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CII con­fer­ence high­lights im­por­tance of sur­face coat­ing in man­u­fac­tur­ing Ja­pan brings high-pre­ci­sion weld­ing tech­nol­ogy to In­dia

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) or­gan­ised 3rd edi­tion of Sur­face & Coat­ing Expo 2018 in Chennai re­cently. The ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence fo­cused on the lat­est trends, in­no­va­tions, R&D, equip­ments and tech­nolo­gies. The event pro­vided a plat­form for var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to learn the best prac­tices and de­lib­er­ate on the op­por­tu­ni­ties to build a strong growth tra­jec­tory for the sec­tor. Sur­face prepa­ra­tion, coat­ing and fin­ish­ing is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of any man­u­fac­tur­ing process for im­prov­ing the dura­bil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance of var­i­ous com­po­nents.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the event, M C Sam­path, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries, Steel Con­trol and Spe­cial ini­tia­tives, Govern­ment of Tamil Nadu, said, “Tamil Nadu is one of the top 3 in­dus­tri­alised States in In­dia with a gross state do­mes­tic prod­uct (GSDP) of 7.94% in 2016-17 and 8.03% in 2017-18 which is higher than the na­tional av­er­age. The State has emerged as the largest hub for the pro­duc­tion of au­to­mo­biles and auto com­po­nents, elec­tronic hard­ware, en­gi­neer­ing, tex­tiles, leather, etc and has taken steps to at­tract Rs 45,000 -crore worth of in­vest­ments in var­i­ous sec­tors.”

“As part of the govern­ment’s ef­forts to im­prove on ‘Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness’, we have so far im­ple­mented 357 re­forms out of 372 sug­gested by Govern­ment of In­dia and this im­ple­men­ta­tion rate works out to 95.97%,” he added.

U Ka­machi Mu­dali, Chair­man, Sur­face and Coat­ing Expo 2018, and Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Heavy Wa­ter Board (HWB), De­part­ment of Atomic En­ergy, Govern­ment of In­dia said, “Sur­face treat­ment and coat­ing play a ma­jor role in pro­tect­ing, func­tion­ing and ef­fi­ciency of the com­po­nents. When this is done the life of the com­po­nents is also en­hanced. The paints and coat­ing in­dus­try alone have a busi­ness of USD 152 bil­lion in the global mar­ket and is ex­pected to grow up to USD 175 bil­lion by 2022. Out of this USD 152 bil­lion, elec­tro­plat­ing in­dus­try alone gen­er­ates a busi­ness worth of USD 65 bil­lion. Out of the USD 152 bil­lion, 40% of the busi­ness is in Asia Pa­cific with China and In­dia be­ing the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors in elec­tronic and au­to­mo­bile sec­tors, re­spec­tively. Chennai con­trib­utes a lot to the Sur­face treat­ment and coat­ing,” he said.

M Pon­nuswami, Chair­man, CII Tamil Nadu State Coun­cil, in his ad­dress spoke about the var­i­ous pol­icy mea­sures taken by the govern­ment to at­tract in­vest­ments into the State. He also high­lighted the ini­tia­tives taken by the State Govern­ment for ease of do­ing busi­ness to make Tamil Nadu a lead­ing des­ti­na­tion for global in­vest­ments.

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