India Chem 2006

Nandini PatwardhanMumbai

‘United we stand’, seems to be the maxim that is close to the heart of various industry bodies and the government. The India Chem 2006 is an international exhibition and Conference on chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, process plant machinery and control automation systems. This exhibition is expected to attract delegates from the world over to showcase their innovation and R&D capabilities, with a view to generate business opportunities.

The event will be organised by the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The exhibition will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from November 8 to 10, 2006. Yet there is nothing local about the event. Italy is the proposed partner country, Japan the guest country, Germany the focus country and Gujarat is the partner state.

This India Chem 2006 exhibition and conference was inaugurated at a glittering opening ceremony in Mumbai and was attended by members of the industry and government. Addressing the gathering, the Honourable Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel, Ram Vilas Paswan said that India Chem has carved a unique place among the industrial promotional events in the country. He also opined that the event provided an opportunity for the delegates from across the world to showcase and exchange knowledge, technology and latest developments in the chemicals and the allied sectors.

Rana Patil, Minister of State, Industries, took the opportunity to inform the industry about various steps being undertaken by the Maharashtra Government to make this event a huge success. Dr Vittorio Mecozzi, Trade Commissioner, Italy, who also addressed the occasion, reiterated the point of creating symbiotic relationships between Indian and Italian businesses through platforms like these.

Sushil Kumar Jiwarajka, Chairman, Western Regional Council, FICCI, highlighted that India Chem is a biannual event department, and a composite show which focuses on chemical and petrochemical sectors. He also recognised the unstinting support of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), Indian Chemical Council (ICC) and Chemexil. The event followed with the speech of Satish Waugh, Chairman of Chemexil, who talked about how the pharma industry has progressed and also recognised the role played by FICCI to upgrade and promote pharma industry. The pharma industry was well represented by experts like D G Shah, S R Vaidya, D B Mody, B N Singh, Suresh Kare to name a few. Shah said that India Chem has shaped up like a unique example of a public-private partnership programme, wherein the government has been extremely supportive of the initiative. “FICCI has found a partner to promote the event and the Indian industry to various countries in Ram Vilas Paswanji,” he said.