Monday, January 25, 2021

Interview - Muhammed Kazi (Big 5 Construct India)

India’s potential is huge and our ambition is to grow the event


The second edition of B5 Construct India, the hugely popular international building and construction show, is to held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 11-13 September. MUHAMMED KAZI, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, THE BIG 5 CONSTRUCT INDIA fielded queries from CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the conduct of the exhibition.



Give us an understanding of the feedback you received from the previous edition of Big 5 in terms of attendees, volume of business generated etc?

The response last year was phenomenal with over 5,000 genuine buyers attending the event in its launch year. The industry was thrilled to see The Big 5 brand entering in India and we delivered on their expectations.


How important is the India edition of the show to you from the point of view of business volumes. What is the growth potential?

It’s absolute pivotal for us as an organiser to provide a platform to manufacturers of building and construction products to meet local buyers by launching new
product range and showcasing new technologies available in the market. The growth potential is enormous as we continue to bring more international and local brands together to do business with each other.


Tell us about your plans for the event — and the expectations from the Maharashtra government and other bodies in terms of support for the Big 5 show this year?

This year the event will witness even more international pavilions than last year, Greece and Iran being a few of them. Our educational content is looking solid once again and we expect it will bring even more targeted audience to the show. We have received phenomenal support from the Ministry of Urban development as they continue to support our initiative of bringing more international business into India.


Could you talk of the challenges of hosting an event like Big 5 India?

Obviously this year we have seen a change in government and any change can be a challenge but we have been fortunate with our event in that way as we haven’t faced any
major difficulty in hosting the event


What is the value addition that participants and visitors will see at the 2014 event? What more and – more importantly: what new? – can visitors expect?

After delivering a successful show last year, we have increased our marketing spend to expand our reach to a bigger audience. Exhibitors will be able to meet more buyers than last year and be part of a bigger event. This year we have introduced a new LEED workshop which allows visitors to gain more knowledge on sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all commercial and industrial LEED rating systems. We also have a solid seminar series in place which will touch base on various building and construction related topics. We have doubled our educational content from last year as we believe sharing knowledge from industry experts is key to markets like India.


Going forward what are your plans for Big 5 Construct India as an event that is distinct from the main one in the UAE?  

Our main aim will be to grow the event and bring more and more international brands into the country as we realise the potential in India is huge. We will be taking careful steps by implementing new strategies, making sure it is the most important attended event within the construction industry in India.

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