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How digital technology is powering a new era of smart manufacturing

Throughout the ongoing health crisis, digital solutions such as decentralised manufacturing, safer factories, remote monitoring and localised distribution have contributed to the continued global flow of consumer goods. But far from merely causing logistical disruption on the ground, COVID-19 has shaken up the whole manufacturing industry – and has become a catalyst for firms to … Continued

Aluminium Manufacturing for the Digital Era

Punching above its weight A country six times smaller than London might seem an unlikely site for one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters. But now that Alba (Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.) – the Bahraini aluminium manufacturer and the first primary smelter in the GCC – has completed its $3bn mega-expansion, that is precisely what it … Continued

Fast moving; fast growing – Bahrain’s FMCG sector

The Middle East is enjoying one of the fastest-growing FMCG sectors and markets in the world, driven by a rapid population boom coupled with a marked increase in consumer spending. According to Alpen Capital’s latest GCC Food Industry Report, food consumption in the GCC is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% from an … Continued

The Middle East Market – An Emerging Champion for Trade

At a time when economic tensions are never far from the world’s headlines, the role of trade as a tool for promoting mutual growth can seem a distant memory. And yet amidst this increasingly competitive and inward-looking landscape, some respite can be found in the Middle East, an innovative and fresh region of nations racing … Continued

Cost of Doing Business: Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Experts predict that up to $100 billion will be spent on autonomous driving technology in the coming decade. The 3D printing market is expected to reach $35.6 billion by 2024. And it has been estimated that there is $1.5 trillion worth of opportunities in logistics as a result of digital disruption by 2025. What do these … Continued

Can the Middle East sustain surprise FDI growth in face of 4IR?

Bucking the global trend Last year, global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by thirteen percent – to the lowest level since the global financial crisis. As UN Secretary-General Guterres notes in his preface to the latest World Investment Report (WIR) from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this sharp drop in … Continued

With growth in mind, Bahrain is poised to build even more momentum in 2019 in manufacturing and logistics

As we look ahead to 2019, the momentum that built through 2018 in Bahrain’s manufacturing and logistics sector continues to grow. In 2018 Bahrain attracted $830m in foreign direct investment and Bahrain’s manufacturing and logistics sector has attracted a total of $184m from more than 10 different international companies, leading to the creation of 875 … Continued

Team Bahrain welcomes 92 global leaders in 2018

The year 2018 marked a special year for us here at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), one in which we’ve realised record-breaking job creation and direct investment figures. We attracted over USD 830 million in direct investment with 4,772 jobs being added to our economy over the next three years. We have our Team … Continued

Bahrain Surges as Top Business Destination Across Sectors

Corporate executives have never had more attractive options for where to focus their operations and investments throughout the world. But objective assessments of key differentiators – from rental rates for commercial spaces, to workforce salaries, to childhood education – allow business leaders to make informed, data-driven decisions about where to establish operations. For the GCC … Continued

Bahrain’s Manufacturing Made Business-Friendly

Fintastic Bahrain Week has come to a successful end with one key takeaway: Bahrain is embracing innovation and technological disruption by setting up the right ecosystem to allow FinTechs to thrive.