bC India prepares for international showcaseJan 2011
Impressive figures are confirmed for the upcoming premiere event for the BAUMA CONEXPO bC India trade show.
Getting to the showgrounds
A total of 508 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will show their latest products and innovations in machinery and equipment for construction, mining and building materials at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, India, between 8 and 11 February 2011.
These figures will establish bC India as the largest construction machinery trade fair in India in terms of the number of participating exhibitors. The show will also present the most international event within the construction sector in India as 70% of the registered exhibitors are headquartered outside of India. After India, the top five countries of origin for the exhibitors are Germany, Italy, the USA, China and Great Britain respectively.
Responding to a very strong demand from exhibitors, the exhibition space for bC India has been further extended by another 8,000m2, bringing the total area of exhibition space to about 88,000m2.
bC India is also attracting a lot of attention among Indian governmental agencies. The Indian Minister of Urban Development, Mr Kamal Nath, will deliver the opening speech at the show to emphasize the strategic importance of bC India for the Indian construction market.
Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development, will give the opening address
Formerly the Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr Kamal Nath, explained that the objective it to make India's highway system world class. "India is in its Eleventh Five Year Plan and highways have a large shelf of projects that are on offer. Given our historical underinvestment in highway infrastructure and the role this sector can play in stimulating economic growth, we believe it is imperative that adequate investment flows are attracted to this segment. India is an attractive foreign investment destination because the world economic revival hinges on higher consumption/ spending/ investment worldwide and Asia, and in particular countries like India, can afford such spending.
"A responsive administrative system is a must for any development process and our administration is establishing processes and procedures to remove the impediments that were hampering the process of award of road projects in the past. The biggest challenge is to bring about an attitudinal change of the people involved in the process. For one, we must believe that we can build 20km a day. We have also changed many of the provisions that were seen as increasing the risk of PPP procurement of highway projects and this has created a positive sentiment and response to bids. We have a level playing field for the Indian and foreign companies and the projects are bid out on international competitive bidding. We intend to have mega road projects in construction in the coming years."
All the information you need to make your visit to the show in Mumbai is on the bC India website. This includes how to get there, where to stay, registration forms, travel information, a complete list of exhibitors, and so much more. For those of us in the underground tunnelling industry, the follow is a list of tunnelling industry exhibitors and where they are on the show floorplans.
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