ELECRAMA-2014, the 11th edition of IEEMA’s premier flagship event and the world’s largest exposition of electrical transmission and distribution equipment, organised from 8th to 12th January 2014 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), was a resounding success beating all previous records
As in the past, ELECRAMA-2014 proved yet again to be an unparalleled showcase of products and technology and more than delivered on its promise of being the greatest electrical equipment industry spectacle in the world.
Spread over six halls, having a gross area in excess of 70,000 Sqm, ELECRAMA-2014 hosted 805 exhibitors from India and 165 from 25 countries and provided globally comparable event experience and ambience at India’s leading world-class BIEC exhibition centre in Bangalore.
As the world’s largest confluence of the power transmission and distribution community, ELECRAMA-2014 showcased products and technology through the entire voltage spectrum, from 220 V to 1200 kV, conforming to global standards and specifications.
ELECRAMA-2014 received an overwhelming response and attracted record number of visitors from the global electrical industry fraternity, including key decision and policy makers, regulators, officials of power utilities, representatives of funding agencies, technical specialists and consultants, electrical equipment buyers, engineering project contractors and members of the academic community from India and abroad. The quality of visitors as per exhibitor feedback was also better.
ELECRAMA-2014 was supported by the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
For the first time ELECRAMA received state level support. The Government of Karnataka agreed to be the Host State and extend unstinted support. Further BESCOM was the Distribution Utility Partner and KPTCL was the Transmission Utility Partner. KREDL the state renewable energy department also supported the Event.
This time around for ELECRAMA-2014 internationally renowned industry leaders agreed to be the Brand Ambassadors and included Mr. GregoirePoux-Guillaume, President, Alstom Grid; Mr. Jean Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric SA; Mr. Tony M. Gatt, President, Energy Division; and Mr. R N Nayak, CMD of Powergrid Corporation of India.
ELECRAMA-2014 had a unique theme of ‘Go Global’ and the objective was to showcase to the world the strengths and capabilities of Indian manufacturers and the global competitiveness of electrical equipment manufactured in India “right technology at the right price”. It provided a platform to promote the “Made-in-India” brand to a global audience.
Representatives of 50+ Indian Central and State power utilities, including over 45 chairmen, managing directors and directors, visited the exhibition and were exposed to the latest products and technology on display. Procurement officials of power utilities from across the world visited the exhibition to get a first-hand view of the wide array of electrical equipment manufactured in India.
Inauguration, 8th January 2014
ELECRAMA-2014 was inaugurated by Shri. Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka on 8th January 2014, Shri. D K Shiva Kumar, Energy Minister of Karnataka; Shri.DevendraChaudhry, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India; amongst others were also present. In his inaugural address, Shri.Siddaramaiah, called on the Indian electrical equipment industry to play a vital role in improving the country’s power infrastructure and asked the manufacturers to rapidly absorb new technologies to meet the evolving global standards for efficiency and sustainability.
Shri Shiva Kumar conveyed the happiness of the State Government to partner with ELECRAMA-2014 as Karnataka continued to be in the forefront of the country’s industrialisation. Shri.Chaudhry highlighted that India was on the threshold of a major power revolution and would add 100 GW of power generation capacity in the 12th Plan period, one of the biggest additions of power capacities in the world.
ELECRAMA also played host to a number of technical and commercial interactions through its finely planned portfolio of concurrent events and top notch quality of global technical conferences.
CEO Summit, 8th January 2014
On the evening of 8th January 2014, the third IEEMA CEO Summit was organised concurrently with ELECRAMA-2014, on the theme ‘The Power Situation in Karnataka and the State’s Plan to Support Industry with Power’. Eminent Panelists for the event were Shri. D K Shiva Kumar, Energy Minister of Karnataka; and Shri. Kaushik Mukherjee, Chief Secretary of Karnataka.
Shri. Shiva Kumar highlighted the fact that Karnataka was attracting investments in a big way for industrial projects over the years and the state was at the forefront of industrialisation in the country. He promised to help industry to sort out all issues pertaining to water, land, environment, etc. in a speedy manner.
Shri. Mukherjee stressed on the need to concentrate on solar energy generation and expressed optimism on the potential of India to become the solar energy leader of the world. The evening was attended by around 200 CEO/MDs. The panel discussion was conducted by Ms. Mini Menon of Bloomberg TV, followed by a short entertainment programme featuring internally renowned artists like Grammy Award winning percussionist Mr. BickramGhosh and globally acclaimed keyboardist Mr. Stephen Devassy. In step with the music, Ms. AsmaMenon painted a beautiful painting inspired by the music.
International T&D Conclave, 9th January 2014
For the first time IEEMA organised an International T&D Conclave at ELECRAMA-2014 on 9th January 2014 to present global business opportunities to the tune of USD 30 billion to the participants from the Indian T&D equipment industry.
