The four-day Saudi Build 2012, the 24th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition, concluded Wednesday 14 November with millions worth of trade agreements and projects.
Held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, more than 22,650 visitors from all over the world as well as over 800 companies from 35 countries attended the largest business-to-business construction fair in the Kingdom, which was inaugurated by Prince Mansour Bin Miteb, Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs.
Saudi Build 2012 generated strong interest and remarkable international participation as reflected by numerous national and country pavilions from Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Korea,
Kuwait, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE and UK. Saudi Build 2012 was concurrently held with Saudi Stone-Tech – the 14th International Stone and Stone Technology Show, and Saudi Build – The PMV Series 2012, the 3rd International Exhibition for Construction Equipment, Plant, Machinery and Vehicles. Saudi Stone-Tech was organized by REC in collaboration with Verona Fiere and Confindustria Marmomacchine (Assomarmomacchine).
Commenting on the successful participation of German companies at Saudi Build 2012, Sebastian Sons, Official Representative of the German Pavilion representing the German Ministry of Economy & Technology, said: "This is our 14th year of participation at Saudi Build, which is one of region's biggest and most effective specialized events. Saudi Arabia's growing interest in German products, its positive market results and population growth combined with several other factors have boosted trade figures between both countries to surpass 6 billion euros by 2011, and position Germany as the fourth biggest trade partner of the Kingdom."
"Business cooperation between both countries mainly constitutes German machinery and material exports in the fields of construction, healthcare, automotive, engineering, education and exchange programs among others," he added.
Saudi Build is the only construction trade show in Saudi Arabia accredited by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
UFI grants certification to top-notch professional events managed by experienced organizers with proven track records in international exhibitions.
Providing an exclusive opportunity for local and international construction suppliers to identify new business opportunities in Saudi Arabia's construction industry, Saudi Build 2012 showcased the latest in building materials & equipment; architectural finishing products; stone, marble and granite products; construction tools and technology; engineering services; infrastructure materials; security & safety systems, among others.