The Gulf Industry Fair 2017, which concluded yesterday, will continue to generate leads for exhibitors by turning into a virtual exhibition on the Internet, said the event organizers Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE).
The 10th edition of the three-day fair at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre attracted thousands of business visitors interacting with more than 90 exhibitors representing the aluminium, steel and alloys, industrial processes and manufacturing, energy and environmental protection, ports, logistics and free trade zones, training for industry, industrial safety and security segments.
The fair witnessed a solid visitor turnout – from businessmen, decision-makers, government officials to industry specialists and professionals seeking the latest technologies, services and products.
It featured a wide range of products, services and technologies related to construction from finishing products, construction techniques, construction material, external solutions, equipment, construction vehicles to consultancy services.
Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction with the show in terms of the strategic position it holds and the importance of the role it plays in promoting partnerships between local and international companies which drives sustainability.
The exhibition offered huge business opportunities for its participants and witnessed the generation of many leads.
HCE managing director Jubran Abdulrahman said going by initial reports the number of visitors to the fair this year had increased by more than 10 per cent over last year.
“An event like this is specialised and we are not looking for thousands of people but for the right people wanting to do business,” he remarked.
“The feedback from participants is very positive with most of them wanting to return next year. I have been told by the participants that in total many deals have been signed or committed to,” he added.
Mr Abdulrahman said he was pleased to note that the event had proved to be the ultimate business enabler for the Northern Gulf’s industrial sector yet again.
As in previous years, GIF 2017 was supported by some of Bahrain’s industrial icons.
Alba was the show’s aluminium sponsor. Currently in the midst of an expansion, Alba plays a crucial role in creating a vibrant community of downstream aluminium industries – including the likes of fellow exhibitors Balexco, Midal Cables and Ameeri Industries.
National oil company Bapco with the National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) fronted the energy and environment segment of the show, as they outlined the current and future investment programmes.
Majaal, a developer and operator of industrial facilities primarily for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), was once again the principal sponsor of the logistics and industrial facilities sector, where it not only showcased the successes of its business model but also demonstrated Bahrain’s credentials as an investment destination.
Naffco, a leading supplier and producer for fire protection products, was a first-time sponsor of the fire and safety segment.
Supporting organisations included AHK Saudi Arabia, India’s PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the German Saudi Arabian Liaison for Economic Affairs, the Saudi British Economic Offset Programme and the Bahrain Industrial Association.