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Transformer plant opens in Dammam

SPTC, a joint venture between Crompton Greaves (CG) and STC (Saudi Transformer Company) since 2010, has inaugurated its flagship power transformer factory in Dammam Industrial City. The joint venture is dedicated to the design, engineering and manufacture of power transformers and mobile sub-stations and offers full service capabilities for products...

Alba takes a positive view

ALUMINIUM Bahrain (Alba)’s sales and net profit plunged in 2012 amidst lower London Metal Exchange ...

Savola’s target

LEADING Saudi industrial firm Savola has said it aims achieve net operating profits of SR1.4 billion ...

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Jacobs wins Aramco contractJACOBS Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest providers of techn ...

Investcorp acquires Hydrasun

THE Investcorp Gulf Opportunity Fund along with other affiliates of Bahrain-based Investcorp has agr ...





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Zain to set up innovation unitZAIN Kuwait, a leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, said it has joined hands with top global ICT solutions provider Huawei to launch a first-of-its-kind joint innovation centre in Kuwait. The new facility will serve as a research hub for the advancement of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technologies and...





Etisalat eyes big stake in Maroc

Etisalat, the UAE’s biggest telecommunications operator, has hired banks to advise on its planned acquisition of Vivendi’s 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom, reports Reuters quoting banking sources aware of the matter. The state-controlled firm picked BNP Paribas and Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank as financial advisers, the sources said, speaking on...

Paltel revenue down in adverse scenario

Paltel Group, a telecom leader in Palestine providing mobile, fixed and data services, has posted co ...

Qtel rebrands for ‘momentum’

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) will change its brand name to Ooredoo, the company said in a statement, bringin ...

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Zain to set up innovation unitZAIN Kuwait, a leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, said it h ...





Bleak times for tanker owners

Another tough year is on the horizon for tanker owners as the market continues to struggle under the pressure of overcapacity, says shipping consultant Drewry. The company noted that global oil consumption only managed a timid growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, with global crude oil loadings increasing by 0.6 per cent. OECD consumption shrank by 1.0 per...

Almajdouie, Hana Water deepen ties

Almajdouie Logistics Company LLC, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading providers of logistics and supply ...

Airlines’ cargo volumes up

Two major Gulf carriers – Saudi Airlines (Saudia) Cargo and Etihad Cargo of Abu Dhabi – have ann ...

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EWE eyes DG logisticsEAST & WEST Express (EWE), the logistics division of the Saudi conglomerate ...





New Miller tool for heavy duty work

Miller Electric Mfg Co has introduced the new SuitCase X-TREME 12VS voltage-sensing wire feeder, designed specifically for welding in heavy-duty field applications such as construction, structural steel erection, heavy equipment repair and mobile fabrication. The new SuitCase X-TREME 12VS features a new drive motor assembly, motor control and integrated...

MeltTools’ camera has eye on quality

Melttools is expanding its range of welding cameras with the introduction of the ruggedised MeltView ...





Amana adopts Autodesk BIM

Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings, a leader in designing, constructing and commissioning commercial and industrial buildings in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, has fully implemented building information modeling (BIM) into its engineering practice, Autodesk  Inc announced. By adopting Autodesk BIM technology, Amana has accelerated its...

Quintiq announces expansions in EMEA

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O) software, has announc ...





Piping in seismic conditions

Recent events around the world have shown that the threat of seismc activitiy is still a very real risk that needs to be taken into account in construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of all types of buildings. An earthquake zone clearly presents problems for structures and piping alike. With forces and deflections well beyond normal static...

The groove in action

A mechanical joint is comprised of four elements: grooved pipe, the coupling housings, a pair of nut ...





Dow’s packaging boost to customers

Installation of two new enhancements at Dow’s Film Application Development Centre (FADC), Freeport, Texas, US, reinforces the company’s commitment to providing resources to help customers produce improved packaging faster, the company says. The enhancements are the Herrmann Ultrasonics HiQ 20kHz Ultrasonic Welder and Cloeren Nanolayer Feedblock. The...

Manama firm spurred by accolade

Manama Packaging Industry (MPI), a polyethylene products maker and polymer converting company in Bah ...

DSM’s new grade good for LEDs

Over the past years, sales of LED packages have increased by over 50 per cent per year and performan ...

A decade of Akulon Ultraflow

DSM is celebrating a decade of customer successes with its Akulon Ultraflow extra-high flow polyamid ...

