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ACMEE Over the Years

AIEMA, for the first time, organised a consumer product exhibition for the benefit of employers and employees in the sports grounds of AIEMA TECH CENTRE during the year 1987-88. It was also as a fund raising event for AIEMA, thanks to the initiatives of Mr K.S. Shetty who was President of Tech Centre at that time.

With a view to further achieving the objectives of AIEMA TECH CENTRE, Product Promotion Programmes were organized on a regular basis in Tech Centre. The fair activities were enlarged to include BUYER SELLER MEETS, BANK CUSTOMERS MEETINGS with products display, etc. This greatly helped in showcasing the manufacturing strength and profiles of members and brought in the required recognition of institutional buyers, corporates, Government establishments and nationalized Banks.

During the year 1993-94, Mr PR. Nagappan, Vice President of Tech Centre, in charge of exhibitions and fund raising submitted a proposal for organizing a full fledged industrial exhibition in Chennai under the name and style of ACMEE94, acronym for the five pavilions covering

  • Automobile and Ancillaries
  • Consultancy and services
  • Machinery and Machine Tools
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Energy and Environment

The Proposal was well received by the AIEMA Executive Committee headed by Mr. M. Thiagarajan and Past Presidents and other members of AIEMA.

An advisory committee headed by Mr K. Vasudevan was constituted to guide in organizing this effort. All Past Presidents were included in the Committee as members. Also, to gain continuous momentum a Steering Committee headed by Mr.G.S. Vijayaraghavan was formed. All AIEMA and Tech Centre Committee members were members of this Committee. Sub committees for the five product specific pavilions, Marketing, Publicity, Ground Services etc. functioned with Mr.P. R.Nagappan as Convenor.

The very first effort, ACMEE 94 got ITPO recognition and approval. With 230 stalls in the open Congress grounds ACMEE 94 was a resounding success … it was a long felt need in Chennai for a grand engineering exhibition. The professional visitor turn out proved to be a crucial point in the success of the exhibition.

The second event planned during June 1996 happened to be a challenging one because of unprecedented heavy rains and floods in the city on the second day of the exhibition forcing the organizers to extend the event by two days. The exhibitors as well as visitors were very happy at the turn out of business facilitated by ACMEE 96.

As the Congress Grounds were insufficient for meeting the expanded space requirements, ACMEE 98 was shifted to Rajaji Hall environs in the Government Estate, Chennai. ACMEE 2000 was held in Island Grounds.

All the three venues..Congress Grounds, Rajaji Hall Environs and Island Grounds were open areas and consequently, the ambience of exhibition was not upto expectations. AIEMA took up the matter of construction of a proper exhibition complex in Chennai with various government authorities. AIEMA's efforts yielded fruits…in the form of Chennai Trade Centre..a modern exhibition facility in Chennai started functioning in 2001.

ACMEE 2002 happened to be the first industrial exhibition in the Chennai Trade Centre and since then the Chennai Trade Centre has been hosting ACMEE continuously once in two years. As the constructed halls are still inadequate, temporary halls are a regular feature in ACMEE events.

With each edition, ACMEE has been growing in all directions … number of participants, exhibition area, visitors and business transacted. Over the years, ACMEE has been specializing in machine tools and is now recognized as a one stop platform for sourcing the best in machine tools available anywhere in the world. The event has also been getting international recognition and many international machine tools associations are participating.

ACMEE 2016, the last edition of ACMEE series of events held in June 2016, had 465 participants including 125 from overseas. TAITRA organised Taiwan Pavilion. Japanese companies occupied nearly 10% of the total exhibition space. More than 45,000 visited the event.

ACMEE has been fortunate in getting guidance from leaders of the industry and support from all members. For each edition of ACMEE, a separate Organising Committee has been guiding in organsing the event. The Committee takes care of all aspects of fair … from marketing the event amongst exhibitors to mobilizing visitors, publicity, actual organizing the event at site and so on. The names of Chairman and Convenors of each edition of ACMEE are given below.

Leaders of ACMEE

ACMEE 1994

Mr. G.S. Vijayaraghavan
Chairman - Steering Committee
Mr. K. Vasudevan
Chairman - Advisory Committee
Mr. P.R. Nagappan
Convenor

ACMEE 1996

Mr. P.R. Nagappan
Chairman - Steering Committee
Mr. K.G. Papu
Chairman - Advisory Committee
Mr. P.K.M. Pillai
Convenor

ACMEE 1998

Mr. G.S. Vijayaraghavan
Chairman
Mr. C.L.S. Rosario
Convenor

ACMEE 2000

Mr. Dilip kumbhat
Chairman
Mr. R. Selvaraj
Convenor

ACMEE 2002

Mr. K.S. Shetty
Chairman
Mr. K.S. Venkatasubban
Convenor

ACMEE 2004

Mr. L. Leelakrishna
Chairman
Mr. G. Panchanadan
Convenor

ACMEE 2006

Mr. R. Selvaraj
Chairman
Mr. K.S. Jeyaraman
Convenor

ACMEE 2008

Mr. Dilip kumbhat
Chairman
Mr. D. Ravi
Convenor

ACMEE 2010

Mr. D. Ravi
Chairman
Mr. M.V. Robert
Convenor

ACMEE 2012

Mr. M.V. Robert
Chairman
Mr. S. Chandrasekaran
Convenor

ACMEE 2014

Mr. S. Chandrasekaran
Chairman
Mr. R. Ramchander
Convenor

ACMEE 2016

Mr. R. Ramchander
Chairman
Mr. K. Ayyappan
Convenor

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