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ARC Forum 2011

The AIA President, Mr V. V. Paranjape delivered the keynote address at the ARC Forum on August 2nd, at Pune, addressing the theme 'Gaining Sustainable Competitiveness and Achieving Operational Excellence.', Mr Paranjape focussed on the Digital Manufacturing Vision, its impact and challenges.

Operational excellence is an ongoing process even in the best of times and in today’s integrated and turbulent world, the need for companies to pursue continuous improvements is even greater. How companies design, engineer, source, make, and distribute products, and manage their assets, ultimately determines their success. Playing a crucial role are the people and processes, well supported by enabling technologies

India’s automotive, auto components, and machinery industries, which are poised to post robust growths in the years to come, have opportunities to emerge as best-in-class. While domestic demand drives industries’ growth, their challenge is protecting their margins and gaining global competitiveness. The entire Design-Operate-Maintain cycle will need to be continuously addressed to discover newer ways to delight consumers and gain competitiveness. There is a constant need to channel investments into systems and solutions and adopt best global industry practices in order that greater operational performance levels are achieved.

Shortening design and engineering cycle times is critical to reducing manufacturing costs, which essentially means reduced iterative actions necessary to design, manufacture, and deliver products to consumers. Manufacturers will need to invest in technologies and solutions leveraging digital manufacturing, third-party product engineering services, and collaborative production management (CPM/MES) systems, backed up by state-of-the-art factory automation, and supply chain and product life cycle management systems. OEMs must have state-of-the-art plant-floor automation systems and integrate them with enterprise and other decision support systems.

AIA Working Group for Automotive

Besides its own events and Round Tables, AIA supports many initiatives such as the ARC Forum, the Automotive Engineering Show and the AIEC - AIA Skills Enhancement Centre. We have.constituted a Working Group to advise and lead Automation related initiatives specially tailored for the Automotive segment. The group members are listed below


Nitin Nair

Sadashiv Lad

Uma Balakrishnan

P V Sivaram

P Gopalakrishnan

Naresh Kantoor 

Manoj Dunung

Sunil Raibagi

Bipin Jirge

J. Bala

Pradeep Arora

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Earlier Event: June 10
Automotive Engineering Show 2011
Later Event: April 27
Automotive Engineering Show 2012