Taking The Big Leap
On 14 June the Indian kitchen and cabinet industry’s most awaited meeting of minds, the India Kitchen Congress, was held in New Delhi at The Lalit. Like past editions, the 7th edition of IKC focused on innovation, nurturing business partnerships, setting trends, and giving direction to the industry. The highlight of this edition was the focus on and linkage of technology and innovation to the kitchen and cabinetry industry.
This year India Kitchen Congress had a non-traditional start. Vikram Sharma, in his keynote address on business transformation, set the ball rolling by introducing the subjects of technology and innovation in the kitchen space. Interestingly both these themes continued to pop up in other presentations and discussions, confirming that no enterprise could succeed without incorporating these themes in the functions of design, marketing, manufacturing, HR, etc.
The attending industry professionals and entrepreneurs, over 250 of them, were enthralled to hear about the changes the industry was going to witness. They heard experts elaborate on the concepts of professionalism, design thinking, artificial intelligence, augmented & virtual reality, physical to digital retail, Internet of Things, lean management, etc. What emerged from the daylong discussions and knowledge-sharing was that industry leaders would make it to the top if they have a customer-centric approach, that is, if they keep the customer at the centre of everything they do.
The India Kitchen CongressTM annual awards are keenly awaited announcements for professionals, entrepreneurs and corporates. These awards recognise achievements of the industry’s most impressive personalities, concepts and companies in the year gone by.
Kitchen Retailer Award (Standalone) 2019 – Etre Luxe
Kitchen Retailer Award (Multipe Outlets) 2019 – Home Studio India
Kitchen Professional Award 2019 – Gopal Dwivedi, Livspace.com
Kitchen Designer Award 2019 – Bindi Saolapurkar, Saolapurkar & Associates
Kitchen Component Supplier Award 2019 – Paracasa Interio
Innovative Kitchen Product Award (Materials) 2019 – Tusker Cabinets by Prasara Innotech Pvt Ltd
Innovative Kitchen Product Award (Materials) 2019 – My Story by Wurfel Kuche
Innovative Kitchen Product Award (Appliances) 2019 – Blaupunkt, Induction Hob with Integrated Extractor Fan – Model 51X99290
Emerging Kitchen Brand (Jury’s Award) – Ultrafresh Modular Solutions
Lifetime Achievement Award (Jury’s Award) – Anil Mathur, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co