The Middle East is experiencing rapid growth and there are excellent opportunities for suppliers to the construction industry in the region. There are major applications of pipe in the development of new housing, business areas and industry. Water is a critical resource for the region and plastics are being applied both in new projects and renewal of existing pipelines and sewers. Polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC are the predominant thermoplastic pipe materials in use, and there is extensive application of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe in industrial and large pipes.
AMI has organised a conference in Dubai from 2-4 June 2008 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Middle East Plastic Pipes. There will be extensive opportunities to look at the markets with papers from regional producers on polyolefin, PVC and GRP pipes. The pipe industry in Libya will be covered by local researchers. The specific conditions of higher temperatures, wind and sand erosion put pressure on pipes - this has been studied by King Saud University, among others. Material suppliers will be talking about the developments in plastics to meet the demands for performance and ease of processing, including SABIC, Dow, Basell and Total.
Pipe producers with expertise in durability and applications in the Middle East are giving a range of papers on the latest pipe design and key application areas, including Amiantit, Misr El Hegaz, Georg Fischer, Agru Kunststoffttechnik, Subor Boru, Uponor, Farassan, Krah and ZamZam Plastic Industries. The latest in quality control and production will be described by KraussMaffei, Cincinnati Extrusion and SKZ.Standards vary across the globe despite attempts at harmonisation. There will be an overview of the regional testing procedures as compared to international standards, and applied research in the region.
Middle East Plastic Pipes 2008 provides a unique forum for pipe producers and industry suppliers to network and examine the possibilities for the application of polymer piping solutions in the MENA region.