Exhibitors and the organisers had much to celebrate at the conclusion of Optic India 2020 as business was brisk with much to show for it at the end of the day.
Optic India 2020 was hosted at the CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation) Exhibition Centre, a state-of-the-art exhibition and convention centre in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, between 18 and 20 January 2020. The show is held under the aegis of Mumbai Optical Association and organised by RSD Expositions.
Many companies had chosen the premier international trade fair and exhibition in ophthalmic optics to launch their new products, brands and collections in the country, and were very pleased indeed with the response and the many first-time customers. These outcomes reiterated the event’s standing among professionals and companies as an invaluable platform for business prospects.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Abhilash Khara, president of the Mumbai Optical Association and other office bearers. Shray Kumar from RSD Expositions, the organisers of the show, welcomed all the MOA’s office bearers with colourful bouquets.
The venue was buzzing at all times as over 13766 visitors were there to check out the latest in spectacle frames, sunglasses, optical accessories, contact lenses and related accessories, hi-tech products, optical and ophthalmic instruments, equipment, software, display systems and solutions for optical showrooms, optical instruments, machinery for lenses and frames, computerised frame selection systems, and raw materials.
All these were showcased to great effect in smartly done up stalls spread over two floors, in a setting that was on par with the best international standards. There was plenty to take in at the more than 200 stalls, the Indian companies from all over the country joined by some from Hong Kong, Korea and China. Of these, 25 per cent were new exhibitors, reflecting the strong growth of the sector in India and the esteem in which Optic India is held. The machinery stalls from China, from Malaysia, South Korea and the US too were a big draw.
Product launches and great displays, new concepts and business channels, great networking opportunities, the latest innovations, technology and trends – everything was stimulating for the exhibitor and the trade visitor, making it a win-win event for all.
The many new product launches at the fair included coating materials by Don Co Ltd from South Korea; Optimed with their collections of See Saw Kids Eyewear and Steve Madden; Pearl Enterprise who exhibited Monogram and McLaren; Luxottica’s Vogue Man collection; Stylrite Optical’s Azur by Morel and home brand Giorgio Lite; Stepper’s Tec Rimless; Spark Vision’s Pitt & Mitt Stick-on Clip-ons for kids and Teen Plus Teenager Collection under its Pitt & Mitt brand; Bhagat I-Space: TEDDY kids polarized sunglasses; Cifu India International Trading Pvt Ltd’s Firebird eyewear; Hunani Products’s Opticlean lens spray and cleaning cloth; Jaggi Brothers showing Shanghai Huvitz Co Ltd’s CRI Auto-refractometer and Indian Slit Lamp DR-12, Step by Jaggi (home brand); Prime Optics with Uninox 1.57 Antifog HMC, Drive Clear Lenses 1HD PRO, 1.57 Aspheric with super blue coating; and Optikam Tech Inc’s Optikampad digital dispensing software.
The sponsors, a touch of glam and mega prizes
Luxottica was the main sponsor of Optic India 2020. The many co-sponsors included Suprol, Pitt & Mitt, RKOS, Sprint, Scott, Provo Eyewear, The Monarch Enterprises and Mania Eyewear. The lanyard for visitor badges was sponsored by Scavin International Exim Pvt Ltd of Delhi.
Many at the show were delighted to spot famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, the recently appointed brand ambassador for Yash Lenses. Another major attraction was a lucky draw conducted by Luxottica with mega prizes given to the lucky winners.
Parallel events of substance
The SLK-CEP, an integral part of the show conducted by senior faculty members, once again offered professional seminars designed for practicing opticians and budding optometrists to keep abreast of the latest in the industry. Details about the programme are also covered in the issue of The Indian Optician.
It was a great idea to include a blood donation camp at the exhibition. This was a fine joint initiative of RSD Expositions, The Indian Optician and Monarch Enterprises, and a first such camp at Optic India. The organisers tied up with the Reliance Group’s blood bank to set up the camp, strategically located opposite the registration counter for visitors.It was a spacious set up with six beds, ample seating for 30 to 35 people, and good hospitality shown to the camp team members by the RSD team, who ensured they were well looked after with breakfast and lunch. At the conclusion of the fair it was heartening to note that a good number of blood donors had come forward in spite of their busy schedules.
Compliments to the organisers
Optic India in Mumbai and In-Optics in New Delhi are noted as the Indian subcontinent’s most influential international trade fairs in ophthalmic optics, and among the most important international optical events in Asia. Feedback shows that exhibitors, delegates and professionals were pleased indeed with the quality, variety, scope and opportunities at Optic India 2020 and are looking forward to the next edition and the vital role it plays for all stakeholders in the industry. Many expressed their appreciation for how professionally the event had been organised, and for the help and support from the RSD team.