Busworld India 2018, Interads Exhibition’s International B2B exhibition for the Bus & Coach Industry, witnessed record breaking visitors as well as exhibitors.
The three-day trade fair that was held between August 29-31 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) has more than doubled its visitors count as compared its previous edition held in 2016.
The show was estimated to have witnessed a footfall of roughly 10,000 business visitors. The exact number of visitors will be known once the post-event assessment was over.
The expo registered a participation by over 115 Exhibitors including Tata Motors, Force Motors, MG Automotive, Olectra Greentech, JTAC, Valeo Motherson, MRF, Bridgestone, Subros Ltd and many others.
Rajan Sharma, MD, Interads Exhibitions Pvt Ltd said ” It’s an enormous pleasure to have such wonderful response from everyone at the 8th Edition of Busworld India. I consider this as a great success with a tremendous increase in the number of visitors as compared to last year. We are thankful to BOCI and ASRTU and other supporting associations for their valuable support and cooperation. I congratulate all exhibitors to bring in their innovations and offerings at this platform for the betterment of bus industry. Big thanks to Busworld International, Belgium. See you all in the next edition in 2020 with much more to offer for comfort, safety and sustainability in transport sector. “
In addition, international exhibitors from Germany, Belgium, Spain, USA, Turkey, China, Korea, Austria, Belarus and many other countries also showcased their latest products and services.
Didier Ramoudt, President of Busworld International, said “Busworld India 2018 has during this 8th edition broken all records on the level of visitors as well on the level of exhibitors. Also the co-operation with BOCI and ASRTU brought an added value to the exhibition. We look eagerly to our next edition.”
MG Automotives unveiled and launched three luxury coaches such as ‘Glider Seater’ with 43 seats & ‘Glider Z’ sleeper with 30 berths based on Bharat Benz chassis. The luxury sleeper ‘DreamZ’ based on Mercedes multi axle chassis was also launched.
“At MG, we consider BusWorld as our strategic partner in providing us the right platform in showcasing our Bus & Coach range and capabilities to the right audience like OEM’s, Retailers, Dealers and Suppliers, creating a brand visibility across India and abroad. We are glad to share that footfalls at MG Pavillion was incredible since the first day of the event, and we are happy to achieve concrete orders for all our coach models displayed at the MG pavilion. We look forward to a grand showcasing at Bus World 2020” said a statement by MG Automotive.
One of the India’s leading commercial vehicle maker Force Motors has unveiled the country’s 1st 33/41 seater Monocoque Bus at the trade fair, marking its foray into ‘Midibus’ category. Other new vehicles that were showcased were Traveller Rural Bus, Traveller T23350 & Traveller 26AC CNG.
Prasan Firodoa, MD, Force Motors said “We are delighted to have been part of this exhibition and are happy with the count of of prospective business customers who visited our stall and shown interest in our new monocoque offerings in the midi bus segment”
Indian commercial vehicle giant Tata Motors has showcased five new public transport vehicles at the exhibition. The new range of transport solutions on display and pulled huge number of visitors were- Starbus Ultra AC 22-Seater Push back, Starbus 12-Seater AC Maxi cab, WINGER 12-Seater, Tata 1515 MCV Staff Bus and MAGNA intercity coach.
Bangalore-based Prakash Automobiles launched a 45+1 seater Bus called ‘Prakash vega’ based on Ashok Leyland Chassis & a 30 berth Sleeper Coach ‘Prakash Capella’ based on Bharat Benz Chassis.
Prakash’ group company has also showcased its seating solutions for the commercial vehicle industry in the expo.
Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech, which has a technology tie-up with Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD, has launched Fully electric 11 seater Maxi Cab along with a 39 seater Electric Bus.
Other major bus&coach solution providers those who displayed their products in the expo included:-
The US-headquartered Agility Fuel Solutions exhibited its high capacity, light weight, carbon fibre composite material made CNG storage systems which allow a better range of up to 800Kms to Buses and CVs.
Spain’s Hidral Global displayed its electrohydraulic system based automated wheelchair ramps to make public transport more accessible for the elderly & differently -abled. These can be retrofitted in existing vehicles.
Austri’s FASCHING Safety Belts showcased its safety belts for passenger and commercial vehicles.
BELKOMMUNMASH from Belarus has displayed its Electric trolleybuses Buses.
Germany-based Hübner showcased ‘Interface systems’ that connect coaches of trolleybuses and help in manoeuvrability and another company from the same country, Eberspächer and Valeo Motherson launched latest HVAC system for Buses & Coaches.
The Exhibition was powered by the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) and Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI), which has also conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the Day 1.
ASRTU Conference was organized on the second day with topics like – ‘Electrification of Public Transport’, ‘Digital Transaction towards efficient Public Transport System’ & ‘Accessible Public Transport for People With Disabilities (PWD)’
The Exhibition was also supported by Industry bodies like International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The next edition of Busworld India would take place in August 2020 at Bengaluru.