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bC India: the showstopper

bC India, only in its third edition, has transformed itself into “the show” for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles
bC India — the international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles — is going to take place from December 15 to 18, 2014, at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida. The expo will take up 120,000 sq. metres of exhibition — same size as the last bC India.
Looking backbC India 2013 — took place in Mumbai — attracted a total of 710 companies from 33 countries and more than 28,000 trade visitors. After the two successful events in Mumbai, bC India is moving to north for this year’s extravaganza.
Among the 710 exhibitors, 61 per cent were international exhibitors. This made the show to feature nine national pavilions — China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The show not only attracted high-quality visitors but also provided a global platform for doing business.
Although there is a doubt on choosing Greater Noida, where no large construction equipment exhibition has taken part, Igor Palka, CEO, bC Expo India Pvt. Ltd., claims that many companies have welcomed the move to North India. “The short distance to Greater Noida, where the show will happen at one of the most modern exhibition centres in India, will attract new potential clients, governmental representatives and new decision makers,” remarks Mr Palka. “This will result in a win-win situation for all our exhibitors and visitors.”
Influence on the industryIndia is modified. The nation has started to think bigger, dream bigger, plan bigger and act bigger. If the present sentiment continues, India would become one of the most dynamic markets for the global construction machinery industry.
Backhoe loaders, bulldozers and mobile cranes are the top selling machineries in India in recent years. However, it is expected that sales in backhoe loaders, which accounted for over 50 per cent of all construction machineries sold in 2012, will lose its ground. Crawler-excavators seem to increase their market share. These both are expected to account for a good third of the Indian construction machinery market in 2016.
Mr Palka says, “Looking at the current Five-Year Plan and the huge planned infrastructure investments, I am convinced that the situation in the CE market will improve in the next year.”
Mr Palka adds, “Having our show in December, we are happy to offer the companies the best platform to show their newest products to an international audience. Hence, bC India is the perfect marketing opportunity for our exhibitors at the early stage of an economic upswing.”
“With the new government in place,” remarks Tushar Mehendale, Managing Director, ElectroMech Material Handling Systems (Ind) Pvt. Ltd. “the renewed push to infrastructure projects and other related areas is expected to inject vigour into the construction equipment market. In turn, this should drive other sectors and kick-start the economy as well.”
Even Nischal Mehrotra, Director – Sales and Service, LiuGong India Pvt. Ltd., shares the same feelings. “The recent outlook of the industry looks promising,” he points out. “The government initiatives towards infrastructural development, port projects and ‘Make in India’ mission have has shown a positive sign for the future. The move is likely to spur demand of the ECE equipment. If all the projects are implemented, the industry full potential is realised.”
And BAUMA CONEXPO SHOW – bC India is “the important meeting place” for the construction, infrastructure and mining sector.
Industry expectationB. Sridhar, Business Head, SDLG Products  feels the response to bC India 2014 would be that much, especially from the south India. However, he is confident that the show will leave its mark. “bC India is the place for customers to enhance their knowledge about different products that will be displayed there,” he opines.
Mr Mehendale is excited and looking forward to bC India. He feels that the event is rightly timed when the infrastructure construction industry is expected to pick up. “With new stable government in the centre,” he states, “ElectroMech expect the policy paralysis to end and the government to take important policy decisions around infrastructure development.”
He adds, “Tradeshows like bC India give companies a platform to reach to their target audience in a short time and efficiently. In the light of renewed interest on India and recent investment commitments from countries like Japan, China and the United States, ElectroMech expects to see a healthy footfall at the expo.”
Supporting programmesFor the first time, as per the organiser, there will be a matchmaking programme for all participants in bC India. With this tool visitors can not only preview which companies are exhibiting at the show, but also book meetings with them in advance and make contact with other participants.
The organisers are not leaving any stone unturned to make bC India is the must-attend event for the industry. The show will accompany several supporting conferences on technical themes. iCEMA is organising the “Conference on Infrastructure Equipment – Re-scripting the Growth Story” on Tuesday, December 16, at the Banquet Hall of the India Expo Mart. The theme of this year’s conference is “Adopting Speed, Scale and Skill in Infrastructure Development and Project Implementation”. The conference will focus on the current scenario and challenges in infrastructure developments, the speed and approaches in project implementation, innovative models for building sustainable infrastructure, personnel resources and further training, and perspectives for the government and regulatory authorities.
Big participantsbC Expo India confirms that plenty of big names taking part in the show. Among the companies signed up are ACE, Ammann, Aquarius, Bauer, BKT, Bomag, Herrenknecht, Kobelco and Liebherr, Linnhoff, Liugong, JLG, Potain, Puzzolana, Sany, Schwing Stetter, Spartan, Terex, Volvo Penta, Wirtgen and Zoomlion. It added that there would also be strong representation from the formwork and scaffolding sector, with Doka, KumKang, Layher, Peri, Pranav and Ulma also confirmed.
Launch pad“bC India is an ideal platform to preview state-of-the-art products and new launch,” states Mr Mehrotra. A tradeshow like bC India is also about to know about the technology, innovation and development in market.
LiuGong India is all set to launch its new 2-tonne wheel loader CLG 818C BSIII, which is designed for application in glass industry, paper mills, scrap handling in steel plant, sugar mills and crusher application customers. Kobelco will launch Kobelco CKL 1000i with some attachment, knuckle boom crane of capacity 90 tonnes, and a multi-task truck crane with 33.5-metre knuckle boom and several attachments like man basket and hook.
Then there is Haulotte India, which is going to introduce its latest diesel articulated boom lift “HA16RTJ”, which is a 16-m machine and one of the best machines in world in its class.
Mr Palka believes that the real showstopper will be the show itself and urges the industry players to be a part of the excitement. He welcomes companies with the newest construction vehicles and earth-moving machines, manufacturers of formworks and scaffoldings, construction equipment, tools and special systems and manufactures of cement, lime and gypsum compounds for building materials as well as machines and systems for producing concrete, concrete products and pre-fabricated components.

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