Record attendance at Powder & Bulk Solids India 2013

The fourth Powder & Bulk Solids India (PBSI), held from October 9 to 11, 2013, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India, ended in a grand success. With 71 exhibitors and 2,295 overall participants (2012: 64/1, 490), India's leading trade show for powder and bulk material handling and processing broke its previous records for visitors and exhibitors. The organizers – the exhibition company NürnbergMesse India and Vogel Business Media, publisher of "PROCESS India" – are very pleased that each of the annual events has increased in attendance, thanks to a plausible concept: connecting the leading suppliers with the decision-makers in the Indian powder and bulk industries. The next PBSI will take place from February 18 to 20, 2015, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

"The event has successfully emerged as India's only focused show for processing technologies in powder and bulk as well as heavy bulk material handling, " said Sonia Prashar, Managing Director at NürnbergMesse India. "The event has consistently showcased top manufacturers and suppliers from not just one industry but a cluster of industries. This positive trend reflects the fact that the unique cross-sectorial concept of exhibition and conference holds a big potential in India."

During the three-day show, 71 exhibitors from eight countries displayed a comprehensive range of products on 937 square meters of exhibit space. They showcased the latest technologies for mixing, conveying, milling, screening, and granulating for manufacturers of chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, and plastics as well as to operators of heavy bulk plants in mines and ports. Every third exhibitor was International. The top exhibiting nations after India were Germany, the U.K., and Switzerland.

This year's event witnessed an impressive line-up of the crème-de-la-crème from the booming Indian powder and bulk industry. Key players like FL Smidth, Hosokawa Micron, Martin Engineering, Phoenix Conveyor Belts, Bectochem, Beumer Technology, Kiron Hydraulic Needs, Merit Technologies, Roechling India, Sanghavi Engineering, K-Tron, Allgaier, Vega India, Schenck Process, and Vedic Pac Systems were a part of this steadily growing trade event.

High satisfaction among exhibitors
The exhibitors gave the PBSI 2013 top marks. They were satisfied with the professional expertise of visitors, and many of them expect follow-up business from the show.
"PBSI 2013 was remarkable, and it brought the great exposure to the market that UWT is looking for in India, " said Rahul Rathore, Regional Sales Manager at UWT Level Control India Pvt. Ltd. "Visitors to the event were of great quality. As UWT specializes in this sector, we are looking forward to next year's show."
Karan Kumar, Executive in Marketing and Communication at Beumer, also appreciated the show's high quality and the contact opportunities at his company's booth. "Beumer has a feasible platform for showcasing their products at PBSI 2013. We had about 150 to 200 customers at this event. We are looking forward to the next show, where we can showcase more innovations, " he said.
T. N. Gudi, Director Sales at Martin Engineering India, found the event to be a great platform for any exhibitor. "Martin Engineering India provides solutions to customers that keep the conveying system cleaner, safer, and more productive. We have participated for the third consecutive year, and look forward to the next show, " he explained.
By the last day of the show, many of the exhibitors had already decided to return in 2015.

Close to the pulse of industry: Conference 2013
Featuring more than 50 presentations, the conference was the perfect venue for addressing the challenges and opportunities in the INR200 billion (€2.4 billion) Indian bulk material handling industry.
At the event's opening ceremony, PBSI conference chairman Dr. Vijay K. Agarwal from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi said, "The development of the infrastructural sector has been and will continue to be a priority for the Indian government. This in turn requires attention to be directed to the production, storage, and transport of powder and bulk materials. The exchange of knowledge and expertise is a fundamental prerequisite for rising to these challenges – and with its combination of exhibition and conference, PBSI is the perfect platform for this exchange."
The conference was divided into two main themes: "Processing Technologies in Powder and Bulk" on the one hand and "Bulk Material Handling (Heavy Bulk)" on the other. The themes included presentations by industry experts like Darpan Sejpal from Röchling India, Sudeep Sar from FLSmidth, and Shailesh Dhume from Bayer Technology Services India as well as academic experts including Kenneth C. Williams from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and Dr. David Mills, a world-renowned conveying consultant from the U.K.

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