The seventh edition of Busworld India will be held in Bangalore from 10 to 12 November, showcasing latest products and solutions for the Indian bus industry.
For the first time, Busworld and its Indian partners, Inter Ads Exhibitions, are conducting the expo at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC).
The new venue has attracted some new vehicle manufacturing exhibitors like Daimler and Volvo Buses. Also the loyal exhibitors like MG Automotive, SML Isuzu and other OEM’s will be presenting their latest products to the professional visitors.
In total, more than 70 exhibitors will display their products and services at the expo covering an area of 3.870 sqm.
Like in 2015, there will be a two day congress in conjunction with the exhibition
Jan Deman, Busworld Academy Director, said, “Following the success of the ‘Busworld Academy & IRU Congress’ held back in April 2015 in Mumbai, we are now joining forces with the ‘Association of Road Transport Undertakings’ (ASRTU) organising the congress “Bus and coach – A smart transportation system for India”, exploring current challenges, as well as potential opportunities to enable a framework for efficient, comfortable and safe buses in India.
The Congress in Bangalore will bring together high level mobility experts from India and abroad, public and private bus operators, bus and coach manufactures and suppliers in addition to authorities and decision makers to exchange ideas.
According to Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General, “Building on IRU’s international experience and expertise as well as our work with the IRU-led All India Smart Move High Level Group we are working towards a clear action plan on safe, green, affordable and sustainable transport in India with policy recommendations on how to substantially increase the use of buses and coaches by 2030.”
Ananda Rao, Executive Director of ASRTU, said, “The Association of State Road Transport Undertakings is happy to associate with this most comprehensive conference and exhibition on Road Transport Industry, highlighting the latest bus models and coaches for India’s future fleet.”
Demand for buses and coaches in India remains strong and the financial year April-March 2016 recorded a total registration of 45,085 of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes gross, up from 37,457 unit registered in the previous financial year but was still not as high as the record of 49,932 units in the fiscal 2011-12.
This volatility can be attributed to a number of reasons, but the main one is the periodic introduction of stimulus schemes to subsidise the purchase of new city buses. The Indian government is keen to replace older and more polluting buses with modern new vehicles. Industry experts forecast the bus demand to rise in 2017 and to remain strong in the following years.
The car ownership ratio in India is too rising, leading to urban congestion with the current rate of around 22 cars per 1,000 people. Hence there is great demand for public transport, especially buses.
There is also a growing market for special school buses, mainly medium size vehicles, and for simple buses for employee transport.
The Indian government has introduced the Bus Code that took its inspiration from the European Bus Directive. It introduced new standards of specifications, making buses safer and more comfortable.
It also introduced Conformity of Production with which all manufacturers must comply. Over the past few years, features like lower floors and air suspension have become much more widespread while power steering becoming mandatory.
The visitors can have free access to the expo by just registering. To avoid queuing at the entrance, the visitors can also do pre-registeration online on the Busworld India website at http://www.busworldindia.org/,