Index Fairs’ 31st edition opens at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai

Index Fairs
2019, India’s premier international Furniture, Interiors & Design Trade
Fair opened in Mumbai to an eager audience, whose expectations have been buoyed
up by the excellent showing in the previous year’s edition. Index Fairs is one
of Asia’s most influential exhibitions and a focused commercial platform on the
sector, bringing together suppliers and buyers in a design atmosphere. A
pioneering pit-stop in this sector, the trade fair will be running its 31st
edition till May 4th at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Mumbai. Index is the one-stop sourcing and buying destination
for furniture, lighting, artefacts, materials and design for home, hospitality,
office and kitchen – a must-visit show for architects, designers, dealers,
distributors and builders.  

The inauguration was graced
by illustrious personalities like, Padma Bhushan Rajeev Sethi, founder & chairman,
Asian Heritage Foundation; Manisha Verma, principal secretary, Tribal Development Department, Government
of Maharashtra;
Swati
Kale, director – Art & Culture, Government of Maharashtra; Pinaki ranjan
Mishra, partner & national leader, Consumer Products & Retail, Ernst
& Young; YayatiKene,
founding member, AGNI & co-founder, Amala Realty; Ketan Vaidya, chairman,
IIID, Mumbai; Nitin Nagarale, founder & secretary, Hospitality
Procurement Managers Forum; Baldev
Krishna Sharma, chairman, All India Wallpaper Association; Alay Nagori, vice president,
Ahmedabad Timber Merchants Association; Jayeshbhai Chavda, president, Rajkot
Hardware Manufacturers Association; Bharat Dinesh, president, Jodhpur
Handicrafts Exporters Association; Ajay Nahar, managing director, Nahar
Projects and other dignitaries.

Index Fairs exhibits an impressive array of products
from a large number of suppliers from the Kitchen, Office and Residential
Furniture segments, complemented by the best of Indian design and production at
the special pavilions dedicated to Indian Designers (IDP) and Indian manufacturers
(IFFA). The new, dedicated fair Innomat, in Hall 2, showcases an outstanding
display of materials; while Hall 3 has an even larger display of furniture and architectural
fittings and hardware, in the dedicated fair Interfurn.  The Trade Fair also witnessed the
participation of celebrated architects, builders and designers, industry
luminaries, international trade commissioners and country representatives as
key visitors.

Liyakat Ali
Khan, managing director, UMG Index Tradefairs Pvt Ltd, explains that the
industry has grown with newer and bigger companies from both India and abroad,
entering the market. “India continuing to grow as a design hub to the world,
can be demonstrated by the fact that we have introduced many
‘First-time-in-India’ products at Index Fairs, which will continue to add value
to our clients. We are delighted to see participation by both buyers and
sellers, and are proud to present the Trade Fair as the launch pad for numerous
new products from the leading design houses in India,” said Khan.

The trade fair,
spread across 3,00,000sq-ft, had over 350 companies promoting over 1400 brands,
including products from Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia, Czech
Republic, Germany, UAE, Taiwan, Poland, Turkey and China along with prestigious
and reputed Indian brands. Index Fairs aims to connect manufacturers and
traders dealing in furniture and accessories, lighting, kitchen and appliances,
office furniture, hardware and fittings, with architects, interior designers,
builders, project managers, consultants and procurement heads across the
hospitality, corporate and government sectors. It has already drawn over 45,000 professional and trade visitors from all
over India and overseas.

Key
industry and professional associations continue their support of Index, adding
power and prestige to the event while raising the business component of the trade
fair. These include the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO),
Indian Society of Structural Engineers (ISSE), Hospitality Purchasing Managers
Forum (HPMF), Association of Designers of India (ADI), Ahmedabad Timber
Merchants’ Association (ATMA), Jaipur Handicrafts Exporters’ Association (JHEA)
and Rajkot Hardware Manufacturers Association (RHMA).

Special
dedicated spaces which are a successful initiative at Index Fairs include the
Indian Furniture, Furnishings and Artifacts (IFFA) Pavilion; the highly
successful India Design Pavilion (IDP), country pavilions and the Art Enclave,
in association with Aura Art. Numerous platforms for b2b interactions abound,
from b2b meetings to presentations and discussions, seminars and focused
industry meets at the ‘e! Events @ Index’.

Index recognises
talent and landmark achievements through the Indexcellence Awards for architects
at the ‘Smoking Hot!’ event and the industry awards at the ‘Bollywood Nite!’ The
Kudos Gallery salutes great work through project displays of eminent architects
and builders.

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