The 11th edition of Indian Machine Tool Manufacturer’s Association’s National Productivity Summit was concluded recently at Pune. The summit was inaugurated by Girish Shankar, Hon'ble Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Govt. of India; Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director, SKF India and Sunil Kaul, Group President, Excellence in Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology, Anand Automotive. Also present were Parakramsinh G Jadeja, President – IMTMA, and V Anbu, Director General and CEO of IMTMA.
It was a two-day summit that enabled the delegates to know more about new manufacturing technologies and best practices on the shop floor through enriching keynotes, live case study presentations, plant visits, sharing of success stories and focused technical sessions.
Speaking on leader led transformation for zero defect in manufacturing, Kaul, said, “In today’s era it is imperative that companies as well as its leaders have to position manufacturing as a strategic differentiator by pursuing productivity improvements to increase return on investments and enable growth through innovation.”
According to Shankar, “The government is extensively promoting domestic manufacturing across key industrial corridors and we will further aim to solidify manufacturing ecosystem in India to boost domestic manufacturing by aligning our policies related to ease of doing business, FDI investment rules and infrastructure development to grow domestic manufacturing in India and raise its GDP contribution to 25% by 2025.”
Speaking on the companies’ challenges to increase competitiveness in manufacturing so as to build a sustainable competitive advantage, Jadeja opined, “With the growing adoption of digital manufacturing, companies need to adopt a highly structured approach to manage innovation, while at the same time, not losing out on time to reach the markets. Summits like these are the key enablers to address learning and best practices requirements of manufacturing industry and raising its competitiveness. This is an apt platform to meet the evolving knowledge and skill requirements of overall manufacturing industry in India.”
The two-day summit witnessed many live case study presentations on some of the best practices in manufacturing by leading manufacturing companies. The IMTMA - Ace Micromatic Productivity Championship Awards 2017 felicitated outstanding efforts from the shortlisted case studies of companies who had excelled in achieving superior performance. They were also given cash prizes worth Rs.10 Lakhs.
Mahindra & Mahindra bagged the IMTMA – Ace Micromatic Productivity Championship Awards, while Wabco India and Bajaj Auto, Waluj bagged the second and third prizes respectively.