The 13thAuto Expo – Components
Show was formally opened at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan by Union Minister for
Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Anant Geete at the ribbon cutting
ceremony. The show organised by the Automotive Component Manufacturers
Association of India (ACMA), Society Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and
the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from February 4 to 7, showcasing a
large variety of products, many which display the Indian auto component
sector’s technological advancements and innovations.
Also present at the ribbon
cutting ceremony were Arvind Balaji, President, ACMA; Sumit Mazumder,
President, CII; Vinod K Dasari, President, SIAM, other eminent personalities of
the industry, officials and representatives of the exhibiting companies.
Spread over 80,000 square
meters in 18 halls, this year the expo has seen participation from 1500
companies including 900 Indian companies and 600 International exhibitors
occupying the entire Pragati Maidan, New Delhi for the first time. Eight
dedicated International pavilions from China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan,
Taiwan, South Korea and the U.K. have been set-up where the participants keen
to engage with the Indian suppliers are displaying their latest products and
Along with the ribbon cutting
ceremony of the 13thAuto Expo – Components Show, Anant Geete also inaugurated
Innovation Pavilion and ACMA’s ‘Asli-Naqli’ pavilion. Spread over 100 square
meters, the Innovation Pavilion is created to draw attention to the latest
innovation which auto component companies have indigenously designed,
developed, tested and validated in India. The ACMA’s ‘Asli-Naqli’ pavilion
addresses the rising concerns on counterfeit products sold in the replacement
market and issues concerning intellectual property.
Geete said, “The government
has always been working towards the benefit of the industry. The ‘Make in
India’ campaign has been a huge success and has helped the industry unfold
numerous possibilities for itself. India is progressing on displaying
innovation capabilities in the manufacturing sector and is worth investing in.
We are confident that these investments will eventually pay off the investors,
as we continue to register a fast track progress. The tremendous growth of the
Auto Expo signifies the growth of the automotive industry in India.”
Looking at the systematic
shift the Indian auto component industry is making, Arvind Balaji said, “The
auto component industry is making a conscious effort to graduate from Build to
Print to innovation, R&D and creation of products and IP, with quality as
the bedrock. This journey will no doubt be arduous and fraught with challenges. Therefore, in tune with the Government’s
agenda of ‘Make in India’ and to spread the message on the need for focus on
R&D and innovation, we have chosen ‘Make Quality & Technology in India’
as ACMA’s theme for this year. Reflecting this ethos, for the first time at the
- Components Show, we have created an ‘Innovation Pavilion’ displaying
components that are designed, developed and validated in India. The primary
objective of this pavilion is to showcase the product development prowess of
the component sector as also help deepen the automotive value chain in the
The Indian automotive sector
is an exemplar of engineering and entrepreneurship. It has converged with the
global auto industry within a short time. We need to now move to the next
level. Focus on research and development, design, emissions and efficiency, and
new product innovation is important. With its large cohort of talented
engineers and knowledge workers, India has high potential in the global
automotive sector, said, umit Mazumder.
Moreover, with a view to
encourage an innovation driven mind-set amongst the youth, ‘Passion for
Innovation’ – a contest for Engineering Students, is also being organised on
the side-lines of the event.
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