IMTEX FORMING 2016 & Tooltech 2016 Paves Way for Making in India
Over 500 live machines
Business orders worth about Rs. 450 crores generated
Business enquiries worth about Rs. 4300 crores obtained
Footfall of around 40,000 visitors
Participation from 23 countries including India
Group participation from China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan
IMTEX FORMING 2016, an international show on forming technology and Tooltech 2016, a concurrent event of machine accessories concluded on 26 January 2016 on a positive note. The exhibition had around 485 exhibitors displaying over 500 live machines in 3 exhibition halls covering a gross area of around 30,000 sq.mts. Four countries - China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan formed country pavilions. The participation other than India came from 22 countries. Organised by the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association the twin exhibitions held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in Bangalore attracted a footfall of around 40,000 visitors.
Over 100 trade delegations from various industry sectors such as aerospace, auto components, automobiles, capital goods, defence, electrical and electronics, oil and gas equipment, railways, plastic machinery sector, white and brown goods, and many more visited the show.
Key public sector undertakings such as Bharat Heavy Electricals, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Space Research Organisation, National Aeronautics Limited, Railways, Ordnance Factory Board, etc. visited as part of trade delegations. Many private companies such as Bajaj Auto, Fiat India Automobiles, Larsen & Toubro, Robert Bosch Automotive Electronics India, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hawkins Cookers, Toyota, Maruti Suzuki, Caterpillar, PRICOL, Infosys, UTC Aerospace, Honda Cars, TVS and Kalyani Technoforge also visited the show.
Exhibitors who attended the show felt that there is a demand base for metal forming machines in India. The interactions have been fruitful and the exhibitors were keen to take the established relationships to the next level. Overall the exhibition recorded business orders worth about Rs. 450 crores and generated potential business enquiries to the tune of about Rs. 4300 crores.
Parallel events organized during IMTEX FORMING also had good turnouts. The International Seminar on Forming Technology organized a day prior to IMTEX FORMING had around 250 delegates participating in concurrent sessions on Design & Software, Equipment and Tools, and Process.
For the first time 40 academic institutions participated in the i2 Academia Pavilion. Twelve institutions including IITs made presentations to the industry as part of the IMTMA Industry Institution Collaboration (IIIC) intiative. The best research presentations were awarded prizes.
Around 300 students participated for 'CONNECT' - an awareness programme for imparting knowledge on the machine tool industry for young engineers. Students from both mechanical and electrical engineering streams availed of this opportunity to gain more knowledge on machine tool and manufacturing sector and to pursue their career in these industries. By interacting with industry experts they were able to understand how machine tool industry helps in industry growth. Close to 40 students participated in the “JAGRUTI” – a programme to familiarize engineering students with the machine tool industry and the technological happenings in this industry segment. IMTMA organizes JAGRUTI with the help of UDAAN members.
To conclude, IMTEX FORMING 2016 & Tooltech 2016 was a grand success. The strong presence of business visitors and policymakers from India and overseas made it a truly pan global event and pave way for further growth of the Indian manufacturing industry. IMTEX FORMING will return in the year 2018 after a gap in 2017 when IMTEX (Metal Cutting) will take the centre stage.
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