UAE logistics market valued at $27b in 2015
Sustained growth across key economic sectors such as FMCG, retail, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, automotive and logistics is fuelling demand for high quality materials handling products and services across the Middle East, according to global analysts Frost & Sullivan.
The company values the UAE logistics market alone at $27 billion for 2015, up 15% from 2013.
This is reflected in the Gulf region's retail sector; according to a report by Alpen Capital, retail space across the GCC stood at 10 million sqm in 2013, while regional retail sales are set to grow 7.3% annually to reach $284.5 billion by 2020.
A similar story can be observed in the automotive market in the Middle East and North Africa, where the number of cars on the region's roads will reach 33.9 million, driving demand for auto parts, and creating big opportunities for materials handling providers.
Underlining the market potential is the robust interest from major players at Materials Handling Middle East 2015, the wider region's only dedicated trade and networking event for intralogistics, warehousing, supply chain management, freight and cargo.
The biennial three-day event takes place September 14-16 this year at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"FMCG, retail, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, automotive and logistics, are all sectors that rely on materials handling equipment to optimize productivity, from the storage, control, movement, and protection of products, through to their consumption and disposal," said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, organiser of Materials Handling Middle East.
"Continued development across these key sectors of the regional economy is increasing demand for high quality materials handling systems and solutions, all of which will share center stage this year at Materials Handling Middle East 2015," he added.
Now in its eighth edition, Materials Handling Middle East 2015 will include prominent market leaders in materials handling, warehousing and lifting equipment, logistics and postal service providers.
Headline names returning in 2015 include Swisslog Middle East and UAE-based SPAN Group.
Walid Daniel, managing director of SPAN Group, commented: "There are increasing demands in supply chain solutions as businesses seek new ways to stay competitive, and be better and faster with one goal in mind: satisfying consumers' requirements
"This is encouraging the supply chain sector to enter the digital and smart age. Utilization of intelligent systems and IT solutions, along with warehouse automation are ways to meet these challenges.
"Materials Handling Middle East is a great platform to promote our solutions and services in the region and an opportunity to maintain our brand awareness."
Frederic Zielinski, general manager of Swisslog Middle East, also stressed the importance of automation in the industry: "Automation in warehouses and distribution centers is growing in importance and is increasingly being used in the Middle East.
"Market dynamics are changing at an ever increasing rate and complexity, and the trend toward automation has gathered pace, as investment in technology is viewed as a long-term benefit."
Materials Handling Middle East 2015 will feature the inaugural Warehousing and Materials Handling Conference, a two-day summit analysing key growth drivers and restraints, emerging trends and their impact on the regional materials handling industry.
Another new highlight is the 1st Materials Handling Middle East Awards while returning this year is the popular Demonstration Zone, where forklift manufacturers will reveal the capabilities of their machinery action.