There’s no denying that with globalisation within the die and mould industry, there has been a lot more emphasis on quality when it comes to the kind of moulds being utilised across different industry segments. Hence, the industry also brings with it the demand for innovative technologies and resourceful products. Moreover, cost competitiveness through shorter run times and upgrading productivity are some of its foremost deliverables.
TAGMA has been working towards the benefit of the Indian die & mould industry for more than two decades. The industry body has been successfully organising trade shows, events, seminars and other activities, keeping in mind the interests of the tooling industry. One such event is the Die & Mould India International Exhibition.
The exhibition, which was first organised in 1998, has come a long way. With the die and mould business booming from every direction, the Die & Mould India International Exhibition, which has been growing awareness for this sector and creating a platform for umpteen businesses to interact with one another and their customers, has been a real game-changer in the industry. This year marked the 11th edition of the biennial Die & Mould India International Exhibition, which was a four-day event, organised by TAGMA India. The exhibition, held in Mumbai, showcased the latest products and solutions for the die & mould industry.
This year’s exhibit range included Additive Manufacturing, CAD/CAM system related to dies and moulds, CNC milling machining centre, coating, cutting tools, digitising, dies & moulds, press tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, heat treatment, hot runner system, machine tools and accessories for dies and moulds, measuring machines, quality assurance, mould base and standard parts of dies & moulds, toolings, moulding/die casting machines, sheet metal presses and ancillaries, precision machining, rapid prototyping and tooling, surface treatment, texturising, tool steel, and services and automation covering the die and mould industry.
The growing DMI
The 11th edition saw 300 exhibitors from 19 countries, presenting a variety of products and services for die & mould and other related businesses. The number of visitors, too, increased two-fold. With a 15% increase in exhibitors than the previous edition and a 45% in this venue, DMI 2018 resulted in a huge success.
The backbone of manufacturing
Suresh P Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India, addressed the gathering through a video message during the inauguration ceremony. He said, “We are happy to see such an event related to die & mould being organised in Mumbai. TAGMA is doing a great job by encouraging the industry. Design is imperative for manufacturing; it is a critical area and requires expertise. The industry has our support and we hope the new standards will help it and further provide a boost to the economy.”
Moving on, Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd and Chief Guest for the inauguration, cited that exhibitions like DMI help people to understand the kind of development that has happened in a particular industry. Adding to that, Raj K Purohit, the Guest of Honour, Cabinet Minister, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, said, “Die & mould, also known as the mother industry, serves as the backbone of manufacturing. The same way, TAGMA has the power to mould its future and an exhibition of this stature will nurture the industry.”
Bringing like-minded experts together
However, the biennial Die & Mould India International Exhibition isn’t all that TAGMA has to its credit. Established in 1990, TAGMA India serves as a forum for the Indian tool-room and die and mould industry, whose activity involves design, sales or manufacture of dies for pressing, stamping, punching and forming; injection and compression moulds; die casting dies; patterns and pattern equipment; jigs and fixtures; standard tooling components; CAD/CAM; rapid prototyping; gauges; precision machining; special machines and related products.
Some of their important objectives include promoting training and the diffusion of knowledge relating to standards in the manufacture of tools and gauges to improve the standards or the connected trade therewith or with allied industries and to impart relevant and appropriate training to all those engaged in the manufacture of tools and gauges; promoting and encouraging improvements in tool-room industries for greater efficiency; organising relevant seminars, workshops and exhibitions etc, to impart useful knowledge to the tool and gauge manufacturers; establishing, running and maintaining a library connected with the industry; enhancing the contribution of tool-room industry to the growth and development of the Indian National Economy and encouraging members to be progressive; and publishing a directory of members with details of products manufactured and services offered.
Apart from these facilities offered to the industry, they also recently organised the ‘TAGMA CET Partner Meet’ on the side-lines of DMI 2018. Around 40 like-minded industry experts came together to discuss the growth path and further strengthen the Indian tooling industry with the help of this initiative. The meet was structured to bring together compatible industry experts, to give them the opportunity to discuss the route to progress and further strengthen the Indian tooling industry with the help of TAGMA CET. ☐