KSA’s logistics industry ‘undergoing major expansion’
Currency Selling Buying JEDDAH—Messe Frankfurt Middle East, one of the region’s largest exhibition organizers, is expanding its regional reach with the announcement of the inaugural Materials Handling Saudi Arabia 2016. The two-day conference and exhibition will take place from Nov. 28-29 in Jeddah, offering global suppliers and regional manufacturers direct access to the Kingdom’s thriving logistics, warehouse, freight and cargo industries.
Organized in partnership with Saudibased Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), Materials Handling Saudi Arabia is a biennial event alternating between the flagship Materials Handling Middle East exhibition in Dubai. It also marks Messe Frankfurt Middle East’s second direct foray into the vast Saudi market, after the breakout success of the 1st edition of Automechanika Jeddah in Jan. 2016. “Materials Handling Saudi Arabia is the latest development in our ongoing expansion in the Kingdom, and together with Materials Handling Middle East, we have a dual platform offering intra-logistics and supply chain players unmatched access to one of the most promising markets in the world,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East.
“Saudi Arabia’s logistics and materials handling industry is undergoing immense expansion and change and with it challenges that are unique to the Kingdom. We felt the need to provide a dedicated trade and networking event so key stakeholders can share their experiences, understand the market realities, and prepare for future developments,” he added. Muwaffaq Al-Harith, chairman of ACE, said: “The warehousing and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia is currently on the upswing, riding on a phase of sustained industrial There has been considerable expansion and retail already in the Jeddah region with the report expansion, revealing that approximately 45 million sqm of along with land has been allocated by Modon, a semigovernment infrastructural organization that promotes investment development. and job creation in industrial manufacturing Over the years sector through the development of we have succeeded industrial cities. Of this, 25 million sq m has in identifying already been developed in Jeddah, with the demand remaining 20 million sqm still in the construction for focused pipeline. Further expansion is on the trade events cards, with the construction of the 4th industrial and we look city to the north of Jeddah, and the expansion forward to continuing south with more facilities to become our association available in the 2nd and 3rd industrial cities. with Materials Handling Saudi Arabia has attracted Messe Frankfurt a healthy initial response from suppliers Middle East of products and services related to to bring Materials intralogistics, warehousing, supply chain, Handling ports, and port equipment. Exhibitors already Muwaffaq Al-Harith, chairman of ACE, with Ahmed Saudi Arabia to signed on include Launch Partners Swisslog, Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East. fruition.” —Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt SSI Schaeffer, and Daifuku, while Industry
The inaugural Middle East Partners include Abdul Latif Jameel Industrial edition of Materials Handling Saudi Equipment Company the Saudi distributor Arabia will be headlined by the two-day Supply Chain and Logistics for Toyota forklifts Log Square, and Al Samaani. Frédéric Zielinski, Forum, bringing together top industry leaders, academics, and solutions general manager for Swisslog Middle East, said: “Saudi Arabia is a providers addressing the opportunities and challenges in a rapidly evolving very important and growing market for Swisslog Warehouse and market. According to a report by Colliers International, the Saudi Distribution Solutions. On a weekly basis, we receive requests from Arabian logistics and warehousing sector is set to witness a considerable relevant players in the Kingdom, and it’s very inspiring to see how boom, driven by the Saudi government’s push to expand the industrial companies are keen to drive their businesses forward.”—Agencies sector’s contribution to the economy to 20 percent by 2020, up from the current 10 percent level.