Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ (IMTMA) flagship event and South East Asia’s largest exhibition on metal forming technologies ‘IMTEX FORMING 2018 & Tooltech 2018’ was inaugurated recently at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru, which is being held from 25 to 30 January 2018. The exhibition was inaugurated by RV Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries and Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka. Other dignitaries present during the inauguration ceremony were AS Kiran Kumar, Former Chairman of ISRO; Nirmal K Minda, President, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA); Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman - Exhibitions, IMTMA; P Ramadas, President, IMTMA and V Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA.
IMTEX 2018 features over 500 exhibitors in 3 halls covering a gross exhibition area of around 33,000 square metres. Twenty-three countries including India are participating in the show with group participations from three country-group pavilions: China, Taiwan and Germany. Technologies on display at the exhibition include robotics and automation, welding and joining, wire-forming and drawing, presses, die casting, hydro forming, sheet metal forming machines, presses for applications, die and mould, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems and elements.
Nearly 40,000 visitors from around 60 countries are expected to visit the show in the next 6 days. Around 100 business delegations from public and private sector representing various manufacturing industries such as automotive, aerospace, defence, railways, power, capital goods, general engineering, medical engineering, and so on are expected to visit the exhibition.
Inaugurating the exhibition, RV Deshpande called upon the industry to invest in Karnataka. He said that Karnataka is the most preferred state for investment. Karnataka was the first state to bring a start-up policy and is the only state in India to have an electrical vehicle policy. The state has been in the forefront of supporting the manufacturing sector and it has successfully created 12,61,000 jobs and over 5,00,000 jobs are in pipeline. Deshpande also spoke about the machine tool park in Tumakuru being jointly developed by the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka. The park is being developed as a model industrial cluster with all infrastructure facilities for SMEs, he added.
Speaking on Indian manufacturing industry, Kiran Kumar said that the polar satellite launch vehicles developed by ISRO is being indigenously manufactured with support from Indian companies and ISRO is also releasing the lithium-ion batteries which could be adopted in the automotive sector. This could revolutionise the Indian manufacturing landscape.
Voicing about IMTEX’s formidable stature in Indian machine tools sector, Jamshyd N Godrej said the popularity of the show can be gauged from the tremendous response and enthusiasm shown by exhibitors and visitors and we are optimistic that the show will grow in stature in years to come.
IMTMA President, P Ramadas stated, “Indian machine tool industry registered an impressive growth rate of 23 per cent during 2016-17. Indian machine tool industry is expected to grow by around 20 per cent during 2017-18 and Indian metal forming industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 15 per cent in the next 3 years.”
Addressing the audience at inaugural session, Nirmal K Minda said machine tool is the backbone of manufacturing industry and contributes immensely towards its development. ACMA and IMTMA have been working closely towards addressing the growing needs of the automotive component manufacturers and shall continue to do so in the years to come. Speaking further on the government support, Minda said that the Government of India’s Auto Mission Plan (AMP) 2016-26 aims to make automobile manufacturing the main driver of ‘Make in India’ initiative as passenger vehicles market is likely to triple to 9.4 million units by 2026 creating tremendous opportunity for machine tool industry.
Concluding the session was a special video message from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu who said that the Government of India will extend full support to take the machine tools industry in the country to the next level.
Several programmes are being held in conjunction with IMTEX FORMING 2018. i2 (Industry-Institution) Academia Pavilion features R&D Projects on manufacturing from 44 institutions representing from all over India. ‘Connect’, an awareness programme to impart knowledge on the machine tool industry to young engineers, will be held between January 26 and 29, during the exhibition. A ‘Reverse International Buyer-Seller Meet’ will be held between January 26 and 29. Potential buyers from 10 countries will be visiting the show to explore business opportunities.