At the inauguration, Chief Guest Shri. Eknath Shinde highlighted that the Concrete Show India will help bring in newer technologies for the industry, which will add value to new projects being initiated at the state level. He also added that they would like Maharashtra to be the biggest contributor towards the 'Make in India' campaign. They have tied up with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd. (MSRDC) for construction of road projects and will be focusing on using advanced technologies which will help reduce the time taken for completion of such projects going forward.
The Infrastructure and construction industry representatives from China, Turkey, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, US and throughout the value chain visited India to gain insights pertaining to technology trends and market movements. The expo also included a series of knowledge sessions with key industry speakers from renowned companies such as L & T Construction, Gammon India Limited, Ambuja Cements Limited and MC -Bauchemie (India) Private Limited amongst others. The first day witnessed Presentations on topics such as Advances in Design Techniques for Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) Structures , Seismic Design of Multistorey Buildings, Modern Trends In Design And Construction Of Flyovers, Elevated Structures, Underground Structures and Tunnels amongst others. Whereas, the second day witnessed discussions on the following themes - Infrastructure, Bridge Design and Construction: Best Practices ; Inspection, Repair, Rehabilitation And Maintenance of Bridges and other Structures, Quality Assurance System and TQM for Highway Projects and Concrete Admixture Technology.
The Innovation Zone, Product Launch, and Concrete Man were some highlights of the event.
The innovation Zone saw five participants – Hicrete, Ashtech, Lucid colloids, UN Sons and J.K.Cement. The viewer’s choice award in the Innovation Zone was won by Hicrete Decorative Systems Pvt. Ltd., a company that brought the concept of various decorative concrete flooring systems in India. It is a one-stop-shop for high quality Decorative Concrete Products, Service, Equipment and Support.
Speaking on the successful conclusion of Concrete Show India 2016, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said , “The government’s big push for infrastructure and road projects will provide a huge potential for the stakeholders in the construction and infrastructure sector. The recent increase in investments in infrastructure by the government in addition to a number of steps to stimulate its growth in India clearly indicates a gap between the potential of the sector and its realization. UBM India through the 4th edition of The Concrete Show India met its objective by providing a platform bringing forth the best technologies, practices, developments, brands, knowhow and expertise to India’s construction and infrastructure industry at a time when for the first time after many quarters we are seeing a pickup in demand for cement.”
The show was marked by industries players like Cosben Equipments, Elematic India Private Limited, Godrej Construction, Hess Concrete Machinery India Pvt. Ltd., Hyundai Aluminum Co. Ltd., J K Cement, JSW Cement, Masa Concrete Plants India Pvt. Ltd., Perma Construction Aids Pvt. Ltd., PERI India Private Limited, ROTHO - Robert Thomas, Smooth-On, Inc., Sommer Anlagentechnik GmbH, Toyota Forms, WAM India Pvt. Ltd., Putzmeister, Ultra Tech Cement, Sika, Greaves Cotton, Imagico, Kyb-Conmat, Ajax Fiori and WEHRHAHN Gmbh amongst others.
The expo was well received by the industry at large with support from the Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), Builder Association of India (BAI), Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) (ACCE), Indian Society of Structural Engineers (ISSE), The Institute of Engineers India (IEI), Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAstruct), Indian Institute of Bridge Engineering (IIBE), Cement Manufactures Association (CMA), Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association (CCMA) and Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers' Association (RMCMA).
Industry validates Concrete Show India 2016 as an industry platform and reiterates the objective of the annual expo by UBM India
Mr. Rahul Akkara, Vice-president, Strategy and Brand - JSW Cement
“The concrete show India has always been a good platform for JSW Cement to showcase its innovation and range of products to its customers. We have been participating for the 2nd year in a row and have been extremely happy with this platform as it has helped us to reach out to our potential customers across India.”
Mr. Rajkumar Oswal, Director - Toyota Forms India Pvt Ltd
“This is our third year of participation in Concrete Show India. Due to our previous experience at Concrete Show India, we saw a growth in our sales as we could interact with the key decision makers and buyer from the industry. With our plans to expand the business, we have set up a new manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad and we hope that this edition helps us open up our prospects in Ahmedabad as well as pan India. We will also take this platform to showcase our precast products Manhole and Moulds.” Mr. Punit Mehta, Manager - Tally Solutions “We were very pleased with the show and we received a good response from B2B customers. We saw a lot of enquiries coming from other parts of India and we see a great potential in the Southern market.”
Mr. Maninder Singh, Sales Manager (India) - Sommer Anlagentechnik GmbH
“This is our second year of participation in Concrete Show India. The exhibition is based on a good concept and context due to which we have always received quality visitors with enquires which are pertaining to the industry. This show provides a great platform to the industry to connect with key decision makers and see innovative developments each year. Other potential markets to have this exhibition will be Delhi and Bengaluru.”
Ms. Saumya Mittal, Business Development Manager - GoRMC
“We have witnessed many potential leads at this year’s event. The event was very professionally handled and we saw different type of clients both national as well as international clients. Through Concrete Show India we get to understand different markets trends and help us study other companies to analyse the industry better. Our stall was visited by industry professionals, which generated potential leads for the future.”
Mr. Jijo James, Regional Manager - Putzmeister
“This is the first year when we have been associated with Concrete Show India. An event like this helps the industry to grow as it introduces new and innovative technology. There is a lot of potential in the Southern market and we should focus on promotion even in those regions. We were satisfied with the visitor footfall that we received.”
Mr. Prakash Kandaraj, Director, Sales & Marketing - Cetas
“We have received a good response in terms of visitors in our first year of participation itself. We feel that we need to tap the western region further to get in more visitors as the growth we will see will increase with time. Southern market is also growing, so we could look at having the exhibition even there.”
Mr. Rajendra Sonawane, Managing Director - AHP Machines
“The response received at our stall was well appreciated. We were happy to see the innovation that is surfacing in the market. This being our 1st edition of Concrete Show India, we are happy with the overall experience and we hope to be back next year.”