A Saj Mathews:

India Rubber Expo, Asia’s largest rubber rubber show, is back in Mumbai which is its nativity. It Debuted in 2001, it has today grown to be one of the most anticipated events in the global rubber industry calendar. The 10th edition of the event, to be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, will showcase the might of the Indian rubber industry as well as provide an ideal opportunity for exchanging and networking for a sustainable growth tomorrow.
In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia, Vishnu Bhimrajka, Chief Convener of IRE 2019 is quite upbeat about the event and expresses his confidence that the event is going to make a difference, and will be a milestone in taking the Indian industry forward to greater heights. EXCERPTS:

IRE is currently Asia’s largest rubber expo and one of the most awaited global rubber events. Its heartening that the event is back in Mumbai its birthplace. The IRE offers a unique opportunity for the Indian companies to meet and collaborate with overseas companies. Please tell us the highlights of the event and how it is going to be different from the previous editions?
IRE is today rated as one among the five major rubber expos in the world. An integral part of the thriving global rubber industry, the IRE is a clear indicator of India’s own position as the second fastest growing economy in the world. More than a decade since its inception, IRE has grown from a mere 3,000 sq. mts. in 2001 to a whopping 26,000 sq. mts. In 2019. With the best minds of the rubber industry meeting under one roof, there’s reason enough to be a part of it. In fact, we could manage to ensure an enlarged participation of the entire spectrum of the rubber industry, both upstream and down stream, including raw materials (NR and SR), rubber products, rubber machinery, dyes and moulds, testing equipment, production processes, rubber medical devices, R&D, innovations and many more.
In brief, the following are the advantages of a being part of IRE 2019:

  • Meet visitors from a wide cross-section of the rubber industry within India and globally.
  •  Opportunity to introduce new products, programs, technology and product lines.
  •  Promote the latest products, services and technology.
  •  Reinforce existing business relationships and customer loyalty.
  • Accelerate the buying process by resolving queries face to face.
  • Consolidate your position and up your industry profile rating.
  •  Increase your business portfolio with local and international contacts.
  • Networking within the industry decision makers, current clients who are looking forward to seeing you there and potential clients/customers – the people you want to meet and support sales efforts with direct, personal on-the-floor contact.

According to you, how will the event help boost the highly potential Indian rubber industry especially in the light of challenges like the raw materials price volatility, growing imports to the disadvantage of the domestic NR industry, spiralling labour cost and lack of Government patronage to give a helping hand to the industry in difficult times?

I don’t think that there is any reason to complain about the price volatility and lack of opportunities. It’s a problem with the mindset. Survival depends on changing the mindset and make the best out of the worst situation and there is no lack of opportunities. India with 1.34 billion people, i.e. 18% of the world’s population, is unstoppable. Just a year back India leaped to be the sixth largest economy in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The countries ahead of India are well-developed countries like the United States, China, Japan, Germany and France. It is estimated that the Indian economy will double to $5 trillion by 2024 and the leap will take India ahead of China by the middle of the 21st Century.
With India emerging as the world’s largest economy, it is the 2nd largest natural rubber consumer in the world, just behind China. It is on the trail to invest in infrastructure, transportation, sanitation, Clean India, Digital India, tourism etc. Rubber is in enormous demand as it is the raw material integral for many different industries. Application of rubber spans diverse purposes — from company rubber stamps to manufacturing of tyres, tubes and a large number of industrial products. Initiatives such as Stand Up India, Start Up India, Skill India and Make in India indicates the bright future that is ahead.
India Rubber Expo (IRE) 2019 is a great conclave to bring industry geniuses together to empower each other, to learn from each other, to stand together, to be stronger together. It’s a confluence of the industry’s best minds, a perfect forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, regulatory reforms and emerging scientific technologies, as well as learning, networking, catching up with current customers and making new ones.

What is there for exhibitors in IRE 2019?

