, with a strong emphasis on automation and information & communication technology.
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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €554 million in sales and employing 2,130 people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 121 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
Further information on the company can be found at


About Messe Frankfurt Middle East GmbH

The portfolio of events for Messe Frankfurt Middle East in Dubai includes Automechanika Dubai, Automechanika Jeddah, Beautyworld Middle East, Hardware+Tools Middle East, Intersec, Leatherworld Middle East, Light Middle East, Materials Handling Middle East and Paperworld Middle East. The subsidiary also organises a series of conferences and seminars including the BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference, the Beautyworld Spa and Wellness Management Summit, the Light Middle East Conference, and Smart Traffic Middle East. For more information, please visit our website at


* Preliminary figures (2014)

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