More skill development programmes, business opportunities on the cards

Close on the heels of business success in DelhiWood 2017 in March this year, and riding on the momentum of that trade show, MumbaiWood 2017 is all set to attract more exhibitors and visitors from across India and abroad.

Western India is already well placed to be the highest revenue contributor to the Indian furniture market due to the presence of a large number of industrial hubs and upcoming infrastructure developments in the region.

MumbaiWood is getting more traction from both the demand and supply sides and exhibition space is likely to be sold out by June this year. Already the organiser, PDA Trade Fairs, is planning for additional exhibition space.

Keeping this in mind, MumbaiWood 2017 is scheduled to be held from 12-14 October, 2017, at the Bombay International Convention & Exhibition Centre, in Goregaon, according to Mr. Sivakumar, General Manager and Exhibitions Director at PDA Trade Fairs.

Visitor promotion

Pre-registration is underway and more visitors are registering for MumbaiWood 2017 from smaller towns of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Goa and Gujarat.

The Mumbai-Thane and Pune-Nashik belt in Maharashtra, the Ahmedabad-Surat corridor in Gujarat and the Jodhpur-Jaipur cluster in Rajasthan are already poised for further growth in the furniture and panel manufacturing sectors.

Tier-II and Tier-III towns such as Satara-Kolhapur, Indore-Bhopal and Raipur-Bilaspur belts in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively are also racing to set up furniture manufacturing, to meet the enormous demand for office and residential furniture and doors sets.

MumbaiWood aims to bring together all sectors of the industry precisely for the benefit of these expanding hubs in the hinterland. Moreover, Sivakumar says, nearly 50% of the total employment in furniture manufacturing is concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

More opportunities

For carpenters, skill development programmes in association with the Furniture and Fittings Skill Council (FFSC), and other B2B forums for business opportunities will make MumbaiWood a sought-after show in the region.

“Looking at the growth of IndiaWood-2016 and DelhiWood-2017 in terms of participation and the visitor turnout, we believe MumbaiWood will soon transform into a must-visit exhibition for the industry,” Sivakumar says.

Riding on the back of two previous successful events (2013 and 2015), the organiser of MumbaiWood is ramping up its efforts to attract visitors from  across Asia.

The event will be a unique platform for domestic and global brands to showcase furniture manufacturing and woodworking technologies, raw materials, fittings, accessories and products for wood-based industries and interior design.



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