17 October 2018

Event Focus- World Build India

WorldBuild India: A peek into the future of Indian Construction


“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” Adrienne Clarkson


Buildings are more than just brick and mortar structures. They reveal something deep and primal about man’s instinct to shape his environment, to construct a sense of belonging, to create meaning, beauty and balance.


As our cities continue their onward march to engulf the open spaces, the structures we create, increasingly hold the power to mold and transform our environment. And in a country like India, which is in the throes of development, the potential for transformation can be huge.


Maiervidorno, a business research consultancy estimates the size of the construction sector in India to be around $126 billion, accounting for 8 per cent of total GDP and having a growth rate of 8.1 per cent. By 2030, it is expected to become the world’s third-largest construction industry, behind only the U.S. and China.


Major projects are taking place nationwide – 100 smart cities, 20 million new homes, and a target spend of $1.5tn on infrastructure in the next decade. According to 'India’s Future Cities' report by JLL India and Credai, as many as 45 cities including Nagpur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, and Bhopal have the potential to become the next megacities. Government projects like ‘Smart Cities’ and AMRUT, the Urban Rejuvenation Scheme are providing both the context and imagination for creating the next set of thriving urban centres in India.


There is also a growing retail and luxury segment (India has over 200,000 dollar millionaires) signaling a potential market demand for new quality products, solutions, and an environment to source them and subsequently impacting the growth of commercial space. In a recently completed study by JLL India’s largest real estate service firm, retail supply in the next three years (2018 – 2020) is expected to be at 19.4 million square feet (msf).


“Despite the onslaught of new retail formats like e-commerce, telemarketing, and others, we will continue to see a steady growth in brick and mortar form of retail as the sector is pegged to grow to Rs.1 trillion by 2020, at a CAGR of approximately 15 per cent. We expect the opening up of FDI will be instrumental in achieving and surpassing these growth estimates,” says, Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, JLL India.



Also with the advent of various functional reforms like the Insolvency Act, RERA, Benami Properties (Prevention) Act, Demonetization, Bankruptcy and etc., the market is expected to become more transparent and accountable.

Amongst the basic trends of technology, design, and economy, creating sustainable structures is now emerging as a critical differentiator in the construction industry today.


India is now embracing green buildings in a big way. India now ranks third among the countries with LEED-certified green buildings. As of October 2017, there are more than 2,500 LEED registered and certified projects, representing more than 1 billion square feet of space in India.


New high-rise residential, mixed-use, and commercial developments are expected to be the main sectors for green building growth in India.


As the industry evolves, the country is in need of new building materials, shorter construction times, and better-quality buildings. This will push demand for quality, robust materials and cement, ceramics, roofing materials, interior fittings, windows, and other construction materials are all in high demand.


Buildings are fast emerging as not only the flag bearers of a city’s evolving landscape but also the structures that define the quality of human experience.


The morning light streaming in through your sliding glass walls in the bedroom, the organic earthy ambience of your favorite boutique, view of Indian ocean from your 18th floor office in Worli, the warm worn wood interiors of your favorite coffee shop, create a mood, a state of being, a feeling that goes beyond functional needs. Buildings shape both your inner and outer space.


You only have to enter a dark smelly cramped office of a 1970s commercial office building to feel the stark difference in space and sensibility.



As buildings evolve over time, so do our questions about them.


  • What will the homes of the future look like?
  • How can we create flexible spaces that adapt to changing human needs?
  • What kind of products can help us bring form to new ideas about space and form?
  • How can we improve our safety standards at site?



To deliberate on questions like these and many more, WorldBuild India, an international exhibition dedicated to the building, architecture and construction industry is hosting its second edition in Mumbai from 19 - 21 April 2018.


An initiative by ITE - ABEC, WorldBuild India aims to support and celebrate the growing construction movement in India by providing a platform for partnership, collaboration, technology transfer and knowledge sharing.


Covering an entire gamut of operations, the annual event housed this year at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre will showcase building materials, architectural engineering innovations, and technologies that appeal to the key specifiers and influencers from within the architectural, building and construction industry. WorldBuild India provides this environment, with 70 per cent of the B2B audience looking to source new suppliers.


