The eighteenth edition of IMTEX exhibition, ‘IMTEX 2017’ is being held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) from January 26-February 1, 2017. BIEC is also celebrating its first milestone of completing 10 years at IMTEX 2017. The 19th edition of Tooltech will be held concurrently
IMTEX 2017 will be bigger this time and will be held in six halls at BIEC covering a gross area of 66,000 square metres. A newly constructed hall of 17,500 square metres will be inaugurated on the opening day of the exhibition.
Manufacturers, suppliers, researchers and trade associations from 22 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States) will participate in the seven-day exhibition. The group participation will be from China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and United States. Overall, over 1000 exhibitors are participating in the exhibition.
Throwing further light on IMTEX 2017, P G Jadeja, President, IMTMA, said, “Visiting one IMTEX is equal to visiting many countries for sourcing new technologies. We are optimistic that IMTEX 2017 will not only meet, but also exceed customer expectations.” He further added, “India has initiated several policies to benefit manufacturing sector. Policy initiatives such as 100% FDI in key sectors, such as defence, civil aviation, pharmaceuticals, announcement of National Capital Goods Policy, setting up of National Board of Skill Development Certification, etc have renewed the thrust on manufacturing. IMTMA believes that IMTEX 2017 will help immensely in bridging the technology gaps, creating new capacities and accelerating technology acquisitions and improving skill levels. By harnessing business relationships, the machine tool industry can look forward to an era of growth.”
Supporting Jadeja’s views, V Anbu, Director General, IMTMA & CEO, BIEC , added, “Right from the first ever show in 1969, IMTEX has been a driving force for manufacturing growth in India. This will continue to be so with IMTEX 2017, which will have on display the latest metal cutting technologies prevalent in today’s manufacturing.” He further added, “With the addition of a new hall which will be inaugurated during the show, exhibition organisers can avail an additional space in future to organise exhibitions. IMTMA is expecting a footfall from over 1, 00, 000 visitors at this edition of IMTEX. ”
For sectors, such as auto components, automobiles, aerospace, defence, railways, power, capital goods, consumer goods, space technologies, etc, the show will open windows to witness and learn future technologies in metal cutting machine tools. With ‘Make in India’ initiative gathering pace, manufacturing has come into spotlight once again and IMTEX 2017 will serve as a catalyst to push this further.
As has been the case over the years, IMTEX 2017 will feature various activities for the benefit of the manufacturing industry:
International seminar on machining technologies: To highlight the evolving trends in metal cutting industry, globally, in conjunction with IMTEX, IMTMA has scheduled an ‘International Seminar on Machining Technologies’ on January 25, 2017. The objective of this seminar is to present the latest technological developments in machining which users can adopt in their production process successfully. Through this seminar, IMTMA intends to cover the more pertinent aspects of metal cutting processes, its requirement in the manufacturing industry and the technology gaps that can be bridged. International experts will share their experiences and latest developments. The one-day seminar will cover key technology areas related to machine tools and machining, workholding, tools and tooling, metrology & controls, CAD/CAM and grinding & finishing processes.
Reverse buyer seller meet: IMTMA and EEPC India will jointly organise this meet during IMTEX 2017. Dealers, distributors, potential buyers and few key media persons from many countries will be invited to the exhibition. This will be an opportunity to connect with importers of machine tools.
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. It also allows visitors to generate their own badge.
i2 Academia Pavilion: The i2 Academia Pavilion at IMTEX 2017 will have participation from around 40 institutions including IITs from all over India. These institutions will get an opportunity to present their innovative research projects on metal working industry through display of posters and take part in award winning competitions. The i2 Academia Pavilion will help academia participants to update themselves with the current scenario in the machine tool industry, particularly the latest technologies in machine tool building. Industry on the other hand, gets an opportunity to network with the academia and pick their products/technology for commercial usage.
Connect: Students can avail this opportunity to gather more knowledge of the opportunities by interacting with industry experts. About 600 students from both mechanical and electrical engineering streams participated in Job Connect during IMTEX 2015.
Jagruti: A programme to familiarise engineering students with the machine tool industry and the technological happenings in this industry segment. Jagruti held during IMTEX 2015 featured 24 participants.