ACT Summit showcases future of automotive automation
The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), hosted the third edition of ACMA Centre for Technology (ACT) Summit, on December 8 and 9, 2017 in Pune, with the theme “Digitising Auto Component Industry in IndiaCreating SMART FACTORIES”.
The summit was graced by Anant Geete, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, Tom Flack, President and Chief Procurement Officer, Tata Motors Ltd., NK Minda, President, ACMA, Ram Venkatarmani, Vice President, ACMA, and Srivats Ram, Chairman, ACT. Coinciding with the Summit, the ACMA annual Awards were presented, honouring excellence, in auto component manufacturing.
ACT Summit brought together national and international experts in the field of Industry 4.0 who deliberated and presented case studies on the advantages of automation and digitalisation. An exhibition on innovations, coinciding with the Summit showcased what lies beyond automation for the automotive industry. ACMA Awards, the most coveted recognitions of the Auto Component Industry, were given to 57 companies for their contribution in the following categories: Best ACMA Company Of The Year, Excellence in areas such as Technology-Product Innovation, TechnologyProcess Innovation, Quality and Productivity, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Supplier Development, Export, HSE (Health, Safety and Environment), Small Catergory Awards, Business Growth, Digitisation, Resource Optimisation, and Make in India.
In order to explore Smart Manufacturing Solutions and Digitisation in the industry, the event conducted incisive sessions, addressed by distinguished industry luminaries that focussed on improving quality and drive towards smart manufacturing, keeping in mind the concern for environment and sustainability. In addition to this, winners of ACT 4th case study competition 2017 Gold Awards shared their experiences.
The Guest of Honour, Tom Flack said, “The Indian automotive industry is going through a transformational period especially in light of the concept of mobility undergoing a dramatic change. The auto component industry must welcome and embrace the digital revolution to stay competitive and relevant; the time has come for the industry to graduate to Industry 4.0 for better predictability and to address proactively the customer requirements. The auto component suppliers need to become ‘full solution’ suppliers from being ‘build-to-print.”
Commenting on the success of ACT in nurturing the auto component industry, the ACMA President said, “Here, I like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of ACT though its cluster programmes in transforming companies to be globally competitive. Today, the automotive industry is at a point of inflection as it endeavours to meet the changing customer preferences and to be compliant to the increasingly stricter regulatory norms. In order to stay relevant, the Indian auto component industry will have to adopt to the latest manufacturing techniques and technologies. We at ACMA are committed to guide and support the industry in this phase of transition and in fact our annual ACMA awards presented here are a testimony to ACMA’s efforts in helping the industry become competitive, my heartiest congratulations to the winners.”
ACT is a specialised group with the mandate to provide technical support and services to ACMA members to help them adopt global best practices. ACT’s focus is on providing expert guidance to members to improve their manufacturing competitiveness, implementing Zero Defect Quality, New Product Development, improving export capability, enhancing quality standards and increasing productivity and profitability through various specific interventions.
( L-R) - Anant Geete, Hon’ble Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, NK Minda, President, ACMA, Vinnie Mehta Director General, ACMA, Tom Flack, President & Chief Procurement Officer, TATA Motors Ltd. lighting the lamp during third ACMA Centre for Technology (ACT) Summit.