The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), a premier trade promotion agency of the Government of India, announced its 3rd edition of the Auto Ancillary Show 2014 that will commence on October 10 until October 13, 2014 at the Auto Cluster Exhibition Complex, Pune. This year the show is being jointly organised with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and the Auto Cluster Development and Research Institute (ACDRI), Pune. The show will focus on the theme 'light weighting' with the aim to sensitise the automotive industry about the importance of polymers, composites and other advanced materials in reducing the weight of automobiles and thereby enhancing fuel efficiency.
The show will also have various seminars to be addressed by eminent industry experts on subjects of topical interest such as 'Auto Components Design and Role of Polymer Composites', 'Innovative Thermoplastic Materials and Applications for Automotive Safety & Sustainability', Economical Way of Light Weighting Technologies for Auto Ancillaries for Enhanced Efficiency', etc. Spread over an area of 2,000 square meters, the show will have around 70 exhibitors showcasing a range of products including gears, gear box assemblies, pinions, transmission and propeller shafts, automatic transmission parts, housings and castings, crankshafts, cylinder heads, cam shafts, sheet metal assembly, cold formed/CNC machined parts, stampings, wire forms, timing and motorcycle chains, fine blanking, machined components, suspension / anti-vibration components, dashboard instruments, displays, sensors, cables, switches, auto lamps, infrared heaters and heat controllers, control cables, commercial vehicle components, etc.
The show will also serve as a platform for the automotive industry to network, seek technology tie-ups, explore joint ventures and interact with government institutions to help them in their quest for expansion and technological upgradation. Announcing the show, Malay Shrivastava, IAS, Executive Director, ITPO, remarked, "The auto ancillary series have been conceptualised to facilitate interaction between the auto component industry and the OEMs. The show is a priority for ITPO and the co-organisers that have taken upon themselves the responsibility to fulfill the needs of the automobile industry in India." Explaining the choice of Pune for the exhibition, Shrivastava said that up to one-third of the total auto components made in India are produced in western India, especially in places like Pune, Aurangabad and Sanand, thus underlining the contribution of these hubs.
Commenting on the theme of the show, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, "The Indian composite industry is pegged at Rs 15,000 crore and is expected to grow at 15 per cent per annum over the next four years. Given its array of applications, polymers and composites are increasingly being explored for newer applications to make vehicles lighter and fuel efficient. Today, light weighting materials have become an integral and a critical part of the automotive design. To improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicular emissions it has become necessary for the auto industry to adopt such technologies. With this thought in mind we have joined hands with ITPO to harness the show as a platform to introduce the industry to various new materials, processes and ideas for promoting the use of light weighting materials."
The automotive component industry clocked a turnover of Rs 2,11,765 crore for the period April 2013 to March 2014, recording a CAGR of 14 per cent over the last six years. The industry is expected to grow up to USD 115 billion by 2020. The exports of automotive components grew by 16.7 per cent to Rs 61,487 crore (USD 10.2 billion) from Rs 52,690 crore (USD 9.7 billion) in 2012-13. Europe accounted for 38 per cent of exports followed by Asia at 25 per cent and North America at 21 per cent.
Some of the speakers at the seminars will include Jayan Padathukatil of International Automotive Components, Sanjeev Dwivedi of SABIC Innovative Plastics, Kinkar Mukherjee of ESSEM Polyalloys India, Jitendra Kapadia of BASF India Limited, Pradeep Patel of Clariant Chemicals, Prashant Trivedi of Sintex Industries, Raman Chaudhari of Fraunhofer-ICT, A K Sharma of ATIRA and B P Shiv of Plastic Omnium. There will also be sessions on skill development, effective organisational structure and key indicators of financial strength of an organisation to be able to help companies from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities improve their efficiency levels. The exhibition will have the participation of frontline auto component manufacturers as also state representations from Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, etc.
By Huned Contractor