INMEX and SMM India on the crest of a wave
Taking advantage of the expected growth the Indian maritime industry is set to witness over the next six years, Informa Exhibitions, organisers of INMEX India, has entered in to a strategic collaboration with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, organisers of SMM India, to form South Asia’s largest and most important maritime exhibition and conference.
The unified edition of INMEX SMM India will take place on 23 – 25 September 2015, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, providing the maritime sector with the best of both events using synergies on one integrated platform. Features for the inaugural edition of the show include a conference, which is set to address present and future trends within the maritime sector, an international B2B Buyers Programme and a dedicated Product Demonstration Area, providing exhibitors a platform to showcase the latest enhancements in maritime technology.
Daily workshops will also be conducted by international industry experts to provide guidance on several technical areas, including development of operating procedures and on-board safety management systems.
India’s port traffic has increased from 368 million tons in 2001 to 935 million tons in 2013, and according to the ‘India Maritime Agenda’, ports throughout are expected to increase to 2,500 million tons by 2020. In a recent announcement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the government will pursue a port-led model of economic development that comprises ports, special economic zones (SEZs), rail, road, air and waterway connectivity with the hinterland.
INMEX India, which was launched in 1999, has established itself as the region’s most prominent event for the Indian maritime market, hosting over 500 exhibitors from 40 countries and attracting over 6,000 visitors and delegates to the event in 2013.
“We are delighted to now bring INMEX-SMM together as one event to offer a wider audience and maximize returns for our clients. The alliance plays to the strengths of both partners: with our understanding and knowledge of the Indian market and SMM’s strong international reputation, we are confident that the collaboration of the events will be welcomed by the maritime industry.” said Nicky Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Informa Exhibitions.
SMM India, part of the highly successful series of global maritime events run by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, is a well-established meeting place for the maritime community in the Indian subcontinent, attracting international exhibitors from all around the world, including national pavilions from Germany, Denmark and Finland.
Commenting on the partnership, Bernd Aufderheide, CEO and President of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. said:
"We are excited about the prospect of further developing SMM India by working together with INMEX India and jointly offering an unmatched maritime event on the subcontinent. Exhibitors and visitors alike will profit from our collaboration."
Informa Exhibitions organises over 100 business to business exhibitions annually via a global network of offices in the UK, India, UAE, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, China and Australia. Some of the leading brands include Inmex India, Middle East Electricity, Arab Health and Cityscape among several others.
Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH are expert organisers of maritime events, hosting the world’s leading maritime trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, in addition to SMM Istanbul.