Chennai would be hosting, for the second year in a row, the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) between March 8 and 10, 2018, under the aegis of the EEPC India, showcasing to global leaders in technology and engineering, India’s high-end R and D and manufacturing capabilities to become their dependable sourcing hub with a vast pool of scientific talent and resources.

Briefing the media about the VIIth edition of the IESS, Mr Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu, said the State has emerged as one of the most progressive and dependable sources for high-tech engineering exports, notably from the small and medium enterprises. EEPC India, with the active support from the Union Commerce Ministry and the Department of Heavy Industry, is organising the prestigious IESS, for the second time in succession shows how the global engineering giants have rated the state of Tamil Nadu among the leading sources for engineering exports.

EEPC India Executive Director & Secretary Mr. Bhaskar Sarkar said the 2018 edition of IESS is taking place in the backdrop of a handsome growth in the country’s exports and engineering exports, in particular. The engineering exports have emerged as the largest contributor to India’s total exports kitty, growing by impressive 23 per cent to US$56 billion for the April-December 2017-18. Highly employment-oriented engineering exports alone account for over 26 per cent India’s total exports basket.

He said with the EEPC India becoming a full member of French Based – UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, IESS has now received the status of ‘UFI Approved International Event” from the VIIth edition in Chennai.

“Czech Repblic becoming a partner country is another trigger for taking our economic ties to a higher level in mutual investment and trade”, said Mr. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of Czech Republic.

Czech Republic, which is a strong leader in several key areas like automobile, manufacturing and other high-tech verticals, would be the Partner Country at the IESS this year, which is expected to attract over 400 exhibitors, 500 global buyers and more than 10,000 trade visitors. Besides, three Czech Universities would also be participating in the event, with a strong presence in technology upgradation.

Flanders from Belgium has been designated as the Focus Region of the IESS, which has been extending its outreach well beyond the traditional markets for Indian technology and products.

Global majors including Siemens, Caterpillar, Dover PSG, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority along with leading Indian PSUs like Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Chennai Petrochemicals Corporation, Southern Railways and Ordnance Factory, have confirmed their participation.

Along side, ‘India Subcontracting Expo 2018’ will be a special opportunity to capitalize on India’s ‘indigenous manufacturing strength’ which can be leveraged for global sub-contracting business. The ‘Technology Pavilion’ will be adorned with representations from BARC, IIT Madras, FCRI (Fluid Control Research Institute), ARCI (International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials), Jadhavpur University.

The IESS would showcase to the world how India is getting fast recognized globally for its strengths in multi-disciplinary engineering R&D, Aerospace, Defence, Nuclear Energy, Advanced Manufacturing and New Technologies areas such as Medical Devices, Clean & Renewable Energy, etc.

IESS not only provides a global platform for promotion of Innovation & technologies, but also to the large base of Engineering MSMEs across various engineering clusters in India The country’s premier R&D Academia institutes are participating in exposition while the MSME Technology Centre, Department of Heavy Industry, BARC, IIT Madras, CSIR-CECRI, CSIR-CMERI, ERDA, ARCI have already confirmed their participation.

States’ participation would also be strong enough with Tamil Nadu as host State with UP, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and West Bengal also being part of the IESS-VII.