(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The GCC tubes and pipes industry will invest US18bn in the next 5 years in new pipelines and associated infrastructure, as the Gulf is set to add more than 21,000 km to its current pipe network. This constitutes 14% of the globally extended planned pipeline network of 161,000 km.
This was revealed by the organizers of the Arabia Essen Welding '&' Cutting, Tekno Arabia and Tube Arabia, the 3-in-1 show, to held from 7 to 10 January at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information '&' Services (AFIS), said: "Each of these industrial exhibitions has its own value proposition to respective industries in the UAE and the wider pan Arab region. The GCC's drive to extend its railway network will boost the demand for tubes, pipes and welding solutions. This demand is being met with increased domestic production by local players. Moreover, the remarkable utility and construction projects are giving a shot in the arm to the pipes, tubes and welding industries. This has boosted the importance of these three shows by attracting more companies to display their products to target the rapidly increasing trade visitors." Khanna added: "This year's event has a special flavor as Arabia Essen Welding '&' Cutting 2013 makes it debut in the GCC.
The new fair is the result of successful collaboration between the fair companies in Essen and D?sseldorf and us. The debut show is leveraging on the leading position of the Tekno and Tube shows which have established themselves as international events for industrial machinery, metal working, machine tools, tubes and pipes." The three shows are regarded as gateways to the extremely important Gulf and Middle East markets by exhibitors from Europe, North America and Asia.
Tekno Arabia 2013, Tube Arabia 2013 and Arabia Essen Welding '&' Cutting 2013 will be held in Sheikh Saeed Hall and Halls 2 and 3 in Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Tekno and Tube Arabia have emerged as the largest and most important regional industry exhibitions and adding welding to these two vibrant industries offers an integrated solution to the rapidly growing needs of the industry. The three exhibitions represent a significant industry component of the industrial and manufacturing stake.