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Gulf Glass Exceeds Expectations

Post Time:Apr 14,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:385

3rd annual Gulf Glass event - most important glass industry show in the Middle East organised by Gattaca Communications - taked place from 16-18 March 2009 at Expo-Centre Sharjah, UAE.

Gulf Glass 2009 saw much serious business conducted during the recent event at Expocentre Sharjah, UAE. In excess of 1500 visitors attended the show and they came from around 40 different countries, the largest and widest attendance yet recorded.

There were 92 exhibitors in all, nine more than last year, and they came from 18 countries all around the world. They occupied broadly the same space as in 2008.

“It has been a trying time for manufacturing industry during the last two or three quarters which always impacts marketing budgets,” said Event Director Kevin Hudson, “and it was also common knowledge that two or three groups were under constraints which saw them withdraw from this show at a very late stage.

“Under these circumstances, to have filled the same space as in 2008 and to have actually increased visitor numbers – and widen the area from which they came – has to be rated a good performance. I have little doubt that in the current trading atmosphere some people feared that the serious buyers would not turn up this year. On the contrary, they most definitely did appear and reports of some very good business conducted during the three days attests to that fact.

“I have received a firm commitment to exhibit in 2010 from a number of companies, which in itself tells you a great deal about the confidence in the Gulf Glass brand and levels of positivity surrounding the glass industry in the GCC area.”

A high level delegation of government, business and key local figures gathered for the opening ceremony on 16 March, conducted by the Chairman of the influential Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Al Midfa. He made an extensive tour of the exhibition, guided by Kevin Hudson and accompanied throughout by Expocentre Director General Saif Mohammad Al Midfa, and engaged in conversation with many of the exhibitors while showing a keen interest in all facets of this year’s Gulf Glass.

Local groups put on a strong showing and generally did better than expected. “Frankly speaking, I wasn’t expecting too much from the show this year, given a number factors,” commented Khalid Rayyan, Sales Manager of Sahara Trading. “However, I am glad to say that what we have seen this week has far exceeded those expectations.

"We have had to arrange between 30 and 50 in-depth meetings with customers per day – in fact more than 50 on the second day – and I estimate that 70% of these people we didn’t know from before.

"I was pleased to see many contacts from Saudi Arabia, where currently we do 60% of our business, as well as potential clients from countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen and so on. This is a major improvement.

"Gulf Glass has been a major success for Sahara Trading and has provided a great opportunity for the whole of our sales team to present themselves to the decision makers from all around the GCC and Middle East.”

Other exhibiting companies reported similar successes and significant items of machinery were sold to customers during Gulf Glass by manufacturers such as Macotec (on the MEEQUIP stand), Creative Resins (on the Corpotrade stand) and MHG Strahlanlagen. Interestingly, not only were firm sales made to glass manufacturers and processors in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Syria, but very good enquiries came from countries such as India and Thailand.

Though it may have had teething troubles in the past, it is without much doubt that Sharjah has proven to be the right venue for Gulf Glass. Certainly the Expocentre provides all the necessary facilities and it has a friendly and efficient team with everything housed on site. On top of that, it was noticeable to all that the general infrastructure in the country – as well as finer details such as taxi arrangements and so on – were much improved.

Importantly, Sharjah is also seen as the right choice locally. “Sahara Trading was very pleased when the Gulf Glass organisers established this event in Sharjah and then continued to stage it here,” said Khalid Rayyan. “It is undoubtedly the right venue for this exhibition. It fits the bill from many angles, not least because Sharjah is home to the oldest and largest glass manufacturing and processing facilities in the UAE. We hope that Gulf Glass continues to return here each year.”

The organising company, Gattaca Communications, will make an announcement in the near future on Gulf Glass 2010.

Source: Gattaca CommunicationsAuthor: shangyi

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