In-Optics is internationally recognised as the biggest exhibition for the Indian subcontinent’s ophthalmic optics, and South Asia’s premier international trade fair show for the sector. The show offers an invaluable platform for business prospects in a country that is seeing strong growth in the trade.
India’s rapidly rising consumer graph and robust fashion industry are together propelling the popularity of designer, luxury and branded eyewear across the country. In this scenario, In-Optics offers an exciting opportunity for networking as key players of the optical industry – the policy and decision makers – gather to exchange ideas, forge new contacts, understand the latest consumption patterns, and maximise the market potential of the Indian subcontinent for their respective companies. It is noted for the weight it carries as a launching pad for the many international eyewear brands keen to enter the Indian market.
There was much praise for the layout and ambience, the networking opportunities and the enthusiastic response to product launches, the excellent organisation and efficient management of each aspect.
This time the event, spread over a sprawling area of 12,000 square metres at the prestigious Pragati Maidan exhibition complex in the heart of New Delhi, extended beyond the halls to the air-conditioned hangar area to accommodate the many more exhibitors due to the high demand.
The excellent feedback speaks volumes. “We are happy to take our association with In-Optics to the next level. It provides us an excellent platform to reach out to our retail partners from different parts of the country,” was the comment from Aakash Goyle, Country Manager and Managing Director at Luxottica India
Around 22,000 visitors thronged the event between 7 and 9 April 2017, including from overseas and even from remote interiors of the country.
The advanced technological innovations on display generated a huge amount of interest, in addition to the entire optical range – spectacle frames, sunglasses, contact lenses and related accessories, ophthalmic lenses, hi-tech products, equipment and machinery, instruments for eye testing, raw materials, optical software, shop displays and much more.
“A very well organised In-Optics 2017,” said Naveen Gairola, director of Lenstech Opticals, Navi Mumbai. “The attendance was overwhelming in spite of a couple of local exhibitions in the preceding two months. We launched our new machine which was very well received.”
Visitors were treated to a very wide variety of the latest fashion eyewear brands including the best international brands, and the latest trends, innovations, developments and technology from around the world.
There was quite a buzz and an air of optimism at the 260 booths including at those of 60 new companies. Of these around 25 were from the Far East exhibiting at an optical trade fair for the first time, and pleased indeed with the response to their products in the dedicated Far East pavilion.
“We are happy that we participated in In-Optics. The organizers did an excellent job,” wrote Vineet Sharma, chairman, Mondottica India Private Limited, Noida. “This fair provided us an opportunity to announce our launch as well as gave us a platform to showcase our brands to the trade, channel partners and dealers, who travelled from all parts of the country.”
Nitin Grover of Scavin International Exim Pvt Ltd noted that, “In-Optics is a very unique platform that not only promotes the optical industry but also opens new business avenues for its stakeholders. We were really impressed with the efficient management of this biggest optical expo that brought together manufacturers and buyers from across the country. I applaud the efficacy of the organisers . . .”
Companies from Korea, Malaysia, Italy, France and Germany, among others, had a strong presence. The SLK CEP, an interactive professional academic programme for opticians and optometrists held concurrently at the same venue was very educative and highly motivating. (Details of the event are featured on page no 86). A much-awaited event at In-Optics is the gala dinner, always hosted with traditional Indian hospitality and in great style.
Transitions lucky draw held during In-Optics Gala Dinner conducted by Radhika Francis from Transitions
“Definitely a show which is growing in standards year after year! A very good opening and exposure to the retail as well as wholesale trade, which in turn is beneficial for the growth of the industry,” wrote Hiren Megnani of Dynamic Eyewear and Global Fashion, Kolkata.
Held at the Hamsadhwani Theatre in the Pragati Maidan complex on 8 April, it was a grand affair where guests unwound and could be seen having a jolly good time. Sponsored by Transitions, the evening included a lucky draw that ensured the winners went home with some very fine gifts.
It was a packed gala with very enjoyable dance performances by different troupes, organised by the Rang Manch group.
In his role as master of ceremonies, Madhukar Malhotra had the audience glued to the proceedings, and enchanted all with his shairo shaiyari. In addition, his jokes and mimicry evoked peals of laughter.
In-Optics 2017 enjoyed the support of Luxottica, the Safilo Group and Izzara, in the platinum, gold and silver categories respectively. Other supporters included Blue Cross Eyewear, Killer, Mangalsons Group, RKOS Lenses, Scavin Eyewear and Suprol.
The All India Optical Federation (AIOF), the Calcutta Optical Association and the Delhi Opticians Association supported the event, while Eye Zone – UAE, and The Indian Optician were the media partners.
Vikram Shah of Stylrite Optical Industries, Mumbai said, “Delhi being the Hub for brands, this year we saw a very good response. It was well organised and what was also important, it had visitors for all three days.”
The In-Optics shows are organised by RSD Expositions, a partner company of The Indian Optician. Its first international trade fair and exhibition in ophthalmic optics, then known as INDOPTICA, was held in 1978. As specialists in organising trade shows, RSD Expositions is also equally well-known internationally for its Optic India exhibitions in Mumbai. The hosts look forward to welcoming the trade to In-Optics in the Indian capital once again in 2019.
Bhavin Kothari of Ganko Opticians, Mumbai said that, “The 2017 In-Optics was the grandest so far. From the stalls layout to visitor participation it was a bigger success than what we had anticipated. The show worked very well for us and the credit goes to the organisers for a great show . . . We were glad to be a part of it. We got a great response to our new brands.”
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