Automotive Engineering Show (AES) hosted by Messe Frankfurt, presented product launches and evolving trends that are reflective of the shift of the auto sector towards industry 4.0.
The opening ceremony of this key business gathering witnessed eminent members from the auto industry. Addressing guests present at the ceremony, Thiru MC Sampath, Minister for Industries - Industries, Steel Control and Special Initiatives, Govt of Tamil Nadu said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here at the inauguration of the 11th edition of Automotive Engineering Show (AES) in Chennai. Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India is one of the world’s largest trade fair corporations that promotes Indian brands in different countries across the globe. It brings top decision makers and buyers to generate maximum business prospects for its exhibitors. This makes the company a trusted trade partner amongst the industry stakeholders. Tamil Nadu is known for automobile manufacturing and is the earliest state to start car manufacturing. The city Chennai has emerged as the largest exporter of automobiles in India and today, it is one of the top 10 global auto hubs. This city has an installed capacity to produce 1.42 lakh cars and about 3.61 lakh commercial vehicles each year.”
The Minister also announced a new law: Business Facilitation Act and Rules 2017, which has been enacted by the government of Tamil Nadu, while stating this to be a historical event in the history of Tamil Nadu. This law will provide an investor friendly environment to enable the potential investors to do business with ease.
Also present at the event were significant members from the auto industry including Thiru Mati Shilpa Prabhakar IAS, Vice President, Industry Guidance Bureau, Industry Department, Government of Tamil Nadu; Akira Muramoto,VP-Instruments, Nikon India; Arunthtamilan Rajaram, Branch Manager, Omron Automation India Pvt Ltd; Sunil Mehta, Chairman CLPA and GM, Mitsubishi Electric; Nagaraj Sharma, National Sales Leader (Power Tools) Ingersoll Rand India; and Raj Manek, MD, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd.
“We have a series of product launches and new introductions by 75 technology-leading companies on the show floor. We are certain about Chennai and AES 2017 to be the best combination for our exhibitors to explore the southern market and establish a strong business communication with the OEMs and automotive component decision makers,” said Manek
AES opened its gates to evolving trends in the automotive industry
The Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world, leading to a constant upgrade in the overall working pattern of the companies in this sector. This includes installation of smart solutions that will increase productivity in lesser time and also be cost effective. AES Chennai showcased new and evolving technology trends which can be adapted to create an efficient working environment on factory shop floors.
One of the trends showcased was India’s first articulated industrial robot Tal Brabo that is developed to provide cost effective solutions by Tal Manufacturing. “By participating in this show, we want to increase our exposure in the southern market as we endeavour to have a national presence. Since AES is well known in the automotive industry and Chennai has a good proliferation of Automotive OEMs and their suppliers, we are expecting a good footfall from the industry in this show," said Sandeep Dawkhar, General Manager - Robotics, Tooling & System Integration, Tal Manufacturing Solutions Ltd.
Other prominent names exhibiting advanced solutions were Faro, CLPA, Omron, Ingersoll Rand, Tunkers, Amvian Automotive, Dopag, Eepos Cranes, Polyworks, Carl Zeiss, Nitcon, etc. Commenting on the significance of Chennai and the show for this industry, Girish Ranade, Director, Futura Apsol Pvt Ltd, said, “AES is a good platform to launch and demonstrate our products to the decision makers and the users. It also helps us meet our present customers in and around that region maintaining our business relationship with them.”
The three-day exhibition also hosted a workshop on 9th November sharing insights on “Surface engineering in automotive industry” and a seminar on 10th November highlighting the topic “Industry 4.0 and IIoT: Opportunities for Indian Automotive Manufacturing”. Chief Guest R Vasuki, IAS and Managing Director, State Industrial Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd visited the seminar on 10th November.
“I am delighted to know that Messe Frankfurt India is hosting the Automotive Engineering Show and the seminar at Chennai Trade Centre. India’s auto industry is the world’s sixth largest producer of automobiles in terms of volume and value and AES is India’s leading tradeshow on technologies for automotive manufacturing that enables the automotive community to source the best technology with efficiency, cost effectiveness and quality. AES Seminars would serve as a forum for the industry leaders to exchange sights on global automotive developments and discuss integration of emerging technologies in the automotive plants for world class manufacturing, beneficial for the industry,” said Vasuki, about the event.
ACMA conducts seminar on Post GST Implementation
Post the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the industry is slowly moulding itself into this new development made by the law. To provide further clarification on this topic, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) conducted an exclusive seminar on 11th November, focusing on post GST Implementation. This interactive session focused on the issues faced by the industry after the GST implementation and during the filing of returns for the same. The session also focused on the updates and interpretations of notifications and amendments issued after 1 July, 2017.
Establishing itself as an esteemed and trusted platform through its previous editions, Automotive Engineering Show has drawn strong support from associations like Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC), Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAEINDIA), National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Society for Surface Protective Coatings India (SSPC India), and Ludhiana Hand Tools Association.
Showcasing novel technologies
Further continuing the chain of technological advancements, the trade fair brought the spotlight on: