The GCC Construction biggest consumer of wood . . .

The construction industry in the GCC region accounts for 70 per cent of wood consumption, while the rest is taken up by furniture factories and carpentries, said a report ahead of an industry event in Dubai, UAE.  The 2015 Dubai Wood Show, the premier timber trade fair in the region, will run from April 14 to 16 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event will see more than 500 brands, suppliers and manufacturers showcasing their products over an area of more than 13,500 sq m.

Dubai serves as a major trading hub for the entire region comprising GCC, Iran and East Africa. According to the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), wood imports to UAE crossed $629 million, with a steady annual growth.

The exhibition director Josine Heijmans pointed out that the UAE was highly competitive in construction activity as demand outstrips production, offering greater scope for the import trade.

“About 70 per cent share could be attributed to high usage of softwood products for scaffolding and concrete forming applications,” stated Heijmans citing the report titled “Future Outlook of the Wood Industry in the GCC.”

According to him, the UAE is also fragmented with the presence of more than 300 wood furniture and joinery companies.

On the show, Heijmans said the show will be the biggest since its inception with a 25 per cent increase in show size.

“Not only do we see a high percentage of re-bookings from previous exhibitors, the 2015 edition of Dubai WoodShow will also welcome many new participants from all around the world as well as new pavilions and delegations from Spain, Cameroon and Peru, among others,” he stated.

Abdul Gafar, the manager at Farlin Timbers, a subsidiary of Farlin Group of companies based in Singapore, and one of the fastest growing material trading companies in the Middle East, said: “We will display samples of our products, such as Farlinplex Film Faced Plywood, MDF, Hardwood and other timber products.”

“We have been participating in Dubai WoodShow for four years and we find it a suitable platform to boost the industry, build and maintain contacts with customers, and establish business relationships with local and international buyers,” he observed.

Abdul Gafar further said Farlin Timbers will also put on display building materials.

The other leading exhibitors are PVS International, Saleh International, Homag Group, Chabros International Group, Simco Industrial Machinery Trading Company, Cefla Middle East FZE and Biesse Middle East.

“On display at this year’s show will be a wide variety of products, including major timber types like softwood, hardwood, wood panels and joinery. Moreover, furniture factories and carpentries will showcase wooden products, including pallets, crating materials, and wood.


Source – TradeArabia News Service