The First Dedicated Glass Industry Show in the Middle East at the Expo-Center, Sharjah, UAE, 27-29 March

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The first dedicated Glass show in the Middle East, Gulf Glass 2007, is taking place in Sharjah, UAE this week. This exciting new event has attracted many international and local companies to the region, on the back of a booming glass industry in the Gulf. New glass products, machinery and services will be shown for a whole range of uses from buildings to bottling, and from cars to containers.

Gulf Glass 2007 is a first in the Gulf, and will be a great place to do business for anyone connected to the glass industry. We will certainly be attending the event, looking for some great stories and news items.

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The first dedicated Glass show in the Middle East, Gulf Glass 2007 (http://www.glassinthegulf.com), is taking place in Sharjah, UAE this week. This exciting new event has attracted many international and local companies to the region, on the back of a booming glass industry in the Gulf. New glass products, machinery and services will be shown for a whole range of uses from buildings to bottling, and from cars to containers.

GCC flat glass market on the up

The flat glass industry in the Gulf is on a high. The construction boom has fuelled a huge demand for glass and glass products, particularly in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Over the last three years, growth in glass products in GCC countries has been an average of 8%, and this is expected to increase to 10-12% in the next 3 years, according to a recent report by the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting.

Glass show to shatter its own expectations

On Tuesday 27 March, the Expo-Centre is opening its doors to host Gulf Glass 2007, the first dedicated glass show in the Middle East. Gulf Glass 2007 will capture the spirit of this exciting phase of growth in the glass industry. Already the show has exceeded its own high expectations with a very strong demand for exhibition space from many local and international companies.

Worldwide participation

Great companies are gathering from all over the world including China, India, USA and Europe to take part. A strong contingent from Italy is coming under the umbrella of the Italian Association of Glass Processing and Accessory Suppliers (GIMAV), which represents 77 companies accounting for over 80% of Italian turnover of glass processing machinery, products and accessories.

New products launched

Companies are launching exciting new products at the Gulf Glass 2007 such as Bekeart's innovative rotatable splutter products for glass coaters, and a new spray resin system and metallic spray resin from Creative Resin Systems aimed specifically at the Middle Eastern market, with live demonstrations throughout the show. UK based PreedySolutions are showing their new products including Ice Lighting and FeONIC, stunning video and sound effects through glass.

Others, such as Lambert Glass Tempering Ltd have just installed their first glass toughening plant in the UAE with Select Glass Industries and are coming to show case their success.

Networking opportunity not to be missed

This exciting event will bring together leading producers and processors with architects, specifiers and purchasing managers from construction companies in one forum - all with one interest, glass. Invitations to visit the show can be downloaded from the website.

Andy Skillen, Managing Editor, Asian Glass magazine, says, "Gulf Glass 2007 is a first in the Gulf, and will be a great place to do business for anyone connected to the glass industry. We will certainly be attending the event, looking for some great stories and news items."

Notes to Editors:

The exhibition website is http://www.glassinthegulf.com.

Gulf Glass 2007 is organised by Exposales Ltd, an international trade events organiser based in the UK. Website http://www.exposales.com

The show runs from 27-29 March 2007, at Expo-Centre, Sharjah, a state of the art venue, close to Dubai airport. http://www.expo-centre.co.ae

The report by the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting also predicts that annual flat glass consumption will exceed 1m. tonnes this year.

With investment in the construction industry estimated to be over $80 billion over the next five years, there are tremendous opportunities for the glass industry.

Contact:

Alison Saxby,

Phone number +44 (0)1344 776815

publicity @ glassinthegulf.com

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