Monday, November 23, 2009

Danube Building Materials launches certified eco-friendly wood products at ‘The Big 5’ exhibition

Danube Building Materials launches certified eco-friendly wood products at ‘The Big 5’ exhibition

Luxury sanitary ware and certified wood products takes centre stage at Danube’s stand

November 23, 2009

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has announced the launch of the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)-certified whitewood and hardwood timbers products in the GCC at ‘The Big 5’ exhibition, the largest trade show for the Middle East’s construction sector, which opened today (November 23, 2009), at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. The company is also showcasing its new line of luxury sanitary ware products within its stand (Hall 4 stand 180C).

Amidst the reported increase in the number of inquiries for FSC and PEFC timber from its customers, Danube has expressed its commitment to introducing to the region building materials, which are certified by FSC and PEFC - two independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisations that promote sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The company is also focusing on educating buyers and consultants on certified materials, its benefits, and from which local vendors they can legitimately procure materials. Danube’s intensive effort to promote sustainability is further underlined by its planned collaboration with the Dubai Municipality to promote ‘Green building codes’ across the emirate.

“As the largest building materials company in the Middle East, we have invested in making green products available in the GCC region, and we intend to use our regional network to help project managers integrate green policies into their developments,” said Frank Owens, Product Manager of Hardwood Timber, Danube Building Materials. “Amidst the escalating support for green building initiatives across the UAE, our participation at this year’s ‘Big 5’ event is aimed at creating synergies and business networks with reputable companies by highlighting the importance of ‘green’ building materials across all ongoing and future projects.”

Danube will also showcase innovative sanitary ware at the event, including state-of-the-art shower panels with stainless steel body, brass fittings, overhead shower, water massage jets, hot and cold mixer, fancy LED lighting, digital touch screen panel, FM radio, brass hand shower, temperature control and hand shower. Other brand fully-loaded offerings to headline Danube’s stand are shower rooms with steam option, concealed shower mixer with waterfall feature, exclusive range of milano mixers, and new massage bath tubs with TV, DVD and chiller options.

“There is constant demand considering the potential of construction industry, with Dubai remaining very lucrative amidst the great number of projects being completed there, and Abu Dhabi expecting numerous projects in 2010. We have again extended our participation in this year’s ‘Big 5’ event with aims of encouraging the use of supplying eco-friendly materials in projects across the UAE as well as the entire region. Our participation in this high profile event is also part of our strategy to reinforce the Danube brand and highlight the key features of our high-quality products,” concluded Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials.

‘The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show’, the largest gathering of the construction industry in the Middle East., features national pavilions from all the major exporting countries of the world. Attended by important local developers, contractors, importers, manufacturers and distributors, the show is considered the annual meeting place for all industry professionals, with over 58,000 key buyers and decision makers from the public and private sectors attending the 2008 event. Designed strictly for trade and business professionals, ‘The Big 5’ also offers a comprehensive programme of seminars, conferences and events designed around a variety of topical issues affecting the construction industry.

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