The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), in association with SAE India, has organised an international conference on automotive materials and manufacturing from April 28-30, 2014 at its Forging Industry Division at Chakan near Pune. The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Vellore Institute of Technology, VelTech Technical University, ASM International Pune Chapter and the Association of Indian Forging Industry are the co-organisers.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, TIFAC, (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) in the presence of Dr. Indranil Manna, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur; Dr. David Schutt, Chief Executive Officer, SAE International; Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry; Shrikant Marathe, Director, ARAI; and M R Saraf, Deputy Director, ARAI.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kakodkar said, "This conference is dedicated to advance material and manufacturing. We want economy of material and innovative designs; all these can be a part of the latest developments in manufacturing processes. In the next 20 years I wish to see electronic cars on Indian roads and for that major thrust should be given to R&D and academia. It is very important that we must be able to use and maintain lightweight fuel engines and explore the possibility of running automobiles on artificial substitutes."
"Environmental concerns, energy conservation, safety and recyclability will make it inevitable for alterations in the materials' mix at the processing level itself over conventional choices when it comes to the future of the automotive and material manufacturing industry at large. The automotive industry will get immense benefits through inventions in manufacturing processes and forming technologies using attractive emerging materials. There is an urgent need to have lightweight vehicles for a better and a safer India," said Marathe.
"The objective of this conference is to create a platform to establish synergies for material researchers, academicians, producers and manufacturing innovators to develop lightweight, alternate materials; and fuel efficient, crashworthy, safer means of transport at affordable cost. Increasing awareness in safety and environmental aspects now makes it imperative for fulfilling the end customer's requirements at large. Hence, there is a need for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders for better tomorrow," a press note issued by the ARAI states.