Mumbai: UBM India, India’s leading exhibition organizer launched the first edition of World of Facilities (WOF) yesterday (24 April 2017) at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Goregaon, Mumbai. A three-day exhibition (24th-26th April, 2017), World of Facilities is India’s premier trade event and conference for the facility management product and service industry.
The inaugural ceremony of World of Facilities 2017 took place in the presence of key dignitaries Mr. Sandeep Sethi, Managing Director – West Asia, Integrated Facilities Management – JLL India; Mr. Dharminder Salwan, Director Blackrock APAC & Board Member iNFHRA; Mr. Yogesh Mudras – MD, UBM India and Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee – Group Director, UBM India, amidst a sizeable industry gathering.
Through the expo, UBM India provided a trade platform for the facilities management supplier industry to showcase their innovative products and services, network, and connect with key decision makers from every level of a wide range of sectors. With leading global real estate services firm JLL as its knowledge partner, the expo also witnessed a high profile conference on the side-lines where stalwarts from the fraternity discussed industry trends, a peek into future possibilities, challenges, and market insights and also provided in-depth solutions.
The show brought together more than 100 exhibitors and over 200 major Indian and global brands of the facilities management industry such as HIKVISION, Zeta, NESTLE, Cannon Hygiene, 3M, Karcher Cleaning, Charnok Cleaning, Uniclean, MCS, Buzil Rossario, Pure Duct Services, SMS, Sierra ODC, Aura Facility Management, Arrow Greentech Ltd, Synconext India Pvt Ltd., MCS Solutions (P) Ltd, Fine Grace and HygieneTech amongst others.
The two-day conference delivered unique and innovative value propositions to exhibitors and visitors alike. It focussed on the endless possibilities in the domain as well as challenges faced by facility managers, admin and operations managers, purchase managers, facility technical heads on cost management, manpower management, integrated facility management, automation, security and new technologies.
The conference has an excellent selection of renowned speakers from the industry that include Mr. Sandeep Sethi, Managing Director – West Asia, Integrated Facilities Management, JLL; Mr. Subroto Mukherjee, Head Administration & Facilities Management, Cipla Ltd.; Mr. Sandeep Sudan, Head – Centre of Excellence – Global Corporate Security, Reliance Industries Limited; Ms. Ratna Pawan, Global Head of Security Risk, GSCs and Technology; HSBC Operations, Service and Technology – Operations, HSBC Electronic Data Processing India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Manish Kachhy, Head Intelligence and Vigilance, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., and Ms. Gandhali Samant, Senior Technology Evangelist – Microsoft, to name a few.
Speaking at the maiden launch of World of Facilities 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “A combination of several factors has created a huge potential for FM services in India. These include the boom in real estate, growth in retail and hospitality sectors, modernisation of technology, increased standards of living, and the need for efficient management of vast and ever increasing human traffic at malls, hospitals, airports and workplace clusters. The industry is expected to reach a value of approximately $19.4 billion by 2020. Simultaneously, the tendency towards eco-friendly, green initiatives – that will help conserve energy and resources for the future – have also led to an increased sensitisation towards facility management services.”
Sandeep Sethi, MD – Integrated Facility Management, JLL West Asia, and also Chairman, Steering Committee, World of Facilities, said, “The facilities management industry is about $7.5 billion large. It has grown by around 15% in the last three years. The projections are that it will continue to grow at the same pace through 2020. It is at this opportune time that JLL as knowledge partner has joined hands with UBM India to launch World of Facilities. JLL is delighted to partner with UBM to influence the facilities management landscape for this powerful event.”