On eve of 98th anniversary of Federation of Gujarat Industries, Nitin Mankad, its VP and S.K Negi, MD, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation, recently came on behalf of Gujarat Government’s Gujarat UrjaVikas Nigam Limited with a request for participation in India’s largest electrical expo – SWITCH, to be held at Vallabhbhai Patel International Expo Centre, Vadodara, a city which houses about 23% of country’s power and electrical manufacturers including transformers, switchgears and even turbines, from October 6 through 10, 2016.
They claim to fetch have received more than 1000 domestic manufacturers, about 200 international manufacturers, 8,500 key buyers encompassing 50 countries which includes 75 from ME and 200 from Europe and over 1,00,000 visitors in this biennial platform. SWITCH is designed to be a definitive electrics marketplace which will provide the widest range of switchgears, cables, conductors and fibre optic wires, transmission line technologies, control and automation, transformers and such.
They are approaching only WB in East with hope of robust participation in two ways – the first is for exploring business opportunities in the power and electrical sector, the second being academy-industry interface. For former they have already approached WBSEB etc. and have confirmation of big players here while for latter – a part of Innovation and Technology Summit – a country-first, wherein 100 innovators will be provided free display space, top 20 of which can garner funding possibilities – they have shortlisted IIT KGP, CU and JU, and will probably settle on last-named to source those innovators in a subsequent trip.
Not to stop there, SWITCH 2016, will also feature World Electrical Buyers’ Summit (WEBS) to which from Power Ministers of over 15 countries of the world, 30 Power Ministers from India, Power Secretaries of States of India and Delegations from 95 foreign Utilities and 102 Indian Utilities, along with about 1,150 large corporate of India have put in confirmation. The Summit will have wide-ranging discussions on Manufacturing Technology, Asset Management, Renewable Energy and Other Technical subjects. Leading corporate such as GE, Siemens, ABB and Suzlon are Technical Partners in the Summit.