INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CUM EXHIBITION ON “BAMBOO COMPOSITES” OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED AT IPIRTI, BENGALURU

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CUM EXHIBITION ON “BAMBOO COMPOSITES” OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED AT IPIRTI, BENGALURU

Bengaluru: Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI) is hosting an exhibition on “Bamboo Composites” at IPIRTI, Bangalore, India on 09th-12th February 2019.
Jointly organized by the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) and IPIRTI, the conference will witness the bamboo industry’s top experts, from across the world, discuss the sustainable growth of the industry as well as inform the masses of the latest and greatest in advancements and innovation being carried out to fuel the development of bamboo across the world.
The inaugural day of the event was graced by Shri Naveen Verma, IAS Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. Addressing the gathering, Mr Verma said, “The event comes as a much-needed step to tap into the immense potential of the bamboo sector. It is also a massive attempt towards boosting value additional to the country’s and the world’s bamboo industries.”
The conference cum exhibition aimed to promote the development of bamboo composites, facilitate better coordination at regional, national and international levels within the industry as well as integrate the conference’s deliberations into the industrial perspective of the National Bamboo Mission of India.
Chairman of the Organisation Committee and Director of IPIRTI, Dr BN Mohanty said, “This conference and exhibition provided a comprehensive overview of the latest innovations and the manufacturing technologies in the field of bamboo composites, bamboo crafts, bamboo jewellery and bamboo construction.”
A background to the conference was provided by Dr Manoj Kumar Dubey, Joint Director, IPIRTI, while Guests of Honours Shri. Avani Verma, Former PCCF & HoFF Karnataka, Shri. Punati Sridhar, IFS PCCF (HoFF), Government of Karnataka and Shri. B.K. Singh, IFS (Retd.) Former PCCF & HoFF, Government of Karnataka also provided the gathering with their valuable insights.

An exchange of ideas and thoughts through a panel discussion will be seen on the following themes:
• To promote the development and implementation of Bamboo composites
• To establish value chain networks within and outside India and to allow better coordination and cooperation at the national, regional and international levels.
• Take care to integrate the findings of the conference in the industrial perspective of National Bamboo Mission of India.

Key Speakers at the conference were:
• Dr Maharaj K. Muthoo, President Roman Forum, Italy,
• Shri Siddhanta Das, IES, DGF and Spl Secretary to GOI, MoEF&CC
• Shri Arun K Bansal , IES (Retd)Former Addl DGF, India
• Prof Dr M Al Amin, Professor IFES, Chittagong University, Bangladesh
• Ms Maristela Gava, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
• Ms Juliana XSao Paulo State University, Brazil
• Dr N Barathi, Founder Director, Growmore Biotech, ltd, Hosur
• Dr T P Subramony, Regional coordinator for south Asia INBAR
• Shri Sanjeev Karpe, director, Native Konbac, Bamboo Products Pvt ltd Mumbai
• Shri Abhinav Kant. In charge Bamboo and Cane Development Institute, Agartala
• Dr Vyom Viswanath, Kerala Forest Research Institute

In attendance were entrepreneurs, industries, architects, interior designers and bamboo enthusiasts. The floor of the exhibition was manned by the industry’s leading manufacturers and artisans who had their latest and greatest works on display, including furniture, craft items and industry-standard machinery and tools.
The conference is a sequel to the successful 5-day long World Bamboo Workshop hosted recently in Manipur’s Imphal, India.

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