Defence Expo Empowering MSME 2021 on 19-21 March 2021

Swatantra Foundation, a Chennai based Think Tank devoted to Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy, in association with Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu [AIDAT] working for  aerospace & defence ecosystem development in Tamil Nadu, are organizing an event “Defence Expo Empowering MSME 2021″ which will happen during 19-21 March 2021 at Chennai Trade Centre Complex, Nandambakkam, Chennai.

The Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production has approved the event and is also lending support. We also have Tamil Nadu Industries Development Corporation [TIDCO], which is the nodal agency for the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor, as our other partner for the event.

Large Defence Industries such as Larsen & Toubro [L&T], Bharat Forge, HAL, BEL, DGQA, DRDO, Super Auto Forge, Hindustan Shipyard, LMW, LCC, Ordnance Board Factories, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra, Adani, TATA Aerospace, TITAN, Carborandum Universal and other DPSUs and Private Industries are the potential key participants who can participate in this expo. Many of them have already confirmed their participation too. Many units of Ordnance Board including Heavy Vehicles Factory, Clothing Factories are participating.

The Army, Navy, Air Force & BSF direct procurement & maintenance depots are expected to participate.

The five important segments covered are Engineering, Leather, Clothing, Food & Services.

Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor Industries are participating. The Defence Ministry will be presenting a seminar on the Purchase Preference for Indian MSMEs in Defence Procurement, Off-set policies, Defence Export opportunities and Indigenisation opportunities. The Nodal officers incharge of Indigenisation are expected to participate.

B2B Collaborative meeting will be the highlight during the three day expo. Large DPSUs and Private Industries are expected to meet MSME units during this B2B meetings to take the Atmanirbhar initiative and Indigenisation to the next level. The B2B meeting is free for exhibiting Industries.

The event is expected to have thousands of B2B visitors from across the Country, including high profile visitors from the Armed forces, Defence Ministry and other Ministries.

We also expect participation of Overseas Defence manufacturing industries / through their Indian representatives. Foreign Embassies and their Trade departments are expected to participate which will be useful for the participating Indian MSMEs to find out potential export opportunities and also joint ventures & investment opportunities from Overseas Companies.

This Defence Expo Empowering MSME event will present a great opportunity for MSME units in joining the Defence Production.

With 50% Imports on Indian Defence Requirement of nearly 80000 Crore INR – that is nearly 40000 Crore INR – there is a huge potential for Indian Industries in joining the Defence production under the AatmaNirbhar initiative. With the Government aiming for 40000 Crore INR Defence Exports, Indian Industries have a huge potential to tap the opportunity.

The main aim of this event is to connect MSME companies that have the capacity and the capability to cater to the Aerospace and Defence Sector. A Conference and Seminar, over the 2-3 days, on Opportunities for MSMEs in Indian Defence Sector – Building an Atma-Nirbhar EcoSystem is also being planned concurrently with the Expo.

Exclusive B2B sessions will be the highlight, during which the potential supply chain partners can exchange business-related information.

The main objectives of the Expo and Seminar are:

  • To connect MSMEs to end-users in the Services, Indian Defence Manufacturing majors, and the various R&D institutions under DRDO and DPSUs.
  • To build and harness the Capacity and Capability of the MSME sector to cater to the needs of the Defence Sector
  • To create a broad and sustainable Supply Chain base for a vibrant MSME sector for Defence and Defence Exports
  • To provide a forum for MSME and Defence sector buyers to interact and identify mutually beneficial areas of business opportunities
  • To enable an Aerospace and Defence eco-system for Innovation by promoting new Start-Ups and Academia-Industry collaborations.
  • The event will be a great platform for Tier-1 & Tier-2 companies to meet up with their potential supply chain partners.

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