UBM India launched the special 9th edition of its flagship international exhibition and conference, India Nuclear Energy (INE) for the civil nuclear energy domain. The two day show, taking place between November 9 –10, 2017, at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai, is the only expo exclusively dedicated to supporting and promoting the civil nuclear energy industry in the country. INE 2017 is co-organised by DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) and supported by NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.).
The inauguration of INE 2017 saw an august gathering of dignitaries from the industry with Chief Guest — Dr. R B Grover, Homi Bhabha Chair, Member, Atomic Energy Commission;
Special Guests — H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, The Ambassador of France to India; Mr. Andrei Zhiltsov, Consul General of Russia in Mumbai; Mr. Gérard Kottmann, President–AIFEN; Mr. Philippe Anglaret, President of GIIN, French Nuclear Suppliers Association (Groupe Intersyndical de l’Industrie Nucléaire); Dr Philippe Montarnal, Nuclear Counsellor, French Embassy in India; Mr.Nikita Mazein, Vice President, ROSATOM Overseas; Mr, Ravi Shankar, Head Public Awareness Division, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE); Mr. S.K.Malhotra, Raja Ramana Fellow, DAE & Secretary, Atomic Energy Education Society doing the honours along with Mr Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director, UBM India.
The expo saw the participation of over 65 exhibitors, with a brand new sector – the Non-Power application of Nuclear Energy – being added to last year’s repertoire. INE 2017 brought together senior officials from Business France, ROSATOM, South Korea, Electricite De France (EDF), Nuvia India, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, L&T Special Steel and Heavy Forgings, Cadmatic Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bureau Veritas (India) Pvt Ltd, Kirloskar Chillers Private Limited. Aifen, Andra, Assystem, AXON Cable, CEA, EGIS, ERMES, Fuji Electricals, Georgin, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company (KHNP), Korea Electricity Power Company, Engineering and Construction (KEPCO E&C), Doosan Heavy Industries Co (DHIC), and many more heavy weights from the civil nuclear industry space.
Exhibitors at the show gained direct access to end users from NPCIL & Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) including the Procurement, Project, R&D, Operations and Maintenance teams for business and technical discussions, as well as B2B meetings with global civil nuclear industry stakeholders, including Government of India officials, senior officials from World Nuclear Association (WNA), Department of Atomic Energy, Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCI), and many more. Significantly, the premier event provided opportunities for domestic and international companies to interact and network with comprehensive Country Pavilions from France, Russia and South Korea, along with leading corporates from the Civil Nuclear Energy fraternity in India, to tap the huge potential of nuclear sector.
INE 2017 is geared to showcase the latest industry offerings and technologies including innovations, system optimizations, maintenance and condition monitoring equipment as well as non-power applications pertaining to food, manufacturing of processed food and cosmetics from industry suppliers. Supplementary features such as e-portal registrations by NPCIL and Vendor Development Programs by the Ministry of Small and Medium Industry (MSME) added immense value for the attendees.
Living up to its reputation as a comprehensive, content-rich show, INE 2017 is marked by insightful conferences on both days. Day 1 witnessed discussions on the theme: ‘Nuclear Renaissance In India – Power Generation’ that commenced with a roundtable discussion on ‘Indian Nuclear Power Programme – Present status & looking ahead for next decade’, in an endeavour to throw light on ‘Current Challenges Vs Lessons learnt’ and ‘the Present Industry Capacity & Policies for Expansion / Development’. Additionally, panel discussions on topics such as ‘Manufacturing & Supply Chain’; ‘Liability / Insurance Pool’; ‘Fuel Cycle and Components’; and ‘Involvement of institutional agencies in the development of nuclear energy program: R&D, training, capacity building’ kept the audience engaged, along with a number of technical presentations on key issues that supplemented the discussions.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the 9th edition of INE, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Over the last few years, India has largely lived up to its commitment of discovering and utilising peaceful sources of Nuclear Energy while at once augmenting its nuclear generation capacity and striving to make it a home-grown one. Simultaneously, the INE has also grown in stature as the only expo in India exclusively dedicated to supporting and promoting the civil nuclear energy industry in the country.
He added, “Energy is the driver of development and nuclear energy is essential to fulfil India’s energy needs. INE 2017 has brought together prominent thought leaders, organizations and professionals from across the globe to discuss the future, latest developments, business opportunities, policies and procedures in the Indian Civil Nuclear Energy market. We are especially keen to advocate the limitless possibilities of irradiation of food, cosmetics and pharma, through our insightful conference on the non-nuclear applications of Nuclear Energy.”