Index Fairs launched its 29th Edition with a ceremonial splendour

Jun 08, 2017


The 29th edition of Index Fairs occured at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Goregaon, Mumbai from June 8th – 11th, 2017. The key dignitaries present at the inaugural event were Arti Kirloskar, Patron of The Arts And Indian Craft Heritage, Pune; Ms Rosimar Suzano, Hon. Consul General of Brazil; Mr Soungeun Kim, Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Korea; Dr Nahid Rashid, Hon. Minister (Commercial) for Bangladesh; Mr Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, NAREDCO; Mr Rajan Bandelkar, Chairman Elect, NAREDCO; Mr Mukesh Mehta, Vic Chairman, NAREDCO; Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath Associates, Mumbai; Ar. Reza Kabul, Architect Reza Kabul, Mumbai, San Francisco; Mr. Dilip Dahanukar, Chairman, Dahanukar Foundation for the Arts, Mumbai; Mr. Kim, Kyewon, Chairman, Korea Federation of Furniture Industry Cooperatives, Seoul Korea; Mr. L A Khan, MD & Founder UMG Index Fairs, amidst among various other players of the industry.

 

inaugural session

 

The show featured 200 companies promoting over 2500 brands including presence from countries like Turkey, China, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. The fair aims to connect manufacturers and traders dealing in furniture and fittings, OEM white goods, accessories, lighting and a complete range of materials, kitchen, office and hardware for contract use, with architects, interior designers, and builders, project managers and consultants, procurement heads across the hospitality, corporate and government sectors.

 

People at the opening session

 

Index Fairs 2017 is supported by the industry as well as various professional associations such as All India Hardware Association (AIHA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI), and the national associations of Interior Designers and Architects (IIID). The Workspace 2017: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Offices, a roundtable conference saw eminent speakers such as Ar. Ninad Tipnis (JTCPL Designs), Ar. Swapnil Sawant (Worksphere Architects India Pvt. Ltd.), Ar. Kalhan Mattoo (Planet 3 Studios), Shitiz Limaye and other senior corporate procurement professionals speak about the issues of design and sustainability in the 21st Century workplaces on 9th June 2017.

Contract is a well-established focused section for the contract market. Index Interfurn is now an institution in itself being the largest trade platform and meeting point for the entire architectural and furniture hardware industry. The Index Design Boulevard and e! events at Index have come together at the Central Design Atrium. This year Index Fair showcased bamboo as a material in focus, carrying ahead the concept of the IFJ Special Edition on Bamboo. The Art Enclave, in association with Aura Art, showcased the work of artists and galleries across India with a display of fine art, sculpture and photography.

 

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