IETF – the Flagship Event of CII since 1975 - in its long journey has achieved the status of a comprehensive international B2B business show in this part of the world. IETF covers a wide range of industry sectors today under its main umbrella of engineering and technology.

IETF was first held as a national event with large domestic participation, with a special focus on the Indian engineering industry. Over the years, IETF witnessed a larger presence of international players with a number of countries organizing National Pavilions within IETF to showcase the strength and capabilities of their country.

Keeping in mind the increased size of overseas national pavilions and individual company level participation at IETF, the organizers felt that at every IETF, a particular country will be given the opportunity to focus and showcase their industrial capabilities and technology strengths in a very special manner in the name and style of “Partner Country”. Thus the “Partner Country” concept was introduced to IETF in the year 1985, and Italy was accorded the first Partner Country Status. The “Partner Country” at IETF is the largest overseas participant, showcasing industry, technology, products, government initiatives, investment opportunities. Partner Country participation at IETF is also used to introduce the cultural side of the country as a special focus during the exhibition period in India.

Japan was the Partner Country at the last IETF held in February, 2007 and had put up an impressive display of Japanese products and technologies in an area of 0ver 5000 sqmtrs in an exclusive hall.

IETF is attended by the key people from Industry, government, and media from India and overseas. The IETF 2007 was attended by nearly 55,000 business visitors including government and business delegates from 24 countries.

Keeping in view the trend in the industry and to address the need of each sector, IETF introduced focused shows/pavilions within IETF, since 1993, to give opportunity to a particular sector of the industry to showcase and focus in an exclusive hall/area.

The 18th International Engineering & Technology Fair (IETF 2009) was held from 23rd to 26th February, 2009 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), a world class exhibition and conference facility in Bengaluru, India.

Republic of South Africa participated at the IETF 2009 as Partner Country and showcased a variety of industry segments from South Africa, with around 100 companies covering an area of 5000 sqmtrs of indoor space.

IETF 2009 covered an area of about 40, 000 sqm, with special focus on the following key areas of the industry, as concurrent shows/ pavilions:

» Automation & Robotics

» Energy & Environment

» Manufacturing

» Safety & Security

An ideal platform for business networking, idea exchange, technology assessment, and start of strategic partnerships, the IETF is also supported by Buyer-Seller meets, International Conference & Industry Seminars etc.

IETF is strongly supported by the Governments of the host country and the participating countries, besides active participation and cooperation from the relevant industry associations in India and abroad.

The last edition of the IETF was held from 10th to 12th February, 2011. The event was being brought back to its original destination – Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.

IETF 2011 focussed on new technologies and innovation from a variety of sectors. The following segments of the Industry were been focussed as major concurrent fairs/pavilions:

1. IETF Global

2. Manufacturing

3. Energy & Environment with special focus on Climate Change

4. Inclusive, Integrated Solid Waste Management

5. Waste Water Treatment Technologies

6. New Innovations

7. Auto Components

Each of the above segments had a focused country pavilion, showcasing the best and latest technologies on offer from a particular country. Relevant Industry Departments of the Government of India and the State Government participated in IETF 2011, showcasing the industrial strengths and investment opportunities, besides Indian Corporates and PSUs in a big way.

The three day event also had other events like sector specific seminars, conferences, cultural events, food festivals, etc. being organized concurrently with IETF 2011. IETF 2011 – The Flagship Event of CII attracted participation of around 800 companies from 25 countries in an area of 30,000 sq ms of indoor and outdoor space at Pragati Maidan – the largest exhibition facility in the Capital city of the country – New Delhi, India.