PUNE: In order to spread awareness about the latest technologies available in the construction equipment business, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has organised the 9th edition of the CII EXCON 2017, in association with the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (ICEMA) and the Builder's Association of India (BAI), in Bengaluru between December 12 and 16.
The exhibition will showcase the latest technologies available and benchmarks in the construction industry world over.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Managing Director, Schwing Stetter (India) Pvt Ltd and President of the ICEMA, Anand Sundaresan said that the exhibition is set to see 1,000 exhibitors this year. “With 33 exhibitors in 2000, when we started, we are now expecting to have over 1,000 exhibitors this year. We had a footfall of 33,000 people last year and are expecting the number of visitors to go up to over 50,000 this year,” he said.
In the run-up to the show, CII is holding roadshows in different cities to attract contractors for the exhibition. “While large contractors are already utilising modern equipment, we are aiming to attract more small and medium contractors to the exhibition. The roadshows are being held in 26 cities including smaller cities like Nashik, Nagpur, Indore, Vijayawada, where a boost to infrastructure development is being provided,” he said.
The roadshow in Pune on Thursday was attended by senior officials from the government, industry leaders and stakeholders from the infrastructure and construction equipment sectors.
While speaking at the roadshow, Sundaresan said, “The construction equipment industry, which is currently a USD three billion industry in the country, is pegged to grow to a USD five billion industry by 2020. Through the expo, the Indian construction equipment companies can get a huge exposure to the latest technologies in equipment, components and spare parts and evaluate their own cost competitiveness. Through partnerships, the industry can look forward to handling projects without or with minimal imports. With the participation of almost all leading players in the construction equipment industry, the exhibition would aim at facilitating faster and sustainable development of infrastructure and related sectors in India.”
Chairman, CII Pune Zone Council, Nitin Chalke added, “Investments in Infrastructure will be a key driver for India’s sustained growth and this has been the guiding principle behind all government policy initiatives and interventions. India’s investment in infrastructure is estimated to double to about USD one trillion during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) compared to the previous Five Year Plan. The government has committed huge capital outlay in developing rail and highway networks besides launching mega affordable housing projects. Given these facts, it is absolutely essential for the earthmoving and construction equipment industry to collaborate with all stakeholders including government agencies and events like EXCON can go a long way in facilitating that.”