Sharjah: The eighth edition of SteelFab 2012, the region?s premier steel fabrication and metal working show, has registered an impressive opening, with several high-tech products being launched and recording a massive rise in visitor turnout.
The show is also playing host to a series of product innovations, with some claiming to improve efficiency as much as 50 per cent, and saw the announcement of new distribution arrangements and international tie-ups.
SteelFab 2012, which got under at Expo Centre Sharjah on January 9 (Monday) and will continue until January 12 (Thursday), attracted nearly 3,350 visitors on Monday, registering a staggering 35 per cent rise in turnout on day one of the show as compared to 2011. On day two, at the time of going to press, the footfall was poised to better the previous day?s visitor figures.
?SteelFab has successfully introduced new machinery and equipment to the Middle East, contributing to the fast growth and changing market dynamics. This year too, in a true show of the buoyancy of the regional steel fabrication industry and the credibility of platform, SteelFab has proved to be an ideal platform for new launches,? said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, Director-General of Expo Centre Sharjah.
Rockwood International, a regular exhibitor at SteelFab, announced new tie-ups and innovative products on the first day itself. ?We have several exciting agency tie-ups that will offer our products to customers,? said Mr Ken Safaya, CEO of Rockwood International.
?There has been a lot of interest in our new product ? APC Robot, the world?s lightest, portable, automatic pipe-cutting robot. We have also seen the successful launch of a revolutionary, light weight, portable marking machine by Markator, Germany,? he added. ?SteelFab has been an effective marketing vehicle for us and has been part of our success as a solution provider to the steel industry in the region.?
APC is a super fast, all-round profiling robot. This cutting line can profile any conceivable 3D-profile and can be used in steel construction, general construction work, shipbuilding and offshore work.
Another key launch is a revolutionary new technology on punch presses by Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GMBh + Co KG from Germany. ?Our motto this year is to turn waste into money by using our new skeleton-free process and integrating new software functionalities, which will reduce production time and save on part costs,? said Mr Eberhard Hoelzgen. ?This is our sixth year at SteelFab and we always strive to introduce new technologies to the region,? he added.
In skeleton-free processing, the machine, the software and intelligent tooling are all perfectly matched and when the machining is complete, the original metal sheet would have simply vanished. That boosts not only process reliability, but material efficiency, as well. On average, this achieves a 10 per cent improvement ? but in some cases even as much as 50 per cent.
Coherent Technologies, a manufacturer of laser systems from the US, was a debutant at the Dawood Sons Group stand and is demonstrating the Metabeam 1000. ?The recently-introduced Metabeam 1000 has the capacity to cut stainless steel up to 3mm with 1KW along with other materials such as mild steel, aluminium, acrylic, wood, rubber etc,? said Mr Shakeel Siddique of Dawood Sons Group.
Metabeam 1000 offers cost-effective processing of a wide range of metals and other materials for job shops, metal service centres and sheet metal fabrication shops. Its ease of use and automation capabilities will also make it attractive for in-house sheet metal cutting for manufacturers in a broad range of industries including white goods (appliances), automobiles, aerospace and contract manufacturing.
Kahrl & Wiemann, a regular participant at SteelFab, was pleased with the response on the first day. ?We have launched Roccia SRL plate bending machines. We represent quality machines from Europe and Roccia SRL is our offering in plate-bending solutions to the Middle East markets,? said Mr Hans Wiemann, President & CEO of Kahrl & Wiemann.
The four-day show, featuring 216 direct exhibitors and more than 600 brands from 26 countries, is showcasing a complete range of machinery & equipment in metal forming, welding & cutting, surface preparation & finishing, grinding & cutting, machining & other allied engineering disciplines at over 16,000 square metres of exhibition space.
SteelFab 2012 is organised by Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is open only to trade visitors from 10 am to 7pm.