More than 400 exhibitors, including 130 from Tamil Nadu and 40 from overseas, will be participating in the eighth edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) hosted by Chennai from March 14 to 16.

More than 400 exhibitors, including 130 from Tamil Nadu and 40 from overseas, will be participating in the eighth edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) hosted by Chennai from March 14 to 16.

More than 400 exhibitors, including 130 from Tamil Nadu and 40 from overseas, will be participating in the eighth edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) hosted by Chennai from March 14 to 16.

Chennai -; More than 400 exhibitors, including 130 from Tamil Nadu and 40 from overseas, will be participating in the eighth edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) hosted by Chennai from March 14 to 16.CHENNAI: More than 400 exhibitors, including 130 from Tamil Nadu and 40 from overseas, will be partici pating in the eighth edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) hosted by Chennai from Ma rch 14 to 16.This is the third time Chennai will be hosting the event, an ambitious initiative of the Union Comm erce and Industry Ministry, to strive towards building brand ‘Indian Engineering’ into newer markets of the wo rld.

  The seventh edition of the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) will be held here from March 8-10, 2018, officials said. Czech republic will be the partner country for this years edition while Tamil Nadu will be host state, Executive Director, Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC), Bhaskar Sarkar told reporters here. Held under the aegis of EEPC, sponsored by Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, IESS 2018 is exp ected to draw about 400 exhibitors. Last years edition, also held here, attracted about 300 exhibitors, he added. “This is not only an export promotion initiative but also facilitates exchange between Indian states,” he said, adding West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana and Jharakhand will be particiapting in the event. Ambassador of Czech Republic, Milan Hovorka said the objective of the event was to promote part ners hips of local businesses with foreign partners. Czech delegations will be part of the event, he said. Hov orka also pitched for his country as “one of the best investment destinations in Europe,” and said it was also one of the fas test growing economies in that continent.

The event will have exhibitors from Malaysia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ukraine and Czech Republic, apart from 400 overseas delegates participating in it. This year, ‘Smart Engineering’ is the theme which showcases India as a glo bal hub for the manufacturing and technology hub. Malaysia is the partner country, Uttar Pradesh is the partner state and Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand are focus States with Belgium’s Flanders as the focus region.

The three-day IESS 2018 will see the participation of global and domestic majors like Siemens, Caterpillar, Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Chennai Petrochemicals Corporation, BARC and IIT Madras under various categories including innovation and R&D. IESS 2018 edition was being held in the ba ckdrop of a “handsome growth in the country?s exports, engineering exports in particular.” Sarkar said in a release. “Highly employment-oriented engineering exports alone account for over 26 per cent Indias total exports basket,” he said. IESS 2018 is expected to draw about 500 global buyers and 10,000 trade visitors.

The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Department of Heavy Industry, Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, and National Institute of Design (NID) have also confirmed their support. Mahesh K Desai, Senior Vice Chairman, EEPC India, said, “EEPC India has chosen -‘Subcontracting’, ‘Industrial & Electrical Machinery’, ‘Future Factory’ and ‘Innovation & Technology’, as the four broad sub-themes in the event. Future Factory is the latest addition where we expect ‘Smart Factory Design’ and ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ on display.” Tamil Nadu MSME secretary, Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, regional director of EEPC India, C H Nad iger, Trade Commissioner from Flanders Region, Jayant Nadiger, were also present.

Three Czech universities would also be participating in the event. The event will be “showcasing to global lea ders in technology and engineering, Indias high end R&D and manufacturing capabilities to become their depe ndable sourcing hub with a vast pool of talent and resources,” the release said. Union Minister for Com mer ce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu and Czech Minister for Trade, Tomas Huner, will inaugurate the event at the Ch ennai Trade Center here. PTI SA ROH