Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) organized the 13th edition of its flagship National Productivity Summit (NPS) on August 20 - 21, 2019 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in Bengaluru.
Over the years, NPS has been providing a platform for manufacturing companies to showcase their breakthrough practices that have resulted in significant improvement in productivity and competitiveness.
The Summit through its insightful keynotes, live case study presentations, plant visits, and success stories, has emphasised the need to embrace an integrated approach to increase manufacturing productivity and ways to make it possible with efficient team processes and technology.
In the 2019 edition, the international industry experts who converged at the summit shed light on the numerous production logjams in the manufacturing sector and demonstrated the effective practices that would enable companies to enhance productivity gains.
The summit was inaugurated by Mr. Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Limited. Mr. Bhat in his opening address spoke on ‘Impact of Productivity on India’s Manufacturing Competitiveness’. Also present were P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA; Indradev Babu, Vice President, IMTMA, and V. Anbu, Director General & CEO.
The latest edition attracted over 300 delegates from 130 companies and concluded successfully on 21 August 2019. This edition of the event also expanded its horizon attracting unprecedented participation from the non-auto industry.
This year’s edition featured 3 keynote speakers who delivered their keynote addresses:
‘Adopting modern manufacturing technology to enhance productivity’ by Mr. G. Parthipan, CEO, Rane TRW Steering Systems
‘Innovation as a powerful tool to enhance productivity’ by Dr. Babu Padmanabhan, Managing Director, and Chief Knowledge Officer, Steer Engineering
‘Thriving in the era of disruption – How organizations stay afloat’ by Mr. Sandeep Kumar Maini, Chairman, Maini Group
This year we received over 150 case studies, for the Productivity Championship Awards 2019, from which 11 were shortlisted for the finals. Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing, Carborundum Universal, Bosch, Rane TRW Steering Systems, SAAB Engineering, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, and Mahindra & Mahindra presented their case studies over the 2 days of the Summit.
The summit also featured case study presentations from 3 SMEs: Gala Precision Engineering, Khutale Engineering, and UCAM.
Winners of the IMTMA-ACE Micromatic Productivity Championship Awards 2019
First Prize went to Mahindra & Mahindra for ‘Reduction of specific Carbon footprint by using Waste to Wealth, TPM and Industry 4.0 concept in the utility management area.
Second Prize went to Bosch Limited for ‘Innovative approach using Mould flow analysis for productivity improvement in Common Rail Pump Housing’.
Third Prize went to Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing for ‘Use of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing for resource utilisation and reducing conversion cost’.
SME Productivity Award 2019
Won by Khutale Engineering for ‘Learn and Green approach to layout planning’.
Pre-summit plant visits were organized to Ashok Leyland, TVS Motor Company, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Volvo Trucks, Dynamatic Technologies, and Volvo Construction Equipment which provided a unique opportunity to witness some of the best productivity improvement projects being translated into action.
The 14th edition of the National Productivity Summit has been scheduled to be held in the month of August 2020 at Pune.