Mr. Subramaniam V Iyer, Director, Department of Sustainable Energy, The World Bank spoke about the Bank lending USD 8 billion globally to entities producing and transmitting power, including India. Estimates put the need for incremental global investments of USD 100 billion for power (including renewable sources), where the share of T&D equipment and services is expected to be around 20-25%, indicating a remarkable growth opportunity for Indian T&D players. He further mentioned that as per estimates of International Energy Agency (IEA), demand for energy is expected to grow exponentially but the transmission and distribution losses will also grow unless T&D equipment makers improve their efficiency.
Other speakers at the Conclave were Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power, Government of Nigeria; Mr. Ghani Mahmood, DG of Ministry of Electricity, Government of Iraq; and Mr. Derek Lickorish, Member, UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change. Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Managing Director of MSEDCL was the Chief Guest at the Conclave attended by over 200 participants.
CIGRE Technical Sessions, 9th January 2014
For the second time, presentations by globally eminent CIGRE Experts were organised by IEEMA and CIGRE India to share recent technological advancements in the power systems concurrently with ELECRAMA-2014 on 9th January 2014. Mr. N. Murugesan, DG, CPRI, inaugurated the Sessions.
The Sessions encompassed knowledge sharing on high voltage equipment, overhead lines, sub-stations, HVDC and power electronics and distribution systems & dispersed generation. Speakers included Mr. Hiroki Ito (Chairman A3), Mr. Herbert Lugschitz (Secretary B2), Mr. Terry Krieg (Chairman B3), Dr. Bjarne Andersen (Chairman B4) and Mr. Nikos Hatziargyriou (Chairman C6). Over 150 engineers attended the sessions.
ChangeXchange 2014 – 2nd Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet (RBSM), 9th & 10th January 2014
ChangeXchange 2014 - 2nd Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet (RBSM), organised concurrently with ELECRAMA-2014 was a resounding success, with 6,000+ meetings done by foreign buyers spread over 9th and 10th January 2014. Indian Sellers (ELECRAMA-2014 exhibitors) expressed a great deal of satisfaction over business conducted at the RBSM resulting in an estimated business generation of over USD 150 million.
The RBSM was organised with support from the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, under the Market Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme. ChangeXchange 2014 was much bigger and power-packed than the first edition and was attended by 400+ buyers from 42 countries of Africa, ASEAN, Latin America, SAARC and Iran.
The business buzz was evident at the event and each foreign buyer did an average of 15 meetings per business session. Open only to the 800+ Indian manufacturers of electrical equipment showcasing their products and technology at ELECRAMA-2014, the flow of meetings was smooth and all major buyer cabins saw sellers patiently waiting for their turns.
Power utility companies were the top draws and key attendees included The National Water and Electricity Company of Gambia, Central Electricity Board of Mauritius, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd., Rural Electrification Board of Bangladesh, SBEE Benin, Kenya Power Lighting Company, Kenya Rural Electrification Authority, Electricity of Mozambique EDM, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Electricity Vietnam, ZESCO Zambia, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Hydrochile, etc. Procurement representatives of leading electrical equipment MNC companies were also present at the event to explore sourcing opportunities from Indian suppliers.
Seminar on New Generation High Performance Conductor, 10th January 2014
For over a hundred years, electricity has been traditionally delivered using bare overhead conductors such as ACSR and AAAC. However, industry today is in a flux of changes, resulting in shifting to next generation of conductor technology, that is High Performance Conductor (Low Loss and High Temperature Low Sag Capabilities).
To showcase the next generation conductor technology to the users, a Seminar was organised on 10th January 2014 concurrently with ELECRAMA-2014 giving insight to the participants to understand in detail about the types of HPC and their benefits, stringing techniques, types of hardware used, etc. Speakers included Mr. S K Negi, MD GETCO; Mr. Mataprasad, renowned technocrat; Mr. Surender Kumar, PGCIL; Mr. Ajay Bhardwaj, Sterlite Grid; and Mr. ShubhranshuPattanaik, Deloitte. The Seminar was attended by 175+ participants from various power utilities across India.
TRAFOTECH 2014, 10th and 11th January 2014
TRAFOTECH 2014, the 9th International Conference on Transformers was held on 10th and 11th January 2014 concurrently with ELECRAMA-2014, with the theme ‘Transformers for Smart Grid’. Mr. B.N. Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session and addressed the more than 500 delegates. Mr. Sharma, in his inaugural address, stated that the government would soon launch a national smart grid mission and monitor the implementation of policies and programmes envisioned in the smart grid road map for the power sector, which would help in finding solutions for some of the daunting challenges being faced. Other dignitaries at the session included, amongst others, Mr. G Kumar Naik, MD, KPTCL; Mr. S.K. Negi, MD, GETCO; Mr. N. Murugesan, DG, CPRI.
There were six technical sessions on - Transformer Applications for Smart Grid; Transformer Efficiency; Reliability through Materials, Accessories and Processing; Sustainability Issues for Transformers; Towards Maintenance Free Transformers; and Fail Safe Transformers. In all 54 papers including 21 from overseas were presented over the two days of the Conference.
