Blessed with a vast plantation sector, copious indigenous availability of basic raw material, most modern technological know-how, vast pool of educated workforce, large rubber products and tyre manufacturing sectors that can vie with the best in the world, the over a century old Indian rubber industry is rapidly emerging as a major force to reckon within the global industry. Against this backdrop, the 9th edition of India Rubber Expo (IRE), the largest in Asia, staged again in Chennai, the country’s most flourishing automotive hub, assumes significance.

Asia’s jumbo rubber show is on. The 9th edition of India Rubber Expo, the premier international rubber event showcasing India’s rubber power to the world, is back in the south Indian metropolis of Chennai for a second time. Once again, this grand rubber show provides a great a global platform for the rubber industry players across the world, especially those hailing from the most happening Asian region, to come together, interact and exchange their ideas, display their most innovative products and services to the visitors. Major overseas rubber industry players and experts from Japan, China, Malaysia, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and the US will converge at Chennai during the event, meet face to face with their Indian counterparts and discuss emerging market scenarios, technologies, alliances and other industry-related issues and explore opportunities to work together.
It is also a venue for the Indian players to get to know and imbibe the latest technological trends and happenings taking place in rubber world and make improvements in their own processes. IRE 2017 is particularly relevant in Asia where growth rates for the rubber markets are expected to be higher than any other region in the coming years. IRE is a clear indicator of India’s own position which is currently the fastest growing economy in the world pushing back China to the second slot.
India Rubber Expo, organized by the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), is the brain-child of late Anil Sampat, the vibrant AIRIA leader. For the first time in IRE’s history, the show is going to miss him badly.
Says Kamal K Chowdhury, President of the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA): “India Rubber Expo 2017 is all set to be a progressively bigger and better show than the previous ones with three tiers – Exhibition, Workshops and Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet.”
Observes K.T. Thomas, Chairman, Organising Committee, IRE 2017: “India Rubber Expo which had its debut in 2001 is now Asia’s largest rubber expo and one of the most anticipated events in the Internat-ional Rubber Industry. Now into its ninth edition, the Expo held at the Chennai Trade Centre,continues to provide a valuable platform for growth, exchange and collaboration.”
According to Vinod T. Simon, Chief Convenor of the show: “IRE 2017 offers a true platform where the success and growth of the Indian Rubber Industry and its contribution to global markets will be showcased to the rest of the world.” More than a decade since its inception, India Rubber Expo has grown literally from a mere 3,000 square meters in 2001 to a whopping 25,000 square meters in 2017. Since its debut in 2001, IRE has grown big to be one of the most anticipated events in the rubber industry today.

Tremendous response

As already stated, IRE 2017 in Chennai is spread over a sprawling 25,000-square meter area where around 400 participating companies from India and around the world display their products
and services to more than 30,000 quality visitors.
IRE 2017 is a must-attend event for everyone working in the rubber industry/rubber science field. Large areas for Country Pavilions have been blocked for China, Germany, USA and a number of companies from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Taiwan, etc. are participating as exhibitors, delegates and visitors, say the organisers. They are confident that the expo will offer an ideal opportunity to meet visitors from a wide cross-section of the rubber industry, engage in networking within the industry, promote latest products, services and technology, reinforce existing business relationships & customer loyalty, accelerate the buying process by resolving queries face to face, increase business portfolio with local and international contacts and consolidate participating firms’ position and up their industry profile rating.

Impressive exhibitors’ line-up

The show has an impressive line-up of exhibitors from India and abroad including manufacturers of: Automotive Tyres& Tubes, Finished Rubber Products, Rubber Chemicals, Additives & Raw Materials, Rubber Machinery and Testing Equipment, Rubber Testing & Equipment, Conveyors, Transmission & V-Belts, Rubber Canvases, Footwear, Molded / Extruded Rubber Goods, Rubber Recycle & Reclaim Products, Rubber Compounding & Mixing, Surgical Products, Raw Materials, Retreading Materials, Rubber Profiles, Rubber Hoses, Cots and Aprons, Sheeting & Sports Goods.
Visitors include people in large numbers from Rubber Products and Allied Rubber Industries, Aerospace, Automotive, Auto component, the Defence, the Railway, Mining, Chemicals, Household, Medical, Material handling, Safety Equipment, Footwear, Leather, Pharmaceutical & Surgical Industries, Sports, Cement and Water Treatment.

Rewarding sideline events

IRE will host nine full and half-day Technical Workshops on Polymer Technology, Tool Engineering, Production Process and Latex. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Certificate Course on Testing will be held for the first time in India at this expo.
A domestic reverse buyer-seller meet will also be held where close to 30 buyers from industries like Automotive, Defence, Aerospace, Medical and Surgical, Engineering and Tools, Oil and Gas, Leather and Sports are expected, says Vinod Simon. To support small and medium-scale enterprises, a separate pavilion, which can be availed at quarter of the cost, has been set aside to accommodate 100 SMEs, according to him.
The half / full day workshops that run concurrently with the Expo have been designed to have a perfect blend of Polymer Technology, Tool Engineering, Production Process and Latex. The workshops will feature eminent international speakers including John S. Dick, Dr Hans-Joachim Graf, Van Walworth, Dr Hamid Ahmadi, Aji M.N. etc. The Workshops will cover a range of topics connected with the rubber industry and will be a source for industry-related information and knowledge.
The Special workshops, to be conducted for the first time in India by ACS, Akron, USA, is expected to provide an intensive overview of rubber compounding for product performance. Topics of the special workshops include: The Science and Art of Mixing, Principles of Good Rubber Compounding, Influence of Compound Ingredients on Moulding, Fouling, Applications of Rubber for Vibration and Seismic Control, Understanding Raw Materials, Building Blocks for Rubber Compounding (ACS Certificate Course), Vacuum Mould Design & Process Requirements for Rubber Compression Transfer Moulding, Rubber Technology and Testing for Achieving Product Performance (ACS – RD Certificate Course).

The venue

Chennai Trade Centre, close to Chennai International Airport, is a mammoth trade fair facility, most architecturally and technically designed to be a “state-of-the-art” Exhibition Complex. It has fully air-conditioned halls, with no intermittent pillars or columns, a 2,000-seat auditorium, parking space for over 2,000 cars, VIP lounge, banquet hall, a business centre, storage and warehouse facilities and restaurants.
The Centre has hosted a series of major national and international exhibitions, conferences, conventions and other trade, commerce and industry-related events over the last three decades. The halls are inter-linked, connected and meet international standards.

Chennai, the host city

The Gateway to the South of India, Chennai is one of India’s oldest cities and the Capital of Tamil Nadu. Situated along the Coromandel Coast, Chennai, India’s fourth largest metropolis, has retained its traditional roots while acquiring a modern and cosmopolitan character. Spread over an area of 200 square kilo-meters, Chennai is well connected via air, road and rail to all major cities in India and abroad. The city is home to a wide range of luxury hotels, shopping destinations and multinational companies. Chennai is also known for its sandy beaches, parks and historic landmarks. The city’s Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world.
A rapidly developing metropolis, Chennai can boast of a diversified economic base mainly centred on its Automobile, Financial and Software services, Healthcare and Manufacturing Industries. Also India’s Automobile hub, Chennai has a whopping 30% of India’s automotive industry and 35% of India’s auto components industry based in it. No wonder, it is called the “Detroit of South Asia.”