The eighth edition of industrial trade fair Win India 2014 organised by Hannover Messe in the capital concluded last month. It received participation from 150 companies including brands such as Godrej, Siemens, Jungheinrich, Rittal, Mistubishi, Lapp India, Titan Industries, Maini, ACE, Janatics, Delta Electronics India and many more. Mehul Shah, managing director, Hannover Milano Fairs India, shared his views on the future of Indian engineering and manufacturing industry with Monalisa Sen. Edited excerpts:
How is the exhibition industry faring in India and what does the future hold?
Indian industry and businesses have thrived on individual relationships in the domestic market. With globalisation, the need to interact at different platforms has gradually created the importance for exhibitions. Today, we have few trade shows that are must-attend events for the respective industry. Also, with more and more companies exposed to the international exhibitions, the exhibition scenario looks very optimistic. We are confident that in the coming years, exhibitions will create its own value at par with the European and US trade fair industry.
What are the trends/changes you have noticed in the Indian SME sector in the recent years?
It’s a well known fact that the maximum contribution to any industry in India comes from the the MSME sector. With the initiatives from the government and the collaboration of the industries from various sectors as associations, the SME sector has formed a decisive group. From procurement, automation, exports, domestic and international trade platforms, the SME sector has started exploring the possibilities at a larger scale. This trend will benefit the overall sectors and see growth in production of the quality products. With more exposure to international markets, SME sectors are focusing towards industrial safety and hiring skilled labours.
Tell us something about Win India? How has been the response to this exhibition over the years?
We launched in 2007 with three major shows with CeMAT INDIA — materials handling and supply chain, motion drive automation, hydraulics and pneumatics and industrial automation and robotics and industrial automation. In the last seven years, we have increased our reach in representing the industry by adding surface technology — industrial paints, coating, electroplating and surface engineering. Currently, we are doing four shows in Delhi and one offshoot in Mumbai industrial supply —industrial subcontracting, components and parts and raw materials on engineering. Our target is to create a global business platform in North India for the Indian engineering and manufacturing industry.