The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) recently organised the 18th edition of South East Asia’s largest industrial show, IMTEX Forming 2016 and the concurrent Tooltech 2016 from January 21 to 26, 2016, at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru. Sprawling over an area of 30,000 sq mts, the machine tool expo witnessed about 485 exhibitors displaying over 500 ‘live’ machines from 23 countries with a footfall of around 40,000 industry professionals.
The event was inaugurated in the presence of Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, Exhibitions, IMTMA; Parakramsinh G Jadeja, President, IMTMA; V Anbu, Director General, IMTMA; Vishvajit Sahay, Joint Secretary, Dept of Heavy Industry, GOI; K Ratna Prabha, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Commerce and Industries Dept, Government of Karnataka; R V Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister of large & medium industries & tourism, Government of Karnataka and P Ramdas, Vice President, IMTMA.
The event also saw P Ramdas, Vice President, IMTMA and Managing Director, Ace Manufacturing Systems felicitated by the Premium Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in memory of Vinod Doshi for his outstanding contribution to the Indian machine tool industry over the years.
Highlighting on the technology display at the event, Jadeja said, “IMTEX 2016 exhibits technologies that will act as a driving force for the machine tool industry. In addition, the latest metal forming technologies including servo presses, high power fibre laser, hydroforming, plasma cutting, robotic welding, etc will be showcased at the event.”
The exhibition saw China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan forming country pavilions. The participation other than India came from 22 countries. Over 100 trade delegations from various industry sectors such as aerospace, auto components, automobiles, capital goods, defence, electrical & electronics, oil & gas equipment, railways, plastic machinery sector, white and brown goods, and many more visited the show. Business orders worth about ` 450 crores were generated and business enquiries worth about ` 4300 crores were obtained during the six-day event, as per the data from IMTMA.
Focussing on the public sector participation, Anbu said, “Visitors at IMTEX comprised of decision makers from major public sector undertakings, national associations and large private companies who are interested in buying these machines.” Key public sector undertakings such as Bharat Heavy Electricals, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Space Research Organisation, National Aeronautics Limited, Railways, Ordnance Factory Board, etc visited as part of trade delegations. Many private companies such as Bajaj Auto, Fiat India Automobiles, Larsen & Toubro, Robert Bosch Automotive Electronics India, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hawkins Cookers, Toyota, Maruti Suzuki, Caterpillar, PRICOL, Infosys, UTC Aerospace, Honda Cars, TVS and Kalyani Technoforge were a part of the show too. Exhibitors who attended the show felt that there is a demand base for metal forming machines in India.
The exhibition saw Forbes launching their full range of end mills for graphite milling. “Our target market includes customers using EDM to machine the graphite electrodes & dies. In many die & mould shops, the choice between EDM and CNC milling is far less clear than it was fifteen years ago. Evolving technology is changing the rules for machining these complex profiles. Today, machining centres are capable of following precise, complex tool paths at high feed rates. This has made it cost-effective for shops to use fast, light milling as an alternative to EDM in many applications involving hard metal, intricate detail and smooth finishes,” said Preetham Arayanveetil, Product Manager – Solid Carbide, Forbes.
Sahajanand Laser Technology’s latest offerings were highlighted like Bhramastra Infinity Fibre laser cutting machine; SLTL automatic loading unloading machine integrated with Bhramastra Vector and compatible with any laser cutting machine; SLTL smart store; SLTL Schavi press break for sheet metal bending; Akshar Fibre Pro Laser marking system with 20W for magnificent marking experience on metal and non-metal objects; AxiFibre, a large format laser marking system and concept laser marking designed to detect orientation of the component intuitively and to mark smartly on correct orientation.
On the other hand, AMADA proposed a complete solution for blank to bend with the latest & unique fibre laser cutting machine model ENSIS. The company also demonstrated the next generation software solution VPSS 3i to realise blanking to bending to welding and final assembly.
Seminars & conferences
Parallel events organised during IMTEX FORMING also had good turnouts. The International Seminar on Forming Technology organised a day prior to the exhibition witnessed around 250 delegates participating in concurrent sessions on design & software, equipment & tools, and process.
While Praveen Deore and Sameer Chudnaik from Godrej & Boyce presented on ‘Formability analysis & spring back compensation of HSS part’, Steffen Domay from Fibro GmbH discussed on ‘Use of hydraulics & telemetry in dies’. Also, there were presentations on ‘3D Printing-Additive Manufacturing’ by Prof Karunakaran, IIT Bombay and ‘Safety standards for presses’ by Rajendra Menon, Rockwell Automation, India.
i2 Academia Pavilion
For the first time, 40 academic institutions participated in the i2 Academia Pavilion, held at the exhibition. Twelve institutions including IITs made presentations to the industry as part of the IMTMA Industry Institution Collaboration (IIIC) intiative. The best research presentations were awarded prizes as well. Around 300 students participated for ‘CONNECT’ – an awareness programme for imparting knowledge on the machine tool industry for young engineers. Students from both mechanical and electrical engineering streams availed this opportunity to gain more knowledge on machine tool & manufacturing sector and to pursue their career in these industries. By interacting with industry experts, they were able to understand how machine tool industry helps in industry growth.
Also, close to 40 students participated in the “JAGRUTI”—a programme to familiarise engineering students with the machine tool industry and the technological happenings in this industry segment. IMTMA organises JAGRUTI with the help of UDAAN members.
Taking IMTEX a way forward…
As per Maulik Patel, Executive Director, Sahajanand Laser, India being a developing country was majorly misguided by the multinational companies. He explains, “However, the time seems rewarding finally. This year’s IMTEX had more than 10 companies, which follow Indian innovation, our innovation. SLTL has supplied more than 150 fibre laser systems in India as well as overseas. It covers approx 75% share in Indian sheet metal cutting market with fibre laser technology.
Talking on IMTEX as a platform to take business forward, Arayanveetil, opined that it’s a platform for meeting their customers and channel partners; look out for the next big thing and enhance brand visibility. “We have had a good exhibition with over 500 leads. I am sure we will have a good success rate by addressing these leads and taking it ahead,” he added.
Discussing on the company’s future strategies post IMTEX, Niraj Seth, President, Amada India, averred, “We are focusing on skill development and it’s our endeavour to improve the customer’s profit. We have high technology machines and the best training should be given to the personnel. ‘Make in India’ with good quality should be the aim so that our product quality is accepted in the developed world.” IMTEX Forming 2016 & Tooltech 2016 was a grand success. The strong presence of business visitors and policymakers from India and overseas made it a truly pan global event and paved a way for further growth of the Indian manufacturing industry. IMTEX Forming will return in 2018 after a gap in 2017 when IMTEX (metal cutting) will take the centre stage.