The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association’s (IMTMA) flagship exhibition “IMTEX 2017 & Tooltech 2017” held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru concluded on 1 February 2017. The exhibition attracted a footfall of 75,440 visitors.
Orders worth Rs. 1,670 Cr and enquiries to the value of Rs. 18,989 Cr were generated during the exhibition. Compared to IMTEX 2015 & Tooltech 2015 the booked orders have shown an increase of 16%, whereas the generated enquiries increased by 21%.
The exhibition held at BIEC from January 26 to February 1, 2017 was inaugurated by Shri Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka; Girish Shankar, Secretary (HI), Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India; DV Prasad, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Karnataka and Dr Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The IMTMA-Premier Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in memory of Vinod Doshi was presented to Milind Kelkar and Mohini Kelkar, from Grind Master.
Speaking about the advancements in technology demonstrated at IMTEX 2017, IMTMA President, P G Jadeja reflected, “IMTEX 2017 once again provided a platform for launch of new machines with latest technologies related to the machine tool industry. Technologies such as Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, 3D printing, etc. attracted large number of visitors mostly technology professionals including 158 trade delegations from public and private sectors such as automobiles, auto components, defence, aerospace, railways, power and energy, pharmaceuticals, etc.”
According to V Anbu, Director General, IMTMA, “With the addition of a newly constructed state-of-the-art hall measuring 17,500 square metres, IMTMA was able to provide more space for exhibitors to showcase machines which in turn translated into more orders and enquiries than ever before.”
The exhibition area spread across 6 halls in a gross area of 66,000 square metres featured exhibitors from 23 countries including India. China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and United States of America not in sync had group participation. Over a thousand machines in operational mode were showcased.
For the first time an International Buyer Seller Meet was organised by IMTMA and EEPC (Engineering Export Promotion Council) which saw participation of 57 international buyers from 19 countries.
The show also hosted student centric programmes such as i2 Academia Pavilion (a special pavilion representing academic and research institutions) Jagruti (a programme to orient engineering students with emerging technologies), and Connect (an awareness programme for young engineers visiting IMTEX), which evoked good response from both students and colleges from across India.
Forty academic institutions from across India participated in the i2 Academia Pavilion which included 6 IITs. The best presentations were awarded too. Connect included sessions addressed by CEOs of machine tool manufacturing companies. Over 600 students participated in Connect. Thirty-one engineering students participated in the Jagruti programme.
The next edition of IMTEX will be held in January 2019, which will also mark 50 years of the IMTEX event.