The international exhibition and conference on cold chain and logistics (India Cold Chain Show 2013) took place on September 12- 14, 2013 at Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre, Mumbai, India. India Cold Chain Show is an annual exhibition & conference beneficial for Cold Storage owners and users of cold storages and cold supply chain technologies offering comprehensive business, networking and learning opportunity. The exhibition was beneficial for professionals from pharmaceutical, dairy, retail, fruit and vegetable exporters, meat & poultry, food processing, cold logistics companies, horticulture and allied sectors.
The event saw participation from 105 exhibitors showcasing more than 240 brands including companies such as Danfoss, Kelvin Cold Chain, Gati Lausar and Jindal MecTec. Participating companies demonstrated various solutions related to cold storage value chain. Solutions such as Air Curtains, Heat Exchangers, Cold Chain, Packaging, Compressors Insulation Material PUF Panels Refrigerated Trucks and accessories were on display. Over 4000 participants from 20 countries attended the India Cold Chain Show.
As a focused cold chain technology event, ICCS has been bringing together users and service providers from all over the globe. The event has tremendously grown over the last couple of years. Since its debut as a pavilion during India Warehousing & Logistics Show in 2011 – the event has grown more than 200% in terms of number of participants, quality of exhibits, range of products at display and quality of buyers attending.
The 3rd India Cold Chain Show spread over 6,500 sqm will take place in Mumbai from 10th to 12th December 2014 at Bombay Exhibition Centre. ICCS 2014 will be dedicated to cold storage infrastructure, temperature controlling, IT solutions, material handling solutions for cold storages, cold chain and cold supply chain. This year the event will feature 200+ exhibitors representing over 350 technologies and solutions and a networking conference – India Cold Chain Summit, a two day conference on 10-11 December for knowledge share, networking and learning.
The 2014 edition will see technologies and solutions classified in to 3 broad segments – Cold Storage, Cold Transport and Cold Supply Chain. The focus is now given on bringing larger audience for each category. While each year the event is attended by a variety of users from all over the country and abroad, this new focused approach would ensure even wider audience at the event.
Size of the Cold Chain Market in India
The report, 'Opportunities in Cold Chain- emerging Trends and Market Challenges', released during the National Summit on Cold Chain held as a part of the show said though India produced 147 million tonnes of vegetables in 2011, the country has cold chain capacity available for only 9 million tonnes, leading to huge wastage. The location of cold storages in India is highly concentrated to a few states. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab, Gujarat are the hub of cold storages in India. Over 65 per cent of the cold storage capacity is confined to UP and WB only. On the other hand, majority of Indian states lack investments from government as well as private players. This has made presence of modern cold chain technology minimal in such parts of the country.
India is a agriculture based economy having a production of 63.5 million tons of fruits and 125 million tons of vegetables, every year along with being the largest producer of milk and meat & poultry. In addition to huge size of agro industry, the pharmaceuticals industry in India is the world’s third largest in terms of volume. Efficient cold chain network will contribute in preventing spoilage of almost 40% of its total agricultural production.
Indian cold chain industry will reach Rs 64000 crore by 2017 as per the report from Assocham. The, report, however, said that factors like uneven distribution of storage capacity and high capital investment may be deterrent for the growth of the industry.
As per the present day practice, the cold stores can be classified as follows:
- Bulk Cold Stores
- Multipurpose Cold Stores
- Small cold
- Frozen food stores
- Mini units / Walk-in cold stores
- Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Stores.
- Ripening chambers
Industry Challenges, Market Issues & Obstacles
In India, the Agri-supply chain is poorly integrated, posing challenges at each step. There are huge gaps in the system, both in terms of capacity and integration. Critical linkages like reefer transport and on farm infrastructure are almost non-existent. Despite the obvious need for improvement and new government initiatives to stimulate growth, private investment is in short supply due to lack of trained manpower, inadequate backward and forward supply chain linkages, optimization problems with reefer transport and concerns regarding financial viability of cold chain projects.
The Indian cold chain market is at a nascent stage, fragmented and unorganised. It caters to only 10% of the agricultural produce. Around 25-30% of fruits and vegetables get wasted due to lack of proper cold storage and transportation facilities.
The cold chain market in India is growing at 20-25% and is estimated to be INR 125 Billion by 2015. The market can be divided into two segments, surface storage which is expected to reach 350 Billion by 2015 and the refrigerated transport segment that is expected to reach INR 48 Billion by 2015. Growth is being witnessed in sectors such as organized retail, QSR (quick service restaurant), Fruits & Vegetable and pharmaceutical. There will be an increase in investments in the sector through Public private partnerships. With the government’s vision and importance given to the cold chain industry segment, the industry is undergoing a major transformation. This means there will be a lot of opportunities for firms involved in transportation, distribution and warehouse management to create a name for themselves in this growing market.
For more information, please visit event website www.IndiaColdChainShow.com