Executive Director’s Column

EEPC India Executive Director

India has to move to Industry 4.0 and beyond!

IESS – India’s leading engineering show after 5 editions in Mumbai and 3 editions in Chennai selects Coimbatore as its 9th destination to be held over 4-5-6 March, 2020 . Coimbatore or Kovai, the textile capital or the Manchester of South also known as the Pump City, meeting – 50% of National Motor and Pump supply, 30 % Auto Component requirements of Auto Majors like Maruti and TATA Motors; 75 % of the National monthly output of Wet Grinders is the natural choice for IESS IX!

IESS across 8 editions, 6 Partner Countries/Regions ( Canada, Czech Republic twice, Poland, COMESA as a region, Russia, Malaysia) from 4 Continents ( North America, Europe, Africa and Asia) , presence of more than 11 States from all four regions of India (including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Bihar) and on an average 100 speakers across 15 Thematic Sessions, 500 delegates from 60 Nations and 300 Exhibitors and over 700 B2B Meetings have graduated to a global engineering sourcing show. Over the 8 editions during 2012-2019 – 61.29 % rise in footfalls, 14.3% rise in Delegates, 57.27 % rise in Exhibitors underscore the success of the event.

The world is at the cusp of the fourth Industrial Revolution—fondly called Industry 4.0. India boasting of ‘self – aware factory’ and ‘ future smart city mission’ has only 28% of its factories with some form of smart factory implementation against a global average of 43% and has been ranked No 44 in the Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018 at World Economic Forum. India has to move from manufacturing outfits of Industry 1.0 and 2.0 to Industry 4.0 and beyond.

Indian Engineering Exports have been growing at a rate of 10% with variation. But the Engineering Exports as a percentage of ASEAN and World Exports is stagnating at 0.8-1 % over the last 10-15 years. This is because majority of our goods are from low or middle level products. Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has given us a mandate to form a Technology Centre and MSMEs should come and take the benefit of the knowledge of various new technologies.

EEPC India has also been using IESS as a platform to promote India as a ‘smart manufacturing’ hub to encourage and expose the local manufactures to use ‘smart factory’!

We continue with our 3 year old theme # Smart Engineering for the 4th consecutive time and we expect more participation from all quarters of Industry and Academia to enrich and elevate our event to a global league!

See you in Kovai in 2020!

Mr. Suranjan Gupta, Executive Director,
EEPC India