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13. July 2011

Rising demand to push steel production in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Gazette reported that Saudi Arabia's domestic steel production will grow at a CAGR of around 14% to 2013 on the back of rising steel demand. The report provides a detailed study of the steel industry outlook in Saudi Arabia till 2015. The report noted that the consumption of steel is anticipated to gain an uninterrupted momentum from the government backed massive infrastructure projects.

Government sources said that an estimated USD 400 billion investment will be spent on large infrastructure projects during the next 5 years. This will further boost the steel demand in the country and take iron and steel consumption to over 26 million tonnes by 2015. The Kingdom has shown strong resilience against the economic slowdown, the report said. As a result, Saudi Arabia's steel industry is once again striving hard to achieve exponential growth trajectory and many steel manufacturers have started formulating capacity expansion strategies in response to the fast growing domestic demand.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most attractive destinations for the global crude steel producers. There are several reasons that prompt investors to capture the market, such as its geographical location equidistant from Africa, Europe and Asian countries, cheaper availability of labor compared to Europe and America and cheap & reliable energy & gas resources. Furthermore, steel consumption in the Kingdom has been continuously soaring on the back of fast growing real estate and construction industry. Several infrastructure projects initiated during the past decade have boosted the steel demand in the country. Moreover, consumption of steel is anticipated to gain an uninterrupted momentum from the government backed massive infrastructure projects.

Saudi Arabia has led to the transformation in the GCC infrastructure scenario in recent years with plans to develop six economic cities and other major development schemes. Besides, the Kingdom has initiated massive large scale developments in its infrastructure, economical, industrial and educational projects to revamp the facilities and services provided in the country to enhance business opportunities. ( source: Middle East Steel Magazine).

With all this exciting investment, the steel industry is ripe for investment and expansion," says Ahmed Megahed, Event Manager - Metal & Steel Exhibition. "It is doubtless the reason that we have seen such an international and Arabian spread of exhibitors signing up to the Saudi Arabia edition within the first month of launching the event , and we expect visitors to be drawn far and wide from the entire Gulf countries," he adds.

Metal & Steel Saudi Arabia 2012 is not only the biggest show for steel , steel fabrication and metal works in the region, but is also the only truly pan-Middle Eastern show dedicated to the industry. It is where the regional steel makers and global steel industry meets, bringing together high profile, truly international exhibitors from all areas of the business, with over 20 countries represented. The last edition boasted over 170 of the world's industry leaders although the difficult political situation in the region. Metal & Steel series is inarguably the best attended steel and metal show in the entire region.

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