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

Next Gen Pub­lish­ing, the pub­lish­ers of Auto Com­po­nents India, set a new bench­mark last year when it in­tro­duced the ACI Awards for out­stand­ing in­dus­try per­for­mance. Within a year, it has set a new mile­stone for the as­pir­ing auto com­po­nent in­dus­try play­ers. ACI Awards 2018 re­ceived over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the in­dus­try. The up­swing was vis­i­ble. I was elated when I got calls from OEMs who wanted to share the nom­i­na­tion form with their key sup­pli­ers and en­cour­age them to par­tic­i­pate in the con­test.

The au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is be­gin­ning to be­lieve in win­ning an ACI Award, which is a step­ping stone to a higher ech­e­lon in prod­uct cred­i­bil­ity and mar­ket ac­cep­tance. Grad­u­ally, an ACI Award will be a sure gate­way to the global OEM sup­ply chain. We have many new plans to take this in­dus­try-first awards to new realms. This is­sue has the list of nom­i­na­tions and win­ners and pic­to­rial re­port on the Award func­tion held in Mum­bai.

Our March edi­tion is also our An­niver­sary is­sue. As we en­ter with you to the fifth year of pub­li­ca­tion of Auto Com­po­nents India, mixed feel­ings of grat­i­tude, sat­is­fac­tion and the yearn­ing to do more over­take me. In this spe­cial edi­tion, we are tak­ing a close look at the fu­ture of In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try by pre­sent­ing the view­points, as­pi­ra­tions, anx­i­eties and wish-list of the cap­tains of the in­dus­try. I spe­cially thank all those who have gra­ciously con­trib­uted to this.

The In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is in a tran­si­tional phase. The move to BS-VI, to elec­tron­ics-driven safety, driver assistance and ve­hi­cle con­trol, and to elec­tro­mo­bil­ity, is mak­ing the road ahead com­plex with lot of prom­ises and prob­lems. It is heart­en­ing to note that the fu­tur­is­tic sup­pli­ers are chalk­ing out ac­tion plans to move along with the OEMs ad­vanc­ing to new par­a­digms of au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing. The in­dus­try needs to de­velop or ac­quire tech­nolo­gies and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to pro­duce ve­hi­cles that meet fu­ture mar­ket needs.

To make this is­sue more spe­cial, my col­leagues in the re­port­ing, ed­i­to­rial, de­sign­ing and mar­ket­ing have worked ex­ten­sively. The man­age­ment has been the pil­lar of sup­port for mak­ing the past 12 months event­ful and the com­ing year more promis­ing and re­ward­ing. I am grate­ful to all of you and I be­lieve, to­gether we can do much more and keep up the up­swing.

Hope this is­sue is of spe­cific in­ter­est.

Bhar­gav TS

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