bC India receives impressive response: Organizers
In response to Construction Week (CW) Online story titled: Exhibitors say bC India wrongly timed and located, the organiser of the show has claimed that more than 22,000 visitors from 69 countries attended the first edition of the International Trade Fair held 8-11 February, 2011 at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
Thomas Löffler, Chief Executive Officer of the show organizer bC Expo India and Deputy CEO of MMI India, said: “This result shows clearly that our decision to launch bC India just came at the right time at the right place. Furthermore, the number of exhibitors as well as the feedback from all participants evidence impressively that bC India truly is a new dimension for the construction industry.”
CW Online earlier reported that a number of exhibitors though felt the show had given them a good platform said the show shouldn’t be held in the same year when another mega such show is due to happen. They were also critical about the Mumbai as a location.
However, the joint venture partners said that they were highly satisfied with the outcome of the show. “bC India proves to be a premium platform for the construction machinery industry in India by setting new organizational standards,” said Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director, Messe München International (MMI). Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), added: “The overall numbers are outstanding. I am convinced that bC India will indeed play a very important role in the Indian market in the near future.”
A press release issued by the organizer said: “In particular, the quality of business visitors and the facilities were highly appreciated among the exhibitors. By offering free of cost pre-registration and charging an entrance fee to non pre-registered visitors, a high professional level of business visitors was achieved.”
The organizer said that the exhibition space for bC India had been extended to a total of around 88,000 square meters to meet the strong demand from exhibitors. “All in all, 508 exhibitors from over 30 countries showcased their latest products and innovations in machinery and equipment for construction, mining and building materials. In addition to that the show is the most international event within the construction exhibition sector in India, as 70% of the registered exhibitors were headquartered outside of India,” the release added.
The show had nine national pavilions from Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom.