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Most exhibitors unanimously agreed that IMTEX has only grown bigger and better and showcased a wide range of innovative technological solutions that met global standards

Metal Cutting Spirit of optimism & enthusiasm

Mar 30, 2017

The feature brings exclusive insights from participating industry exhibitors at IMTEX 2017 and their impressions of this international platform.

Despite the current uncertain market conditions, the recently concluded IMTEX 2017 exhibition witnessed a spirit of optimism and enthusiasm amongst the manufacturers, exhibitors and customers. Most exhibitors unanimously agreed that IMTEX has only grown bigger and better and showcased a wide range of innovative technological solutions that met global standards. In this feature, we bring to you exclusive insights from participating industry exhibitors at IMTEX 2017 and their impressions of this international platform. Excerpts are below…

“Helping manufacturers achieve higher efficiency & productivity” - Rashmikant Joshi, Managing Director, Festo India

What were the products from your company showcased during IMTEX 2017? Were there any new technologies launched as well?

For this edition of IMTEX, we have showcased products, which support majority of the industries, namely, automotive, food & beverage or the ancillary industries. We have recently extended this product line and are showcasing it to the Indian industry as it can help them to achieve higher efficiency and productivity.

How has the IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?

Over the years, IMTEX has become one of the major engineering exhibitions, be it this edition of cutting tools of metals or the forming industry. Here, we find OEMs across the world, showcasing their technology, which is helping the industry as well as companies to showcase their product evolution over the years. IMTEX is now a primary exhibition in India. We, as a nation, are becoming very competent in the global market because of the product technologies and the quality of labour. So, the new technology that is coming to India is helping the OEMs to see the latest technology that is in the market and they are trying to imbibe this technology in their product design.

Given that the global manufacturing companies are moving towards the next industrial era – Industry 4.0, how were these trends and technologies observed at IMTEX 2017?

The big giants of Industry 4.0 stakeholders have already started showcasing Industry 4.0 in a big way. However, in India, it will take some time, given the kind of machines that we have and our current technology, but manufacturers do recognise this as the future. The products, which support Industry 4.0, have to be launched and this is one of the important objectives of Festo India as well.

What are the main factors that are driving manufacturing excellence globally? How well does IMTEX 2017 represent these latest manufacturing innovations?

Manufacturing excellence is driven by the need of the world population, in terms of better products. Every year, the product goes to the next level. This indirectly is driving the manufacturing benchmark, with regards to the cost or the precision or the productivity. It is all interlinked and currently, what we see is the availability of quality manpower, which is the foundation for Industry 4.0. IMTEX has done a good job of bringing the stakeholders from across the world, which is helping them to showcase their technologies and this is the starting point for absorbing the latest technologies.

“Manufacturers have to adopt smart manufacturing” - Rajesh Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Wendt India

What were the products from your company showcased during IMTEX 2017? Were there any new technologies launched as well?

IMTEX is a platform for us to showcase our new technology from the last two years. We try to make sure that we demonstrate new technology at every edition of IMTEX. The last two years, we have focused more on the machines. While we also having an entire product catalogue, we are also demonstrating machines, which are for grinding, honing, etc. Additionally, we have launched seven machines this year. Apart from machines, we have also offered coolants, which was demonstrated at our stall at IMTEX 2017. Grinding and honing can only happen if there is a quality coolant system involved in the process. We also offer conventional abrasives.

How has the IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?

Over the years, IMTEX has gained good traction, both nationally and internationally. The number of participants, both from machine manufacturers and visitors, has been good, with a majority from the southern and the western part of India. We have had inquiries not only from companies, but also from students. When the visitors come at IMTEX, they come with their specific requirements, which change with time. This makes the manufacturers inquisitive of their needs. Hence, the demand is understood and manufacturers try to see how international and global standards can be met. This is how it helps advance the technology.

Given that the global manufacturing companies are moving towards the next industrial era – Industry 4.0, how were these trends and technologies observed at IMTEX 2017?

To be globally competitive, manufacturers have to adopt Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. More machines have to be looked into and they have to be ‘smart’ in nature by way of gauging the tool and a lot of automation and sensors have to be incorporated. Further, in order to be a part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, we have to be making it at a lesser manufacturing cost and smart manufacturing does help with this objective.

What are the main factors that are driving manufacturing excellence globally?

In order to be competitive, manufacturers need to focus on excellence in every field. Excellence should be maintained not only in the manufacturing process, but in the entire process. This includes right from the time the product enters the premise of the company till the time the product is delivered and serviced. Excellence ensures efficiency, increase in productivity and saving of costs. Quality, deliverability, reliability and consistency are the main factors of manufacturing excellence. The platform of IMTEX helps us, as a nation, to showcase that we are not only excellent in our IT and services sector, but are also taking a lead in the manufacturing sector.

“Industry 4.0 is the future for all manufacturers” - Martin Kaiser, Head – Sales Export, Vollmer

What were the products from your company showcased during IMTEX 2017? Were there any new technologies launched as well?

This year, at IMTEX, we had two grinding machines available in our booth. One machine was the re-sharpening machine, which is a benchmark in the Vollmer product range. We have exhibited this machine many times in India and we have sold a lot of these machines. So, this is a very well-known machine in the market. The second machine we showcased is a brand new machine and a new segment for Vollmer. It is a 5-axis tool grinding machine, which Vollmer introduced for the very first time three years ago in Germany. This machine was showcased for the first time at IMTEX. With this new machine, which is a unique concept in the market, we hope that we generate new interest in the market and amongst our customers.

How has the IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?

Vollmer has been participating in IMTEX since 2007. The exhibition has developed a lot over the years in terms of exhibitors, visitors and the technology. We also recognise the fact that India, in general, follows high technical rules and standards, which is the norm in Europe or in other parts of the world. IMTEX is a very good platform for Indian as well as global machine tool and cutting tool manufacturers for actively promoting their high-tech machines and technological solutions.

Given that the global manufacturing companies are moving towards the next industrial era – Industry 4.0, how were these trends and technologies observed at IMTEX 2017?

Most of the machine tool manufacturers and exhibitors who showcased at IMTEX are part of the Industry 4.0 phenomenon and it is the future for all manufacturers. The trend is definitely towards Industry 4.0 and each company, which is producing machines, will follow this in the future. This was well represented at IMTEX 2017.

Taking into consideration the current uncertain economic situation in India, what are the possible ways in which exhibitions like IMTEX can drive growth in the manufacturing sector?

Economy has a lot to do with politics and it is difficult for us, as manufacturers, to influence the economy. So, each company has to find its own unique way of navigating through this uncertain economic situation in order to fulfill its requirements. We, as companies, cannot change politics, but we can adapt in a certain way and we can try to push the customers in order to move ahead an overcome this situation in a certain and specific way.

How well does IMTEX 2017 represent the latest manufacturing innovations?

IMTEX 2017 has represented the latest technological innovations, solutions and products that cater to global standards very well.

“Indian manufacturers to adopt IoT in a big way” - Shrinivas Shirgurkar, Managing Director, Ace Designers

How has IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?

IMTEX is one of the most important branding events for the metal cutting machine tool industry in India. A large number of potential users and customers of machine tools have visited the show. It is an event for machine tool companies to launch their new products and technology developments suitable for the market. The customers visit and discuss the application of the latest technology for manufacturing their components and improve quality and productivity. It is a great place for learning for all.

Given that global manufacturing companies are moving towards the next industrial era - Industry 4.0, how were these trends and technologies observed at IMTEX 2017?

IoT or Industry 4.0, which has taken the western manufacturing world by storm, was certainly being seen at the show. Foreign companies and the leading Indian companies are showing IoT ready features on some of the connected machines to enable users and machine tool suppliers to monitor performance such as productivity, diagnosis of potential failure, etc. We expect the Indian manufacturers to adopt IoT in a big way soon and IMTEX showcasing examples of this will help the initiative. At IMTEX 2017, we were showcasing machines with IoT features. Ace Designers is the first machine tool company in India to offer IoT-enabled machines as a standard feature.

Taking into consideration the current uncertain economic situation in India, what are the possible ways in which exhibitions like IMTEX can drive growth in the manufacturing sector?

The manufacturing industry has to continuously address the challenges of improving quality and productivity, regardless of the economic situation. It is particularly important during uncertain conditions. IMTEX is a great place to meet and exchange ideas with the machine tool industry towards this objective and to find practical solutions to their problems.

IMTEX provides a good platform for networking with customers and vendors. What would be your company’s strategy post IMTEX 2017 to get the maximum out of the exhibition?

We launched a good number of machines with automation, IoT and higher-end machines at the show this year. We had a large number of potential customers and users who visited us. We also launched a few promotion offers for our customers and we expect a large number of leads to pursue sales post the show. IMTEX is the most important branding event for our company.

How do you plan to align your company’s Vision 2020 strategy with the latest manufacturing trends along with government’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, etc?

We not only make in India but we also design and develop all our products ourselves in India. This is how we contribute to the latest government’s initiatives.

What are the main factors that are driving manufacturing excellence globally? How well does IMTEX 2017 represent these latest manufacturing innovations?

Quality, productivity and competitiveness are the main factors that lead to excellence. At IMTEX 2017, there has been a practical demonstration of various innovative solutions towards this objective.

“Focus on getting the best quality in an economical way” - Sameer S Kartha, Managing Director, Thielenhaus Microfinish India

What were the products from your company showcased during IMTEX 2017? Were there any new technologies launched as well?

We had displayed two different machines at IMTEX this year. We are into the manufacturing of super-finishing or micro-finishing machines. This is used to serve high-profile or high-finish applications and very high accurate applications. We showcased one machine for a shaft application and one machine for a wiring application. This goes to the automobile industry or the bearing industry.

How has the IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved over the years? How is the exhibition helping Indian machine tool/cutting tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?

This year, at IMTEX, we found that the platform presented us with a greater potential for customers for our company. It is not just IMTEX, but also government policies such as the ‘Make in India’ initiative that are helping Indian manufacturers to advance their technology. We are a German company and we look forward to start a factory in India, most likely at Bengaluru. IMTEX is a good platform for the Indian manufacturers to compare their products with the global market and have exposure to global technology.

What are the main factors that are driving manufacturing excellence globally?

To achieve manufacturing excellence, it is important to focus on how we can get the best quality in an economical way. Many Indian customers fail to recognise that good quality comes at a cost. In order to be cost-effective, many customers often compromise on quality by investing in sub-standard machines. This can actually incur loss as it is a waste of time and money. Instead, investing in a good, high-quality machine can not only ensure quality production, but is also an investment for the future.

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  • Rashmikant Joshi, Managing Director, Festo India

  • Rajesh Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Wendt India

  • Martin Kaiser, Head – Sales Export, Vollmer

  • Shrinivas Shirgurkar, Managing Director, Ace Designers

  • Sameer S Kartha, Managing Director, Thielenhaus Microfinish India

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