By APA Bureau:
The 11th edition of the Automotive Engineering Show (AES) in Chennai from November 9 to 11, 2017 was a combination of meaningful user workshops, a series of highly insightful conference sessions and a compact exhibition area of automotive manufacturing solutions. Alongside the exhibition, a two-day seminar covered current industry subjects including insights on the opportunities that Industrie 4.0 and IIoT can create for the Indian automotive manufacturing sector. Visitor experience was further enhanced by live product demonstrations and workshops by leading brands during the three days.
The event, Organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India, was inaugurated by the Tamil Nadu Industry Minister M C Sampath. It had participation from India’s leading technology players, including Advanced Graphic Systems, Amvian Automotive, Carl Zeiss, CLPA, Designtech, Dopag, Eepos Cranes, Ifm Electronic, Ingersoll Rand, Nikon, Omron, Panasonic, Polyworks, Tal Manufacturing, and Tunkers.AES hosted over 75 exhibitors who presented for the OEMs and auto component manufacturers, world class solutions that would help boost the efficiency of work flow within the factories. Many companies showcased their latest in automotive manufacturing technologies with live demonstrations at the fair.
Being the epicentre of the automotive sector in India, Chennai is the base to 30 percent of India’s automotive manufacturing industry, and 35 percent of its auto component industry. AES Chennai largely covered the product groups of automotive design and R&D, inspection and quality control, plant equipment and systems, and automotive paints and finishing.Top delegates from the automotive sector shared insights on global developments in the automotive manufacturing plant and convergence of technology in line with digital manufacturing, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and Industrie 4.0.
Along with companies displaying the latest advancements and solutions, the first two days of the show featured seminars highlighting Industrie 4.0 and IIoT: Opportunities for Indian Automotive Manufacturing, and Surface Engineering in Automotive Industry. Ms R Vasuki, Managing Director, State Industrial Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited, talked about the growth of automotive manufacturing sector in Tamil Nadu – `Roadmap in line with “Industrie 4.0”.Ms Shilpa Prabhakar, Executive Vice-Chairperson, Industrial Guidance and Export Promotion Bureau, Government of Tamil Nadu, said, “Tamil Nadu is the first state to implement single window clearance system in the country. Now with digitalisation it has become even easier with as many as 44 clearance approvals integrated under one portal `www.easybusiness.tn.gov.in‘.
The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)) conductedan exclusive seminar on `Post-GST implementation‘. After the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the industry has been moulding itself into this new development.The ACMA seminar focused on the issues faced by industry, problems in filing of returns and the latest developments.
On the significance of Chennai and AES for the automotive industry, Girish Ranade, Director, Futura Apsol Pvt Ltd, said, “AES is a good platform to launch and demonstrate our products to the decision makers and the users. Fairs like this help us meet our present customers in and around the region and maintain our business relationship with them.”
Sandeep Dawkhar, General Manager, Robotics, Tooling & System Integration, Tal Manufacturing Solutions Ltd said: “AES Chennai has offered us the right platform to showcase our technologies in Robotics and Automation. This show will help increase our exposure in the southern market and add vigour to our endeavour to have a national presence.“
Raj Manek, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India, said, “Chennai’s influence on the automotiveindustry is evident across the country. I am happy to see how AES has established itself as a comprehensive platform providing essential and profitable solutions to a booming sector like the automotive industry. We are certain about Chennai and AES 2017 to be the best combination for our exhibitors to explore the southern market and establish a strong business communication with the OEMs and auto component decision makers.”