Flour Arabia - Mustafa Abdulrahman
Fluor – #1 on Fortune 500’s World's Most Admired Companies list – is set to visit Stone and Surface Saudi Arabia this year
In the GCC, the flooring products market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2016–2021, reaching 1,082.7 million square metres. This boom is likely to be supported by the evolution of industry standards and advanced technologies in the manufacturing and installation of flooring products. Not only that, but the completion of real estate and infrastructure projects is also likely to create an increased demand for tiles, stones, carpets, vinyl and more, boosting the presence of domestic manufacturing companies in the region as well. With all of this in mind, Stone and Surface Saudi Arabia is the ideal place for construction industry leaders and stone and surface material suppliers to converge, discuss and do business.
One company that’s set to visit the show this year is Fluor Corporation. One of the world's leading publicly traded organisations, it has been a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East since 1947, playing a major role in the region’s development via engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), programme management and maintenance-related services. .
Having completed more than 600 projects in the region, with a value of over US$150 billion, it’s no surprise the company has been ranked No. 1 on Fortune® Magazine’s Engineering and Construction Industry – World's Most Admired Companies® list for six years, made No. 155 on the Fortune 500® list in 2016, No. 1 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2016 list of Top 100 Contractors by New Contracts, No. 2 on ENR's Top 400 Contractors list, and No. 4 on ENR's Top 500 Design Firms list.
Mustafa Abdulrahman Mustafa, Chief Engineer at Fluor Arabia, will be visiting Stone and Surface Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from 4–6 April, 2017. He will be on the lookout for new products, stones and surface materials – including natural stone and marble, granite, ceramic tiles, mosaics, Alucobond cladding and more – that can be used both internally and externally.
The key trends that we’re seeing transforming Saudi Arabia’s stone and surfaces sectors… are various types of stones and Alucobond. Stones are being used extensively in external cladding, but Alucobond – a light aluminium composite material consisting of two aluminium cover sheets and a core material usually made of polyethylene – is in big demand for usage in building facades.
When it comes to the future of the industry… I think the private sector will keep on using stone for facades and internal usage, but the public sector will start reducing its use of the material.
I am attending the Stone and Surface Saudi Arabia show to… get more information on new stones and surface materials in the market, and to discover innovative ideas regarding stone use, both internally and externally.
When it comes to products… I am looking forward to seeing various types of stones, be they natural, marble, granite, ceramic and mosaics. I’m also keen on seeing wooden flooring, including solid, parquet, and laminates, as well as wall panels and upholstery wall products, stones and Alucobond in different sizes, styles and colours.
I believe Stone and Surface Saudi Arabia… will give designers and contractors an opportunity to sample a variety of stones as finishing items, in either internal or external capacities, for residential, commercial and even industrial buildings.