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Region’s largest showcase of tools, equipment, machinery kicks off

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Officials at the opening of SteelFab at Expo Centre Sharjah on Monday.

The 16th SteelFab 2020, presenting the region’s largest showcase of machinery, equipment, tools and accessories for the metal working and forming industry, got under way at Expo Centre Sharjah on Monday.

The show serves as a one-stop sourcing and reference point for the entire spectrum of products and services relating to welding and cutting technology, machine tools, fasteners and allied industries. The show was inaugurated by Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs. The event will run until January 16.

More than 300 manufacturers, distributors and 700 brands from 35 countries from across the world are displaying products and solutions ranging from the requirements of the smallest of the fabrication works to everything that a large project would require. Every international brand worth its name is available at the stalls that are spread across nearly 20,000 sq m.

The opening ceremony was attended by Abdalla Sultan Mohamed Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Expo Centre Sharjah., Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, SCCI’s Director General, Saif Mohammad Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE), and Sultan Shattaf, Sales and Marketing Director, Expo Centre Sharjah and as well as other board members from SCCI and Expo Centre.

Also present were members of diplomatic corps, dignitaries and representatives of the manufacturing sector, as well as a large crowd of businessmen and investors.

After cutting the ribbon, which marked the official opening of the show, Sheikh Khalid toured the show, and was briefed by exhibiters about their latest their latest products, technologies and innovative solutions in the metal working industry.

Sheikh Khalid affirmed that SteelFab offers something new every edition, which explains the growing number of participants and its increasing importance for local, regional and international companies looking forward to expanding their business and enhancing their presence in the UAE’s and region’s markets.

“It is especially important as it gives a unique access to the latest innovations, advanced techniques and high-end products in the steel and metal industry. This event does indeed reflect Sharjah’s great interest in promoting its reputation, competitive edge and status being a leading hub for business and investments,” he further said.

Sheikh Khalid added: “Thanks to the wise vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah has become a top regional destination for investors interested in the advanced steel and metal industry,”.

A number of officials from participating companies praised Expo Centre’s support and well organisation of the event, stressing their keenness to attend such an annual event, which is one of the most important trade gatherings for the steel and metal industry in the region.

“SteelFab has been the flagbearer of the manufacturing industry for the past one and a half decades. Underpinned by bold reforms and stimulus measures, the manufacturing industry in the country has been expanding fast, and has become the base for the push to diversify the UAE economy. With every key regional player set to take advantage of the show, I am sure that SteelFab will continue to play a key role in strengthening the industrial base of the country,” said Al OwaisThe presence of a large number of prominent local and international companies and brands who are leaders in their fields of expertise would also help establish crucial connections in supply chain across various segments of the manufacturing industry in the country, added Al Owais.

“The push is for faster machines, but the focus is also on connectivity and automation. And, new trends, including additive manufacturing, tube laser technology and artificial intelligence, will be the focus across the stalls at SteelFab, its special focus areas, national pavilions, live displays, and technical seminars,” said Al  Midfa.

From fibre laser cutting machine to magnetic drilling and robotic assembling lines to abrasives, visitors can find everything, including machines, laser, automation, and software & services, from a single or multiple sources.

Besides being a supportive partner to the event, the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) is also participating in SteelFab with a full-fledged pavilion. The authority is showcasing its unique services and investment opportunities as well as the advantages of setting up businesses at Hamriyah Free Zone.