Scaffolding & Formwork

Doka powers ahead with Dubai hub

December 2011

DOKA, the formwork technology leader from Austria, is expanding activities in the region, and has named Dubai its hub for the Middle East.

The first stage of expansion for Doka within Jafza itself was completed back in January with the move to a significantly larger and logistically optimised 50,000-sq-m facility. Headed by Peter Vogel, regional manager, Middle East, Doka’s regional subsidiaries include 12 sales and service operations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan.

Doka facilities in Jafza are meeting the region’s construction needs, says Vogel

Commenting on the expansion, Vogel says: 'Dubai is geographically the most desirable location. Our base in Jebel Ali Free Zone – with proximity to both the airport and the marine cargo terminal – is ideal to sustain Doka’s market leadership and ensures maximum customer benefit across the Middle East. The regional office offers top-level European engineering and support to our local business units, which in turn is directly passed on to our construction partners.'

The new hub meets specific objectives including ensuring Doka’s full-service formwork solutions, bringing value-engineering and cost-optimised logistics even closer to customers, in addition to installing and managing in Dubai globally-recognised competence centres for excellence in the areas of high-rise, bridges and tunnels, energy, and rail construction.

Furthermore, the new set-up guarantees provisions for continuous and wide-ranging innovation methods to suit regional construction needs, especially for enhanced servicing of the petrochemical, infrastructure, and industrial sectors.

The first undertaking of the new regional office was participation in The Big 5 show last month (held from November 21 to 24) in Dubai. Doka showcased at its Stand MEC C51 in the Middle East Concrete hall, its path-breaking formwork innovations for cast-in-place concrete construction. Live demonstrations of Doka’s revolutionary shoring system, the load-bearing Staxo-40, were held on first two days of the show outside the concrete hall.

Staxo 40 is designed to meet the requirements of the building construction segment, and sets new standards of speed, safety and efficiency, says a spokesperson for Doka. The system’s significantly weight-reduced and ergonomically optimised H frames make for very easy handling, meaning fast erection and dismantling times combined with high stability and workplace safety.

Doka’s Frami Xlife

'A standard-version Staxo 40 frame only weighs between 15 and 24 kg and so can easily be shifted by just one person,' she says.'The innovative H-shaped frame geometry and well-balanced centre of gravity are further factors that facilitate the workflows. Add the system’s logical assembly sequence and small number of separate parts, and it is clear why it achieves substantially faster erection and dismantling times.'

Thanks to its optimised frame construction, Staxo 40 can be set up much more quickly than single-leg shoring towers, as these often have up to 32 per cent more weight and up to 78 per cent more separate parts slowing down assembly, she points out. For Staxo 40, this is a crucial advantage when it comes to shoring large areas efficiently.

As well as being extremely light and efficient, the load-bearing tower system also offers a very high standard of safety.

Also in the spotlight at the show were Doka’s framed formwork Frami Xlife, a lightweight system for forming walls, columns and foundations, its leading load-bearing tower Staxo 100, which is being deployed for some of the most challenging civil and structural engineering projects across the globe, and its Table Lifting System (TLS), designed to transport floor-slab formwork up to the next storey.

With more than 140 sales and logistics facilities in more than 70 countries, the Doka Group – headquartered in Amstetten – is one of the world’s leading full-line suppliers of modern system formwork technology, and one of Austria’s biggest exporters. Since it was established in 1958, the company has helped construction firms all round the world to carry out their in-situ concreting operations faster and more efficiently, by providing them with high-performing top-quality formwork systems and customised services.

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