BMTC renovates 50-year flagship showroom in Dubai


    celebrating the new showroom

    Bahri & Mazroei Trading Company (BMTC), one of the region’s leading provider of electrical, lighting and water solutions, announced the opening of its renovated flagship showroom in Dubai, following an USD273 thousand facelift. 
    The 500 sq metre showroom in Al Khabaisi brings a heritage of over 50 years, and has been the go-to place for partners, across multiple industries, to source a diverse selection of electrical, lighting and water solutions.
    The showroom has now been aesthetically and functionally enhanced, and serves as a one-stop shop featuring the entire portfolio of BMTC’s solutions as well as a dedicated space for extra-low voltage (ELV) systems. The showroom has smart technology upgrades too to strengthen operational efficiency, assuring a seamless experience for customers. Further, the new design considerations are tailored to facilitate effortless upgrades to the showroom in the future. 
    With the new showroom, the company can offer highly efficient services, while also enhancing the productivity and efficiency of its operations as it meets the needs of the UAE’s infrastructure development projects.
    BMTC is further expanding in Abu Dhabi with a brand-new, 300 sq metre showroom in Musaffah set to open in May. The Musaffah showroom – the fifth BMTC outlet in the UAE - will also showcase all its lighting, street lighting, electrical and water solutions. BMTC currently has outlets in prime locations in Dubai, Mussafah, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. All showrooms are innovatively designed and present top-quality products & solutions. 

    FILA Surface Care Solutions Announces Expansion


    FILA ME at Middle East Stone

    FILA Surface Care Solutions announced its strong market consolidation in the Middle East, South Asia and South Pacific Asia during the Middle East Stone Show 2017. 
    “Ever since we opened our regional office in Dubai in 2012, our area of operations has grown exponentially. While we first focused on the GCC region, we have successfully expanded our operations to Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Regionally, the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait remain our most important markets, and are extremely exciting in terms of the scope of the projects developed,” explained Fabrizio Nicoli, Commercial Director of FILA Middle East.
    With over 70-years’ experience in surface protection, FILA Surface Care Solutions is a leading international manufacturer of eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for the protection and maintenance of stones, porcelain, ceramics and terracotta.
    “Our expertise has also been recently strengthened by our partnership with Italian LAPITEC®, who is among the top international producers of the biggest “full body” sintered stone slabs in the world,” Nicoli added.
    With products protecting exterior surfaces from UV-rays, humidity, and dust, and others ensuring the perfect protection of interior flooring and walls, the stone protection and maintenance products FILA has developed cover the whole life of a building. 
    Prestigious projects for FILA include the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi and the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa. Fila offers consultancy services and full support during the construction phase.

    Liban Cables Adopts Solar Energy to Power its Plant


    Solar panels

    Under the auspices of the Minister of Energy and Water, Cesar Abi Khalil and the Minister of Industry, Dr. Hussein Al Hajj Hassan, in the presence of the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Edgard Chehab, the President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists and the Chairman, Dr. Fadi Gemayel represented by Georges Nasrawi, and the Chairman and President of Liban Cables, Bassem El-Hibri, the opening event of a large solar power plant serving Liban Cables’ Industry in Nahr Ibrahim took place. The 601 kilowatt-peak solar power plant was co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Liban Cables through the Central Bank’s NEEREA loan program, and implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Water. The project consists of 1,908 solar (photovoltaic) panels generating approximately 938,000 kilowatt-hours per year, contributing to significant cost savings at Liban Cables as well as a subsequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 751 tons per year. This green energy will cover over 8% of the electricity needed by the plant to produce a wide range of building, industry and infrastructure cables. The Liban Cables’ plant is one of the biggest green energy projects in the country and the first one to be completed within the framework of the Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation (DREG) Project. The DREG project will cover a portion of the solar system’s cost through a grant by the GEF while the remaining cost will be financed through the National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action program (NEEREA) set up by Banque du Liban. NEEREA is a green financing mechanism supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for industrial, residential, commercial and non-profit use. Initiated by UNDP, the Ministry of Energy and Water, and Banque du Liban, NEEREA reflects the desire of the government to modernize the electricity supply and promote green energy projects in Lebanon. The event kicked off with the official speeches from the Chairman of Liban Cables, the UNDP’s Assistant Resident Representative, the representative of the Minister of Energy and Water and the Ministers of Industry, followed by a walk-through in Liban Cables, observing the solar installation from the roof and receiving a technical briefing on the system and its performance to date.

