Global trade fairs major Messe Stuttgart Enters India

Launches DIDAC skills in India

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(C) Mangal Prabhat Lodha, minister of skill development and entrepreneurship (Maharashtra) at the launch of Messe Stuttgart India

Messe Stuttgart, a known name in the international trade fair and exhibition industry, has made its formal entry into the Indian market. The company announced its Indian foray in a gala launch ceremony attended by Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Mahasrahtra’s minister of skill development and entrepreneurship as the chief guest along with other key dignitaries, consulates, ambassadors, and business tycoons.

The company’s expansion into the Indian market includes the launch of its subsidiary, Messe Stuttgart India, as well as the introduction of three flagship events. Moldex, the international fair on tools, patterns, and mold-making, and Fastnex, the international trade fair for the fastener and fixing industry, are slated to showcase innovations and facilitate both domestic and international exposure for businesses across India.

Drawing from a storied 80-year history in Germany, Messe Stuttgart brings with it a legacy of trade fairs and exhibitions that have been instrumental in fostering business growth, knowledge exchange, and international collaborations across various industries, the company said.

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L-R: Aditya Gupta, Sachin Patil, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Roland Bleinroth, and Bernhard Müller

“We are gathered here today to celebrate the launch of Messe Stuttgart India and the launch of DIDAC Skills, initiatives that will collaborate closely with the citizens of Maharashtra and the government of Maharashtra. India and Germany share a special bond, with our two nations having much in common. Germany has long been a friend of India, and its expertise in machinery and technical fields is renowned. The fact that Germany is bringing a skills exhibition to India reflects its goodwill and intention. India has a vast workforce, and we need robust support for skill development. Through this new collaboration, together, we aspire to elevate exhibitions and skills development to new heights and attract a larger audience. We come with genuine intentions, a commitment to transparent working, and a long-term vision. We aim to work in close partnership with the government, supporting our students and contributing to their future success,” said Lodha.

“We are thrilled to bring Messe Stuttgart’s legacy of excellence to the dynamic Indian market. Our entry into India signifies the beginning of a new era in the world of trade fairs and exhibitions. With Messe Stuttgart India, the possibilities are endless, and we are dedicated to making a significant impact on business, education, and skill development in India,” said Roland Bleinroth, CEO of Messe Stuttgart.

With a strong foothold in Europe, the company has consistently orchestrated over 60 successful trade fairs of which 40 are the organization’s own shows and 100 exhibitions each year that drive industry development and innovation.

LogiMAT India, a satellite show of LogiMAT Stuttgart, is another from its stable. It is the world’s largest Intralogistics exhibition and will serve as a hub for the entire logistics community, including intralogistics, transportation management, warehousing, supply chain solutions, and automation. Supported by Invest India, LogiMAT India aims to drive innovation and excellence in the logistics industry.

Messe Stuttgart India has taken a significant step in its journey by acquiring DIDAC India, Asia’s largest and India’s sole exhibition and conference for education and skilling resources.

In addition, Messe Stuttgart India has introduced DIDAC Skills, a specialized offshoot that will focus exclusively on skill development for India’s youth. DIDAC Skills is envisioned as a platform that bridges the gap between education and employability by showcasing the latest advancements, training programs, and opportunities in various technical fields.

“As we set foot into the dynamic Indian market, we bring with us not just our legacy but a promise of transformation. Messe Stuttgart’s shows are more than just events; they are catalysts for industry growth and innovation. We are here to stay, and we are here to make a difference. Our shows are poised to be game-changers, ushering in a new era of opportunities, collaborations, and progress in the industry.” Sachin Patil, managing director, and CEO of Messe Stuttgart India.


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