In addition to the large number of national exhibitors, a total of 68 international exhibitors from 14 countries – Turkey, China, India, UAE, Korea, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, Oman, USA, South Africa and Switzerland – are having a major presence at these events.
Nineteen Turkish companies will be participating in the Turkish national pavilion at the show to showcase their various power-related offerings. This marks an increase of almost 10% over Turkey’s participation in last year’s show. Turkey considers the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia one of its main trading partners, with commercial exchange between the two countries expected to reach $2.5bn in 2010. Likewise, Turkish exports to KSA registered around $2.2bn in 2008 and $1.8bn last year. The country intends to leverage the active Saudi electricity and power sector by intensifying exports of its specialized electricity and power products and services.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will account for 17.55% of the power generated within the MEA region by 2014, according to Business Monitor International’s (BMI) recent Saudi Arabia Power Report. The country currently ranks third in the BMI Power Business Environment due to its huge energy market and minimal dependency on energy imports. Saudi Arabia’s electricity generation is expected to increase even further by 79.4% through 2019.
“There are so many factors that make Saudi Arabia a lucrative partner for electricity and power. It has the biggest economy in the region, it is witnessing constant construction and development activity, and it has a young and rapidly growing population. We will build on our strong relations with Saudi Arabia and our inclusion in Saudi Elenex to take our partnership in energy generation even further and complement each other’s growth plans in this field,” said Devlet Selim Pasli, Commercial Counselor, Turkish Embassy in Riyadh.
Mohammed Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, said, “Each of the four shows inaugurated today represent fast growing and high potential sectors of the Saudi economy. The strong international exhibitor interest generated by these exhibitions is testimony to the fact that Saudi Arabia is being seen as a market with ample opportunities in key industry verticals. We wish all the exhibitors taking part in the four shows the very best and we are confident that they will have a highly rewarding experience.”
Saudi Elenex 2010 – the 13th International Electrical Engineering, Power Generation & Distribution Exhibition, is being held to complement the increasing number of power infrastructure projects across Saudi Arabia by providing the ideal platform to showcase the latest technologies, products and services from leading international suppliers and technology vendors.
On the other hand, Saudi Luminex 2010 – the 10th International Lighting Equipment Show, features display, anti-glare, workstation and large-area lighting, as well as concealed and ornamental fittings and chandeliers.
Saudi Water Technology 2010 – the 8th International Exhibition for Water Technology, Desalination Plants and Accessories Show, is set to provide a centralised platform to showcase the latest technologies, expertise and best practices that will support Saudi Arabia’s long-term water strategy. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water, and is expected to increase its production capacity for desalinated water to 1.127 billion cubic metres in 2010. Moreover, the country expects to invest up to SR1.3bn this year for renovation of old water desalination plants, in addition to new desalination projects being implemented across the country.
Saudi Aircon 2010 – the 11th International Exhibition on Air-Conditioning Heating, Ventilation & Refrigeration, brings together a powerful mix of top air conditioning distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, specifiers, agents and engineers from across Saudi Arabia, the region and the world. Saudi Arabia’s air-conditioning market is currently growing at 7% annually and is expected to exceed $1bn by 2011. Domestic production of air handling units (AHU) only satisfies 30% of the demand, thus making Saudi Arabia a highly lucrative market for leading HVAC manufacturers and suppliers.
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