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BEL, BEML Roadshow Calls Upon SMEs & Start-ups to Showcase Capabilities at DefExpo 2020

Bengaluru, December 3, 2019: Leading Defence PSUs Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and BEML Limited today at BEL-Bangalore organised a Roadshow in the run-up to the 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India-2020, scheduled to be held in Lucknow from February 5-8, 2020.

The road-show was organised to urge south based vendors from the private sector, MSMEs and start-ups to actively participate in the upcoming Defence exhibition and take advantage of the potential business opportunities in the offing.

Defexpo-2020, being organised by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, has ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’ as its theme. The event would provide a common platform for Defence industries, both public and private, MSMEs and start-ups to showcase their capabilities and R&D strengths to potential customers from both India and abroad.

Welcoming the gathering, Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, said that international exhibitions like DefExpo help in providing a boost to the local Defence eco system. Bengaluru is a start-up capital and start-ups stand to gain a lot of exposure by participating in such events, she added.

Mr A K Srivastav, Chief General Manager, made a detailed presentation on DefExpo and elaborated the advantages for business enterprises on participating in the show. Mr Gourav Sharma, Dy Secy, DDP, MoD, assured the vendors of MoD’s wholehearted support in enhancing their business.  Mr Deepak Kumar Hota, CMD, BEML, informed the gathering that all support is being extended by DPSUs to entrepreneurs for supply of Defence aggregates. He appealed to the participants to be a part of DefExpo and widen their exposure and customer base. Mr Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Karnataka, briefed the vendors about the State Government policies in promoting industries.

The Roadshow, which ended with an interactive session, was a grand success with participation from more than 400 vendors from across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Photo captions:

  • Dignitaries seated on the dais at the Roadshow for DefExpo India-2020, organised by BEL and BEML today at BEL-Bengaluru.
  • Mr Deepak Kumar Hota, CMD, BEML, lighting the lamp at the inaugural of the Roadshow for DefExpo India-2020, as Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, looks on.
  • Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), speaking at the Roadshow.
  • Vendors who participated in the Roadshow.