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INMEX SMM India 2023: A Bright Future for India’s Maritime Sector

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Mumbai: INMEX SMM India, the largest maritime exhibition and conference in South Asia, concluded successfully in Mumbai from 04 to 06 October 2023. The Indian shipbuilding industry is gaining momentum due to shifting global supply chains and increased demand from the Indian navy and coast guard.

The event witnessed bustling exhibitor stands, engaging conversations, insightful conferences, and the establishment of numerous business relationships. With around 8,300 industry visitors and 250 exhibitors, the three-day event showcased the maritime sector’s crucial topics on the expansive 4600+ square meter floor of the Exhibition Centre.

Decarbonisation of shipping took center stage in discussions, reflecting the industry’s commitment to sustainability. Another major focus was the significant business potential in the Indian market, with forecasts predicting a remarkable 25% growth over the next five years. The Indian government is actively supporting the expansion initiatives of domestic shipyards, contributing to the optimistic outlook.

Exhibitors and visitors alike expressed their satisfaction with the event’s scope, quality, variety, and attendance. Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs & Exhibitions at Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC), co-organizer of INMEX SMM India, remarked, “INMEX SMM India 2023 has clearly exceeded expectations. The mood was great among participants, and everything was perfect.”

The international presence was notable, with strong participation from national pavilions. The German delegation, featuring around 15 exhibitors, emphasized the event’s importance. Companies like Mecklenburger Metallguss, SKF Marine, and JOWO Systemtechnik expressed their positive experiences. Greek exhibitors from HEMEXPO also praised the event, setting high expectations for their return in 2025.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, organizers plan to enhance international involvement for 2025, introducing national pavilions from countries such as The Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway. Claus Ulrich Selbach, impressed by India’s dynamic market development, anticipates showcasing more evidence of India’s rise in the global maritime sector at SMM in September 2024.

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