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Industrial Automation to transform Manufacturing Sector growth in India
Dec 04, 2015

CII Industrial Automation Summit witnessed the presence of many Experts and leading companies from Manufacturing Sector across the country. Addressing the Summit Mr Rajiv Gandhi - Vice Chairman, CII Haryana State Council & Executive Director – Plants, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said that with India’s emergence as a ‘Global Manufacturing Hub’, Economic reforms and various policy initiatives have made India one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today. The manufacturing sector has played a significant role in the growth of the Indian economy, contributing nearly 15% to the country’s GDP over the last few years.

He shared that the growing demand for industrial robots has attracted leading global manufacturers of robots to set up facilities in India to serve the Indian market. In a complementing response to Prime Minister’s vision of Make in India, he shared Mr. Suzuki’s statement – “If you want to make in India, It should be “Quality in India”.

Mr. Gandhi said that Speed, quality, service, flexibility and global focus are identified as the essential elements for successful manufacturing for the next decade and that the manufacturers are measured by their ability to respond quickly to sudden, often unpredictable changes in customer needs and wants. He also mentioned that the ease of maintenance & running cost has to be a major factor in the design of automations to ensure that the usage is sustainable. With multiple industry initiatives as well as opportunities arising out of the fast growing manufacturing sector, automation market participants with their global expertise and vast resources have the potential to transform current Indian manufacturing practices and bring these at par with global standards. This will enable manufacturers to attain global manufacturing competitiveness even as they capitalize on India’s inherent strengths.

Speaking at the session Mr Makoto Yokoyama - Director – Factory Automation & Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt Ltd said “India is one of the most promising destination for investment today. He also added that the Government too seems to be more passionate towards industrial growth with the recent “Make in India” campaign.” Industrial automation will play an important role for efficient planning of Industrial growth in India. He touched upon the point that his company is running several skill development programs as an outcome of the industrial strategy, to make it cost effective for the customers through 6 technical centers in india.

Mr Ashwani Dubey - Managing Director & CEO, Comau India Pvt Ltd threw light upon the key issues in the sector pertaining to the very high attrition rates and lack of competent and non-availability of skilled manpower. He also focused on the measuring tool ie. Intelligent Quotient to analyse the demographic dividend. His suggestions to the industry was to define competency and have a structured program to bridge the competency gap with Skill Development, Quality and Intelligent Quotient.

Mr Ramesh C Jain, Past Chairman, CII Haryana State Council & Former Group Vice Chairman, Eicher Group stressed on the term Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution which involves Data exchange, Cyber fiscal norms, internet of things. He said the key part of a manufacturing strategy is the definition of whether products will continue to be produced at the traditional manufacturing sites, or if the cost advantages make it beneficial to set up manufacturing in geographic areas with a lower cost base. Automation has had a notable impact in a wide range of highly visible industries beyond manufacturing. Telecom sector is one such example. Even medical processes are carried out at much greater speed and accuracy by automated systems. All these factors clearly indicate the need for creating focused platform for deliberations on the issues in various sectors including the users & suppliers.

Dr Chandan Chowdhury - Managing Director, Dassault Systems gave a very interesting presentation and stressed upon the fact that Collaboration, Integration of the process of production with Green and sustainability is the key criteria for Robust Growth in Industrial Automation. He also shared various projects his company has been undertaking in the past few years and how people are now talking about transformation enabled by technology. In the automobile sector the consumer wants smart, safe and connected cars. He said that as the cost of making a defect in the physical world is very high and companies can actually create a digital twin before the final product. Launch the product in 3 D.

The summit witnessed speakers from various organizations namely Omron Automation Pvt Ltd., ATS Conveyors India Pvt Ltd, Stratasys  India, SCHUNK Intec India Private Limited, Precision Automation & Robotics India Ltd (Pari), Fanuc India Pvt Ltd, Maini Precision Products Pvt Ltd, Siemens Industry Software (India) Pvt Ltd, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited.

The Summit was well attended by over 250 Corporates from all over the country.       

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