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UAE automation market to hit $3.09b by 2023
By Inayat-ur-Rahman September 19, 2018
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Dubai: The UAE and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront of the market; industrial and building automation in the UAE will nearly double in value over the next five years, from $1.73 billion in 2017 to $3.09 billion in 2023.

Leading global automation suppliers shared the stage with key decision makers, manufacturers, and industry experts, as the region’s only conference and exhibition dedicated to all facets of the automation world opened in Dubai on Tuesday.

SPS Automation Middle East 2018 brings together professionals of the automation industry under one roof, providing a dedicated platform for the latest innovations and solutions steering the region toward a smarter and high tech future.

The debut edition of the two-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and arrives as the Gulf region in particular looks to diversify its economies centred on manufacturing and services with a special focus on Industry 4.0 – the merging of robotics, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “The Middle East is ushering a new automation era based on a modern society, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution paving the way forward for an exciting future in this rapidly-evolving sector.

“Meanwhile Saudi’s massive NEOM development on the Red Sea is one example of the Kingdom’s ambitious course toward a bold new future with automation at the core.”

Pauwels added: “The challenge up to now has been creating awareness of this burgeoning industry. Now, in SPS Automation Middle East, the region has a new focal point dedicated to all aspects of automation that not only fosters dialogue among key players across related sectors, but creates synergies that drive development as the industry picks up pace.”

SPS Automation Middle East 2018 provides a broad cross-section of the nuts and bolts of automated manufacturing and building infrastructure, from Drive Systems and Components, Software, IT, and Mechanical Infrastructure, to Interface Technology, Power Supplies, and Human-Machine Interface Devices.

Among the 21 global players showcasing their wares are official Launch Partners including German companies BECKHOFF, Bosch Rexroth, SICK, Pilz, and LAPP. Japanese headquartered Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation is also a Launch Partner while American powerhouse Rockwell Automation is on-board as the show’s official Automation Sponsor. Other supporting partners include Gold Sponsor Procentec, Silver Sponsor Indu-Sol, and Bronze Sponsor Delta Electronics.

Meanwhile, regulatory guidelines and industry best practise are examples of lively presentations that comprise an engaging conference. Among the 15-strong speaker line-up today was Martin Ruane, Programme Director at ENGIE from the UK, who delivered a case study about ENGIE’s Award Winning Programme on Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

ENGIE, a leading energy and services company, utilised RPA to replicate human data processing activities, positioning it above existing IT infrastructure meaning that existing interfaces and systems can be repurposed.

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