The Big 5 - Saudi Arabia

Beams and tubes (below) at Al Nimr facility.

Beams and tubes (below) at Al Nimr facility.

Heavy metal

February 2012

DUBAI-based Al Nimr Steel Trading will be using The Big 5 Saudi platform to reach out to a larger clientele, as part of its business development strategies, while showcasing its expanded portfolio of products.

At the show, the major stockist and supplier of structural steel will introduce heavy structural sections produced by Emirates Steel Industries (ESI); and high-frequency induction (HFI) welded steel tubes and pipes of Tiger Steel Industries, its affiliate.

Al Nimr Steel is a distributor for Emirates Steel’s structural heavy sections in the GCC and Egypt. It is also the sole distributor Tiger Steel’s HFI welded steel tubes and pipes.

Tiger Steel Industries is the manufacturing arm of Al Nimr Steel. The company has recently enhanced capacity to manufacture and supply HFI welded steel tubes and pipes with additional production facility at ICAD II Abu Dhabi.

In addition, its Dubai facility – which has been in operation since 1997 with production lines for ½-inch to 2½-inch pipes, 60 mm by 60 mm and 80 mm by 40 mm tubes – has expanded and brought on line added capacity to produce pipes from 2½ to 8 inches, square sections of 20 mm to 180 mm and rectangular sections measuring 30 mm by 15 mm to 200 mm by 100 mm, totalling 120,000 tonnes per year of processed steel products.

Tiger Steel Industries has also become a steel processing centre with a full-fledged machine shop, offering cut-to-length sheets, slit coils and flats including chequered plates.

Al Nimr Steel has two fully automated stockyards in the UAE with an average stock of 60,000 tonnes – one in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, to cater to the export market and the other in Sharjah, which serves the local market. Both stockyards have full-fledged logistics facilities with their own trucks and trailers to ensure on-time delivery to clients.

Al Nimr Steel, which supplies from ready stock structural sections and plates to most major projects across the GCC and North Africa, has also enhanced stock holding by adding high grade plates (ASTM A-516 Gr 60, 65, 70), beams, heavy angles, hollow sections, sheets and coil.

“We’re one of the leading steel stockists in the region and always strive to supply steel products that are required by the market from stock and at short notice to assist our partners in progress,” says Louis Dante, the company’s marketing executive.

According to Dante, Al Nimr Steel has registered growth in terms of business volume and value and is expecting its prospects to improve this year. “All major fabricators are running a backlog of fabrication work and the market is catching up, so we expect business levels to expand in 2012,” he says.

Al Nimr Steel’s growth and expansion will match the vibrancy in the infrastructure and hydrocarbon sectors of almost all the countries in the region, he adds.

“There is a major push for long-term growth and stability in the industry with the announcement of investment and development in strategic sectors. We would like to see the whole region bouncing back and the overall outlook is very promising,” Dante concludes.

Established in 1990, Al Nimr Steel is headquartered at the Jebel Ali Free Zone with a branch office in Sharjah. With employees numbering more than 70, the company’s annual turnover stands at more than $100 million.

Al Nimr Steel will be present at D 38.

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