The top event of South Asia’s maritime industry is getting ready for its second round. Registration for individual exhibition spaces and national pavilions is now open, providing international exhibitors with a great opportunity to offer their expertise to a market waiting to be explored.
Following the successful premiere of INMEX SMM India last year, the global fair organisers Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) and Informa Exhibitions are combining forces again to prepare the second round of Southern Asia’s biggest and most important maritime conference and trade fair. The joint venture of INMEX and SMM will take place from 3 to 5 October 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. No other trade event on the subcontinent can match this fair’s enormous spectrum of international exhibitors and visitors. The numbers speak for themselves: More than 600 exhibitors from 30 different countries, approximately 8,000 industry visitors, and 6,600 square metres of exhibition area, not to mention more than 300 B2B meetings, made the 2015 fair the top event of the maritime sector. A major portion of the available exhibition floor has already been booked for the next INMEX SMM India. Many countries, including China, Denmark, Germany, the United States, the Netherlands and Norway, are planning to set up national pavilions. The fair will be accompanied by an attractive conference programme featuring high-level industry representatives discussing current developments in the region.
An ideal platform for entering India’s growing maritime sector
As a shipbuilding nation with a substantial maritime industry, India is getting ever more attractive for international companies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has introduced various measures and projects to support the industry’s growth. For example, the Sagarmala initiative is the biggest-ever investment programme for the country’s port infrastructure: Approximately US$11 billion are to be invested in expanding and modernising the nation’s ports and ship routes over the next five years. Another boost for the shipping sector’s economic upswing is the government’s funding programme for the local shipbuilding industry inaugurated on 1st April, 2016. It supports investments by paying up to 20 per cent of the order value, along with tax and customs breaks. Stricter environmental requirements for the shipping industry as well as initiatives to increase energy efficiency could likewise improve export opportunities for international suppliers in the short-to-medium term. Furthermore, the Indian naval sector is gradually opening up to private suppliers. So there is plenty of potential for international companies from all fields of expertise. The more important it is to establish close ties with the sector’s key decision-makers. INMEX SMM India is the pivotal, comprehensive platform to do so.
Key players of the Indian maritime industry have registered already
Apart from various national pavilions where exhibitors from one particular country present their products and services jointly to demonstrate their combined expertise and enhance their visibility, international companies are welcome to book individual exhibition spaces outside the pavilions. For detailed information as well as registration documents please visit the INMEX SMM India website. International exhibitors will find they are at the right place. All the key players of the Indian maritime sector have registered already, including companies such as ABB India, Coagula & Company, Chidambaram Ship care, Demo Shipbuilding & Engineering, Welcome Integrated Systems, Karlstad Oil Engines, Larsen & Toubro, Mondovi Dry-docks and Volvo India.
With exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in maritime products, technologies and services, accompanying conferences featuring experts and market leaders providing insight into the regional market development, and an international B2B buyer programme, INMEX SMM India 2017 will doubtlessly follow-up on its successful debut in 2015 and further strengthen its position as South Asia’s leading maritime trade fair. “As a platform for sharing technologies and knowledge, this trade fair will give an enormous boost to the market,” says Anita Mathews, Group Director – Industrial Group at Informa Exhibitions. Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director Maritime and Technology Fairs at HMC, adds: “Highly innovative, international companies will profit especially from this fair which provides them with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their potential at the right time and place.”