Networking and beyond

Networking and beyond

The Indian editions of CPhI, P-MEC and ICSE promise an in depth look at the technological expertise of the Indian pharma industry. M Gandhi, Managing Director, UBM India gives more details to Viveka Roychowdhury

CMP India (UBM India) is organising the CPhI India 2007 trade fair from November 25 to 27, 2007 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. In its second year in India, the trade show claims to provide an ideal networking opportunity to pharma professionals and industry representatives. This year, CMP will also host Pharmaceutical Machinery and Equipment Convention (P-MEC) and International Contract Services Expo (ICSE) shows along with CPhI India at the same venue. Bringing these two segments together at the CPhI India venue was a strategic decision and the organisers are confident that it will benefit the industry. M Gandhi, Managing Director, UBM India gives more details …

What has been the response to the second edition of CPhI India ?

The second edition is showing a growth of almost 50 percent in terms of area, which is proving to be another milestone in the pharma exhibition industry. Four weeks before the show, we have a total of 4,652 pre-registered visitors, from 92 countries; 50 percent are from outside India, which is 60 percent more than last year. The area for this show is spread over 18,000 square metres with over 350 exhibitors from over 18 countries. There are official country pavilions from Korea and China.

Any trends visible in terms of any special category of exhibitors, who have showed more interest this year?

The trend this year is focusing more on outsourcing and rapid technological advancement in India, which is competing with the global standards. This also shows many tie-ups/joint ventures with overseas manufacturers for technology transfers and production capabilities in India.

What has been the response to the debut editions of P-MEC and ICSE Expo India?

This show hopefully is the most successful launch of any show in the pharma machinery and equipment segment in India. It has a spread of 23,000 square metres of gross space with over 210 exhibitors from nine countries.

What is the target audience for CMP’s Worldwide events (like the recently concluded CPhI/ P-Mec/ ICSE event) and where do the country specific events fit into the global CMP strategy?

The country specific events focus attention on individual countries/regions and goes one step beyond the networking done at the international event. At the country specific events, foreign companies arrange plant visits and conduct due diligence on the contacts made at the international event. The second difference between the CPhI India event is that at Milan, P-MEC Worldwide took up just ten percent of the total CPhI exhibition space, whereas P-MEC India accounts for almost 50 percent of the CPhI India space. This reflects India’s strong technological skills. The exhibition will bring the latest technology to India and will also show how India’s technological advantage can be used across the industry.