Construction Projects Boost Saudi Arabia’s HVACR Market

Currently valued at USD3.2 billion, Saudi Arabia’s HVACR market is expected to grow steadily in the next five years. According to the ‘Saudi Arabia HVACR Market Outlook 2021’ by TechSci Research, commissioned by HVACR Expo Saudi, the country features amongst the leading markets for air conditioners across the globe. Between 2011 and 2015, Saudi Arabia’s HVACR market grew at a healthy CAGR of more than 13 percent, the report shows. The long duration of summers and the high temperature throughout the year are not the only factors boosting HVACR systems’ sales in the country.  Continue reading

ACVs Have More to Offer for Level Control than Actuated Butterfly or Ball Valves

As automation and computer control took a foot hold in the operation and control of reservoirs and elevated water tanks, the industry moved the valve control from mechanical Automatic Control Valves (ACV) to Actuated Butterfly and Ball Valves.  The primary reason being that actuators can be controlled by SCADA systems, which have been almost universally implemented in modern water systems. In doing so, many water system managers and operators have stopped purchasing the mechanical “Altitude Valve” which was the standard for many years.   Continue reading

Dense Phase Conveying: Safe, Efficient & Gentle Transfer for a Wide Variety of Food Ingredients

Today’s processed food manufacturers are constantly searching for methods to improve process efficiency, changeover times, and of course, ensuring product safety. One of the key technologies which can help address and improve all of these factors is pneumatic conveying, regardless of whether it is for the raw ingredients (major and minor), ingredient blends prior to their next process step or final product prior to packaging. By properly selecting the best method for the application, a much more cost effective and reliable means of material handling can be achieved. This article will outline and define the methods of pneumatic conveying available for a variety of unit operations in food processing. Continue reading

Reducing Costs Associated with Mechanical Pipe System Design & Installation

Maximizing cost efficiency is a key focus for many building contractors, developers and engineers in today’s challenging construction market. Controlling project schedules and labor costs, while optimizing space and footprint through effective building structure and system design, are key considerations at the forefront of any project. In today’s construction industry, traditional pipe jointing methods no longer provide clear benefits when compared to alternative jointing technology.   Continue reading

Biogas Comes of Age

Digester methane is taking its place as a mainstream renewable fuel. Today’s fuel treatment and engine-generator technologies help make biogas a highly attractive and earth-friendly energy source for power generation and heating. As recently as 10 or 20 years ago, billions of cubic feet of methane from landfills and wastewater treatment plant anaerobic digesters was flared off and wasted or – even worse – simply released to the atmosphere. Today, this biogas has become a prized source of fuel, and the potential is significant. But while we’re using more biogas – many municipal wastewater treatment plants with capacities over 30 million gallons per day (113,500 m³ per day) now use it to generate power – we’re also making more of it. Growing numbers of wastewater treatment plants feed organic materials to their digesters to boost gas production, and stand-alone digesters that produce biogas from manure, food waste and other products are receiving serious consideration. With this in mind, the time is right for businesses that generate volumes of organic waste to evaluate the benefits of transforming that waste material into fuel.  Continue reading

Understanding of Consumers’ Awareness Towards the Different Types of Sugars

Consumers are increasingly health conscious and knowledgeable about the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. Consumers are equally interested in the ingredients in their food and beverages and as such expect clear labelling, shorter ingredient lists and simple production processes that have limited impact on the environment. This change in consumers’ expectations creates a complex and changing environment for the global food industry. Adding to these complexities are the regulatory framework and the possible introduction of some additional food & beverage taxes. While nutrition and health are prominent in the public debate, with sugars regularly under scrutiny, the end of the European sugar regime is approaching, bringing with it new elements for the market to consider, elements such as the economic impact, supply and demand, and consumer preference. Continue reading

GCC Embraces Green Building Development

Today, about 40 percent of global energy and 25 percent of global water are used by buildings, which are also responsible for approximately one third of all global greenhouse gases. Yet, buildings offer the greatest opportunities for achieving sustainable development, as per a report recently published by the Big 5. According to Ventures Middle East, GCC countries are increasingly embracing sustainable and green building development wherein environmentally-friendly materials are used to build and the construction process ensures that there is minimal degradation of the environment. Ratings – such as BREEAM in the United Kingdom and LEED of the United States – have been introduced to encourage builders to conserve scarce resources through green building codes that help in establishing standards across the global construction industry. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates that a green building, on average would reduce energy usage by 30 percent, carbon emissions by 35 percent, water use by 30 to 50 percent, and generate waste cost savings of 50 to 90 percent. Continue reading

MENA Region Strides toward Sustainable Water Management in Agriculture

Dealing with water scarcity has proven to be a challenge worldwide. There are now less than 1,000m3 of renewable water resources per person in MENA, as compared to 4,500m3 in East Asia Pacific countries, and 9,000m3 in the United States, according to the World Bank. Competing demands among agriculture, population growth and rapid urbanization are putting immense pressure on the region’s scarce water resources. Consequently, more attention is presently being paid to water saving techniques in irrigation practices. Micro irrigation, specifically drip irrigation, is one of the solutions that countries in the MENA region are currently exploring to promote sustainable irrigation and water management. Continue reading

EMEA Organic Baby Food Market: In Great Demand

With the rising awareness concerning the ill effects of the chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides used in various highly consumed products, more people are opting for food products that do not contain these substances. The organic baby food market caters to the niche consumer segment that looks for safe and nutritious alternatives to conventional packaged baby foods, according to a recent report by Infiniti Research Limited. Vendors offer novelty in products and attractive packaging to gain a strong foothold in the market. Existing baby food manufacturers have expanded their product ranges to include organic variants, sometimes through mergers and acquisitions. New entrants have also forayed into this sector with specialized offerings, in order to tap the vast potential.  Continue reading

Scaffolding Equipment on the Rise

The construction industry has experienced fundamental changes over the past 10 years as a result of increasing trade liberalization, globalization and internationalism. The global construction industry is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.5 percent from 2016 to 2021, according to a report published by Lucintel. The major drivers of growth for this market are increasing rate of urbanization and growing population. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for scaffoldings in construction sites all around the world. On the downside, scaffoldings can present numerous serious hazards to employees when they are not used properly. Continue reading