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CII Jharkhand organised 4th Edition of Manufacturing Conclave focusing on Automation 

Jamshedpur, May 13: Encouraged by the success of earlier three editions, CII Jharkhand organised its Fourth Edition of Manufacturing Conclave today with the theme of Automation – The Next Wave. 

Addressing the conclave, Chanakya Chaudhary, Chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & Vice President – Corporate Services, Tata Steel Limited stated that Manufacturing is the engine for India’s economic growth and needs to continue playing its pivotal role especially at these tough times during the pandemic. In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, manufacturing is putting a renewed focus on digital transformation initiatives. Many manufacturers are already leveraging components of a smart factory in such areas as advanced planning and scheduling using real-time production and inventory data, or augmented reality for maintenance. Automation in manufacturing industry has been extensively achieved through the use of robots and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) systems. With the changing scenario in the manufacturing sphere globally, the Indian manufacturing units need to adjust and adapt to the latest technology in order to stay ahead in the competition.  

Tapas Sahu, Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council & Managing Director, Highco Engineers Pvt Ltd said that Industry requires more support from the government not only in terms of improved business environment where some progress has been made, but also in the form of lower cost of doing business where much needs to be done. As we are struggling to contain Covid, we have the responsibility to reshape businesses and lead the country on the growth trajectory. With the extensive use of technology, Indian manufacturers can not only meet international quality benchmarks but also strengthen their position as competent suppliers for the global market. The digitalization of the manufacturing industry is crucial not only to boost domestic revenue and the country’s GDP but also to drive significant growth in job creation. 

Manish K Jha, Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council& Plant Manager, Tata Cummins Pvt Ltd while delivering the Industry Perspective said that the second wave may shave one percentage point from India’s initial economic growth forecast for 2021-22, according to a finance ministry assessment that assumes that the disease will peak in May. Escalating Covid cases have overwhelmed India’s health system, forcing many states to announce lockdowns and night curfews which are expected to delay a strong recovery in domestic economic activity. Despite some recovery, the economy has witnessed a deep contraction in the first quarter. As there is shortage of vaccines, oxygen cylinders etc all over India, the economy is likely to function at around 85 per cent capacity for the coming few months.  

Ranjot Singh, Vice Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council & MD, Emdet Jamshedpur Pvt Ltd during his address on MSME Perspective stated that the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the Indian Economy and play a crucial role in the economic and social development of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a tragic toll from a human and public health standpoint, along with causing massive business disruption, resulting in some businesses shutting down completely. There is a need to strengthen the entire support structure – relating to mentoring, financing, quality standards, marketing inputs and technology acquisition for MSMEs.  

Vishal Badshah, Convenor, CII Jharkhand Manufacturing & Engineering Panel & Plant Head – Jamshedpur, Tata Motors Ltd opined that manufacturing world over is undergoing the greatest change ever. We are in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which involves massive use and adaption of latest technological advancements like Internet of Things (IoT), Additive Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation, Factories of the Future, Artificial Intelligence and more. In order to remain globally competitive, the Indian manufacturing sector will have to strategise and plan how to take advantage of automation to leapfrog over the present labour intensive and uncertain manufacturing paradigms to a “smart” set up. 

E Ram Phal Nehra, Co-Convenor, CII Jharkhand Manufacturing & Engineering Panel & Senior General Manager, Tata Cummins Pvt Ltd affirmed that CII has organized this forum to facilitate the manufacturing industry move up the ladder in the industrial space through Automation. As industry members and important stakeholders of society, our stated goals are to build global competitiveness, achieve sustainability and ensure inclusivity. Hence it is extremely important that all stakeholders – the government, industry and society comes together, think together and work together to drive the development process.  

Other speakers who addressed the gathering included  P Gopi, Country Head – Sales, Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions India; Mr Gautam Dutta, Business Consultant, Mr Kumar Heramba Narayan Naik, Senior General Manager (ICT) & CIO,CISO, TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd, Mr Jitendra Yadav, Director, Aiotor Labs Pvt Ltd, Aiotor LLC, Mr Utkarsh Landekar, Head – Laser Business (India & Exports), Messers Cutting Systems Pvt Ltd  and Mr Amit Kaushik, Senior Manager – Design Engineering, Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions India. 

This edition of Manufacturing Conclave deliberated on the best practices on the best practices in Manufacturing Automation and also discuss on the latest trends that are available in the industry to enable manufacturing excellence. The conclave covered important topics of discussion including Evolving of Automation in ManufacturingRole of 5G in Manufacturing AutomationEvolving of High power fiber machine and Robotic welding solutions.  

More than 120 industry delegates from the manufacturing sector participated in the conclave. 

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