UBM India successfully concluded the fourth edition of Concrete Show India (19th to 21th May 2015) with over 150 Indian and global suppliers and manufacturers from across 10 countries and over 5,500 trade visitors, amidst an industry showcase of products, solutions and services at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai last week.
According to a press relesase, the event had a grandeur opening with a keynote address by SM Ramchandani, Joint Managing Director, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd. (MSRDC) and special address by Chief Guest Eknath Sambhaji Shinde, Cabinet Minister, PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Government of Maharashtra along with other key dignitaries – Gajanan Kirtikar – Member of Parliament (MP); Varun Sardesai- Youth leader; NA Viswanathan, Secretary General, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA); Dr. Manamohan R Kalgal, President, Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) and Yogesh Mudras, MD, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering.
At the inauguration, 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 press release said, 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 JK 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, Yogesh Mudras, MD, 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 fourth 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., JK 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).
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