FEB 13,14,15 2019 | BIEC, MUMBAI
CTW 2019 – A REPORT
• Over 9000 visitors from all parts of India
• Trade visitors from over 22 countries
• Over 200 exhibitors
• Exhibition area of 11,500sqm
• More than 50 new products launched
• Over 400 product brands showcased
• 22 live product demonstrations
• Visitors from across sectors
• Buyer-seller conversations
• High-level Networking
• Many deals concluded
• Six highly specialized Conferences over 3 days
• Houseful audiences
INAUGURATION: GMR Group Facilities Head Sunil Ralph along with COO-IFM, JLL, Rajat Malhotra; Global Head-IFM, Tenon Facility Management- India, Angad Rajain; National Head-Housekeeping, PVR Ltd, Asha Patania; VIS-Chairman Jayaraman Nair; VIS-MD JP Nair; VIS-Editor-in-Chief Mangala Chandran and others
The registration counters opened to visitors at 10am every morning, but visitors queued up well in advance. Long lines at the counter were a daily sight, and our spot registrations never had a moment of respite.
Old contacts were renewed, many new acquaintances made and an untold number of conversations were converted into contracts. Visitors from facility management companies, as well as individual customers from the healthcare, hospitality, railway and other industries hopped from stall to stall, looking for and finding solutions to their very specific problems. Every hour, parts of the Expo area would come to a standstill for a few minutes, as visitors gathered to witness live demonstrations of path-breaking products that are set to revolutionize the market.
By the end of each day, some machines proudly sported a sticker announcing that they’d been purchased at the expo itself. And when the whistle blew at 6pm for the gates to shut, visitors had to be requested by security personnel to leave. Such was their enthusiasm to know more about the latest in the cleaning technology. But they came back the next day, and we hope to see them again next year.
Recognising the importance of safely processing the tremendous amount of waste generated by India’s booming economy, one-and-half days were devoted to a high-level conference where reputed academicians, public sector officials and leaders of the waste management industry came together to share their knowledge about the latest advancements made in this sector. The delegates all presented their views on a central theme — how can we create a circular economy that will in turn create a sustainable environment?
A significant part of the two-day – summit was dedicated to examining how waste — instead of being discarded haphazardly – can actually be used to generate, fulfilling the twin goals of protecting the environment as adding to India’s energy capacity. Researchers presented case studies on how Indian cities are using smart solutions to solve their waste problems.
Among our reputed speakers were Dr. AD Sawant, former Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai and Jaipur Universities, Dr. AC Bourtsalas of Columbia University, New York, and Arun Sawant, Director-WTERT India.
Founder of the World Toilet Organisation Jack Sim conducted a Special Session on Sanitation, where he led the discussion on how India can achieve its goal of providing every home with its own toilet, and make the entire nation open defecation-free.