IMTEX is back in its physical mode with IMTEX FORMING 2022 along with Tooltech and Digital Manufacturing. It was inaugurated today at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru. Exhibitors are displaying forming technologies such as presses, welding and joining, high-speed laser machines, robotics and automation in sheet metalworking, Additive Manufacturing, metrology, and CAD / CAM, which are essential for manufacturing.
The exhibition is scheduled for June 16-21, 2022, with expectation of approximately 40000 visitors to visit 350 exhibitors from 19 countries. Also, there are two concurrent shows and three special highlights, which are –
Tooltech: Showcasing parts, accessories and systems for machine tools and manufacturing technology
Digital manufacturing: Showcasing 3D Printing and evolutionary Industry 4.0 concepts
Aatmanirbhar Bharat pavilion: Display of indigenously built technologies at IMTEX for the first time
i2 Academia pavilion: 20 institutions, including IIT Bombay and Madras showcasing R&D
Live demo of Industry 4.0 at IMTMA technology centre
The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Dr Ashwath Narayan C N, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, IT & BT, Science and Technology and Skill Development, Government of Karnataka, and Dr K Sivan, Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor and Former Chairman, ISRO. Ravi Raghavan, President, IMTMA; Rajendra Rajamane, Vice President, IMTMA and PJ Mohanram, Principal Advisor, IMTMA were also present.
Lauding that around 50% of the machine tool production happens in Karnataka, Dr Narayan stressed, “There is a need to scale up in developing the quality of skilled manpower. The confluence of IT and manufacturing will make Karnataka a leader in digital manufacturing technologies.”
Reminiscing about his journey in ISRO, Dr Sivan said, “Machine tool industry plays an important role in manufacturing high precision and complex parts that are required by space and strategic sectors.” He added and urged, “INSPACe initiative promotes private participation. Industries to come forward to participate in ISRO activities like building and launching of satellites.”
Earlier while delivering his welcome address, Raghavan said, “The Indian machine tool industry is expected to reach around ₹ 9,500 - 10,000 crores in the year 2022-23. The outlook is positive.”
A comprehensive report on Indian metal forming machine tool industry - 2022 along with the IMTEX FORMING 2022 exhibition catalogue was released at the inauguration.