Messe Frankfurt India announced that it has secured fresh dates and a new venue for the International Elevator and Escalator Expo (IEE Expo) in Mumbai. The change allows the organiser to stage the first biennial edition after a hiatus of uncertainty and recovery to attract maximum participation and quality attendance. The market-leading trade show will take place from 6 – 8 September 2022 at JIO World Convention Centre (JWCC) giving the vertical transportation industry additional time to prepare while offering safety, confidence and flexibility to both exhibitors and fair attendees.
The surge in Omicron cases across the globe as well as in India, together with regulatory guidelines in the state of Maharashtra has led the organiser to review and reschedule the show dates in the collective interest of its exhibitors, visitors and industry partners. The 9th edition of IEE Expo will now take place in September 2022 at the newly launched JIO World Convention Centre (JWCC) in Mumbai.
Marking its re-start with a string of successfully organised physical exhibitions and conferences in the last quarter of 2021 including the sector’s renowned E2 Forum, Messe Frankfurt India’s Managing Director, Mr Raj Manek shared: “The E2 Forum highlighted the pulse of the industry along with imminent opportunities for lifts and elevators for passenger mobility across major sectors in India. All eyes are now set on business through the 2022 edition and as organisers, we are focused on ensuring a solid return, understanding well that the industry needs this platform more than ever for sector revival, strengthening collaborations and witnessing intelligent and interconnected building-systems technology.” Explaining the decision to shift dates, Mr Manek added: “Keeping in mind the current developments, we believe that rescheduling the show will create a healthy business environment while offering exhibitors additional time to plan with certainty, creating confidence for business. It is a difficult but responsible decision for the collective interest.”
Describing the organiser’s decision as timely and prudent, Mr Vincent Pinto, Sr Vice President – New Installation Business, Schindler India Pvt Ltd said: “Trying times call for prudent measures. We support the decision made by the IEEE team to defer the event dates in the interest of safety and adherence to the state guidelines. We advocate such safety conscious decision and are excited to participate in the upcoming September chapter.”
Also rallying for the new dates, Mr R Rajaraman, VP – Magnet Technology Machines, Bharat Bijlee Ltd also added: “We appreciate the decision to prioritise safety and business interests of the industry and are in complete support of the new dates. We do look forward to connecting with the industry in person in September 2022.”
Alongside the trade fair, the organisers will also host the renowned E2 Forum which put together along with L’Avenir Elevator Consultancy as the Knowledge Partner. The forum is expected to take up key topics targeting global and Indian elevator and escalator market scenario and latest trends, real estate and infrastructure industry: opportunities, challenges and solutions, latest safety codes and standards for escalator and elevator industry, modernisation in escalators and elevators in Indian market and use of elevators for emergency evacuation in high-rise buildings among others during its run alongside the fair.
The need to strengthen connections within the sector remains strong after the hiatus of pandemic-led disruptions, and as a key contributor in meeting business objectives and leading developments for the sector, India’s leading trade exhibition for elevators and escalators – IEE Expo is where the elevator industry, realty sector, developers and urban planners will converge under one roof. Mr Boman Irani, President, CREDAI-MCHI said: “While we have been looking forward to the physical trade show, we are in complete support of Messe Frankfurt India’s decision and believe that the new dates will provide a more conducive environment to network. The changes brought about by the pandemic have caused a major shift in passenger mobility – be it for high-rises or metros, railways, industrial or commercial establishments, and for our fraternity of real estate developers, it remains as one of the top priorities to visit IEE Expo and witness these developments live when the industry can come together.”
With a comprehensive safety concept under the ‘MFISafeConnect’ standards and state-of-the-art facilities of the new-age JIO World Convention Centre in Mumbai, the 2022 edition will re-unite the industry and present the latest passenger mobility developments for the ‘new normal’.