Indian Companies Will Gradually Automate Their Operations to Become Competitive in Manufacturing

Symposium on Appropriate Automation in Indian Context concluded successfully in Pune on November 23, 2018.

As manufacturing in India evolves and grows, there is an imminent need for it to become more competitive especially in terms of productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Manufacturing in India is at inception point as domestic manufacturing will rise due to initiatives like “Make in India”.  Furthermore, the Indian government has also pushed to increase the share of manufacturing to 25 percent of GDP by 2025 from current 16 percent and by 2025 India’s manufacturing will grow to a $1 trillion dollar sector.

To complement the growth in manufacturing it is imperative that Indian manufacturing units adopt developments in Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation including robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and control solutions to become globally competitive and digitally transform their operations to enhance productivity, reduce costs and manage the evolving business cycles.

To understand and address the real-time application and benefits of Automation, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a “Symposium on Appropriate Automation in Indian Context”.  The symposium featured technical presentations, case studies, interactive panel discussions with industry experts as well as plant visits to observe how automation delivers business gains for manufacturing units. The symposium was attended by 250 delegates from 81 companies.

The symposium was inaugurated by Mr. Dattatri Salagame, Vice President & Head of Digital Business, Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions.  In his keynote address, Mr. Salgame gave an overview of automation in the Indian context and said, “The enterprises today are seeing an unprecedented rate of change – where the work is changing, the worker is changing and the economy is changing. This unprecedented change, driven by digital technologies, is redefining the new era of opportunities. India, with its unique stronghold on soft skills, software and hardware infrastructure is poised to win this game. The future of manufacturing is Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation that have multi-fold benefits with minimal investments.”


Interesting presentations made by technocrats covered subjects such as appropriate automation in assembly lines, digitalization in discrete manufacturing and flexible collaborative robots. Given the importance of the subject and wide coverage of topics, CEOs, top management executives, senior executives, practicing engineers, industry consultants and R&D specialists from manufacturing industries such as automotive, auto components, consumer durables, machine tools, tool rooms, aerospace, defence and railway units, general engineering, and other discrete manufacturing industries participated in the symposium.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA said, “As the manufacturing landscape in India evolves it will be utilizing automation and other Industry 4.0 technologies making manufacturing more intelligent than before. At IMTMA our role is to support our ecosystem and the manufacturing industry as it grows by catalyzing technology developments and opening up new opportunities and symposiums like this offer us the perfect platform to bring new technology developments to the manufacturing industry.”

Concluding the session Mr. V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA said,   “To further support Government’s manufacturing ambition, manufacturing industry needs to move towards gradual use of automation to reap the benefit of Industry 4.0 technologies and raise the standard of manufacturing in India by making it more competitive and sustainable globally. There are various opportunities to be tapped up for gradual automation in major sectors such as defence, aerospace, railways, and other sunrise sectors to supplement industry’s export potential and strengthen the Make in India initiative,” further added Mr. Anbu.

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