Barring infrastructure hitches, Plastindia 2015 will be staged in Gujarat
Barring infrastructure hitches, Plastindia 2015 will be staged in Gujarat

Though it has been announced that India’s largest plastics show and the third largest in the world, Plastindia, may move to the Indian state of Gujarat from New Delhi in its next staging in 2015, many factors allude to its move, such as the lack of proper infrastructure and power, said SV Kabra, a member of the organiser of the show, Plastindia Foundation.

Speaking at the recently concluded Chinaplas show in Guangzhou, China, Kabra reiterated (what had been said earlier by Plastindia Foundation Chairman Bipin Shah), that a new exhibition centre will be built in Gujarat to house the show. “The Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (a part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry) is thinking of rebuilding and partly demolishing the present exhibition centre in New Delhi (Pragati Maidan). There are many possibilities and hopefully the Ahmedabad government (in Gujarat) will offer an alternative venue for the show,” he added. “The Chief Minister of Gujarat is interested in constructing an ultra modern exhibition centre but it requires the infrastructure and power to go with it. We are optimistic that all the facilities will be ready by the time the show is scheduled to be held,” said Kabra. Pragati Maidan was built in 1982 and has not been renovated since.

When asked how the Indian machinery sector has fared over the past year, Kabra said that sales had increased by 14%. “It has not done that all that well mainly because of the uncertain political situation (upcoming Indian elections in 2014) and inflationary trends. However, we expect a better year in 2013 mainly because not many investments were made last year.”

Plastindia 2015 will be staged from 5-10 February 2015.


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