How has IMTEX metal-cutting exhibition evolved overn the years, according to you? What would be the highlights in 2017 edition?
Since its conceptualisation, IMTEX has played an enabling role for manufacturing growth in India. From a humble beginning in 1969, IMTEX has grown exponentially over a period of close to 5 decades bringing the most advanced manufacturing technologies to the show benefitting the Indian manufacturers at large. IMTEX, today, is recognised as one of the leading machine tool exhibitions in the world that attracted global machine tool players to participate in the show regularly bringing the most advanced technologies required for manufacturing sector in India. Another unique feature of IMTEX is the presence of large buyer delegations from both public and private sectors and key decision makers from various industries who have supported the growth of the exhibition from the very beginning. The success of the show can be gauged from the number of footfalls that we see with every edition of the exhibition. These visitors represent the entire spectrum of the manufacturing industry such as power, aerospace, defence, railways, automotive and auto components, information technology and electronics, medical engineering, shipping, construction equipment, capital goods and so on. The highlights of IMTEX 2017 include:
Expo Platform: A networking platform and management system for events that allows visitors and exhibitors to register, gain access to floor plans and product catalogues, manage their schedules, market successfully, create analytics, secure full control of data, establish contact through mobile apps, etc.
Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet: IMTMA and EEPC India will jointly organise this meet during IMTEX 2017. Dealers, distributors, potential buyers and a few key media persons from 15 countries will be invited.
i2 Academia Pavilion: The i2 Academia Pavilion at IMTEX 2017 will see participation from around 30 institutions including IITs from all over India.
Connect: Engineers can avail this opportunity to gather more knowledge on opportunities in machine tool industry by interacting with industry experts.
International Seminar on Machining Technologies: A seminar is also being organised a day prior to IMTEX. The seminar will highlight the evolving trends in the metal cutting industry. It will present the latest technological developments in machining which users can adopt in their production process successfully.
Given that global manufacturing companies are moving towards the next industrial era - Industry 4.0 & IoT, how will these trends and technologies be observed at IMTEX 2017 ?
Manufacturing industry is, today, driven by technology and the buzzwords are Industry 4.0. and IoT. Many global machine tool manufacturers have adopted these technologies in their product lines. IMTEX attracts these players and the products displayed by them will also be available for visitors at IMTEX 2017 to witness. We are expecting a good number of manufacturing companies from India and overseas to display the products with a focus on Industry 4.0 and IoT.
What are the possible ways in which exhibitions like IMTEX can drive growth in the manufacturing sector and at the same time, helping Indian machine tool manufacturers to advance their technology standards so as to compete globally?
Manufacturing growth always depends on advancements in technologies and solutions. Exhibitions always play the dual role of bringing technologies to the forefront and in the process develop the trade. With every advancements in technology and adaptation of these technologies into manufacturing lines by the industry make them more competitive at global levels. Looking at the kind of trade that happens at IMTEX, one can understand the potential of the exhibition supplementing the growth of manufacturing industry in India and the manufacturing industry becoming more and more competent in buying these technologies.☐