The 4-day Fasteners World Middle East is now taking place at Expo Centre Sharjah (dates: 01/14-01/17). The location of Sharjah has made it become one of the most important economic and transportation hub that connects the East with the West since the 20th Century. Sharjah represents 45% of the UAE’s total industrial production value. Many exhibitors who see the opportunities the 2020 World Expo may bring to manufacturing are also present at the exhibition this year. According to Fastener World’s correspondent on-site, a high percentage of visitors are metal processing plants or metal manufacturers, as well as traders and distributors. Many visitors told our correspondent that they hope Taiwanese fastener suppliers can set up factories or designate local sales agents in UAE, as what local users mostly request is “pre-packed fasteners,” but unfortunately, local traders usually do not accept small-volume orders. As a result, if Taiwanese suppliers can set up their local factories in UAE, they will have more opportunities to directly contact with local users demanding pre-packed fasteners. This largest fastener exhibition in the Middle East draws a lot of companies interested in the Middle East market in attendance. Many visitors coming to this exhibition told our correspondent, “Taiwanese suppliers can definitely take the lead in the Middle East market if they can provide the Arabian market with certain quantities of customized fasteners and shipments, and can be even preferred if they can have local factories or offices in UAE.” Most of the product categories demanded in the Middle East are industrial fasteners and steel structure construction fasteners.