Promis­ing be­gin­ning

Auto components India - - EDITORIAL - Bhar­gav TS Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor s.bhar­gav@nextgen­pub­lish­

ACI Awards 2017. It is a dream come true for the lit­tle over three-year old Auto com­po­nents In­dia (ACI), your media part­ner. Though the gap be­tween the an­nounce­ment for nom­i­na­tions and the clos­ing date for the jury meet was very nar­row, we are ex­tremely de­lighted to say that the be­gin­ning was very promis­ing. There were a good num­ber of highly com­pet­i­tive and com­pe­tent nom­i­na­tions for all the pro­posed cat­e­gories of com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a hard task for the jury to pick one each from among them. They have cho­sen whom they thought edged out though none were off the mark or be­low the top line. In cer­tain cat­e­gories the dif­fer­ence be­tween the win­ners and run­ners up was in dec­i­mals. I con­grat­u­late all the par­tic­i­pants, and the win­ners in a very spe­cial way, and look for­ward for the next edi­tion with more nom­i­na­tions and more en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Flip to page num­ber 15 for the list of nom­i­na­tions and win­ners of ACI Awards 2017.

The global au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has fea­tured po­larised de­vel­op­ments in the last cou­ple of years. The OEMs are looking for new growth op­por­tu­ni­ties through im­prov­ing the ve­hi­cle per­for­mance. This trend stems from the multi-faceted reg­u­la­tions, and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments par­tic­u­larly in the field of au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics.

Now the buzz word in the in­dus­try is `connected’, and how elec­tron­ics in­ter­acts with each sys­tem. With spe­cial­i­sa­tion, the com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers play more im­por­tant roles than OEMs in in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tion in some seg­ments. Mean­while, pen­e­tra­tion of cross-in­dus­try tech­nol­ogy into the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has fur­ther in­ten­si­fied cross-sec­tor com­pe­ti­tion. With the dual im­pact of in­dus­try-in­ter­nal changes and the ex­ter­nal eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, mar­ket con­cen­tra­tion has been ac­cel­er­ated.

Within the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics seg­ment, ADAS, connected ve­hi­cles and elec­tronic en­ergy are con­sid­ered as ground­break­ing tech­nolo­gies, promis­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth and ex­ert­ing pro­found im­pact on the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try chain. We spoke to sev­eral stake­hold­ers of the in­dus­try and ev­ery­one unan­i­mously agreed that au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics is con­tin­u­ously evolv­ing. The up­com­ing reg­u­la­tory changes will bring elec­tron­ics in ve­hi­cles to the fore. In the Cover Story we have fea­tured some of the key play­ers in the revo­lu­tion­ary evo­lu­tion of au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics that makes ve­hi­cles greener, safer, and connected.

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