India is a preferred destination for a number of global companies who wish to find local vendors and develop partnerships with Indian companies across sectors such as aerospace, clean energy, fashion and apparel, technology and security, so they can be more competitive in the international marketplace. At Arsha, we specialise in handholding European clients who are foraying into India. We can guide you as you explore opportunities in South Asia, and help you build strategic ties with Indian firms.

One of the most effective ways to prospect for new partners and gain insight into the workings of a particular industry is to attend a trade show. An event like this is a good way to network with people, meet potential suppliers and begin the process of creating a footprint in India. We have therefore, compiled a list of the most important trade shows, categorised by sector, which are coming up in 2019. Mark your calendars…


India International Garment Fair

16 - 18 January 2019, Noida (National Capital Region)

IIGF is one of Asia’s biggest apparel fairs. Around 400 exhibitors, 550 registered buyers and 200 buying agents make a beeline to this bi-annual event that takes place in Noida, close to India’s capital Delhi. IIGF showcases autumn/winter and spring/summer collections by Indian exporters who cater to major global buyers and readymade fashion labels. Significantly, IIGF has introduced a special buyer promotion scheme and provides buyers and sellers a one of its kind networking platform. The event generates business worth 200 Million + USD every year. 

Over a past three decades, IIGF has built a formidable reputation in the industry. Here, as a buyer you can be rest assured that you will be able to find export-focused apparel and high-end fashion accessory manufacturers. Visitors find that exhibitors are familiar with international fashion trends and able to meet stringent sourcing requirements global brands have. IIGF has stalls dedicated to women’s wear, men’s and kid’s wear, bags and other quality fashion accessories, all under one roof. The upcoming event will be the 62nd edition of IIGF and more impressive than ever before.


Aero India

20-24 Feb 2019, Bengaluru

The Aero India Exhibition is being held once every two years, since 1996. A globally recognized premier destination Aero India sees exhibitors from over 22 countries and 250+ companies, with visitors from over 46 countries, and 60,000 business visitors attending the event in 2017 alone.

The Tagline for Aero India 2019 is  “The Runaway To a Billion Opportunities” drawing attention to the investment opportunities under Make in India. Attendees in 2019 can look forward to taking advantage of India’s rapidly growing economy and opportunities arising as defence production opens up to the private sector. With the country acquiring 110 multi-role fighter jets and 111 naval utility helicopters, to the indigenous development of the light combat helicopter, India’s aerospace sector has crossed an important threshold. And with more domestic passengers taking to the sky, India’s Civil Aviation sector, too, is growing and will soon become the third largest aviation hub in the world. India’s fleet of 430 civil aircraft will double in the next 5 to 7 years and the MRO sector is projected to increase from US$ 700 Mn to US$ 1.5 Bn by 2020. You can leverage this opportunity and Arsha Consulting’s deep and proven knowledge of the sector, as a business delegate, exhibitor and network with key decision makers, to take advantage of a host of opportunities in the Aerospace and Defense sector.


Secutech India

25-27 April 2019, Mumbai

Security is a growing concern in today’s times and solutions span fire safety, cyber security, homeland security, traveller safety, infotech, automation, home and organization-wide security. Over the years India has emerged as a sourcing hub for global and regional players interested in the space. Secutech India has become a much-anticipated event within this sector, and they are back with their 8th edition in April 2019. The event sees participation from dealers, distributors, system integrators, installers, CSOs, CISOs and security heads who are looking to source cutting-edge products and onboard service providers. Last year, the event focused on innovative technology for Smart Cities, Smart Homes, showcased new offerings using IoT (Internet of Things) and IBMS (Integrated Building Management Systems). This year too, Secutech promises a big draw for visitors from different industries. Whether you are concerned about preventing loss at your retail store, work in building or real estate, represent hospitality, healthcare, or spearhead technology solutions for Oil and Gas, or Public Transport sector, Secutech India is a valuable opportunity to catch up with the latest industry happenings and build relationships with over 400 established and upcoming players who are transforming the space.


WorldBuild India

25-27 April 2019, Mumbai

33,450 visitors, 220 exhibitors and participants from 14 countries attended WorldBuild India, a B2B event focused on the building industry. Whether you are interested in roofing solutions, or green building, are an architect or design consultant with an independent practice, sustainability consultant, facility manager at an IT firm, a developer, civil engineer or represent a large hospitality chain with properties across the globe, WorldBuild India is worth visiting. A relatively new event, WBI is a cost-effective way to generate leads and catch up with trends to cater to one of the fastest-growing construction markets in the world. Showcase your products and services in a rapidly urbanising space, position yourself as a thought leader, and become a part of large-infrastructure projects in Asia, by attending WBI.


Renewable Energy India

18 - 20 September 2019, Noida (National Capital Region)

India is one of the largest solar energy hubs across the world, and the entire renewable energy sector in the country is poised for growth with its sights firmly set on the future. 12 years on, REI remains a premier event in the sector where international stakeholders congregate to collaborate with product makers and technology creators at the expo. In the recent past, the event has benefited enormously by India’s power sector reforms, the creation of a green corridor and the formation of the ISA (International Solar Alliance.) India also benefits from its position as a leader of the Climate Change deal, inked at Paris that saw participation from 195 countries. Visitors to REI can interface with leaders, including Huawei Technology, Canadian Solar, Adani Solar, Jinko, Sineng, AGFA, Bloomberg NEF, Kirloskar Group and others.

Whether you are an architect, component manufacturer, policy maker, utility provider, or a clean-tech specialist, represent an NGO, your government, an environmental group, or work in R&D, planning and construction REI is for you. Over three days you can look forward to learning about the latest innovations and trends in renewable energy, exchange groundbreaking ideas, meet decision makers during exclusive networking events, and attend conferences, interactive workshops and seminars led by industry experts from across the globe.

How can Arsha Consulting Help?

No matter which sector you are interested in Arsha Consulting can help you make valuable connections and maximise your time in India if you intend to attend an event in person.

  • We are happy to help you prepare for the event by highlighting must-visit stalls, make introductions and set up meetings in advance.
  • We can also leverage our local knowledge and networks to recommend networking activities, conferences, workshops and guide you during the duration of your stay.
  • In case you are unable to attend yourself, we can understand your needs and attend the event on your behalf, prospect to create alliances with vendors or clients.
  • If you need more assistance or personalized guidance, we can accompany representatives from your firm to an exhibition or meeting, offer translation services, smooth negotiations and help you create partnerships that work.
  • If you wish to become an exhibitor and create a stall at any trade show in the Subcontinent, we can get you attractive deals, help you with branding and communication.
  • So your services and products are showcased in the best light so you can connect with prospective buyers, in India and across the globe.

Please feel free to get in touch with us by writing to us for more information on any of the trade shows covered in this post, or to draw our attention to an independent event you are interested in.


Preeti Prakash | Journalist

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