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Sharjah to host French composite materials show

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In a first, France’s GL Events is bringing its international event for composite materials to the UAE. The 17th Texwork exhibition and conference is scheduled to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from November 22-23.
This is only the second time the exhibition is held out of Europe; it was held in Istanbul in 2015. The move by GL Events, a worldwide provider of integrated solutions and services for events, is aimed at getting closer to growing markets.
Industry observers say that given the wide range of composites usage from architectural fields such as solar protection or tensile architecture to marine applications or industrial applications such as water treatment and several others, the show will be a boon not only for the immediate target area of the Middle East and North Africa but also the growing markets of Indian Subcontinent and Central Asian countries.
“This is the first time an international composites and advanced materials exhibition is being held in the GCC, and perhaps the entire region. It is coming at the right time too, as architects and engineers have increasingly started using composites due to their attractive physical properties as well as unbeatable light weight,” said Benoit Beylier- Deputy Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, GL Events.
“This is a great development for Expo Centre Sharjah. Ever since we decided to open doors for external organisers, we have seen great interest from local, regional as well as international events’ organizers. We are looking forward to having major players like GL to organise their shows in Sharjah,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa-CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE.
He added that the sophisticated facilities of Expo Centre, its proximity to Dubai, and the strong industrial base of Sharjah and the country will provide a fertile ground for exhibitions to take off.
Texwork 2016 will feature various solutions and systems, machines and accessories for the technical membrane. The fair will provide a platform for networking and a huge offer of the main partners of Serge Ferrari out of the technical membrane business.
The region’s growing economic sectors will ensure that there is great demand for composite materials, with Texwork 2016 catering to all requirements like welding, cutting & sewing machines, accessories & software, distribution, systems & solutions like solar protection, acoustic solutions, facades, lightweight architecture and modular structures.
Texwork is a private event and an initiative of Serge Ferrari, the French manufacturing group which is a leader in the flexible composite material sector. GL Events is a world-class provider of integrated solutions and services for events operating across the three main market segments — congresses, conferences and conventions; cultural, sports and political events; and trade fairs and exhibitions for professionals and public.

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