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E2 Forum New Delhi brings government bodies, OEMs and real estate leaders together to analyse lucrative avenues for elevators and escalators

12 Oct 2021

One of India’s top conferences on elevator and escalators, E2 Forum New Delhi concluded after a day of insightful business discussions on 1st October 2021. Chief dignitaries from IRSDC, DMRC, CPWD, Delhi International Airport Ltd and Nagpur Metro Rail Project along with some of India’s top real estate developers deliberated on emerging projects and business opportunities before the delegates.

Driven by rapid growth in urbanisation, infrastructure development and rising need for ease in passenger mobility, incredible opportunities are in sight of the elevator and escalator manufacturers in India.

Hosting the vertical transportation fraternity for the very first time post-pandemic, the E2 Forum highlighted imminent opportunities for lifts and elevators across major sectors. Organised by Messe Frankfurt India, the forum sparked a collaborative ambience among 120 professionals in attendance, culminating into to a hotbed of ideas, plans and a renewed perspective on the way forward for the industry.

Held for the very first time in the capital of India, New Delhi, the 3rd edition of E2 forum was inaugurated by eminent government and industry figures, including:

  • Shri Surendra Singh, Additional Director General (Works), Central Public Works Department (CWPD)
  • Shri S. K. Lohia, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC)
  • Shri Vimar Kumar, Chief Engineer (Electrical), CPWD
  • Mr R Ramanathan, Project Director, General Consultant - Nagpur Metro Rail Project, Systra MVA Consulting
  • Mr V.Jagadish Kumar, Director, L'Avenir Consultancy Pvt Ltd
  • Mr Winston Pereira, General Manager, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd

“A lot of vertical growth will happen in the coming years. The ease of vertical movement is being felt, so not only the four storey buildings but even privately owned single-storey buildings will undergo elevator installations. There is also a need for advanced elevator technology; touchless systems, faster mobility and better maintainability will be the need of the hour going forward.” stated, Shri S K Lohia, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC), who graced the forum as a Distinguished Guest of Honour.

Apart from chief government authorities, the panel of E2 Forum New Delhi consisted of VT industry leaders including Fujitec India Private Limited, ECE Elevators and Schindler, as well as real estate leaders from DLF Limited, Runwal Group, Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Pvt Ltd and Smart World Developers.

All in all, the multi-sectorial panel discussions enabled the delegates to gain a holistic insight into the lucrative business prospects and understand the evolving demands and requirements for lifts and elevators across various streams.

Elaborating on the increasing opportunities for lifts and escalators in India’s growing metro sector, Sh. Om Hari Pandey, Director (Electrical), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) shared: “With metros growing all over India and exponential growth in metro ridership, there is great demand for lifts and escalators. Our Phase 4 has already been moving at a fast pace and we have recently finalised the tender for over 300 escalators, and around 200 lifts currently under the finalisation stage. With government’s impetus for ‘Make in India’, the challenges are lying with the manufacturers to compete and derive strategy to develop and manufacture in India more and more.”

Also part of the conference panel, Mr Vivek Khulbe, Head Airport Systems - Delhi International Airport Limited, GMR Group, conveyed his experience of attending E2 Forum for the first-time along with a crucial message for the industry: “I am absolutely grateful and delighted to attend this fantastic platform which enabled us to exchange ideas and understand various upcoming technologies in the lift and escalator space. I request the vertical transportation segment to focus on PRM (People with Reduced Mobility), ensure optimum facilities and enhance the safety aspects so that passengers can be transported from one building to another in a safer way.”

The forum was supported by apex industry body, CREDAI-MCHI as the Strategic Industry Partner, along with Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC) and DEA (Delhi Elevator Association). Leading elevator component brands like Arkel and Usha Martin were present as associate partners, Genemek as exhibit partner along with L’Avenir Elevator Consultancy as the Knowledge Partner.

As a regular partner with E2 Forum, Mr V Jagadish Kumar, Director, L'Avenir Consultancy Pvt Ltd, shared: “E2 Forum is a wonderful knowledge-sharing platform to interface stakeholders from real estate, elevator companies and bringing them under one roof to discuss on various subjects of the industry. The industry in India post-pandemic is now going to grow, the market in 2021 is closer to a lakh of units in India and the next decade will see a rapid growth because of the various reforms that the industry and the government is taking.”

The feeling to connect and network at an industry event “in-person” was highly appreciated by the participants apart from an impressive agenda. Elaborating further, Mr Winston Pereira, General Manager, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd, shared: “IEE Expo was the last show for the vertical mobility sector before lockdown hit India, and E2 Forum is where the industry re-united once again. A lot has changed in this period with elevator manufacturers introducing product designs, features, and control functions to suit the changing market needs focused on consumer safety. E2 Forum was the ideal meeting place for the industry to discuss these advancements and the challenges and opportunities they bring for elevator OEMs going forward. We are confident and now eagerly await the next big industry engagement platform - IEE Expo 2022, to witness the latest smart elevator technological advancements based on the shifting needs of the hygiene-conscious population.”  

Following the success of E2 Forum New Delhi, Messe Frankfurt will once again welcome the industry at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 16 – 18 February 2022, at the 9th edition of the International Elevator and Escalator (IEE) Expo.

E2 events for the building technology industries

The vertical-horizontal movement of people and goods within and between urban infrastructures calls for intelligent and interconnected building-systems technology. Messe Frankfurt brings together all relevant players who are seeking or offering market-ready solutions for these challenges. Accordingly, the trade-fair and exhibition organiser is expanding its marketing platforms and conferences around the globe. Today, Messe Frankfurt holds events for elevators and escalators in America, Asia and Europe: With the International Elevator and Escalator (IEE) Expo in the metropolis of Mumbai, Messe Frankfurt provides the platform for the growing Indian market. The E2 Forums in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Milan (Italy), in Mumbai and New Delhi (India) complement the portfolio as innovation forums for cross-industry dialogue between the industry and operators in the real estate sector, construction planning and building services technology.

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