Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association's (IMTMA) flagship event and South East Asia’s largest exhibition on metal cutting technologies 'IMTEX 2017 & Tooltech 2017' was inaugurated by Shri Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, at the Bangalore Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Thursday.
Mr. Girish Shankar, Secretary (HI), Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India; Mr. D.V. Prasad, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Karnataka; and Dr. Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman - Exhibitions, IMTMA; Mr. P.G. Jadeja, President, IMTMA; Mr. P. Ramadas, Vice President, IMTMA; and Mr. V. Anbu, Director General, IMTMA also presided over the inauguration.
The exhibition is being held from 26 January to 1 February 2017 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bangalore. A new 17,500 square metres Exhibition Hall (Hall 4) was inaugurated by Mr. Girish Shankar.
The exhibition has over 1000 exhibitors in 6 halls covering an exhibition area of around 66,000 square metres. Twenty-two countries including India are participating in the show with 7 group participations from China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and United States. Numerous technologies such as Hybrid machines, 3D printing, Industry 4.0, and many more are being launched and displayed at this edition of IMTEX.
IMTMA is expecting a footfall of around 1,00,000 visitors during the 7 days event at BIEC. Many decision makers and business heads from across the spectrum of Indian metalworking industry are expected to attend the show.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Karnataka Chief Minister, Shri Siddaramaiah said that Bengaluru is one of the manufacturing hubs in India. Karnataka has initiated a number of initiatives and reforms for industry led growth in the state. One such is the establishment of a machine tool park at Vasantha Narsapur in Karnataka.
The IMTMA-Premier Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in memory of Vinod Doshi was given in the inaugural function. Mr. Milind Kelkar and Ms. Mohini Kelkar from Grind Master Machines won the award.
On the occasion, IMTMA also released some new publications
The second edition of the two-day Symposium on Smart Manufacturing, organized by Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association, was held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on 24 and 25 February.
Attended by more than 250 delegates from around 110 companies, the symposium was inaugurated by Mr. Rahul Gangal, Partner at Roland Berger along with Mr. L. Krishnan, Managing Director, TaeguTec India Pvt. Limited, Mr. P Ramadas, Vice President, IMTMA and Mr. M. G. Srinivas, Executive Director, IMTMA.
The two day symposium featured technical presentations, case studies, interactive sessions and panel discussions with industry experts. 'Automation Buzz', a concurrent exhibition displaying automation devices and systems, software and a host of automation solutions was also held concurrently.
Delivering the key note address Mr. Gangal gave an overview of smart manufacturing in the Indian context and said, "There is an imminent need for a policy at national level in India for Industry 4.0. Exports will be boosted by the implementation of Industry 4.0. The government should introduce policies around Industry 4.0 to leverage Make in India campaign and improve India's industry competitiveness".
The symposium featured presentations by technocrats covering subjects such as integrated smart automation, smart and cost effective automation, and big data analytics for smart manufacturing, intelligent clamping and gripping, amongst others.
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