The Big 5: ‘Multimillion dollar’ deals as Dubai show draws to close

Turkish ambassador points to a great year for traders; Poland’s Techmatik secures $2.7m machine deal

PHOTO: The Big 5 attracted more than 3,000 exhibitors in 2015, marking a record in its history, organisers said. Credit: Supplied

Millions of dollars of deals were struck at this year’s The Big 5 construction show, which draws to a close on Thursday, organisers said.

Turkey, which had one of the largest pavilions at the event, was a key country showcasing its construction sector. The Middle East’s largest construction exhibition “acts as a great meeting point because of Dubai’s strategic location in the region, which comes between major markets in India and Europe,” Mustafa Levent Bilgen, the Turkish ambassador to the UAE, was quoted as saying.

Polish company Techmatik signed a $2.7m deal with Dubai’s Consent LLC for the purchase of a Techmatik SHP 5000 concrete block machine, according to The Big 5 organisers.

And the Italian machinery company MB Crushers said it sold two of its crushers, with a combined value of $85,000, to a company in Saudi Arabia.

Josine Heijmans, Event Director at The Big 5, said the event has proven to be another record-breaker for organisers and exhibitors.

“With the addition of the Focus Hall this year, we saw an increase in exhibitors, taking it over the 3,000 mark for the first time,” she said.

“It has been a strong show with great exhibitors, fantastic sponsors and our biggest ever educational programme.”

The Big 5, with its co-located shows Middle East Concrete and PMV Live, also held its largest-ever free CPD-certified education programme. More than 75 workshops and seminars have been held, with more planned for the final day.

Middle East Concrete and PMV Live also welcomed a record number of exhibitors, with 450 from 33 countries, organisers said. “Visitors have come in their thousands to see some exceptional exhibitors,” said Nathan Waugh, Event Director at Middle East Concrete and PMV Live.

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