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Manmohan to inaugurate Hannover Tech Fair

The world's largest and most important technology event, to be held from Apr 24, will have India as "Partner Country".

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 23:39 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will inaugurate the Hannover Technology Fair 2006, billed as the world's largest and most important engineering and technology event.

The Fair, to be held from April 24-28, would have India as the "Partner Country" after 21 years. It would be a big brand-building exercise for Indian manufacturing, engineering and related technologies, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath told reporters.

Nath, who would also attend the fair, said Hannover would be the second major stop for "India Everywhere" campaign after the World Economic Forum at Davos early this year.

Nearly 320 Indian companies including Bharat Forge, Reliance, Ashok Leyland as well as SMEs, and five state governments are participating in the fair representing various sectors including automotive, energy, engineering services and research & development.

The Engineering Export Promotion Council, supported by India Brand Equity Foundation, is the lead organiser of the Fair.

The Fair enjoys a commanding role globally for expanding business in industrial engineering and would showcase innovations in various fields, Nath said.

India's participation at Hannover is the largest ever by a Partner country, he said, adding the country has taken 11,500 square metre of space.

High-profile business delegations led by Presidents of CII, ACMA, FICCI and EEPC will also take part in the fair.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 23:07 IST