Global expo India: Let no household be without power

| Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

One of the largest electrical expos in India, Switch, is scheduled to be held from October 6–10, 2016 in Vadodara, Gujarat.

One of the largest electrical expos in India, Switch, is scheduled to be held from October 6–10, 2016 in Vadodara, Gujarat.
One of the largest electrical expos in India, Switch, is scheduled to be held from October 6–10, 2016 in Vadodara, Gujarat.
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India continues to forge its way to an even stronger power grid and nation-wide electrical connectivity. The call of the hour is clear – let no household be without power. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s 1,000 day deadline to power every village has been backed by strong steps. An ambitious target of 175 Gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 has also been established.

The event ‘Switch’ represents this ambitious and powerful spirit of India. Held from October 6–10, 2016, in Vadodara, Gujarat, it represents one of the biggest networks of electrical manufacturers, innovators, technologies and partners in the industry.

Government initiative

Promoted by the Government of Gujarat, under the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, this biennial platform is aimed to rev up India’s power sector. Switch has one of the widest product range seen in such expos and will have the assured presence of over 8,500 key buyers and over 1,00,000 visitors. Switch represents a growth opportunity unlike any other for the electrical industry.

When it comes to creating a business friendly policy environment in the country, Gujarat has been a pioneer. The state has been making massive strides in the power sector and is the only power surplus state in the country. The state witnessed an unprecedented surge of 166 per cent in power production capacity between March 2004 and January 2013. The portion of private players in the power sector also rose from 25 per cent to a substantial 60 per cent in this span of time. A testimony of good governance and sound policies, the state boasts of 24x7 power supply.

Power ecosystem

Gujarat has an already established power ecosystem and it looks to be growing with time. Vadodara, is a key component of this power ecosystem. One of the largest manufacturers of electrical equipment in the country, Vadodara also has a strong ancillaries market. Also known as the ‘transformers hub’ among industry regulars, companies from the city have also made strong inroads into renewable energy as well. The Electrical Research and Development Association (ERDA) labs have also helped Vadodara stay ahead of its competitors in this sector.

Switch is designed for businesses and entrepreneurs to make the most of this well balanced ecosystem and grow their business even further. All the events at Switch are geared towards bringing together people and brands. It is the associations, partnerships and innovations that are born of such an event that go on to help the country in its march toward power independence.

The event will focus on segments such as traditional electrical industry, lighting industry, electrical ancillary products, electrical industry innovations & innovation dome, electrical services, etc.

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