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At IMTEX FORMING 2016, it’s all about ‘Make in India’

With recorded business orders worth about ` 450 crore and generated potential business enquiries of about ` 4,300 crore, IMTEX FORMING 2016 paved the way for making in India
IMTEX FORMING 2016, an international show on forming technology and Tooltech 2016, provided the much-needed thrust for “Make in India”. With the recorded business orders worth about ` 450 crore and generated potential business enquiries to the tune of about ` 4,300 crore, the show proved to be a true enabler for “Make in India”. 
PG Jadeja, President, IMTMA, said, “Several policy initiatives of the government have created positive sentiment and helped the machine tool industry to move ahead on its growth path. India is set to become a global player.”  He also informed that IMTMA in partnership with government of India managed to get approval for creation of R&D facility at IIT Chennai dedicated to machine tools and also for the creation of a technology fund.
Karnataka’s industries minister, RV Deshpande said, “Karnataka has been at the forefront of ‘Make in India’ campaign for several years and had taken cluster driven approach then which has been highly successful. The availability of skilled workforce in Karnataka would play an important role in the growth of the machine tool industry in the state and assured IMTMA of all support at the policy and execution level.”
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 Bengaluru 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.
Parallel events organized during IMTEX FORMING also had good turnouts. The International Seminar on Forming Technology organised a day prior to IMTEX FORMING had around 250 delegates participating in concurrent sessions on design and 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) initiative. 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 familiarise engineering students with the machine tool industry and the technological happenings in this industry segment. IMTMA organises JAGRUTI with the help of UDAAN members.
To conclude, IMTEX FORMING 2016 and 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.
IMTEX 2017 will showcase the exhaustive range of innovations and technological refinements in the complete product segment of metal-cutting machine tools. Concurrent with IMTEX 2017, Tooltech 2017 will be organised which will feature newest trends in cutting tools and tooling systems from across the globe.  According to IMTMA, IMTEX 2017 is expected to attract about 30 – 40 per cent additional exhibitors for which BIEC is gearing up to provide an additional new hall of 17,000 square metres.
Jamshyd N. Godrej, MD and Chairman at Godrej & Boyce announced that IMTMA is going to double the size of BIEC to accommodate more companies to participate in future IMTEX shows with world-class facilities.

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