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Messe Frankfurt and NürnbergMesse join forces with leading Indian organisations

Apr 16, 2015

‘ISH India powered by IPA’ to be launched in India by 2017

Two of the world’s most renowned exhibition organisers, Messe Frankfurt and NürnbergMesse have joined forces with leading Indian organisations such as Indian Plumbing Association (IPA), Indian Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ISHRAE) and Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI). From 2017 onwards ‘ISH India powered by IPA’ will be a part of the new established “Build Fair Alliance” in India, alongside with existing leading fairs, organized by NürnbergMesse India, targeting building technologies such as ACREX India (23 to 25 February 2017), FENSTERBAU FRONTALE INDIA (FFI) and – 2017 for the first time – FIRE & SECURITY INDIA EXPO (FSIE).

“ISH India powered by IPA is another important step in our internationalization strategy and will strengthen our presence in one of the world´s most important growth regions. With our ISH Brand we have been active in Asia for many years now. This proves for example, the twenty year consist of ISH China & CIHE or even the somewhat younger success story of ISH Shanghai & CIHE. The biennial ISH event in Frankfurt, Germany, is held from 14 till 18 March 2017, with around 2.400 exhibitors and almost 200.000 visitors it is the world’s leading trade fair in its sector”, says Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.

Messe Frankfurt’s portfolio in India already includes leading brands in the lighting, energy conservation and automation sectors such as Light India, LED Expo, Watertech India, Wastetech India, Cleantech India, SPS Automation India, Control India & Motek India. Early this year, the company announced its plans of launching the Electrical Building Technology India targeting the home automation and building technology sector as well as the acquisition of the International Elevator and Escalator Expo, thus expanding the presence of its technology platforms within pivotal segments of city planning.

NürnbergMesse stands among one of the largest trade fair companies in the world covering around 120 national and international trade fairs and congresses at the Nuremberg location and worldwide. Its portfolio of fairs in India includes leading and very niche show with leading Indian Industry Associations. ACREX India, FFI and FSIE in the sector of Construction and allied industries. BIOFACH INDIA covering Organic Food, Textiles & Wellness, ALUCAST covering the sector of Aluminium Pressure Die Casting. PAINTINDIA and HPCI/CCC India in sectors like Coatings and Speciality Care Chemicals, POWDER & BULK SOLIDS INDIA covering Bulk Material Handling, Powder Process & Automation.

Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, CEOs of NürnbergMesse Group, are convinced: “This ‘Build Fair Alliance’ is a unique and future-oriented model for specialists by specialists.” 

While the strategic partnership with IPA, ISHRAE and FSAI will attract their members to showcase expertise in their respective fields, the organisers Messe Frankfurt and NürnbergMesse will combine their strengthens, expertise and global network to create an international standard business platform.

Underlining the benefits that the partnership would bring to their respective sectors, Sachin Maheshwari, President, ISHRAE said: “ISHRAE is happy to announce the ‘Build Fair Alliance’ initiative of NürnbergMesse India and work with  global exhibition leaders,  NürnbergMesse and Messe Frankfurt, and believe that the jointly collocated exhibitions will play a decisive role in the implementation of intelligent building technologies, which is the need of the hour for designing India’s smart cities” and Mr Sudhakaran Nair, President, Indian Plumbing Association explained: “ACREX India and FFI are well-established industry events in their respective industries and FSIE adds further value. With this strategic alliance we hope to bring attention to the significant role of water management and sanitation technologies in city planning, which are directly related to the health and safety of citizens.”

Ashish Rakheja, Chairman ACREX India 2017 comments, “Build Fair Alliance will merge the strengths and networks of experts and provide INTEGRATED BUILDING SOLUTIONS under one Roof. ISHRAE celebrating the 27th year of ACREX India in 2017, always envisioned this alliance to give one stop solutions for the architects, specifiers and consultants”. Pankaj Dharkar, President FSAI quotes “FSAI aims to work closely with the Government and all other stakeholders to enable the Indian fire and security industry to reach global pre-eminence with better regulatory framework. This Build Fair Alliance will only strengthen our aims and have positive impact on development of the Construction Industry.”

India’s smart cities project, proposed to be equipped with infrastructure that offer a good quality of life through smart solutions, have attracted funding of INR 480 billion (US$7.1 billion) while the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), has acquired a total funding of INR 500 billion (US$7.4 billion) by the Cabinet. Given the huge costs and challenges involved in developing 100 smart cities, it is essential that architects and urban planners work closely together with the building technology sector. The partners believe ‘ISH India powered by IPA’ targeting architects, interior designers, urban development planners, decision makers from real estate, housing and construction industries, government and local authority officials, investors and local authorities, plumbing consultants & contractors will create a technology roadmap suited for urban renewal and town planning. 

Making its debut in 2017, ‘ISH India powered by IPA’ will place strong emphasis on integrated room automation, advanced kitchen and bathroom solutions, water metering and plumbing installation technologies. While ACREX India will return with its focus on HVAC&R and building engineering services, FENSTERBAU FRONTALE INDIA will showcase the latest developments from the world of doors, windows and facades and FIRE & SECURITY INDIA EXPO, on the other hand, will cover solutions in building fire protection and safety technologies. Together with NürnbergMesse India “Build Fair Alliance” envisions to meet the Indian government’s development vision for smart cities by enabling collaborations and knowledge sharing with building technology players.


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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent. For more information, please visit our website at:

*Preliminary figures for 2015

About the NürnbergMesse Group

NürnbergMesse is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. The portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses and approx. 40 sponsored pavilions at the Nuremberg location and worldwide. Every year, around 30,000 exhibitors (international share: 41%) and up to 1.4 million visitors (international share of trade visitors: 24%) participate in the own, partner and guest events of the NürnbergMesse Group, which is present with subsidiaries in China, North America, Brazil, Italy and India. The group also has a network of about 50 representatives operating in over 100 countries.