More than 150 Indian exhibitors join Hannover Fair

February 4th, 2009 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 3 (IANS) More than 150 Indian exhibitors would participate in the Hannover Fair, the world’s leading showcase for industrial technology, to be held in the north German city Aril 20-24.Senior Vice-President of Deutsche Messe (fair), Wolfgang Pech told the media here Tuesday that the Indian representation would include around 50-60 companies taking part under the umbrella of the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC).

West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, the state’s premier investment promotion agency, is one of the participants, along with 15 other companies from the state.

However, Pech could not give the names, saying discussions were on.

Korea would be the partner country in the fair which has energy efficiency as the keynote theme and industrial automation as the focus area.

More than 6,000 exhibitors from 65 countries would be present to display their products, he said.

However, Pech admitted that the fair authorities were feeling the impact of recession.

“Some companies have taken less space, some are spending less money. And then there are some companies who are staying away due to serious difficulty,” he said.

“But still we are getting about 6,000 exhibitors, which is more than the 5,500 companies we got last time,” Pech said.

The official claimed that the fair offered an ideal opportunity to tap new export markets and forge tie-ups in the present difficult times.

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