The 13th edition of National Productivity Summit (NPS 2019) organized by Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) concluded in Bengaluru recently. The summit was inaugurated by Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Limited. Also present were P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA, Indradev Babu, Vice President, IMTMA and V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA.
The two-day summit held at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru from 20th - 21st August 2019 enabled delegates to learn more about best shop floor practices from prominent industry experts on productivity gains through a series of case studies. The National Productivity Summit was organized to serve as a learning and knowledge-sharing platform with interactive sessions and networking opportunities to usher in a fresh perspective on manufacturing as technologies surrounding Industry 4.0 gain wider acceptance across Indian manufacturing units.
In his opening address ‘Impact of Productivity on India’s Manufacturing Competitiveness’, Bhaskar Bhat stressed on the challenges faced by India’s manufacturing sector. He said that primarily the challenges centered on additional cess levied on the manufacturing fraternity, high logistics cost, the skill mismatch, and the spending on R&D. As the manufacturing sector navigates through these challenges and emerges stronger companies will be able to get their return on time incurred.
Giving his welcome address, P. Ramadas said, “Indian machine tool industry has done well in the last financial year. It moved up by a notch and is now placed 7th in consumption and 9th in production globally as per Gartner’s latest report. The country has the potential to move further up the ladder in the global list of machine tool producing and consuming countries. Although the automotive industry will continue to be the mainstay for machine tool industry business in the near future, the industry is also opening up to other sunrise sectors in manufacturing.”
The summit features live case study presentations from Bosch, BHEL, Carborundum Universal, Gala Precision, Godrej & Boyce, Khutale Engineering, Mahindra & Mahindra, Rane TRW Steering Systems, SAAB Engineering, TVS Motor Company, and UCAM, all of which will contest for IMTMA-ACE Micromatic Productivity Championship Awards 2019.
The IMTMA-ACE Micromatic Productivity Championship Awards 2019 was organized to recognize and reward outstanding efforts from the shortlisted case studies of companies who have excelled in achieving superior performance. The awards were presented on 21st August 2019.