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A Garmco production unit in Bahrain: GIF will show the strength of the downstream aluminium industry

A Garmco production unit in Bahrain: GIF will show the strength of the downstream aluminium industry



Support for fair piles up

The Gulf Industry Fair picks up a key sponsor and endorsement from Dutch firms while its Industry Week initiative gets further backing

October 2012

Gulf Industry Fair (GIF) 2013 has gathered more support with the announcement that Majaal Warehousing Company, Bahrain’s small and medium enterprises (SME)-focused developer has signed a sponsorship agreement with the event’s organisers.

And in another boost to the fair, to be held from January 15 to 17 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC), Dutch firms will show up in a national pavilion encouraged by the successful 2012 edition and several companies said they would open their doors to university students and graduates during Industry Week, one of the event’s features.

 Under the agreement it signed with Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE), organisers of GIF, Majaal will be the principal strategic sponsor of the ‘Industrial Facilities’ show segment.

Making its debut in 2013, this new segment reflects the increased importance of industrial manufacturing and the SME sector to national economic objectives.

Since opening in February 2010, Majaal – a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bahrain Real Estate Development Company – has enjoyed consistent growth, and achieved full occupancy for its 12,000 sq m first phase late last year. Against a background of renewed stability in the local business environment, coupled with First Bahrain’s confidence in the kingdom’s economic outlook, the company is now embarking on the second phase of its $45 million development at the site in Bahrain Investment Wharf.

When completed in the second quarter of 2013, the second phase will double the total leasable space developed by Majaal to date, providing state-of-the-art facilities ready for occupation by both niche manufacturing companies and/or organisations seeking secure, flexible and cost-effective storage space, all in close proximity to major transport links connecting Bahrain to the region and the world.

Jubran Abdulrahman, managing director of HCE, said, “Majaal represents the new generation of industrial cluster projects which are integral to Bahrain’s long-term economic plans. Given that one of HCE’s strategic goals is to position Bahrain as the northern Gulf’s industrial hub, it is fitting that Majaal – which has attracted significant inward foreign investment to the kingdom since it was established – should choose Gulf Industry Fair 2013 to promote its expanded capabilities to a regional audience.”

Amin Al Arrayed, general manager of Majaal, remarked: “Having commenced our expansion which will be ready for occupancy in June 2013, we need to announce to the world that we now have space available for leasing. There is no better venue to make this declaration than at Gulf Industry Fair.

“Of several relationships we have advanced in Saudi Arabia since 2011, one was a direct result of our previous participation at Gulf Industry Fair, demonstrating that the fair is a place where real business is done,” he added.

 

ITSS is one of the supporters of
Industry Week

INDUSTRY WEEK

Industry Week, the newest Gulf Industry Fair-related feature primarily designed to promote Bahrain’s world-class industrial capabilities to young stakeholders, while highlighting the sector as a viable and rewarding career option for students and graduates, who will form the backbone of future industrial and economic growth.

The week promises to add yet another important dimension to a show format that is already renowned as a valuable platform for Northern Gulf industries – from world-scale manufacturing plants to specialist equipment suppliers, distributors and agencies representing the key segments of aluminium, energy and environmental protection, steel and alloys, industrial processes and manufacturing, ports, logistics and free zones, training for industry, and industrial security and safety.

Bahrain firms Ahmed Mansour Al Ali, National Institute for Industrial Training (NIIT), Hidd Power Company, industrial trading company ITSS and Bahrain Incubator Centre are supporting the week with others expected to follow suit,

 Abdulrahman commented: “Bahrain, like its GCC neighbours, envisages industrial development as a prime driver of long-term economic growth. Participating companies in Gulf Industry Fair have requested that we highlight the virtues of industrial growth to the wider community.

“Promoting industrial career opportunities to the next generation is important. Industry should be seen not as a dirty word in the modern world but rather as an opportunity for innovation and the development of society. Bahrain’s move towards an industrial base will require a new skilled workforce for engines of economic growth.”

Abdulrahman added: “Gulf Industry Fair 2013 already has a fully subscribed Aluminium Village which shows the strength of Bahrain’s downstream industries feeding off the produce of aluminium from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba).”

As in previous years, the forthcoming event has been endorsed by some of Bahrain’s most high-profile industrial organisations including the National Oil & Gas Authority (Noga) in association with Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), and Alba, which will, respectively, sponsor the energy and aluminium zones in the exhibition hall.




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