13/5/11 – Conference Round up – BLECH India Talks Up Sheet Metal Working Industry
With 137 exhibitors from 16 countries and more than 7,000 trade visitors, mainly from India, the second BLECH India, Exhibition for Sheet Metal Working, has been hailed as a huge success by the organisers. Held from 14-17 April 2011 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, the exhibition had more than doubled in size as well as in exhibitor and visitor numbers compared with the launch show in 2009. BLECH India 2011 showcased a large variety of machines, tool and solutions for the complete sheet metal forming and fabrication process; an enormous amount of live machine demonstrations was on display.
“We are delighted to be able to report that BLECH India has taken a big step forward in both size and profile. The exhibition has developed into a major quality event for India’s sheet metal working industry since its debut two years ago, and this rapid development corresponds to the fast-paced Indian market for this industry sector,” explains Stephen Brooks, Chairman, Mack Brooks Exhibitions on behalf of the organisers Inter Ads – Brooks Exhibitions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
India is considered one of the world’s key growth markets for sheet metal working. In particular the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as the construction industry are a driving force for continuously positive growth figures. According to recent forecasts, India’s automotive production and retail market will grow by an average of 10% per year until 2019. Besides, in consequence of recent trade liberalisation measures, such as India’s trade agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the country’s export figures for cars and white goods are significantly growing.
Half of the exhibitors at this year’s event were companies from outside India, with the majority coming from Italy, China and Germany. In the exhibition analysis, over 90% of exhibiting companies were able to report positive business enquiries, and 95% of the exhibitors reported that they had achieved their aims. Exhibitors praised the event for the high quality and number of trade visitors, expert talks and contact with potential customers at their stands.
On the visitor side, the exhibition analysis showed that key industry sectors to which the visitors belonged included sheet metal and sheet metal products (53%), mechanical engineering (44%), the automotive industry (11%), iron and steel production (10%) as well as steel and aluminium construction (9%). The show attracted sheet metal working specialists at all levels, with the majority being head of production (41%) or having managerial responsibility (26%).
Co-located with this year’s BLECH India, the first Fastener Fair Mumbai took place from 16-17 April 2011. With 90 exhibitors and 4,800 visitors the trade exhibition for the fastener and fixings industry was a highly successful launch event.