India will participate in the biennial machine tool trade show, EMO 2007, as the partner country, which is organised by the German Machine Tool Builders Association (VDW) to be held next year in Hannover.
"India has been made a partner in the event to increase participation from the country as both, India and Germany, have shared interest in this field," VDW Managing Director Helmut von Monschaw said.
He said VDW was expecting increased participation from the Indian side, which is already second in terms of the number of visitors from outside Germany.
Monschaw is in town to promote the event, which would be held between September 17 to 22 next year.
About 28 Indian machine tool companies would participate in the fair apart from a number of executives, Indian Machine Tools Association President V Anbu told reporters in New Delhi, adding, these companies are also in talks with their German counterparts for several deals.
The Indian version of the show, Intex 2007, would be held in Bangalore between October 18 to 24 and would see the participation of 25 countries from across the globe.
Around 1,200 companies are expected to participate in the triennial show on the Machine Tools industry, Anbu said.
"During the Bangalore event we expect business deals worth Rs 600-800 crore," he said adding in 2004 the show witnessed deals worth Rs 500 crore.