Three keynote addresses were delivered by eminent international experts - Mr. Thomas Fogelberg, ABB power Technologies, Sweden on ‘Transformer Losses - European Commission Regulations and European Standards”; Mr. Thomas Lazarz, CG Power, Belgium on ‘Transformers for a Smart Grid’; Dr. Rajamani, Chief Consultant- Reliance Infrastructure Ltd., India on ‘Functional Features of Transformer - Expectations from User Perspective’.
Engineer Infinite 2014 and Innovation Day, 11th January 2014
ELECRAMA believes in the power of the future, more so in the power of the youth and the student, and the Engineer Infinite initiative is geared towards unleashing the creative potential of this powerful youth, for the benefit of this country, and for the world itself. Engineer Infinite 2014 included recent trends in the subjects related to electrical energy sector, IT and computer science branches along with the traditional ‘electro technology’ branches. It received an overwhelming response and widespread participation from all over the country with more than 1,800 entries + a highly filtered 74 were selected for final display and demonstration during ELECRAMA-2014.
Presentations were made by Mr. D. Patil, Chief Technical Officer, Crompton Greaves Ltd.; and Mr. G Testi, Chief Technical Officer, ABB Ltd.; at the Innovation Day on 11th January 2014, which was attended, apart from others by the student exhibitors at Engineer Infinite – 2014 Student Project Competition.
Innovation Day witnessed a lively panel discussion on the theme of ‘Future of Electricity – Technology, Energy Security and Empowerment’ with distinguished panelists including Mr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Managing Director, BESCOM; Mr. Tarun Vijay, Member of Parliament; Mr. Anil Swarup, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India; Mr. Mustafa Wajid, CEO, Meher Energy Ventures; and Dr. V K Aatre, Former Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister.
The Innovation Day event ended with the prize distribution for the Best Student Projects of Engineer Infinite 2014 competition. A Jury of eminent persons from diverse engineering backgrounds did a thorough evaluation of the projects on display and decided the winners.
Awards to Exhibitors at a special Function at The Exhibitors Nite- JOSH 2014
IEEMA awards the efforts and entrepreneurship of the exhibitors who participate in the show. The exhibitors participated under different categories with different space allotments for the Best Stall and Best Product categories. The Jury was selected based on their strong technical expertise and long industry experience.
About 75 entries were received for the Best Product category and the assessment was made based on parameters like innovation, usability of product in long run, energy saving criteria, etc.
The following products were chosen as the winners for Best Product under various categories
1. Overall Product developed by an Indian or Foreign Exhibitor: Omicron Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. for CIBANO 500 & OMS 605
2. Best Product developed by an Indian Exhibitor: Larsen & Toubro Ltd. for AU series of Final Distribution Products – A Complete Solution
Certificate of Appreciation: Sterlite Technologies Ltd. for ULTRAEFF Low Loss Cable
3. Best Product developed by an Indian Exhibitor in Small Scale Sector: Jognics for Mpp Capacitor Winding Machine
Certificate of Appreciation: Teknocrats Control System (I) Pvt. Ltd. for Solar Pump Controller
The Best Stall contest had a separate Jury under each category that included eminent Architects and Planners, Corporate Communications Consultants, Industry Counsellors, etc. The assessment was made taking into consideration various parameters which included overall appeal, optimum use of space, branding and brand projection, use of green materials / technology, innovation in products, behaviour of stand staff towards visitors etc.
The following stalls were chosen as the winners for Best Stall under various categories:
Best Stall in the category of IEEMA SSI Pavilion: Yoshama and Company Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: Balaji Electro Controls Pvt Ltd.
Best Stall in the Category of Shell up to and including 15 sq.m.:Veritek Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: KloecknerDesma Machinery P.L.
Best Stall in the Category of Shell above 15 and up to and including 30 sq.m.:Abhi Metals
Certificate of Appreciation: Jay International
Special Mention: Bharat Electro Instrument Mfg Co.
Best Stall in the Category of Shell above 30 sq.m.: Citizen Metalloys Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: Ensto India Pvt. Ltd.
Best Stall in the Category of Bare Space up to and including 100 sq.m.: DSM India Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: Quality Power Electrical Equipments Pvt. Ltd.
Special Mention: Qualitrol (Div. of DHR Holding India Pvt. Ltd.)
Best Stall in the Category of Bare Space above 100 and up to and including 300 sq.m.:Ravin Cables Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: Jyoti Ltd.
Special Mention: Raychem RPG Ltd.
Best Stall in the category of Bare Space above 300 sq.m.: Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate of Appreciation: Skipper Electricals (India) Ltd.
Special Mention: Crompton Greaves Ltd.
Best Stall in the Category of Overseas Exhibitors: Hyosung Corporation
Certificate of Appreciation: Chint Electrics Co. Ltd.
Exhibitors’ Night, 11th January 2014
On 11th January 2014, an electrifying evening of fun, food and entertainment was organised for exhibitors featuring the Bollywood’s hottest dynamic duo, Vishal &Shekhar. Over 2,300 participants enjoyed the scintillating musical evening with a thanksgiving dinner by the Chairman ELECRAMA-2014.
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