News
Emal, Alstom sign GTCs contract  

Emirates Aluminium (Emal), established to construct the world’s largest single-site aluminium production facility, has awarded a $200 million (Dh700 million) contract to Alstom for the supply of gas treatment centres (GTCs).  “The deal is the largest of its kind in the aluminium industry and secures the use of Alstom’s global, best-practice...

Egyptian firm’s net zooms

Egyptian Iron and Steel’s unaudited net profit for the first nine months of its 2007/08 financial ...

Khuyool plans China subsidiary

Khuyool Investments, a leading Dubai-based property developer and investment specialist, has announc ...

Qatar water issue highlighted

A Hyder Consulting official has drawn attention to the need to treat and re-use wastewater in Qatar ...

AAF main sponsor at show

Al Aqili Furnishings (AAF) was the main sponsor of Qatar’s four-day Infdex Exhibition which opened ...





Project Information

BAHRAINFalcon Cement Plant in HafeeraOwner: Falcon Cement CompanyBudget: $50 millionScope: The project calls for the supply and construction of a clinker line and cement mill at Hafeera industrial zone in Bahrain. The new facility, called Falcon Cement Company, will have a production capacity of 950 tonnes per day (tpd), i.e. 342,000 tonnes per annum...





Tenders

GI updates you with the latest tenders available in the Gulf region and beyond. BAHRAINTender No TC/LK/PT-2453/05/08. Supply of filter cartridge for Riffa P/S. Details for the following five tenders can be obtained from the Electricity and Water Authority, contracts unit, Central Stores Directorate, room No 15, Sitra.  Bid bond is BD500. Documents can...





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Statistics
Abu Dhabi GDP to grow briskly

The $105 billion economy of Abu Dhabi, the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, could triple in value during the next 17 years, a report said. Gross domestic product could surge to $300 billion by 2025, the emirate’s Department of Planning & Economy said in a report, according to Wam news agency. Oil accounts for 59 per cent of GDP, and GDP per...





Automotives
GM needs $9bn in new financing

General Motors Corp will need to raise over $9 billion in financing over the next two years to refinance existing debt and to offset projected cash losses in its auto operations in North America, Lehman Brothers analyst Brian Johnson said, according to Reuters. Analysts handicapping GM’s turnaround efforts have focused increasingly on its cash position...

Prius sales hit 1 million

Toyota has said that cumulative sales of its Prius hybrid car had topped 1 million units worldwide s ...





Communication & IT
‘Virtual revolution’ set to hit ME

A ‘virtual revolution’ set to hit the Middle East and worth $5 billion could bring down the cost of mobile phone calls, according to telecommunication experts. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) – which provide mobile services to their consumers over the existing infrastructure of licensed operators - have already dramatically changed the...

Du joins EIG consortium

UAE telecom operator du has signed a construction and maintenance agreement (C&MA) to join a glo ...

wi-tribe makes entry

A fresh new face in the telecommunications industry, wi-tribe Limited, has been launched. ...

Etisalat eyes Tata stake

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) may compete with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and Rus ...

In Brief

NonStop Wireless reduces costs Trapeze Networks has announced new hardware and software capabilities ...





Shipping & Logistics
BLZ will serve as regional hub

The region’s first boutique-style logistics area that focuses on re-export and value-adding logistics activities will soon open in Bahrain, and is poised to attract companies looking to set up there. The Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ) has already enlisted its first tenant, Danzas AEI Intercontinental, the Bahraini operating arm of DHL Global...

Agility seeks foreign investors

Kuwait-based Agility, the Gulf’s biggest logistics company by market value, has said it wants to a ...

Asry reports doubling of sales

Bahrain’s Arabian Ship Repair Yard (Asry) reported a doubling of sales revenues in the first quart ...

Logistica takes stake in Enkay

Logistica (Al Rai Logistica Company), a leading niche market logistics provider based out of Kuwait, ...

GAC thrives in ‘complex’ industry

Logistics in the region has become increasingly more complex and sophisticated, a senior figure in t ...





Flow Control
New valves good for offshore platforms

Parker Instrumentation has launched ball and needle instrumentation valves optimised for high pressure fluid control applications operating at up to 20,000 PSI/1379 bar. Available configured with Parker’s innovative high-pressure Phastite tube connector ends — which offer outstanding performance in vibration environments — the valves offer...

Thermatel TD2 switches highlighted

Magnetrol International has highlighted its hygienic Thermatel TD2 switches which are designed to of ...





Dubai Industrial City
Conmix first plant at DI to start working

Dubai Industrial City (DI) witnessed a very successful year in 2007 with its client base increasing to over 430 industrial investors. It also recently welcomed its first industrial operator, Conmix Limited, which is one of the Gulf’s leading providers of ready-mix concrete, pre-mix plaster and construction chemicals.Two Conmix factories, one for pre-mix...





Paints & Coatings
Raghadan launches new coatings

Raghadan, which recently introduced silicon and anti-microbial coating systems, is in the midst of another expansion at its second Riyadh factory as it prepares facilities for industrial paints. The company also recently began the production of isolation products and ceramic grouts and is in the process of developing capacity for industrial paints suitable...

Akzo expects to raise bottomline

Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel NV has said the US and European economic slowdown was starting to bi ...

Sigma highlights ‘durable protection’

Sigma Paints has reaffirmed that its products provide durable protection in the Arabian Gulf’s con ...

An innovative force in paints

A culture of innovation is a notable aspect of Sigma Paints’ operations. Over the past quarter of ...





Chemicals & Plastics
Chemaweyaat project first at chemicals city

The world’s largest fully integrated Greenfield chemicals complex with a production of 7 million tonnes per year will be set up at the new Chemicals Industrial City at the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi emirate, making it the first project to be located there. Known as Chemaweyaat Complex 1, it will produce olefins,...

