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Five ways in which the water purifier industry can align itself with Make In India

By Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, CMD, Kent RO Systems Ltd.,

Added 21 February 2024

The article discovers a vision for 2047, emphasising advanced technological innovations and collaborative ecosystems. Here, Gupta reflects on past achievements and charts a course for a future led by innovation, sustainability, and global leadership.

Our nation has witnessed a transformational journey in manufacturing over the past decade as we celebrate the milestone of a decade of Make in India. Developed in 2014, this visionary initiative aims to position India as a global manufacturing hub, foster self sufficiency, and nurture an innovation culture.

Over the past ten years, Make in India has been a catalyst for indigenous manufacturing, propelling our nation into the global spotlight. The emphasis on self-reliance and innovation has been embraced by manufacturers across diverse sectors, contributing to the nation's economic growth.

The cornerstone of success lies in a steadfast commitment to quality, relentless innovation, and a sense of responsibility towards the wellbeing of our citizens. Recognising the importance of manufacturing excellence, industries have invested significantly in cutting-edge technologies, producing products that not only meet global standards but also address local needs.

To position Indian products competitively on the global stage, Make in India has fostered a culture of innovation, with research and development becoming an integral part of manufacturing processes. We have tested the resilience and adaptability of our industries, resulting in products that meet not just domestic needs but those that can capture international markets as well.

Make in India has played a crucial role in employment generation, contributing to the nation's socioeconomic fabric. By providing job opportunities to a diverse workforce, industries have not only fuelled economic growth but have also played a role in shaping skilled professionals. The manufacturing sector has emerged as a significant contributor to India's employment landscape.

Vision for 2047: A future aligned with Make in India's aspirations

As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Make in India initiative, it's essential to cast our gaze forward and envision the future trajectory, aspirations, and milestones for 2047.

Advanced Technological Innovations:

This involves harnessing breakthrough technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and nanotechnology to develop next generation water purifiers. This commitment to innovation aligns with Make in India's vision of fostering technological advancements, research, and development across diverse sectors.

Sustainable Practices and Environmental Stewardship:

Emphasising eco-friendly manufacturing processes, recyclable materials, and energy-efficient operations. This alignment with global sustainability goals resonates with Make in India's focus on sustainable growth, responsible manufacturing, and environmental conservation.

Global Leadership and Market Expansion:

Strengthening its global presence by forging strategic partnerships, expanding market reach, and adhering to international quality standards. This aspiration mirrors Make in India's objective of positioning India as a preferred destination for foreign investment, innovation, and collaboration on the global stage.

Empowering Communities and Societal Impact:

Collaborating with governments, non profit organisations, and community stakeholders to implement water purification initiatives, awareness campaigns, and capacity-building programs. This commitment to societal impact aligns with Make in India's emphasis on inclusive growth, community development, and public welfare.

Collaborative Ecosystem and Knowledge Sharing:

Fostering an ecosystem that promotes collaboration, innovation, and collective problem-solving by partnering with academic institutions, research organisations, and industry stakeholders. This collaborative ethos resonates with Make in India's vision of fostering partnerships, knowledge exchange, and synergies across sectors.

The vision for 2047 encapsulates the water purifier industry's commitment to aligning with Make in India's broader goals, aspirations, and principles. By embracing innovation, sustainability, global competitiveness, and societal impact, the industry aims to contribute significantly to India's growth story, resilience, and leadership on the global stage.

While celebrating these achievements, it is essential to acknowledge the challenges overcome during this journey. Streamlining regulatory processes, enhancing infrastructure, and ensuring ease of business have been pivotal aspects that required collective efforts. The collaboration between industry and government has been instrumental in navigating these challenges and setting the stage for sustained growth.

As we look to the future, the next decade holds immense potential for the manufacturing sector in India. The focus must evolve towards sustainable practices, digitalisation, and embracing cutting-edge technologies. The resilience displayed during the challenges of the past decade positions us favourably to lead this transformation.

Our efforts to reshape our manufacturing landscape have been exemplified by the 10th anniversary of Make in India. Through innovation, quality, and a commitment to our people, industries have played a critical role in our nation's growth story. As we enter the next decade, there is a high level of confidence that the manufacturing sector will continue to flourish, contributing significantly to India's international ambitions.

As we look forward, industry leaders must work closely with the government to develop policies that encourage innovation, sustainable practices, and global competitiveness. Using data, artificial intelligence, and automation to increase efficiency and productivity is the next frontier for Make in India, leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies.

As part of the Make in India 10th anniversary, we are not just celebrating its accomplishments over the past decade but also calling for action in the future. It is an opportunity for industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to come together and chart a course that propels Indian manufacturing to greater heights, making it a force to be reckoned with on the global scene. Making significant strides in manufacturing will continue to be driven by collaboration, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

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