UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Updated 05 April 2016
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UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Universal Metal Coating Company Ltd. (UNICOIL) and Beckers Group, has forged a strategic and technical partnership, which includes the installation of a state-of-the-art coating blending system called BeckryMix at UNICOIL vicinity.
Among the salient features of BeckryMix is the ability to produce small volumes of paint per batch, enabling UNICOIL to offer lower minimum order quantity per color, adding flexibility, cost-effectiveness and unique services to its valued customers.
It has also the speed to produce high quality industrial paints in less than a day, allowing UNICOIL to shorten the delivery lead times of its products to less than a week.
Through this partnership, UNICOIL launched two pre-painted” products namely; Energy Saver supporting the urgent need necessitated by the increase in the energy costs of the region and Anti-bacterial, a product catering the health and sanitary needs of the region.
One of the objectives of this partnership is to bring innovative European technology of coil coatings to Middle East markets and enhanced aftersales solutions for the benefit of UNICOIL's valued customers of pre-painted galvanized steel products.
UNIICOIL is claimed to be the largest and oldest value-added steel manufacturer of pre-painted galvanized steel in the Kingdom and the rest of the GCC and the MENA region and the “only Saudi and Arab Company to receive numerous quality marks outside its home country.”
Beckers, a Swedish group headquartered in Berlin Germany was founded in 1865 in Stockholm. The company is structured into three business segments - coil coatings, industrial coatings and consumer design finishes; serving customers in over 50 countries from 21 manufacturing sites across the globe of which nine sites are in Asia.
Beckers has established two long-term development centers — one at Liverpool in the UK and the other in Malaysia, dedicated for R&D of eco-friendly and pioneering range of innovative technologies.


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.