The exhibition is expected to witness a wide audience ranging from Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing professionals.



Exhibitor profile

  • Building Chemicals, Mixtures & Insulation
  • Building Materials, Structure, and Elements
  • Electrical and Lighting
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Facades & Fenestration
  • Gates and Automation
  • Hardware and tools
  • Plumbing and Pipes
  • HVAC, Water Technologies & Energy
  • Safety, Security and Fire Protection


Visitor profile

  • Architects & Urban Planners
  • Developers & Promoters
  • Builders & Contractors
  • Structural / Civil Engineers & Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineers & Consultants
  • Electrical Engineers & Consultants
  • Plumbing Engineers & Consultants
  • MEP Contractor
  • Project Head & Managers
  • Facility Management Head & Managers
  • Health, Safety & Risk Managers
  • Control Systems Managers
  • Design Consultants
  • Sustainability Consultants
  • Municipal & Government Departments & Policy-Makers
  • Regulatory & Standards Authorities
  • Head of Building Automation / Controls
  • Procurement Directors
  • Construction Managers
  • Building Services Managers
  • BIM managers



Last year, the exhibition witnessed over 220 exhibitors and 18,600 visitors getting a good overview of the premium international products available to the Indian market. In an effort to contribute to the Glocalization Movement to think Global and act Local, WorldBuild-India hosted International Masters in the fields of Architecture & Design to enable interactions between the Indian Architectural fraternity and Global Icons.


The events included the ‘Vision India Conclave’ focusing on smart cities, ‘Innovations in Structural Design & Construction conclave, Breathing Cities contest and Engineering for State-of-the-Art Built Environment conference. The Icon Lectures provided insights into the ideas and innovations that drive the fields of architecture, construction & design globally and speakers including Jan Gehl, Danish architect, and pioneer of pedestrian-friendly urban design; AnupamaKundoo, the Spain-based principal of AnupamaKundoo Architects, and many others shared their insights on how planners can create urban environments that work for everyone. Curated by the social protagonist, Dr. Vijay Kadam, The Vision India conclave brought together the big players involved in developing the smart cities, municipal corporations from western India displayed their development plans and network with architects, engineers, urban planners, builders, and contractors.


Meanwhile, the Breathing Cities contest, curated by Dean D’Cruz and ReboniSaha from Goa’s Mozaic Design studio and launched in partnership with Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, invited architects to design an architectural project that represented the colours of their city. The best ideas were then showcased during the exhibition.


Other sessions include the Engineering for State-of-the-Art Built Environment conference, a conclave of the Builders’ Association of India, and two contests organized by the Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation – the Vidyarthi Competition for educational institutions, and the 2017 Construction Safety Awards.


Besides these events and networking opportunities, the last WorldBuild India’s exhibition featured over 200 companies in building and construction. Confirmed exhibitors include Saint-Gobain, Asian Paints, Amorim, BASF, Sika, Kansai Nerolac Paints, Rockwool India, Mitsubishi, Bradbury Group, Tecnoimacs.p.a and many other brands from India and around the world. There’s a lot happening in Indian construction to keep these brands interested. The 100 Smart Cities, for example, which will equip India’s urban areas with next-gen infrastructure, systems, and technology, is a huge opportunity for the whole sectors.


One sector where international brands enjoy solid demand is roofing, so WorldBuild India 2017 joined forces with the well-established, standalone Roof India exhibition to connect these brands to Indian buyers looking for quality. “The show has delivered the right type of buyer interested in roofing and waterproofing – they are the decision makers so we hope to convert many leads after the show,” said Saudi Arabian company Arabian Waterproofing. We have been active in India for many years, this has been our most successful Indian exhibition.


The reason why WorldBuild India has been able to open this new market to so many international brands is the strong government support it enjoys – at the very highest level. Last year,  Prasad Lad, Vice-President of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, was a guest of honor at the opening ceremony.


"We promise to make India proud and support you,” he told the audience.



Final Thoughts


Response to exhibitions like this can be a good indicator of how the market is growing and what kind of changes will define different aspects of the industry.

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