Monday, 10 December 2012

Auto Expo 2014 to be held in Greater Noida from 06-12th February 2014

The biennial International Automotive event "Auto Expo" as expected has gone through a complete revamp. There were lot of complaints reported at the recently held 2012 Auto Expo about the traffic jams, pollution, congestion on roads and even at stalls. Keeping in mind, all these, following are the changes that are supposed to take place at upcoming 2014 Auto Expo.

  • Dates The event will take place from 06th-12th February 2014, rather than generally in January.  Keeping in mind the complaints by several International Industry leaders, that the event dates always clashes with the Detroit show and hence a non-participation, the dates have now been shifted to February.
  • Venue - The event will take place at Indian Expo Center and Mart, Greater Noida rather than Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This has been done as Pragati maidan was not available during the month of February 2014.
  • Participation - The event will comprise only of Automobile Manufacturers and Accessories and NO Auto Component Manufacturers. For Auto comp players, a separate event will take place - the timings and other details are yet to be finalized.
SIAM Deputy Director General Sugato Sen said the Auto Expo 2014 will be much bigger in terms of exhibition space. "We will have 50,000 square metres of occupied space by exhibitors as compared to less than 40,000 square metre that we had this year's Auto Expo," Sen said.
In order to have a trial run ahead of the 2014 expo, SIAM will be organising a bus and utility vehicles show from February 15-18, 2013 he added. Mathur said moving the Auto Expo to a farther place from the main city will not be an issue as "we are hoping that only the serious visitors will now come".

At the end of Auto Expo 2012, the organisers -- SIAM, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) -- had said they were mulling to move the next edition of the biennial trade show out of Pragati Maidan to a more spacious 'world-class' location so that it can become the largest in the world.
Amid criticism over mismanagement and crowd control in this year's edition, entry of visitors was restricted due to security and infrastructure issues and a total of 7,00,000 people had visited the expo during the week-long trade show


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