ICE is excited to bring back its 9th edition to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which is called as Enchanting Tamil Nadu.
We have spent the last year researching with industry leaders to gain a better understanding of cold chain challenges impacting the daily operations and processes. This year's program has been carefully designed to address these pressures while providing practical ways to balance compliance, risks and costs.
As the industry faces increased regulatory pressures and requirements, the related costs are guaranteed to grow, forcing the industry to constantly re-evaluate their best practices and key cold chain partnerships. Internal pressures are forcing cold chain leaders to look for more efficient strategies and proven ROI solutions to help mitigate these increasing costs.
ICE has been effectively acting as a medium to dissipate latest technologies, best practices and governing policies in the cold chain sector and has productively brought together the buyers, suppliers and all stakeholders. After successful editions of ICE since 2009 in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Ahmadabad, Chandigarh and Indore, the 9th edition is being organized in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
ICE is an amalgamation of exhibition, conference, awards and networking dinner. It is focused on cold chain industry and brings together users and service providers from all over the globe. It is a unique networking opportunity for decision makers, opinion leaders and the entire cold chain fraternity. Through an innovative format of Conference, Exhibition and Awards, it has become the one-stop-shop for innovation, education and business-to-business networking for the global food industry cold chain – from producer to consumer. It features a cutting edge exposition of the tools, technologies and services needed by all partners throughout the cold chain, and an educational conference bringing together innovators and experts with senior management and rising managers from all sectors of the industry. Together, the expo and conference create the most valuable business-to-business networking event serving the global cold chain.
Two day exhibition with latest technology on display. The exhibition is beneficial for the cold storage owners, logistics and supply chain professionals dealing in temperature sensitive products.
As an exhibitor you get an opportunity to:
Come be part of the knowledge sharing and witness what challenges and opportunities lay ahead.
Come and meet old stakeholders and get in touch with your prospects in a highly learning atmosphere.
ICE showcases complete range of cold chain technologies and solutions on one platform. The exhibition, conference and award' night provides an opportunity for modern cold chain, logistics, retail and other related industries to identify new trends, discuss new ideas, witness latest innovations, view a wide range of products specific to the industry.
Tamil Nadu has the second largest economy in India with a current GSDP of INR 13,842 billion (US$210 billion). Per capita GDP of Tamil Nadu was $3,000 in the year 2014–15, the third highest in India. Over 50% of the state is urbanized, accounting for 9.6% of the urban population in the country while only comprising 6% of India's total population. Services contribute to 45% of the economic activity in the state, followed by manufacturing at 34% and agriculture at 21%. Government is the major investor in the state with 52% of total investments, followed by private Indian investors at 29.9% and foreign private investors at 14.9%. It has been ranked as the most economically free state in India by the Economic Freedom Rankings for the States of India.
Tamil Nadu has historically been an agricultural state, while its advances in other fields launched the state into competition with other areas. Agriculture is heavily dependent on the river water and monsoon rains. Tamil Nadu is also the leading producer of kambu, corn, rye, groundnut, oil seeds and sugarcane in India. At present, Tamil Nadu is India's second biggest producer of rice. Tamil Nadu is the home to Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, known as the "father of the Green Revolution" in India. The town of Namakkal is a major poultry hub of India and Erode is one of the major producers of turmeric in India.
Tamil Nadu is planning to establish integrated cold chain infrastructure for banana in six regions to reduce wastage. The regions are Erode, Coimbatore, Tuticorin, Theni, Tiruchi and Tiruvannamalai. With an annual production of nearly 9 million tonnes, Tamil Nadu is the country's largest producer of banana with nearly one third market share. However, around 30 per cent of the produce is wasted due to inefficient post-harvest practices, said sources.
It is estimated that the annual loss of opportunity at over INR 2,700 crore due to lack of cold storage infrastructure for banana. Currently the capacity of cold storages, pack houses and ripening chambers for banana only accounts for 8 per cent of production. There are cold storages for banana in Theni, Tiruchi, Salem, Dindigul and in a number of small places built in the last two years. However, this entire can only help the industry handle less than one tenth of bananas produced. By investing in cold chain infrastructure, Tamil Nadu can increase earnings of farmers by 40 per cent, while consumers get scientifically ripened fruit and opportunities for processing of banana get created.
All these learning compel not only the Indian companies to explore the business opportunities in the state but also the overseas companies to invest in Tamil Nadu. Moreover, Tamil Nadu is surrounded by other progressive states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka and a nearby country - Sri Lanka. This expands the trade in Tamil Nadu to other related sectors like seeds, spices, sea-food and pharmaceuticals apart from fruits and vegetables. Chennai, being the capital of Tamil Nadu, is enriched with all the resources and is ideally placed geographically in the southern part of India which makes it apt to organize the ICE 2017.