Kalhat Services and Trading launched TORO Res-Com products in a glittering ceremony at Crowne Plaza recently. Kalhat has collaborated with TORO, a100-year old leading international irrigation brand, based in Minnesota, US. Present in 0ver 90 countries, the company has expertise in irrigation products like controllers, valves, sprinklers etc. Oman’s focus on infrastructure and tourism development has taken the landscaping and irrigation requirements of the country to a new height. According to Fabio Roggi, technical manager of TORO, Middle East, and Europe, some of the world’s iconic projects are using the TORO irrigation system. These include Versailles Castle in Paris, Real Madrid Sports City, Barcelona Sports City, Lords Cricket Stadium in UK, Sports City in Doha, Doha Municipality, Riyadh Municipality, Abu Dhabi Shooting Club etc.
Italian companies seek B2B partnerships
Over 30 Italian brands and companies participated in the second edition of Italian Business Experience that was held in Muscat recently to strengthen trade relations between Italy and Oman.
The event was officially opened by HE Sheikh Muhanna bin Saif bin Hamad Al Ma’awali, the Wali of Bausher in the presence of HE Paola Amadei, Italian Ambassador to the Sultanate and others. The Business to Business (B2B) event was held for the second year after a successful start in 2013. As many as 60 per cent of the companies that participated last year have successfully found local partners with the help of Easy Business. Easy Business has their Italian office in Turin from where they find the most suitable Italian companies for Oman and the development in the country.
Giselda Abate, CEO of Easy Business said, “Our way of working has proven to be effective and fruitful. We scan the market both in Italy and Oman to find matches at an early stage. This year, the event consisted of professional companies within many different areas.” The other organising company, OMANEXPO is a pioneer event management company and the leading organiser of major trade shows, exhibitions and conferences in the Sultanate.
“We invited both large and small investor companies to the Italian Business Experience 2014. We are confident that many of these Italian companies will find both partners and investors,” said Nader Abbas, general manager of OMANEXPO. Bank Sohar teamed up with the organisers of the Italian Business Experience to give support and information to the participating companies during the event.
Currently, about 25 per cent of Italian export to Oman is constituted by specialised machinery, particularly in the processing of marble, transport equipment, metals and electrical appliances. In 2013, Italy had exported products to Oman with a total value of over â‚¬435mn. Among the companies that participated was W Group Consortium, a company engaged in design and engineering, industrial and civil construction, renewable energy. “Our technology allows us to set up buildings that are earthquake-proof at low building costs,” a company spokesperson said.
The three-day B2B event provided an opportunity for companies in Oman to familiarise themselves with Italian products and services. Italian brands and companies dealing with outdoor and interior design, marble, landscaping, hospital and medical care, manufacturing, fashion apparel and accessories participated in the event.