National Productivity Summit 2018

Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) organized the 12th edition of National Productivity Summit (2018), from 24 - 25 August 2018, at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. The theme of the summit was “Showcasing Competitiveness in Manufacturing.”


The summit was inaugurated by Mr. M.M. Murugappan, Executive Chairman, Murugappa Group and  Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies. Mr. P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA, Mr. Indradev Babu, Vice President, IMTMA and Mr. V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA, also shared the dais.

Speaking at the inauguration of the summit Mr. Murugappan said, “India is poised to be one of the largest manufacturing economies in the world as Industry 4.0 gains wider acceptance and reshapes manufacturing as a whole rendering real-time control of entire manufacturing value chain.” Elaborating further he said, “Across India today, companies are in the process of digitizing their day-to-day operational functions to achieve efficiency and boost revenue growth and Industry 4.0 will usher in an era of transformative manufacturing in India.” He also emphasized on the importance of having the right talent and cash flow to make a business successful. In this backdrop he explained the philosophy of the Group – Recruit for Attitude and Train for Skills.

Speaking on ‘Pathways to Productivity for Indian Manufacturing,’ Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies, said, “It is imperative to leverage the combination of quality and productivity to meet the competitive demands of the industry. Manufacturing units need to embrace modern technology including Industry 4.0 to raise the collective input in manufacturing and boost India’s share of medium and high-tech activities in manufacturing exports, so that manufacturing activity can be sustainable and contribute further to GDP.”

Mr. P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA, said, “It is imminent now for companies in India to enhance competitiveness in manufacturing by reducing costs and improving productivity, by building a sustainable competitive advantage. Summits such as these are platforms that address learning and best practices requirements of manufacturing industry and to raise its competitiveness.”


Keynote Presentations

The summit featured 4 keynote presentations:

  1. A.K. Taneja, Managing Director & CEO, Shriram Pistons & Rings on ‘Manufacturing Competitiveness - A 3600 perspective’;
  2. V.N. Vijayaraghavan, Managing Director, IM Gears, on ‘Driving Growth through Productivity’;
  3. Kiran Sundara Raman, Vice President & Head, Digital Products and Solutions, Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions, on ‘IoT Implementation in Indian Manufacturing - The Way Forward’;
  4. Abhay Dixit, Senior General Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra, Farm Equipment Sector, on ‘Innovative Ways of Improving Paint Shop Productivity with Positive Impact on Sustainability’.

Pre-Summit Plant Visits

Plant visits were arranged a day prior to the summit to Royal Enfield, Rane Madras, Brakes India, UCAL Fuel Systems, Bonfiglioli Transmission and Super Auto Forge, which enabled the delegates to witness best practices in manufacturing and productivity improvements on the shop floor.

Live Case Study Presentations

The summit featured live case study presentations on productivity improvement projects from various companies such as Bajaj Auto - Akurdi, Hero MotoCorp - Haridwar, L&T MHPS Turbine Generators - Surat, L&T MHPS Boilers - Surat, Mahindra & Mahindra, Foundry Division - Kandivali, Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts - Bengaluru, and TVS Motor Company - Hosur, all of which contested for the IMTMA-ACE MICROMATIC Productivity Championship Awards 2018.

IMTMA-ACE MICROMATIC Championship Award 2018 Winners

The IMTMA - ACE MICROMATIC Productivity Championship Awards 2018 have been organized to recognize and reward outstanding efforts from the shortlisted case studies of companies who have excelled in achieving superior performance with cash prizes worth INR 10 lakh.

Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts was awarded first prize for its case study presentation on ‘Productivity Improvement in Transmission Lines’. Mahindra & Mahindra and L&T MHPS Turbine Generators bagged the second and third prizes respectively for their case studies on ‘Frugal Automation in Vent Poking Process for High Pressure Moulding Line’ and ‘Capacity Enhancement and Process Optimisation of Blade Manufacturing’. Distinct Productivity Solutions, Bengaluru was conferred with SME Productivity Award 2018 for its case study on ‘Productivity Approach as a Tool for Price Sensitive Critical Component Manufacturing’.

About National Productivity Summit:

To champion the cause of productivity and enhancing competitiveness in Indian manufacturing, IMTMA organizes National Productivity Summits every year. The event showcases best practices in manufacturing through enriching keynotes, live case study presentations, plant visits, success stories, and so on. The summit brings out why companies should embrace an integrated approach to increase manufacturing productivity, and how to prepare their people, processes and technology as part of this journey of productivity excellence.

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