Wacker selects DSO as regional base

Wacker Chemie AG, a leading global supplier to the chemical, semi-conductor and solar industries, wi ...

Stanyl used for making fire helmet

Rosenbauer, the world leader in mobile fire protection and civil defence solutions, recently introdu ...

Octal sees high Europe sales

Octal says it is targeting $500 million in sales in Europe and further international expan-sion, fol ...

Sabic catches up on colour trends

Sabic Innovative Plastics has launched its Expression 2009 palette which takes into account the late ...





Wires & Cables
Borealis launches new cable insulation

Borealis has announced the launch of a high productivity, low voltage cable insulation material that it says will boost the competitiveness of cable manufacturers. “The new Visico FX LE8823 delivers all-round advances in productivity and cost efficiency, resulting in higher output and increased profitability at the manufacturing stage with knock-on...

MESC responding to challenges

The growth in demand for high-end cables has brought forth challenges and opportunities in the cable ...

Breakthrough for nanowires use

Japanese scientists have developed a range of insulating materials that should allow computer circui ...

Prysmian launches new kits

Prysmian Cables and Systems has launched a  range of medium voltage joint and termination kits ...

Arnitel C offers ultra-thin coating

DSM Engineering Plastics has announced a new addition to its Arnitel line of copolyester thermoplast ...





Mussafah
Neopharma expects to grow bigger

Neopharma, Abu Dhabi’s first state-of-the-art pharmaceutical plant, says its sales have picked up following the launch of several products in the domestic segment over the past three years. The company says it currently features amongst the 20 largest companies in the UAE.  In the next couple of years, it aspires to enter the prestigious...

Amana to build plasterboard plant

Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings, one of the leading names in fast track and turnkey constructi ...

Ducab takes over Electrocab plant

Ducab, the premier cable manufacturer in the Middle East, will take over ownership of a cable factor ...

EFG plant project nearing completion

Dubai Investments recently announced that its greenfield venture, Emirates Float Glass (EFG), is nea ...

ADSB opts for Aveva systems

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has selected Aveva Marine, the leading supplier of engineering IT sys ...





Sharjah Focus
HFZ advances, forges ties with SME body

The Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZ) in Sharjah has over the past few years, seen a steep growth in the number of companies operating out of the zone. Last year HFZ welcomed 693 companies taking the total of tenants to 2,255, a growth of over 40 per cent compared to the 2006 figure of 1,562. This year the free zone is expecting to attract over 550...

AGLP launches paints to resist fires

Sharjah-based Al Gurg Leighs Paints (AGLP) has launched a number of new products as a response to th ...

GDS working on Metro project

Sharjah-based Gulf Dynamic Switchgear (GDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of M’sharie, the private eq ...

Unique seeks Bahrain sales

Unique Factories has introduced to Bahrain its wet mix kerbstone press that it assembles in Sharjah. ...

MIS builds another offshore rig

Oil and gas fabrication specialists Maritime Industrial Services (MIS) has recently launched its sec ...





Marketing & Promotion
Adnec gains control of London expo centre

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec), which operates one of the world’s most modern exhibitions and convention centres in the UAE capital, has acquired control of ExCeL London, the UK capital’s leading exhibition and conference venue, through a UK subsidiary. The acquisition, valued at more than Dh2.3 billion, is part of Adnec’s strategy...

Show centre nearing completion

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) has announced that Phase 2 of its exhibition centre h ...

Caterpillar launches telehandlers

Caterpillar, a technology leader and the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining e ...

Demag presents several products

Demag, Germany, has introduced a host of handling-technology products designed for maximum efficienc ...

Rosy Blue partners Al Zain

In a bid to offer superior diamond jewelry, build customer confidence and further familiarise Bahrai ...





Jeddah Industries
Hidada fabrication facilities expanding

Top fabricator Hidada says its progress as a key provider of steel products mirrors the economic development of Saudi Arabia. As the kingdom’s infrastructure and industrial requirements grew with increasing oil wealth, Hidada stepped up its capacity from time to time to help meet the demands of that growth.Hidada, a wholly Saudi-owned subsidiary of...

Saudi Cable is upbeat

Saudi Cable Company (SCC), which is in the process of expanding its production facilities in Saudi A ...

Savola expansion intensifies

The Savola Group is intensifying its expansion beyond Saudi Arabia with plans to build a second suga ...

3P Gulf raising stretch film output

3P Gulf Group, the specialised packaging products manufacturer, has announced that it will raise the ...

Hydraulic City opens branches

Hydraulic City, which assembles and manufactures hydraulic and pneumatic components, is expanding it ...





International News
EC probes China steel exports to region

The European Commission launched a new anti-dumping probe into imports of steel from China, broadening the scope of what could become a fresh trade dispute with the Asian export powerhouse. The European Union executive said in the bloc’s official journal it was investigating imports of steel wire rods from China, as well as from Moldova and Turkey, after...

Inflation a ‘pressing problem’

China’s economy faces continuing inflationary pressures as the government endeavours to deliver st ...

UK manufacturing weakens

UK manufacturing output fell in March at its sharpest rate in six months as a drop in car production ...

Indian corridor on track

India’s ambitious $90 billion industrial corridor project is on track, and rising prices of steel ...

German output to lose steam

German industrial output rose strongly in the January-March period but lost momentum late in the qua ...





Technology & Breakthrough
Role for Bahrain in steam comeback?

A company pioneering the use of gasoline-steam hybrid technology is considering Bahrain as a site for the production of associated engines. Canada-based Clean Power Technologies Inc (CPT) says the Economic Development Board (EDB) is well disposed to the idea of building engines that will be fitted into refrigerated trucks incorporating the hybrid...





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