How has the IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping the Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards?
IMTEX has emerged as a reliable professional platform over the years for all types of industries. With constant technological and logistical improvements, IMTEX helps companies and manufacturers to know about the latest technologies being offered worldwide which in turn helps them to improve their processes or plan for expansion.
Given that global manufacturing companies are moving towards Industry 4.0, how will these trends and technologies be observed at IMTEX 2017?
IMTEX not only caters to machine tools and cutting tools but also has exhibitors from the field of automation, robotics, conveyers, inspection and electronics. The complete spectrum of functions in manufacturing industry is covered and the latest technologies in each category are on display.
Given the current uncertain economic situation in India, what are the possible ways in which IMTEX can drive growth in the manufacturing sector?
Products and technology showcased by manufacturing companies from India and abroad will boost the demand for implementing this technology in workplaces. This will lead to businesses being generated for the new products. Interest and response generated for the new products will encourage companies to plan for new investments or expansions. Exhibitors will release new products and solutions which could trigger new business growth and may start a new supply chain altogether. IMTEX is a global platform for manufacturers that opens the door to these new opportunities.
IMTEX provides a good platform for networking with customers and vendors across the globe. What would be your company’s strategy post IMTEX 2017 to get them maximum out of the exhibition?
After IMTEX, we plan to work on the information received during IMTEX and focus on increasing customer awareness on the new technologies available for use. The profile of visitors during IMTEX will help us in drawing out areas of focus for the future.
What are the main factors that are driving manufacturing excellence across the globe? How well does an exhibition like IMTEX 2017 represent these latest manufacturing innovations?
Companies and manufacturers are laying more stress on innovation, automation and management systems to make their set-ups more flexible and responsive to the needs of customers and market. It is helping to bring out high performance and the best quality components at the most cost effective price. Logistics, supply chain systems, production and quality control systems are getting better with the implementation of robotics, automatic conveyors, ERP systems and advanced inspection machines. IMTEX acts as a global platform where companies strive to display the best and the latest technology, solutions, services and products which they can offer, thus giving a boost to manufacturing excellence globally.
How do you plan to align your company’s Vision 2020 strategy with the latest manufacturing trends along with Indian government’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, etc?
The Indian government’s push for localisation of defense purchases as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative has stirred up the Indian manufacturing industry, giving more business opportunities for companies producing in India. The ease of doing business has improved with the digitalisation of departmental procedures. Guhring has set up its manufacturing facility in India way back in 2001 at Bangalore. It has also set up service centres at Pune, Delhi and Chennai to cater to the local market. Guhring is investing in expanding its manufacturing facility in line with the focus of making more in India. ☐