'India Day' session organised for metalworking fair EMO

The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, the VDW, will hold a session dedicated to the Indian manufacturing sector at the metalworking trade fair, EMO Hannover 2017.

The session, which takes place on 20 September from 10:00 to 13:00, will include a talk from Shri N. Sivanand, Joint Secretary of the Indian government’s Department of Heavy Industry in the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, who will speak about a government initiative to promote the manufacturing industry in India.

The session will also have presentations from: Jeremy Leonard at Oxford Economics, on the Indian economy and industrial production and investment opportunities; V. Anbu from the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association, who will give an overview of the nation’s machine tool industry; Dr Andreas Wolf from Bosch, on automotive production in the country; Milind Madhav Shahane from Tata Advance Materials, who will speak about the aerospace industry in India; and C.R. Sudheendra from United Grinding, who will present on the company’s market activities and strategic positioning – United Grinding has opened a subsidiary and set up a technology centre in Bangalore.

In a statement for EMO Hannover, Anbu, director general of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association, commented: ‘Game-changing initiatives such as “Make in India”, opening up of strategic sectors to foreign direct investments, and the implementation of “One nation, one tax” for goods and services have spurred manufacturing growth.’

India is the eighth largest market for machine tools, according to EMO, valued at €1.7 billion in 2016. India imports around 70 per cent of the machine tools it needs, worth €1.2 billion in 2016.

Dr Andreas Wolf from Bosch commented in relation to his presentation on the country’s automotive sector: ‘Triggered by the new legislation in regard to vehicle safety and emissions, we’re going to be seeing rapid implementation of modern-day technologies.’

The trade fair will also welcome six delegations of high-ranking Indian entrepreneurs, which will be organised and accompanied by various Indian customer associations and the staff of the VDMA’s liaison office in Kolkata.

‘We are particularly gratified to note that it will be almost exclusively Indian speakers or pundits who are thoroughly familiar with the country from their own career experience there who will be presenting their expertise on the India Day,’ said Gerhard Hein, who is co-organising the session at the VDW. ‘We’re expecting an exciting event, offering exceptional added value to everyone involved.’

EMO Hannover 2017 will also have a focus on additive manufacturing, with sessions organised on the 20 and 21 September, and input from Fruth Innovative Technologies, which has recently opened an ‘additive factory’ at its base in Lupburg, Germany, along with Siemens PLM Software. EMO Hannover 2017 will take place from 18 to 23 September.

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