Mr. Thomas Loffler
The preparations for bC India – a bauma Conexpo Show is in full swing. "We are aiming to set new standards for better customer service, for professional organisation and for our exhibitors to provide a clear and structured platform to bC India visitors to see and compare equipment from all over the world and finally open new business opportunities. This will set a positive stimulus for the demand of new equipment in order to improve construction performance," says Mr. Thomas Loffler, CEO, bC Expo India, in an interview with S.A.Faridi.

How are the preparations for the first edition of bC India, the mega event for the construction equipment and allied industries proceeding? Do you think the event will outpace similar events and be a class event for industries in this part of the world?
The preparations for bC India – A Bauma Conexpo Show are in full swing. The feedback from the Indian as well as the international industry is very positive. The show is already fullybooked and we are keeping a waiting list which is an indication of confidence our exhibitors have in the brands Bauma and Conexpo. Our target is to prove the quality leadership which both the brands enjoy worldwide and also to transfer it to the Indian market.

Will the event further pep up demand sentiments in the market?
In regard to the international participation, bC India 2011 will be the No. 1 trade exhibition for construction machinery, building material machinery, mining machinery, commercial vehicles and allied industries. The visitors of the show therefore will have the opportunity to see and compare latest technologies and innovations from manufacturers from all over the world. This will set a positive stimulus for the demand of new equipment in order to improve construction performances.

What is the tagline or theme of bC India?
The tagline of bC India – A Bauma Conexpo Show, “New dimension for the construction industry” underlines our target to establish bC India as the quality leader in India. We are aiming to set new standards in regard to customer service and professional organisation for our exhibitors and providing the bC India visitors with a clear and structured platform to see and compare equipment from all over the world and finally open new business opportunities.

What would be the expected display area available in covered, open and demo sections for the participants and percent of the space booked under these categories?
The exhibition area of bC India 2011 covers 80,000 sqm which is divided in an outdoor area of 65,000 sqm and a hall area of 15,000 sqm. I would like to invite all readers to have a look at the exhibition layout including all stands and exhibitor names in order to get a better impression of the different sections. It is available at www.bcindia.com/en/Database.

What is expected participation profile of the industries, companies, number of Indian and overseas companies and and will there be any specific country pavilions?
The entire range of products which will be showcased at bC India is extensive. That is why we divided the sections into four parts. Part one covers construction vehicles, machines, lifting appliances and conveyors, construction equipment, tools and special systems, concrete and mortar machines and equipment, formwork and scaffolding equipment as well as various construction site installations. The second part shows various segments in regard to mining, extraction and processing of raw materials. The third section deals with the topic of production of building materials which includes cement, lime, gypsum, concrete, asphalt, mortar, plaster, screed etc. Related plants, machinery and further equipment will be shown at bC India. Section four covers the component and service suppliers including transmission engineering, fluid technology and power generation units, accessories and wear parts, services etc. The entire index of products can be found at www.bCindia.com.

Construction Equipment

At this point of time, we can say that more than 65% of our exhibitors have their headquarters abroad. Approximately 35% of our exhibitors are from India and we are very proud to have 9 country pavilions at bC India which furthermore underlines the international character of the show. The countries with specific pavilion includes: Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, and the UK.

Apart from the main event, what would be the other highlights of the event in terms of organizing industry issue related conference, seminars, workshops, B2B meets and related promotional and educational programmes?
Our Joint Organiser, the Builders‘ Association of India (BAI) will host a Buyers Conference during bC India 2011. Furthermore the Indian Earthmoving & Construction Industry Association Ltd. (IECIAL) will host a conference on infrastructure projects in India. The Construction Federation of India (CFI) plans to organize a safety seminar / training during the show and another conference is planned to be held with the title Equipment India Conference. We are confident that these programmes will add further value to the show and look forward to welcoming all delegates to bC India 2011.

How are the local authorities facilitating the organizational work and related arrangements, for bC India at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai?
The cooperation with the local authorities is running well and we receive their support which is highly appreciated. In fact, we are furthermore cooperating with international experienced service partners in various fields that gives us confidence that further preparations will proceed smoothly. BAUMA has been successfully transferred to the Chinese market as BAUMA China in 2002. This experience and of course the experience of our second shareholder AEM in regard to the organisation of construction machinery shows that new markets are very valuable. Of course, India is a different market, but we are confident that our experience will help us again to organise a top quality exhibition.

How are you going to handle the crowd expected for bC India 2011?
We recently opened the pre-registration for bC India visitors on our website. All visitors can now register free of cost for the entire show period. Visitors from India will receive their badge in advance and can easily use one of the 3 entrances. The badges for visitors from abroad can be picked up at special counters at the registration area. It is not our target to finally release a large number of visitors. As mentioned before, Quality is our main target. This is the reason why we want to encourage everyone who is planning to visit the show to save time and money and register now free of cost at www.bCindia.com/register. For on-site registration a fee will be applicable.
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