The 7th edition of the Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, 12th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo, and 13th edition of the Zak Glass Technology Expo took place from 10 – 13 December 2015 at MMRDA Exhibition Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, bringing together thousands of professionals from the Glass, Doors & Windows, and Aluminium to network, learn and do business.
Zak Glass Technology Expo 2015, India’s and South Asia’s leading fair for glass and glazing technologies, was held on 10 – 13 December 2015 at MMRDA Exhibition Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. With 13 years of development, the event constituted 3 concurrent fairs — the 7th Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, the 12th Zak Doors & Windows Expo, and the 13th Zak Glass Technology Expo. This grandest event in the Asian glass industry report was organized by the Zak Trade Fair and Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading tradeshow and exhibition organizers in Asia. As the most important communication platform for the windows & doors trade, the glass industry, and for aluminium extrusion sector. Halls of the MMRDA Exhibition Centre buzzed with the latest innovation, technology and novelty and the expo was concluded there amidst great fervour and aplomb.
The expo has established itself as an ideal place to find new, innovative and exciting products related to the façade, fenestration and glass industry. It is the official industry show that is awaited equally by both the exhibitors and the industry members, as it is one of its kind and remains unparalleled to date. The exhibition area of the expo spanned more than 35,000 square meters, attracting 370 exhibitors from 23 countries worldwide to present their latest products at the show. More than 24,600 professional visitors attended the Zak Glass Technology Expo 2015 on its opening day. The force of the expo became even more important for glass companies and glass professionals in India and worldwide with the presence of glass professionals from increasing numbers of countries to meet and find business opportunities.
The footfall of visitors was remarkable. The Zak expo was exceptional since it offered an organized avenue for all the industry stakeholders to come together for networking, business expansion, innovations and exchange of ideas. As with all the previous events, numerous world-famous relevant companies came to demonstrate their new products, equipment and technologies, especially up-to-date achievements and development trends. It also provided a niche platform for learning and gaining knowledge about the fenestration industry for naïve visitors and gathering sophisticated technical information on the innovative and latest products and services offered by the exhibitors and those available in the Market.
12th Zak Doors & Windows Expo
Distinguished architects, developers and company heads of various exhibitor companies from across the industry attended the grand inauguration ceremony held for Zak Doors and Windows Expo.
The stellar inaugural panel constituted the following eminent dignitaries: Mr. Vivek Bhole (Principal, Vivek Bhole Architects), Mr Anupam De (Principal, Anupam De Architects), Mr. John Guest (President – Construction, Piramal Realty), Mr Raman Sapru (Omkar Realtors), Dr. Peter Mrosik (Owner & CEO, Profine Group), Mr Mathijs Bruijns (Senior VP, Schueco International) and Modar Al Mekdad (CEO, Metals Industries). The chief dignitaries took an elaborative round of the exhibition, after receiving a warm welcome.
13th Zak Glass Technology Expo
At the splendid inauguration ceremony for the 13th Zak Glass Technology Expo, Mr Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman and Managing Director of the Zak Group welcomed the dignitaries on the stage, and noted, “India is a market experiencing strong growth and the glass industry is an attractive economic sector. As the most important trade fair in the glass sector, the 13th Zak Glass Technology Expo enables the opening up of the market and provides a perfect platform for various players in the industry to collaborate and develop strategic relationships. It is great to see the impressive attendance of exhibitors and visitors.”
Dignitaries including Syed Zakir Ahmed (Chairman, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd), SJ Singh (Chairman, GSC Glass), Philip Soares (APT, Dubai), Gurdit Singh (Director, Foshan Shunde Sike Glass Machinery Co. Ltd.), Yang Yuhai (General Manager, Beijing China Glass Modern Technology Co. Ltd.), Zhang Beiheng (Vice President & General Secretary, CAIGA) and Suhel Kachwala (Director, FG Glass) graced the inaugural ceremony.
In the endeavour to enhance audience experience and to impart knowledge, Zak Expo planned two fun-and-learn events – Kaanch ki Paathshala and Window ki Paathshala on the second and third days of the Expo.
A brand new concept of “The Glass Experience Zone and The Testing Zone” were also major attractions and a unique experience at the event.
Kaanch ki Paathshala – Part 2 caught everyone’s attention and the chairs arranged in the amphitheatre were all taken in moments. Now in its 2nd season, the 4th edition of this extra-ordinary workshop which is conducted in order to enhance general knowledge and awareness about the glass amongst the people, was a step ahead of the previous season. It aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the people dealing with glass and its applications in day-to-day life. Some of the audience, already aware of the Paathshala and had attended earlier, were looking forward to the new edition of the workshop. The audience comprised carpenters, labourers, craftsmen, traders, fabricators, business owners, architects and other curious people who had travelled from cities and other far-flung places of India to attend the Zak Expo. The session started with the prominent figures in the glazing fraternity – Sharanjit Singh, the founder chairman of GSC Glass Ltd and Tariq Kachwala, Director of FG Glass, who started with the basics and went onto the advanced level.
Window ki paathshala, the second workshop and a novel entrant in the gamut of Zak Events, organized in the amphitheatre also saw huge participation from the visiting audience, which included dealers, workmen, traders, manufacturers, fabricators, skilled craftsmen, and business enthusiasts. Window ki Paathshala resulted from the inexhaustible energy and dedicated efforts of Mr. Ravi Panjwani from GOS Technology Systems. Mr Panjwani, the veteran of the Indian fenestration industry, demonstrated the complete fabrication of an aluminium sliding window on the second day and the fabrication of an aluminium casement on the third day of the Zak Expo.
Glass Experience Zone & the Testing Zone
Known to give industry its various firsts, Zak Triple expo this year showcased a brand new concept of “The Glass Experience Zone and The Testing Zone”. The Glass Experience Zone was a put up as a gallery of various types of glasses – from single toughened to complex Low-E DGUs; from lacquered to ceramic printed and from acoustically efficient to fire safe, and much more. The visitors were encouraged to look and feel the different types of glasses. It was a unique experience for the visiting architects and specifiers who are generally flooded with technical specifications of these glasses but see only the small cut-outs if not at the real site. This life size experience gallery was an experience in itself and became a major point of attraction at the show.
In another of its firsts, the show had a unique, never before, live facade & window testing zone, where a mockup test rig was established to demonstrate real-time air & water permeability tests as per ASTM standards. A casement window and a sliding window were installed and the parameters were monitored with the help of test equipment. The Ball Impact test was also demonstrated on a life-size railing sample that was installed at the testing zone. The whole experience was a real crowd puller and the sessions that were repeated over the course of 4 days were a hot favourite amongst the visitors and exhibitors alike who were interested in getting basic awareness on the testing
The Zak Glass Technology Expo is an annual meeting place for buyers and sellers, helping communities come together and explore unlimited business opportunities. The next edition will take place from 09 – 11 December 2016, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. For more information visit: http://www.zakglasstech.com