Organised by the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), IMTEX FORMING 2016 and Tooltech 2016 will be held on January 21-26, 2016, at IMTMA’s own state-of-the-art exhibition facility – Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). The six-day expo is the biggest B2B exhibition from the stable of the brand IMTEX in South & South-East Asia. According to Parakramsinh G Jadeja, President, IMTMA, “The exhibition will witness exhibitors getting an opportunity to interact with trade delegations from key public sector undertakings, national associations and private companies spanning across the metal forming segment.”
Concurrent to the exhibition, IMTMA is organising Tooltech 2016. It will showcase machine tool accessories, metrology and CAD/CAM forming tools, tooling systems and current trends in the tooling industry. With a participation of leading national and international manufacturing firms from the metal forming sector, the exhibition will highlight the recent innovations in technology, design & product development with the aim to bring cost competitiveness across the metal forming verticals, along with featuring the explicit range of forming tools from the stable of the world’s leading brands.
Speaking on the upcoming event, V Anbu, Director General, IMTMA, said, “Worldclass technology and knowledge sharing will be on display. By participating in the show, exhibitors will gain an insight on the latest technological requirements and get an opportunity to cement business relationships. The event will help policymakers to prepare a roadmap for the industry and enable them to take informed decisions.”
Spread across 30,000 sq mt area over 3 halls, the exhibition will feature about 50,000 visitors and live machines. The exhibition will showcase a display of high power fibre laser cutting machines. It will also witness a group participation from 4 nations—Germany, China, Japan and Taiwan. For the first time, Japan will form a country pavilion at the IMTEX FORMING exhibition. The event will also serve as a platform to witness ‘live machines’ in action and get to know about new products, technology innovations and manufacturing solutions across continents.
Speaking on the exhibition, Jadeja shared, “IMTEX FORMING 2016 will feature latest technology and equipment in the metal forming spanning across industries such as automobiles and auto components, aerospace, medical engineering, electric and electronics, white and brown goods, etc. The show will display the most productive way of making components with special focus on least cost and least waste production methods. Visitors will find the most cost-effective manufacturing solutions for their products.”
Platform for emerging technologies
IMTMA will organise an International Seminar on Forming Technologies (ISFT) on January 20, 2016, that focuses on metal forming processes, new materials, tooling and design and emerging technologies. It will also bring together the fraternity of forming technology on a common platform to discuss related issues. Further highlighting on this, Jadeja said, “Forming technology is poised for rapid technology transition and presents immense scope for transformations to bring a quantum leap in quality, productivity and performance of the entire manufacturing industry. The theme of the international seminar this year is ‘shaping the future of manufacturing’. It will have concurrent sessions on design & software, equipment and tools, and process.”
As a part of the IMTMA academia-industry initiative, the i2 pavilion has also been set up. It will provide an opportunity for the academic/R&D institutions to showcase their R&D capabilities in the metal working field. Participation from institutions who want to highlight their technologies, services and other activities that can be offered to industry in specific areas will be witnessed. IMTMA will also organise ‘Connect’, an awareness programme for imparting knowledge on the machine tool industry for young engineers during the event, where students from both mechanical & electrical engineering streams can avail this opportunity to gather more knowledge of the opportunities in store for them in the manufacturing industry.
Keeping the ‘Make in India’ campaign in the background, the six-day expo serves as the platform for furthering investments by MNCs as well as domestic companies in the Indian market. Commenting on this, Jadeja averred, “The event is organised at a time when India has embarked on the ‘Make in India’ journey and the industry is gearing up to develop the manufacturing sector by providing the best possible solutions at the exhibition. The show, which will attract the best machine tool companies from all over the world will serve as the ideal platform for furthering investments by multinationals in Indian market. Foreign companies participating can explore opportunities to set up manufacturing units in India, which will further spur ‘Make in India’.”
IMTEX FORMING 2016 is expected to be a greatly expanded fair, which would feature all aspects of forming technologies, predominantly sheet metal forming. This exclusive business-to-business event will attract Indian and foreign exhibitors who would offer a range of technologically innovative manufacturing and engineering products and applications.