We are headed for ex­cit­ing times

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Food pro­cess­ing, pack­ag­ing, bot­tling, etc have been your strengths. How have th­ese sec­tors grown over the past two years? I think in the last two years, we have seen steady growth in th­ese sec­tors, at least from Om­ron’s point of view. We have had dou­ble-digit growth in this pe­riod. The way we see it, this will con­tinue in a stronger fash­ion as “Make in In­dia kicks. Right now, the im­pact of this na­tional mis­sion has yet to kick in. Once the im­pact seeps in, the growth rate will def­i­nitely in­crease. As we see it, de­spite all the ef­fi­ciency that it brings in, au­to­ma­tion could still be an “op­tional sub­ject” for the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. Do you see any shift in per­cep­tion? Are man­u­fac­tur­ing con­sciously opt­ing for fac­tory au­to­ma­tion? Firstly, I don’t be­lieve that au­to­ma­tion is any longer an “op­tional sub­ject.” Most of the users are also com­ing around to the same point. You can de­cide to have a fully me­chan­i­cal ma­chine to­day and grad­u­ally au­to­mate it. How­ever, this is not the usual prac­tice. Most users re­al­ize this as well. Yes, there will be old (legacy) ma­chines; some of them are get­ting retro­fit­ted also. In gen­eral, the ac­cept­abil­ity of au­to­ma­tion is now very well es­tab­lished. Apart from your strong and tra­di­tional ar­eas, are there new sec­tors com­ing up for Om­ron’s au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tions? Other than F&B, FMCG that you men­tioned, we are also strong in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. We are also ac­tive in au­to­mo­tive. Th­ese are our strong ar­eas. The other emerg­ing sec­tor for us in In­dia is “dig­i­tal that will in­clude smart phones, etc. We are look­ing at this sec­tor very ac­tively.

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