Robust construction fuels formwork and scaffold sector

As the global scaffolding market is predicted to grow at 5.14% till 2023, UAE is set to host Region’s first-ever dedicated trade show on formwork, scaffolding and powered access – INTERSCAFF ARABIA 2020.

In the past two decades, GCC has seen phenomenal growth in the construction sector. Some of the most ambitious and complex construction projects in the world took shape in the GCC and this trend is expected to continue.

A research by B2B platform for the construction industry, Protenders, published in April 2019, stated that the total value of UAE construction sector is US$ 1.01 trillion, of which 42 per cent of projects worth US$ 420.1 billion are in various stages of construction. Further, projects worth US$ 80.8 billion are in the planning phase, US$ 152.7 billion worth of projects are in the design phase, and US$ 72.6 billion worth are at the tendering stage.

According to Protenders, of the total development (US$ 238.3 billion), urban buildings constitute 57 percent, followed by oil and gas projects at 24 percent (US$ 100.5 billion) and infrastructure accounts for 19 percent (US$ 81.3 billion).

The continuous momentum in construction has opened up vast opportunities for formwork and scaffolding suppliers. The uninterrupted vigour witnessed in the scaffolding and formwork market in GCC is expected to continue for some more time with fast-track construction projects.

It is also estimated that the scaffolding market in the Middle East offers enormous growth potential in the wake of Expo 2020

Given the demand in Middle East for different types of formwork, scaffolding and access equipment, INTERSCAFF ARABIA offers the world’s leading suppliers with enormous opportunities of business expansion.

Thousands of construction professionals are expected to attend INTERSCAFF ARABIA 2020 to meet the best in class formwork, scaffolding and access industry from across the world and to discover their latest innovations.

Improving efficiency is a continuing process, and many of the companies constantly invest in it.  Innovation and technology adaptation are two key factors when it comes to efficiency improvement.

Mustafa Marouf Badran, Sales and Marketing Manager, Future Scaffolding and Aluminium Industries LLC, highlights the need for innovations by pointing out, “With fierce competition in the formwork and scaffolding sector, how do you plan to stay ahead in the race! That can be done by innovating our services and products and providing a sophisticated solution of a calibre that is different from what others offer. We have noticed that more companies have realised the capabilities and advantages of using aluminium alloys in formwork systems.”

To elaborate further, he stated, “The Future Scaffolding and Aluminium Industries LLC was part of the Al Qusais residential development, in which 35 residential buildings project was awarded to them. They also were part of the B+G+2P+21 type commercial/residential development project Barsha Height. The company has launched the ‘quick slab’system and ‘quick wall’system in the recent past. Both systems provide a cost-effective and versatile solution for any shoring requirements. Future Scaffolding is also in the process of developing a fast-moving economical slab system in order to compete with the fast demand and movement of the GCC market.”

Accordingly, the suppliers at  INTERSCAFF ARABIA will have the best-integrated platform to showcase their capabilities, innovations in formwork access and technology, with a particular emphasis on safety, all under one roof.

Safety is a major concern for the scaffold and formwork solution segment. Mark Haddon, General Manager –Scaffolding and Formwork Division, Al Zahra Scaffolding TR LLC, points out that safety needs to be given more importance. He further added “Al Zahra Scaffolding TR LLC, part of KIRTANLAL Group, was engaged in the construction of Media City Development, Ferrari Showroom, Off-Campus Student Accommodation, Deira Waterfront Project, Al Qusais Heights, Expo 2020 Metro Station & Sub Stations. I feel that safety awareness in the GCC has been enhanced over the past 20 years, but further improvements will still be required.”

“The company launched the KT-Rapid panel system for concrete slabs in the Middle East market over the last one year and is planning to introduce wall formwork climbing system and wall and column panel system in the coming days,” says Haddon.

Given its accessible location and world-renowned hospitality, the organisers expect business visitors for INTERSCAFF ARABIA not only from the Gulf but also from the broader regions of Asia, Europe and Africa and beyond.

According to Jeen Joshua, Project Manager of INTERSCAFF ARABIA, “This is an excellent platform created for the Scaffold and Formwork industry stakeholders. Responses from key industry players show that this is a vital platform for reaching out to the significant players in GCC. This year, it offers a lot more as most of the exhibitors have lined up to showcase advanced, technologically-improved and cost-effective solutions.”

The event sponsors include Al Zahra Scaffolding LLC, Kiratanlal Metal Products & Co LLC Oman, Simian Skill International Scaffolding Training.

Organised by Al Fajer Information & Services, Dubai and Turkey-based Demos Fuarcilik, the three-day event will host technical seminars in which industry veterans and leaders will share their knowledge about the industry and the best practices. The event is supported by The Formwork Store while Constructionweekonline, Plant & Equipment, Asian Manufacturers Journal, Fuar Jamani, In Awe , Trade Key, World Expo, and Export Hub are media partners.