Middle East's largest and most comprehensive display of machinery, equipment, accessories, and technology for the steel working industry to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from January 21-23, 2008, will feature over 100 exhibitors displaying over 400 brands from more than 25 countries. The event, considered to be the Middle East's display for the steel working industry, will occupy an exhibition area of 15, 000 sq. m. and host exhibitors from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (ROC), Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA among others.

On display at the exhibition will be machinery, equipment, products, services, and consumables related to surface preparation, blasting, galvanising, finishing and painting; steel machinery including metal forming, machine tools, and workshop machinery; grinding, cutting, power tools; tools, tooling for machinery; pipe construction equipment, tools, and orbital welding; software, services, training; testing, measurement, and NDT; welding and cutting including welding machines, consumables and specialty welding; cutting systems including CNC plasma, oxy fuel, laser, and water jet; and material handling solutions.

Expected to be present at SteelFab 2008 are approximately 100 brands of steel machinery, over 75 brands dedicated to welding and cutting, and more than 50 brands related to surface preparation and finishing. Other important segments showcased will be pipe construction, CNC cutting systems and grinding & cutting abrasives. Almost all the major manufacturers of structural steel fabrication machines will have an imposing presence at the event.

The 2008 edition of the SteelFab exhibition will be featuring several key attractions for the regional steel-working sector. Among them will be a dedicated hall for sheet metal manufacturing solutions that will feature AC duct manufacturing lines, Turret Punch Presses, cut to length lines, slit to length lines, coil handling machinery, and roll forming machines. The live demonstrations of welding and CNC cutting on the sidelines are also bound to attract considerable attention. The concurrent product presentations, seminars, and the forums too with specific focus on the Middle East are expected to invite heavy attendance.

SteelFab 2008 will be colocating with the debut edition of SteelTech exhibition a trade fair for the growing steel production industry in the Middle East. SteelTech will feature the complete range of technology, equipment and products for the Middle East-based steel production sector including steel producers, rolling mills, tube and pipe manufacturers, wire manufacturers, steel processors, and rebar manufacturers.

A major attraction of the SteelTech exhibition will be the Gulf Iron and Steel Conference that will be held alongside. The Conference, which will focus on the regional iron and steel sector, will be addressed by key players in the industry from across the globe. Among the participants at the event will be top decision makers from the regional iron and steel sector as well as technology providers, equipment manufacturers, and raw material suppliers to the industry.

As in all previous editions, SteelFab 2008 will attract key personnel and top decision makers from the regional steel-working sector as visitors. Categories of visitors will include fabrication yard managers, production managers, QA/QC inspectors, field engineers, coating inspectors, general managers, procurement managers, estimators, planning and design engineers from the Middle East's Metalworking Industry, besides the entire supply chain of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, hardware and building material suppliers to small traders and importers.

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