New Sabic resin at healthcare show

Sabic’s new product, the high-density polyethylene resin HDPE PCG4906 that fully complies with the ...





Signs of recovery evident

Signs that the UAE economy is firmly on the road to recovery and consolidation after turmoil brought on largely by a collapse of the real estate market in 2009 are evident. Consumer confidence has grown, the real estate market is looking up and jobs creation is expected to accelerate with expectations that investments will grow. The principal emirates of...

Steel firm rounds off rebar range

Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE utilising the latest technology to produc ...

Dubal advances on several fronts

Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), an entirely state-owned corporation that houses the Gulf’s largest smelte ...

Marami coats its way to success

Coatings and platings specialist Marami Metal Plating set up its hot dip galvanising facilities only ...

GEM receives Aframax vessel

Dubai-based independent chemical tanker company Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) has taken delivery of Sam ...





Diary of events

DUPHAT 2013 March 10 - 12Duphat is the Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies conference and exhibition. It is a premier pharmaceutical and technology event in the Middle East. Duphat serves as the convergence point for pharmacists, physicians, scientists, marketing professionals, researchers, paramedical professionals, drug developers,...

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MARCH 18-20: Interiors and Buildex 2013, Oman International Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman 19-21: ...





GIF focus on expertise, competitiveness

GULF Industry Fair (GIF) 2013, organised by Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions and held over three days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre last January, was a tremendous opportunity for industrial establishments including mechanical engineering companies to acquaint business folk with their capabilities and competitiveness. A good...





Commerce drives ports development

INCREASING foreign non-oil trade volumes and Gulf-wide port infrastructure and capacity development are playing a vital role in long-term economic growth prospects for the region. These issues will come under the industry spotlight at the World Ports & Trade Summit 2013 taking place in Abu Dhabi from March 19-20. According to the UAE Federal Customs...

19 US firms participating in wood expo

THE American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the Ame ...





Optimism creeps into real estate

WHILE the UAE real estate market still faces a challenging scenario of oversupply, recent statistics reveal there is room for tentative optimism. lan Robertson, CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle Mena, observes: “The foundations are being laid for a recovery from 2014 with a number of major infrastructure projects scheduled to start later this year. We also expect...





Hempel highlights eco-friendly paints

HEMPEL, one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of decorative, marine and protective coatings, held a special presentation on the latest developments in eco-friendly paints in the company. At the presentation held during the fourth annual Sustainable Building Materials & Construction Technologies (SBMCT) Conference at Hyatt Regency, Dubai,...





Intelligent networks need of the hour

CABSAT 2013, the leading digital media event in the region and third largest on the global calendar, is poised to drive the debate on digital television with an extensive and carefully tailored programme of conference sessions as well as its comprehensive exhibition. The show will take place from March 12 to 14 at the Dubai World Trade Centre...

Top defence firms take part at Idex

BAE Systems and Raytheon came out strongly at Idex, the tri-service defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi. ...





Singapore, Saudi firms drawn to Gulfood

MORE than 40 Singapore food and beverage (F&B) companies took part in Gulfood 2013, the annual trade show for the food and hospitality industry, in Dubai. Saudi Arabia also had a strong turnout as the food and beverage industry there continues to gain momentum with strong population growth and greater interest in food products and flavours. The...





Print and packaging event lined up

OVER 9,000 visitors are expected to attend Gulf Print & Pack 2013, the Mena region’s only dedicated event for the printing and packaging markets, in Dubai. Many of the most prestigious print and packaging industry suppliers and manufacturers are set to exhibit at the event as it returns to the emirate from April 8 to 11 at the Dubai World Trade...





$119bn earmarked for airports expansion

The company will highlight its water and wastewater solutions as well as its expertise in oil and gas, refineries, CPG, metals, transportation and infrastructure during the roadshows. AIRPORT Show 2013, the Middle East’s largest event dedicated to airport technologies, operations and infrastructure, is set to grow this year when it takes place in May,...





Tenders

BAHRAIN Tender No SD-05/2013. Service for overhaul, repairs and refurbishment of pumps at TSE Tertiary Treatment Plant, Tubli WPCC – Project No: SES-12-39-000. • Bid bond is BD2,500. • Documents can be obtained from the Ministry of Works, Sanitary Engineering Operations and Maintenance Directorate, tel: 17567709, website:...





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