If you check the exhibitors profile, you could find one of the widest range of products that include finished rubber goods, additives and raw materials, rubber testing and equipments, conveyors, rubber canvases, footwear, surgical products, rubber compounding and mixing, retreading material, rubber profiles, rubber hose, cots and aprons. The industry sectors that include automotive accessories, chemicals, industrial engineering and a lot more.
Moreover the event is packed with a lot of value added conferences, seminars and workshops which are certain to help explore opportunities in the rubber industry, both at home and abroad, connect with product and industrial exhibitors from the Rubber Industry, experience unrivalled networking opportunities within the rubber sector, keep abreast with the latest international trends and innovations in the rubber Industry, meet visitors from a wide cross-section of the rubber industry,
reinforce existing business relationships & customer loyalty, accelerate the buying process by resolving queries face to face and consolidate your position and enhance your industry profile rating

Please provide us a brief about the International conference, spakers profile etc.

Some of the confirmed speakers are: Brady Hultman, (Lord Corporation) Application Engineer, LORD LokReleaseTM 800 – Adhesive Stripping Solution, Dr. Hitesh Fruitwala / Subheesh PV
Executive Manager / Manager Application Technology, Innovation with Santoprene TM TPV (ExxonMobil Company India Pvt. Ltd), Dr. Kamyar Alavi, Sr. Technical Advisor Naphthenics – Type Industry, Formulation Flexibility in Compound Design with Naphthenics Rubber Process Oils. (Nynas Naphthenics Pvt. Ltd), Dr. Andreas Kaiser (ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH), Technical Manager – Technical Service and Application Development, New Mobility Concepts and Rubber – Thermally Conductive Materials as an example and Sumit Grover (The Chemours Compan), Business Manager – Fluoropolymers, New developments in Viton Fluoropolymers.
We also have confirmations of speakers from Ashok Leyland, The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), Apcotex, Big Bhimrajka Impex Group, International Rubber Study Group, Indian Railways etc.

Also, could you tell us about the IRE 2019 workshops and buyer reverse buyer seller meets?

The IRE 2019 workshops are conceived to give an opportunity for the participants to have a touch base with industry game changers from across the world, get tuned into the emerging trends of the rubber industry and be future-ready, strengthen the business roots with knowledge sessions from the industry thought leaders, be a pro in rubber manufacturing processes with inputs from the industry experts and explore opportunities in Rubber Exports and Trade.
Some of those who are leading the workshops are Dr. Samir Majumdar, Technical Consultant; Dr. K. Rajkumar, Director, IRMRA (Thane); MS. Suchismita Sahoo, Asst. Director, Customer Service Cell, Marketing and Business Development – IRMRA (Thane); Niteesh K. Shukla, Asst. Director and Centre Head, IRMRA (Sri City) and Setu Madhavan, Assistant Director, Third Party Inspection Services IRMRA (Thane); Bireswar Banerjee, Professor at RTC, IIT, Kharghar,

A major highlight of IRE 2019 is the reverse buyer seller meets, could please elaborate?

The Domestic Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet we have planned has the objective of connecting to OEMs and Government bodies on a one-to-one basis, boost one’s rubber business potential by meeting high-profile decision makers, interact directly with the right people in the Indian Railways, DRDO, ISRO, Navy, Aerospace, Defence, Automobile and a host of globally recognised Indian companies and MNCs
Meanwhile, the International Reverse Buyer seller meet is expected to be the biggest meeting place for Global Buyers keen to source rubber products, solutions and technologies from India. This is meant to be a platform for interaction between the Indian entrepreneurs within India and rest of the world. We plan to bring 100+ renowned Global Buyers to source their product requirements from India.
AIRIA is pleased to offer Hosted Buyer Packages to qualified buyers from Africa, ASEAN, LATAM , CIS, SAARC, the Middle East and the rest of the world who are interested in product sourcing from India.
All approved hosted foreign buyers will be eligible for Pre-Planned 1-to-1 meetings with the Indian Sellers at the event, complimentary to-and-from economy class air-ticket from the nearest international airport in their country to Mumbai, India, complimentary 3-night stay at a 5 star hotel in Mumbai for attending the event, complimentary Coach Transfers from Hotel Venue Hotel to attend the event and a lot of related services.

One last question; What according to you is the city of Mumbai’s edge in hosting this prestigious event once again?

Mumbai can genuinely be proud of having one of the best infrastructure and allied facilities to conduct a conference of this scale. In terms of airports, seaports and rail terminals, local mobility, world-class accommodation and the best cuisines from across the globe etc., Mumbai is on a par with any other international metropolises to host such a big event and we are delighted that the event is back in Mumbai, its birthplace.