The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Auto Component Industry in India, successfully hosted the third edition of ACT Summit, from 8th– 9th December 2017 in Pune. This year’s ACT Summit focused on the theme of “Digitizing Auto Component Industry in India- Creating SMART FACTORIES”. The summit was graced by eminent personalities and dignitaries such as Mr. Anant Geete, Hon’ble Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, Mr. Tom Flack, President & Chief Procurement Officer, TATA Motors Ltd., Mr NK Minda, President, ACMA, Mr Ram Venkatarmani, Vice President, ACMA and Mr Srivats Ram, Chairman, ACT. Coinciding with the Summit, the ACMA annual Awards were presented, honouring excellence, in Auto Component manufacturing.
The ACMA Centre for Technology (ACT) Summit brought together national and international experts in the field of Industry 4.0 who deliberated and presented case studies on the advantages of automation and digitalisation. An exhibition on innovations, coinciding with the Summit showcased what lies beyond automation for the automotive industry.
ACMA Awards, the most coveted recognition of the Auto Component Industry were given to 57 companies recognising their contribution in the following 13 categories – Best ACMA Company Of The Year, Excellence in areas such Technology-Product Innovation, Technology-Process Innovation, Quality and Productivity, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Supplier Development, Export, HSE (Health, Safety and Environment), Small Category Awards, Business Growth, Digitization, Resource Optimization, Make in India.
With an aim to explore Smart Manufacturing Solutions and Digitization in the industry, the event conducted incisive sessions, addressed by distinguished industry luminaries that focussed on improving quality and drive towards smart manufacturing, keeping in mind the concern for environment and sustainability. In addition to this, winners of ACT 4th case study competition 2017 Gold Awards also shared their experiences.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief GuestMr Anant Geete, Hon’ble Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India said – “I appreciate the unparalleled efforts put in by the ACMA Centre for Technology (ACT) in facilitating the adoption of international best practices in the auto component industry. I congratulate ACMA on their efforts to drive the industry forward in a responsible manner and assure that the government will extend full support to ACMA”.
Giving cogent comments on digitisation, Guest of Honour, Mr Tom Flack, President & Chief Procurement Officer, TATA Motors Ltd, said – “The Indian automotive industry is going through a transformational period especially in light of the concept of mobility undergoing a dramatic change. The auto component industry must welcome and embrace the digital revolution to stay competitive and relevant; the time has come for the industry to graduate to Industry 4.0 for better predictability and proactively addressing customer requirements. The auto component suppliers need to become ‘full solution’ suppliers from being ‘build to print’ ”.
Commenting on the success of ACT’s role in nurturing the auto component industry, Mr Nirmal Minda, President, ACMA said – “Here, I like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of ACMA Centre of Technology through its cluster programs in transforming companies to be globally competitive. Today, the auto industry is at a point of inflexion as it endeavours to meet the changing customer preferences and to be compliant with the increasingly stricter regulatory norms. In order to stay relevant, the Indian auto component industry will have to adapt to the latest manufacturing techniques and technologies. We at ACMA are committed to guide and support the industry in this phase of transition and in fact, our annual ACMA awards presented here are a testimony to ACMA’s efforts in helping the industry become competitive, my heartiest congratulations to the winners”.
About ACMA: The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) is the apex body representing the interest of the Indian Auto Component Industry. Its active involvement in trade promotion, technology up-gradation, quality enhancement and collection & dissemination of information has made it a vital catalyst for this industry’s development. ACMA’s charter is to develop a globally competitive Indian auto component Industry and strengthen its role in national economic development as also promote business through international alliances. ACMA is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Association.
About ACMA Centre of Technology (ACT): The ACMA Centre for Technology (ACT) is a specialised group with the mandate to provide technical support and services to ACMA members to help them adopt global best practices. ACT’s primary focus is to provide expert guidance to members to improve their manufacturing competitiveness, implementing Zero Defect Quality, New Product Development, improving export capability, enhancing quality standards and increasing productivity and profitability through various specific interventions.
ACT has successfully established world-class shop-floor practices through cluster programs. These clusters have been a popular intervention that aims at creating competitiveness among member companies for domestic and global markets. ACT also ensures that these programs result in profitable and sustainable improvements.