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Turkey textiles

Hit by rising costs, Turkey’s textile producers move overseas

Textile manufacturers in Turkey, struggling with pricing pressures and labour costs, are moving their operations overseas, although at least some in the sector see a turnaround by the year’s end. The Istanbul Chamber of Industry sectoral purchasing managers’ index for March showed sentiment among textile manufacturers was the lowest among the 10 sectors covered by […]

Robots on the production line of an EV factory in Guangzhou, China. Saudi Arabia has yet to open its first EV manufacturing facility

EV imports rise in Saudi Arabia, but only to 779 cars

Saudi imports of electric vehicles rose sharply in 2023 – but to a total of just 779 EVs, despite government hopes that it can become a green economy leader through the manufacture and use of electric cars. The kingdom imported only 210 EVs in 2022, showing the mountain it has to climb to realise ambitions […]

US company Albemarle controls 20% of the world's lithium market but Gulf companies have their sights set on production too

Lithium’s highs and lows – and what they mean for the Gulf

For one of the world’s most critical minerals, the past two years have been the best of times and the worst of times. First, lithium prices shot skywards, hitting around $80,000 per metric tonne in 2022 amid fears that global supply would not meet demand. Then, in just a year, the soft, silvery-white metal lost […]

Turkey auto

Auto industry buoyant despite Turkey’s woes  

Production in Turkey’s auto industry is continuing to rebound after four years of falls, despite soaring interest rates dampening domestic demand and the country’s volatile currency making it tough for automakers to plan their activities. Turkey is the world’s 12th biggest automaker, the country’s government says. It made 242,000 vehicles in the first two months […]

Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. Imeec aims to integrate railway routes and link ports along a route spanning from India to Europe

UAE and India to discuss first phase of trade corridor

Senior officials from the UAE and India will meet next month to start work on the first phase of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (Imeec), according to a media report. The officials are slated to meet on May 15 after UAE president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi signed […]

The Saudi Contractors Authority put the total value of ongoing projects in the kingdom at $1.5 trillion by the end of October 2023

Mena steel demand to rise over next two years

Steel demand in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region is expected to accelerate in 2024 and 2025 after a significant slowdown in the past two years, the World Steel Association (WSA) said in a report. Demand is forecast to rise by just over 4 percent and 2.6 percent year on year to 57 […]

Lucid Group CEO Peter Rawlinson at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company announced a 40% year-on-year sales increase

Lucid price cuts result in record EV sales

The Saudi-backed US electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid set a new quarterly sales record for its luxury models in the first quarter of 2024.  Shares in Lucid, which has funding from the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), rose by 3 percent on Tuesday after it announced the delivery of almost 2,000 Lucid Air models. The […]

Cement companies face price challenges due to decreased demand and heightened inventory levels in 2023

Saudi cement prices under pressure as competition mounts

Strong competition among Saudi Arabia’s cement companies is likely to continue and will exert pressure on prices in the short to medium term, according to a report from investment advisory company Ubhar Capital. There is ongoing optimism regarding the pipeline of mega and giga projects, as well as anticipated investments related to Expo 2030. However, […]

The Modon pavilion at the Industry and Local Content Medina Forum last year. The number of ready-built factories increased to 1,301 in 2023

Saudi industrial cities operator attracts $4bn investment

Total investments in the 36 industrial cities overseen by the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon) reached SAR14.45 billion ($3.9 billion) last year. New investments rose 63 percent year on year from 891 local and foreign companies, state-owned SPA news agency reported, citing Modon’s annual report for 2023. Foreign investments grew by […]

The global refurbished and used mobile phone market is forecast to grow from $50bn in 2022 to $172bn by 2033

Egypt plans €100m smartphone recycling centre

A €100 million smartphone refurbishment and recycling plant is being planned for the Suez Canal Economic Zone.  The man leading the project is named by Daily News Egypt as Samuel Mathias, an expatriate Egyptian who is said to be a Paris-based electronics engineer and business owner.  The newspaper said that Soha Gendi, Egypt’s minister of […]

Garment exports from Egypt to the US, Europe and Arab countries have increased this year

