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Concrete Show India 2015 paves way for Infrastructure industry UBM India concludes the show with over 28 % increase in visitors over last edition



UBM India successfully concluded the Concrete Show India 2015 (7th to 9th May 2015) with over 150 exhibitors from across 10 countries and 5000 trade visitors, amidst an industry showcase of products, solutions and services at the trade fair at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

The event had a grandeur opening with the special address given by Shri S.M. Ramchandani, Joint Managing Director, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd. (MSRDC) and participation from Government officials, leading Associations, industry professionals and domain experts. Some of the key Industry speakers at the conference included  Mr. Surya Prakash, President, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India), Mr. Vinay Gupta, Chief Executive Officer –M/s Tandon Consultants Pvt Ltd., Dr Himanshu Raje, Director Raje Structural Consultants Pvt Ltd, Mr. J P Rao, Director Corporate Marketing Strategy, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd, Dr Michael Tholen, Managing Director, American Concrete Institute Professional Development, ACI University, Mr Cyrus Dordi, Consultant, Ambuja Cement Ltd., Dr Gopal Rai, Joint Secretary, Institute of Bridge Engineers(IIBE), CEO-Dhirendra Group of Companies, Pranav Desai, Head Product Development and Management, Lafarge India Pvt Ltd. The conference saw delegates from renowned companies such as ACC, Bharat Hosiery, BSBK Pvt Ltd., Hess, Hindustan Zinc Ltd., JSW Cement, Leela Tata Realty, Louis Berger, Magicrete Precast, Polygon Chemicals Pvt Ltd., Raheja Engineering, Relcon Infraprojects Ltd., Roop Telsonic Untrasonix Ltd., Spancrete, Tata Steel, Tekla India Pvt Ltd. amongst others.

Eminent Speakers at Bridges India on 8th May included Mr. Subhash Joglekar, Vice President, Stup Consultants Ltd, V N Heggade, Sr Vice President (Projects) and Member, Board of Management, Gammon India Ltd, D A Bhide, Vice President (Design), IRB Infrastructure Ltd, P Niranjana, Head Nuclear and Special Bridges, L & T Ltd.

The Infrastructure and construction industry representatives from China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, The Netherlands, USA and throughout the value chain visited India to gain insights pertaining to technology trends and market movements. Technology showcase was at its best with innovations from companies like Toyota Forms India Pvt. Ltd., Ashtech, Hess Concrete Machinery India Pvt. Ltd., JSW Cement Limited, RMC Readymix (India), Godrej, Apollo Infratech Private Limited, Hyundai Aluminum Co. Ltd., Tata, Reliance Industries Ltd.  The Innovation Corner, Interactive zone, and Concrete Man were some highlights of the event. The viewer’s choice in innovative product was won by Ashtech.

Mr. Surya Prakash, President, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India), saidCement and concrete industry in India is poised for a definite growth. The recent five year plan emphasize more on infrastructure as it is the basic requirement for development of any sector. India is the third largest country in the world with a massive production of 280 million tonnes and this will go to 800 million tonnes in next few years. Innovations on self healing and bending concrete are still going on and it will be practice soon. With the increasing demand of concrete, raw material required which is river sand has become very expensive in today’s price war. In order to meet the demand supply gap manufactures should device new methods of production like recycling ceramic waste, stone dust, coconut shell, rice husk etc. If we bring such innovations to industry then infrastructure sector will definitely have a great future. Concrete Show India 2015 is an appealing platform for visitors and beneficial for the exhibitors as the whole construction and infrastructure ecosystem was accessible”.

Industry Response:

Mr. Manoj Kumar, Managing Director, HESS Group, said, “We have been associated for 3 years with Concrete Show India and the feedback we received was positive. The new policies are helping us in expanding our business and Concrete Show India 2015 is the perfect platform to showcase our technologies. We provide 100% solutions required for creating power plant and this year we are showcasing Wet Concrete & lightweight concrete.  We are fairly satisfied with the response and are in high spirits to participate in the next year’s edition.”

Mr. Nitant Shah, General Manager- Customer Technical Services, JK Cements, said, “After the new policy initiatives introduced by government, there has been a growth in the industry where most of the preference has been dedicated to infrastructure industry. This exhibition is a platform to reach out to most of our existing & prospective customers to showcase our product competence & developments. For us it is a privilege to participate in Concrete Show India 2015 and use this platform to exhibit innovations of cement industry. We are showcasing eco friendly cement products like grey cement, wall putti, white cement and its different applications.”

Mr. Pravin Lal Thirwani, Chief Manager, Construction Materials Mumbai, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, said, “We are happily associated since last 2 years and we continue to understand that the brand visibility has grown based on customer feedback.  This year we are showcasing AAC lightweight blocks, an innovative technology over conventional bricks and TUFF concrete products (RMC product).  Events like these give us a podium wherein people come to know what kind of technologies and products we are offering especially the AAC lightweight blocks.”

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