Vibrant Ceramics Expo and Summit 2016
Vibrant Ceramics Expo and Summit 2016, the first of the many editions planned, was organised by The Morbi Ceramics Association & Octagon Communications Pvt Ltd, between 16th to 18th December, 2016. Just like the glory that the various editions of Vibrant Gujarat, Vibrant Kutch and Vibrant Saurashtra brought along with it, this event, instead of the geographical focus, successfully tried bringing the glory sectorally onto the ceramic industry. The ceramic industry, one of the most pacing industries of India, contributing to about 12% of the world exports, got a much deserved highlight and that too on a platform as big as Vibrant. The three day event turned out to be a huge success as the exhibition saw participation from 24 countries including major ceramic importing countries like US, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE,Canada, Vietnam, Nepal, Madagascar, etc. with almost 600 foreign participants, manufacturers, importers, researchers contributing to this event, all credits to the organisers who did a number of roadshows and meets with the ceramic associations and executives in the participating countries .
A footfall of more than one lakh people in just three days and that too in the first edition of this event speaks volumes of how successful this event was. The number definitely beat all the expectations as Mr. Sandip Patel, CEO of Octagon Communications Pvt. Ltd. candidly mentioned, ” We didn’t expect this scale of success and participation in the first edition itself and now that we have seen the potential of the ceramic world , we are confident to make it bigger than ever and better than everything else, the next time.”
The Morbi Ceramics Association, the second largest ceramic cluster in the world after China’s Foshan, with 700 units under it, further ensured that a lot of business and trade opportunities came up, not only for the exhibitors, but also for the visitors and participating companies and foreign delegates. The Government of Gujarat played a significant role in this event, supporting the organisers right from the word go, at every step they took, contributing to the grandeur of this event. The Chief Minister of Gujarat Hon. Shri Vijay Rupani blessed this event with his presence and he mentioned that the ceramic industry in the state held as much esteem as diamond in the world. He further attributed the success of this event to the Vibrant Gujarat summit as well, which has made it possible to get more and more investors in Gujarat and he called upon the manufacturers of Morbi to contribute to our Prime Minister Hon. Shri. Narendra Modi’s vision of ” Make In India”.
The expo saw business worth Rs 500 Cr and an order of Rs 1300 Crore is already in the pipeline. Vishal Acharya, Founder, Rising Venture Services, who organised a series of road shows in various countries like Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Thailand etc. said, “The ceramic industry as well as the overseas visitors are very upbeat and the future looks highly promising and we target 1000 visitors and buyers from overseas next year and much bigger scale of participation from Indian Ceramic companies.”