Confederation of Indian Industry has stepped in to strengthen eco-system for advanced manufacturing. The CII initiative began with a day-long international conference on Advanced Technologies in Auto Industry at Gurugram recently.
Significantly, there was no political attendance as none of the ministers from Haryana attended. May be they were busy fire fighting the GuruJam and worsening infrastructure issues which are becoming bigger by the day. The government also seems to be in two minds whether to celebrate a good monsoon or defend crumbling infrastructure taking the toll on its international icon the “CyberCity”.
However, Devender Singh, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Haryana, touched the right chord in his opening address by making some candid admissions and showing a road map of hopes and optimism. He outlined some of the recent steps taken by the state and one of the key initiatives was to enact Haryana Enterprise Promotion Act 2016 that provides an enabling framework for an industry to invest in the state. He also released a report on ‘Automotive Advanced Manufacturing: Taking quality and productivity to the next level amid severe industry disruption’
Sudhir Rajpal, MD Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Director General, Industries Department said, “The auto industry has the capacity to entirely change the economic landscape of any country. Government and the industry have to become partners to realise optimum growth potential of the auto sector through the latest technology.”
Dr Wilfried G Aulbur, Managing Partner India, Chairman Middle-East and Africa, Head, Automotive Asia, Roland Berger said, “The auto industry needs to have a skill base with adaptive thinking, new business models, invest in up skilling and reskill the workforce, have a clear roadmap to go forward and fulfill the futuristic growth demands of the industry”.
The summit saw speakers from various organizations airing their opinion. These included Maruti Suzuki, Roland Berger, Microsoft Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, Dassault Systemes, Durr India, Rockwell Automation Universal Robots, Mitsubishi Electric, Comau India, Omax Autos, Omron Asia Pacific, FANUC India, Satyam Auto Components, Siemens Industry Software, Hero MotoCorp, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, Shivam Autotech, SKF India, Nifco and Honda Motorcycles and Scooters.
Arun Bhatia, Chairman, CII Haryana State Council and Managing Director, India Region, United Technologies – Climate, Controls and Security said, “Digitization, increasing automation and new business models have revolutionized other industries, and automotive will be no exception.”
Babu Khan, Regional Director, CII Northern Region said, “The manufacturing sector promises to be one trillion dollar industry by 2025. The GDP contribution of the auto industry promises to reach 25 per cent by 2025 making it imperative to fuel its growth with advanced technology, better regulatory environment, R&D, and innovation.”