Suppliers of the world’s most sought-after stone have targeted the booming Saudi construction industry as amajor market for expansionin the next six years.
Quarry owners from Turkey – renowned internationally for their vast supply of exceptional natural stone and marble –have touched down in the Kingdom ahead of the first Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia trade show, starting in Jeddah on Tuesday evening.
Home tomore than 80 types of stone incorporating400 different colours and patterns, Turkey is firmly established as the world’s leading nation for stone supply. Its biggest international suppliers – currently responsible for US$1.8bn of exports a year – are aiming to promote the use of their distinguished stoneto those behind Saudi’s 4,000 ongoing construction projects, valued by market surveyors BNC at almost US$730billion.
With a national stone export target of US$6billion by 2023, Turkey’s leading stone providers view their own bold targets as being reflective of Saudi Vision 2030 – and head to the Kingdom with the intention of doing business with the region’s biggest construction firms this week.
They will showcase their products across the next three days – April 4-6 – at Stone & Surface Saudi, which is inviting the region’s construction and design industry to liaise with big name Turkish firms includingEymer, OnurMadenclilik, Yeditepe, and a host of international suppliers from the likes of China, UAE, Italy, Oman, Belgium, Lebanon, Germany, Australia and Saudi too.
CemalErdalBatibayfrom TMGDogaltas said: “The Saudi market is very attractive for our products. We have seen an increasing sales trend from the second half of 2016 until now across Saudi.
“It is now one of the main markets for our marble [Crema Nuova and Rosalia from Bilecik, Turkey]. We are participating in Stone & Surface Saudi to increase awareness in this market of TMG and our products. This exhibition offers the chance for the main sellers and buyers in marble and construction business to meet.”
UmranKeserfrom ERK Marble said: “We are participating in Stone & Surface Saudi because we want to change our main market.
“Turkish stones are good quality and come in many kinds at competitive prices. Our materials can be used outdoors and indoors and we think they are good for the Saudi market.”
Other international industry suppliers will be joining the Turkish pool in exhibiting at this week’s show, excited by the promise the Kingdom offers as it aims to become the leading Arab nation through the Government-led Saudi Vision 2030.
Stefano Iannacone, Regional Managing Director at Dubai-basedMapei Construction Chemicals LLC, said: “This past year has been quite fruitful for MAPEI and we have quite a few innovations to share with other players in the market. We are proud to present a selection of solutions with waterproofing, installations and renovations, for surfaces which involve ceramics, porcelain tiles, concrete and mosaics, to name a few.
“We like to think that there was never a ‘bad time’ to do business in Saudi Arabia. Ever since 2016, MAPEI has been focused on increasing its presence within the KSA market due to both its size and enormous potential. Despite what would have been described as ‘a challenging economic climate’, the country remains one of the best performing and promising markets in the region.
“At the moment, the construction market is continuously growing and that has been a huge encouraging factor for MAPEI to move forward with projects within the region. While private projects might have slowed down, the Saudi Government, like us, have an optimistic outlook on the future of the construction market and has been focusing their attention on the country’s infrastructure. This means that there will be no lack in projects that include the construction of schools, hospitals, affordable housing, while also improving the growing country’s hospitality industry.”
Organised by MICE Arabia and co-organised by dmg events, Stone & Surface Saudi takes place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from April 4to 6. Its aim is to facilitate the procurement of the stone, marble and contract flooring provided by both domestic and international suppliers to the Saudi-based designers, architects and project managers responsible for the Kingdom’s huge ongoing construction projects, showcasing varied options for contract flooring, wall covering solutions, natural stone and ceramics.