By Bhargav TS
The 14th International
Industrial Trade Fair (INTEC) which recently concluded in Coimbatore saw
overwhelming response from the industry. More than one lakh people visited the
five-day exhibition, which was organised by Coimbatore District Small Scale
Industries Association (CODISSIA) and NSIC. INTEC 2013 was inaugurated by P
Mohan, Minister for Rural Industries, Tamil Nadu on 06 June at CODISSIA Trade
Fair Complex, Coimbatore.
The inaugural edition of the
fair took place in 1988. Since then, INTEC is being regularly held to assist
local SMEs in marketing their products globally, making Coimbatore a global
manufacturing hub. The current edition of the trade fair had special
significance as the biggest machine tool manufacturers in the world like
Yamazaki Mazak and Hyundai exhibited for the first time. The other sectors that
participated in the current edition were hydraulics, foundry equipment, pumps
and fittings, industrial consumables and fabrication machinery.
Delivering his inaugural
address Mr Mohan said, "This trade fair will encourage more people to become
entrepreneurs apart from educating existing entrepreneurs on latest
advancements," he said.
Isuzu Motors participated in the event to identify a vendor base for its Indian operation
On the efforts taken to boost
MSMEs in the state, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa recently
announced several measures for the development of MSMEs in the State. This
included Rs 15 crore or 75 per cent subsidy to industrial estates developed by
private sector in the outskirts of a city. He said efforts were on to create
more industrial infrastructural facilities in Coimbatore.
The event helped vehicle and
auto-component companies deploy appropriate technology and connect to providers
of systems and processes to ensure the optimisation of efficiency, quality and
costs. Automotive Painting Equipment, Paint shop Integrators, Robotics,
Metrology, Quality Inspection & Vision System and many other similar
systems provided exhibited their latest offering in the event.
According to Mr Mohan, in
order to pay special attention to the needs of the micro enterprises, the
process of establishing a multi storied industrial estate at Thirumazhisai near
Chennai for micro industries has been initiated at a cost of Rs 20 crore. Steps
have also been taken in Coimbatore for establishing industrial estates close to
Avinashi Road and Trichy Road to house 600 industrial units.
K Dhanavel, Principal
Secretary, MSME, Government of Tamil Nadu, said the Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSMEs) accounted
for ten per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). The Chief Minister
had recently unveiled a 10-point scheme for the development of the MSME sector
under which capital subsidy has been raised from 15 per cent to 25 per cent. If
entrepreneurs came together to form industrial estates outside cities and
re-located their units from within the cities, the Government would offer a
subsidy of up to 75 per cent of the cost of the estate formation or up to Rs 15
The Chairman of INTEC 2013, D
Gandhikumar, said, "This is a fair where sellers get to meet their prospective
buyers right away. The exhibition has 508 stalls and 474 participants. This
would include companies from 19 countries, including Japan, Korea, and the U.S.
and from different parts of the country have exhibited their products.
Industrial robotics, foundry equipment, engines, generators and alternators,
CNC machinery and accessories, tools, and IT solutions are some of the segments
Bosch displayed its wide range of servicing equipments in the five-day event
The Chairman further
emphasised that the companies like Yamazaki Mazak, one of the global leaders in
machine tool manufacture and engineering conglomerate Hyundai, which were
participating in the show for the first time. In fact, Hyundai had taken up two
large stalls in different locations to ensure better visibility. He said Isuzu
Motors of Japan, which is setting up its manufacturing facility in Andhra
Pradesh was participating in the exhibition as it is keen to develop a vendor
base for its auto components in Coimbatore.
Isuzu, present in India
through selling utility vehicles for a short tenure and as a diesel engine
supplier to Hindustan Motors, is bullish about its prospects in thriving pickup
and SUV market in India. For which the company is setting up a local production
unit at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh to manufacture LCVs. Local production
would mean Isuzu will need a wide range of local vendors. In a move to search
for local vendors, Isuzu participated at the INTEC 2013, since several auto
ancillary units are based in Coimbatore and supply to Indian and overseas
INTEC 2013 provided an ideal
platform for marketing innovative engineering technologies and products across
the globe. The current edition is a trendsetter and showcased the latest in
manufacturing technologies which includes CNC, special purpose machines, auto
components and industrial robotics.
An important feature in this
fair was the live demonstration of latest machine tools by the world's leading
brand like Bharat Fritz Werner (BFW), Makino, Lakshmi Machine Works, FARO, Janatics India, Ace Micromatic, Shanthi Gears, Autonics, Bright
Burnishing Tools, Rittal India, Tussor Machine Tools, Titan Paints, Elgi, and
Automation showcased their entire industrial automation solutions including
sensors, controllers, control switches and motion devices as well as control
and measurement equipment and tower lights. Autonics Automation India sells
their products through their distributor, Naren Electronics & Services.
Paul JH Chung, General Manager
of Autonics Automation India said, "We are focusing BRIC countries and
especially India has the potential to be a major source of growth within ten
years and perhaps a dominant one within twenty. Autonics India aims to
grow in India by contributing to the Indian economy and making automation of
C Chanakya, Director of Jai
Balaji Control Gears, said, "INTEC 2013 helped us to showcase our wide range of
products and helped us to generate Rs 20 lakh worth of business enquires. Our
wide range of products fit into the entire range of industrial application
and this time we have received more enquires from the wind industry."
Since the industries in
Coimbatore faced power and labour shortage, the focus was on energy efficiency
and automation. The displays included dies and moulds, pneumatic systems,
automobile components, CNC machinery, accessories, seals, packing material,
tools, motors, and fabrication machinery and equipment.