Egypt’s garment exports to Saudi Arabia rise 90%

Egypt’s garment exports to Arab countries rose 35 percent year on year to $100 million during the first two months of 2024, a trade association executive has said. Sales to Saudi Arabia surged 90 percent year on year to $25 million during the January and February period, Daily News Egypt reported, quoting Marie-Louis Bishara, president […]

Minerals Development Oman has signed MoUs with global buyers for the offtake of 17 million tonnes of gypsum and limestone

Oman advances plans for mega minerals complex

State-backed Minerals Development Oman (MDO) has awarded a feasibility study contract for a new industrial minerals complex in Dhofar governorate. The company is working to secure the final investment decision to proceed with the Al Shuwaimiyah industrial minerals project, according to its 2023 annual report. MDO is also in discussions with potential investors to take […]

A Togg EV on display at a Turkish mall. The company is manufacturing a fully electric SUV at its facility in Bursa province

Homegrown Togg dominates EV sales in Turkey

Turkey’s domestic electric vehicle (EV) brand Togg dominated sales within the country during the first quarter of 2024.  Togg achieved sales of 4,145 units, state-owned Anadolu Agency reported, quoting data from the Automotive Distributors and Mobility Association. EV sales surged by 276 percent to 14,158 units during the quarter ended March 31, 2024. Consequently, the share […]

Statevolt factory rendering

US battery manufacturer to build $3bn factory in Rakez

The American battery manufacturer Statevolt is to construct a $3 billion factory in Ras Al Khaimah.  Statevolt Emirates, as the venture will be known, will generate up to 2,500 jobs at its 60 hectare facility in Al Ghail Industrial Zone in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez).  The manufacturing facility is “strategically focused on key […]

UAE president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Abu Dhabi's overall economy showed 3% growth last year compared with 2022

Abu Dhabi’s non-oil growth spurred by manufacturing

Abu Dhabi’s non-oil sector expanded by more than 9 percent last year with manufacturing and construction leading the way, according to new figures. The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi issued preliminary GDP estimates for 2023, revealing non-oil growth of 9.1 percent – slightly down from 9.2 percent in 2022 – as the emirate’s overall economy improved […]

The five-seater Alive 1 made by Omani company Mays can drive 510 kms on a single charge

Oman’s first electric car to make its debut this year

Omani electric vehicle (EV) maker Mays will debut its first model this year. The company will unveil the locally-developed ‘Alive 1’ by the end of the year, which will cost OMR15,000 ($38,964), according to a post on Instagram. The company’s website says the five-seater EV can drive 510 km on a single charge. The battery […]

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Borouge to treble production despite lacklustre demand

The UAE petrochemicals company Borouge is to treble annual production capacity at its $6 billion polyolefin complex, despite forecasts of an oversupply in the sector. Once completed next year, Borouge 4 will be the world’s largest single-site producer of polyolefins, plastics mainly obtained from oil and natural gas. Borouge’s CEO, Hazeem Al Suwaidi, told AGBI […]

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Bahraini fund takes control of British carmaker McLaren

Bahrain’s state-backed sovereign wealth fund has taken full ownership of McLaren Group following the completion of the latter’s capital reorganisation plan. Mumtalakat Holding has become the sole shareholder in McLaren following the conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares, the British carmaker said in a statement. “Mumtalakat’s continued commitment to McLaren through this deal […]

The Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy was launched by Crown Prince Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in June 2022

Abu Dhabi industrial sector attracts foreign investors

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce has said that the number of industrial licences issued by the emirate last year increased by 51 percent.  The total now stands at 363, excluding free zones. Statistics from Abu Dhabi Chamber also revealed that 46 foreign companies secured industrial licences in the emirate, with mining support services attracting […]

Eurasian Resources Group is testing its Nomad mining robot – based on Mars rover tech – in Saudi Arabia

Demand for Saudi mining licences rises sharply

Incentives and legislation are fuelling growth in Saudi Arabia’s mining industry as the government seeks to stimulate investment under Vision 2030. The Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources said demand for Saudi mining licences had surged since a mining investment law came into force in 2021. The number of building material quarry licences jumped to […]