Chairman’s Pen


IESS VII is the biggest platform for the Indian exporters to widen their client base and develop their businesses across the globe as the largest Trade and Investment Show in South India. The VIIth IESS witnessed 14 sessions, more than 95 speakers, over 500 delegates from 100 nations, more than 300 Exhibitors and 10,000 business visitors. Subcontracting Expo, EEPC Mitra- Humanoid, Arjun Mark II Tank were the new attractions this year.

The three day show was inaugurated on March 8, 2018 by the Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister Mr. O Panneerselvam, and the Czech Republic‘s Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr. Tomas Huner, in the august presence of Thiru P. Benjamin, Hon’ble SME & Rural Industries Minister, Govt. of Tamil Nadu; Thiru M C Sampath, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and Ms Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary, Govt of India . A message from Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Commerce and Industry was read out at the inauguration. Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Rakesh Shah, Former Chairman and Chairman of the Committee on Publicity, Exhibition and Delegation, EEPC India and Mr. Bhaskar Sarkar joined the fanfare inaugural process with the beating of percussions!

The Support from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, MSME, DHI, Flanders (Belgium) as the Focus Region, Tamil Nadu as the Host State, UP and Haryana as the Partner States. West Bengal as the Focus State. ISB as the Knowledge Partner, DHL as the Logistics Partner made this edition very powerful! The country pavilions had a strong presence of Bangladesh, Korea, Taiwan, UAE and Uzbekistan, besides the Czech Republic and Belgium.

The 14 sessions included – Indo Czech Bilateral Forum, 5th JWG Meeting on Heavy Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing; Global Sourcing Meets by DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), US Based – Dover Corporation, Germany based Siemens.

Subcontracting Expo with Indian Defence PSUs and Indian PSUs saw presence of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Chennai Petrochemicals Corporation, Southern Railways, Integrated Coach Factory ( owned by Indian Railways), RINL (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam) – Vizag Steel, Indian Ordnance Factory, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Global Logistics Giant – DHL. There were three Tech Seminars: The seminar on R&D Ecosystem For Indian Industry – Challenges And Opportunities In Technology Transfer & Commercialization organized by EEPC India intended to raise awareness on R&D Industry ecosystem in India with focus on MSMEs; a session was organized to create greater awareness on Industry 4.0 and The third Tech session was with NRDC ( National Research Development Corporation) – an enterprise under DSIR, Union Ministry of Science & Technology where Technology Transfer Opportunities in Engineering Sciences. There were two MSME sessions: One on Competitiveness and Benefits of Credit Guarantee by ECGC and the other on IPR. There was a counselling session on Family Business by Knowledge Partner – ISB.

The Closing Ceremony saw distribution of Awards. The Best Designed Pavilion Awards – Under State Category was received by Tamil Nadu and Haryana ; Under Overseas Exhibitors – The Czech Republic and Korea; Under Indian Public Sector- DRDO and Indian Companies Greaves Cotton won as Large Enterprise and Atlas Machine Tools & Electronica Mechatronic Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd won it under Small Enterprise Category.

4 MOUs were signed: 3 MOUs were signed by EEPC India: One with Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic (“AMSP”); second with NID ( National Institute of Design) and Third with MSME Department of Tamil Nadu Government for organising IESS VIII in Chennai. The Fourth one was between Czech company Chemoprojekt and Indian company Accuspeed Engineering Services India Limited.

Based on the feedback of 185 out of the over 300 Exhibitors, 6575 new contacts were made , 52 agents were appointed and order of worth USD 17,250 were generated.26% of the respondents found the Business Visitors excellent and 27% rated Business Deals very satisfactory and they look forward to IESS VIII over 14-16 March 2019 in Chennai.

See you on the 14th of March next year!

Mr. Ravi Sehgal, Chairman,
EEPC India