    Progress at ‘The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour’


    Progress at the site

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed the progress in construction of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, the iconic observation tower that defines a new skyline for the nation. More than 145 barrette piles have been laid to depths of over 72 metres to secure the super-tall structure. The barrette piles used for the foundation have been tested to a world record test load of 360 MN (36,000 tonnes), and the work was undertaken by foundation specialist, Soletanche Bachy. A cathodic protection system, similar to that used on the foundations of Burj Khalifa, is being completed to protect it from any corrosion risk. 
    Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties said: “The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the nation, a new architectural marvel that will enhance our civic pride, and contribute to the economy by promoting the tourism sector. The spectacular tower will also frame a new skyline that adds to the cityscape set by Burj Khalifa.”

    Wirtgen W 100 Cfi: A Special Job for the Compact Milling Machine


    W100CFi 

    In Austria, a Wirtgen W 100 CFi compact milling machine with deep milling unit is being used for trenching prior to the laying of broadband cables – just before it sets to work milling off entire pavements. The spread of fiber-optic cables is advancing rapidly across the world, and the Upper Austrian district of Schärding, not far from the German border, is no exception. Here, too, communities are being given broadband internet access. Engelhartszell is the second community to benefit from this technology of the future. And the contractor, Hemmelmair Frästechnik GmbH from Linz, is also making use of cutting-edge technology, in this case made from steel and carbide. For local road works, the milling service provider is using the W 100 CFi, a model from the latest generation of compact milling machines featuring a deep milling unit that WIRTGEN have developed especially for this application. “We have 15 WIRTGEN cold milling machines in operation. In the course of our long-standing collaboration, we have come to prize the solutions expertise of the company, and this prompted us to turn to the WIRTGEN GROUP in Austria in this case, too,” explains Manfred Grössing, Managing Director of Hemmelmair. Once the requirements had been discussed with WIRTGEN‘s product management team, the design department at the brand headquarters in Germany was given the development order. 

    Mondi Industrial Bags: The new generation of paper bags



    In recent years, Mondi has made major efforts in innovation. That has led to more reliable industrial bags with reduced environmental impact and attractive added-value features, matching customer’s requirements. One of the key drivers behind this continuous innovation process is the fact that Mondi is a fully integrated supplier.  All steps involved in producing an improved paper bag can be handled in close collaboration between paper mills and bag converting plants. Generally, the first step towards an improved industrial paper bag is to develop new or improved grades of sack kraft paper in combination with improved bag constructions and designs. As part of R&D activities at Mondi’s R&D Innovation Centre in Frantschach, Austria, Mondi`s sack kraft paper and industrial bag team members analyse and assess existing and proposed materials, including kraft pulp, with a view to improving paper strength, de-aeration properties and mechanical qualities of paper and bags. These R&D activities are often oriented to achieving steady improvement, with the overall goal of taking sack kraft paper and industrial bag solutions to a whole new level. Claudio Fedalto, Sales and Marketing Director, Mondi Industrial Bags, points out the importance of co-operation between business segments within the Group: “Being in direct proximity to our sack kraft paper colleagues helps the bag development process, as we can work closely together on each project.” The innovative Mondi Advantage Protect sack kraft paper, which offers both a water-repellent surface as well as high wet tensile strength, and the SPLASHBAG, a bag developed especially for the needs of the cement and building industry that shows a higher water-repellency than normal paper bags, is just the latest example of this close internal collaboration.