Al Maysan exhibited its range of heavy machinery at Project Qatar 2014, having only been launched by Jaidah Investment earlier this year.
The launch of Al Maysan coincided with the announcement of its partnership with SANY Group, the Chinese firm that is now the world’s fifth largest heavy machinery manufacturer.
Under the agreement, Al Maysan is now the exclusive dealer for SANY Group products in Qatar, which includes excavators, cranes and concrete pumps.
General Manager of Al Maysan Heavy Equipment, Elie Andraos, said that the exhibition is a prime event to develop new business links.
“Project Qatar is one of the best-attended exhibitions in the region; it is the place that gives us the opportunity to display our products and meet buyers. Qatar is where business gets done,” he said.
While the reputation of firms from the Far East has improved immeasurably over recent years, Andraos believes that there is still more work to be done.
“As ever, there is tension between balancing the need for quality, reliability and value,” Andraos said.
“The main challenge is changing people’s perceptions about Chinese products’ reliability,” he explained. “Over the past decade, quality of Chinese products, particularly SANY, has transformed.”
“We provide products that meet the needs of our customers,” he added. “A company like SANY is a proven top global construction equipment manufacturer, and our machines have been used and tested in the Middle East’s toughest terrains.”
Andraos listed a few of the projects that his company has been associated with. “We are proud to say that SANY equipment is being used to dig the East Corridor Highway (connecting Al Wakrah to Industrial area), the Lusail Highway, and at the prestigious project for the New Doha Port,” he said.
Given the use of the company’s equipment in some of Qatar’s most high-profile projects, Andraos is in a good position to give his thoughts on how the market might progress over the remainder of 2014.
“The Qatari market has picked up over 2014, and the market for excavators has jumped around 50% when compared to 2013,” Andraos explained. “We have sold more excavators during the early onset of 2014 as compared to the previous year, and so we look forward to the future with confidence.”