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IED Communications Ltd is not only the publisher of the Industrial Automation monthly magazine but is also the Organizer of India’s Biggest and Southeast Asia's Biggest Exhibition for the Automation Industry – “Automation Expo” ( Together with the magazine, the organization has been in the business of promoting the automation industry in India for over nearly 4 decades now and has played a vital role in the evolution of the industry in India, first through the Industrial Automation magazine and later the exhibition.



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The “Make in India” slogan might be making roars now, but a few visionaries were pioneers of this concept and much ahead of their times. Not only did they believe in the true potential of the motherland but they also contributed hugely through uncanny foresight and sheer hard work, to put India on the global map as a market leader.​

Dr M Arokiaswamy, Founder & Managing Director of IED Communications Ltd., and the brain behind one of the most coveted industrial trade fairs in India – the Automation Expo. From the year 2023 onwards, we have successfully organized the Automation Expo South in Chennai from 26th to 28th April 2023 at the Chennai Trade Centre to promote automation technology throughout India. At the Automation ExpoSouth in Chennai, we had 200 companies showcasing more than 10,000 products, systems, services, and solutions across 154 booths. The event attracted a total of 12,872 visitors eager to explore the latest advancements in automation technology.


He launched the Instrumentation & Electronics  Developments magazine in 1980 and now known– as “Industrial Automation”, to a strong reader base in India and abroad encompassing topics on R&D labs, Testing Centres, Engineering Colleges, Manufacturing Companies, major dealers and distributors of Industrial products including Exporters. Being the largest circulated monthly Industrial Journal, the magazine features industrial updates, the latest technological innovations and product launches, and information on new projects and the enhancement of existing plants.


Having travelled extensively and witnessed industrial exhibitions worldwide, Dr.M. Arokiaswamy was determined to bring home a similar trade fair and make the country proud.

With this thought was launched the Automation Exhibition was in the year 2002 with a modest number of 157 exhibitors at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. 


Starting as a biennial show the exhibition turned into an annual extravaganza in 2011 to meet the increasing needs of the industry.

Automation Expo is the biggest expo for the entire South-East Asian Region for showcasing the latest innovations and providing opportunities galore to network with the best technical minds in the industry. There has been a phenomenal increase in the number and quality of exhibitors as well as visitors from across the globe. Companies from Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and Italy participate each year to reach out to the Indian market. 


Our First Virtual Expo" Automation Expo Connect"  was held with Over 100 exhibitors participating in the event, with the booths spread across 4 halls. Apart from the host country India, there were four others represented at this event – the USA, Canada, the UK, China and Taiwan. Canada was represented through an exclusive Country Pavilion. The four Conference Halls played host to 4 conferences and 41 technical presentations as well as a dozen Industrie 4.0 presentations. TAITRA held an exclusive Taiwan Excellence Webinar. A total of 10,350+ unique visitor IDs were thus recorded, and 29,871 footfalls were registered. The chat option was used by over 8,500 visitors.

After a gap of two years of Automation Expo, 2022 came back Bigger Better & Stronger with 433 stalls, and 800+ exhibiting companies who displayed their technologies during the four-day expo. The unique visitors were 36191 and the total footfall was 40019  along with 1922 students. The expo was power packed with CEO Summit on day 1, IIoT Conference on Day 2, and Conference on Building Automation Technology on Day 3 followed by Conference on Automation Technologies for Environment Protection on Day 4.

With 154 stalls and 200+ exhibitors showcasing over 10,000 products, the event was a true testament to the latest advancements in automation technology. The inauguration by Tmt. S. Madumathi, IAS, Managing Director, TANSIDCO Limited, set the tone for an informative and engaging three-day event. It was power packed event with Day 1 Inauguration by Tmt. S. Madumathi, IAS, Managing Director, TANSIDCO Limited  followed by CEO Summit on Sustainability

Day 2 we began with session 1 Conference on Future trends in Process Automation Session 2 Conference on Future Factories

The event attracted a unique footfall of 10,198 trade visitors and 653 students, and a total footfall of 12,872 visitors.


To Make the Automation Expo 2023 Bigger ...Better... Stronger


To get more global exhibitors from Asia and Europe and the Americas who are leaders in Automation Technology. Post-Covid the AUTOMATION EXPO 2022 had 10 International Exhibitors and 2023 will have more International Exhibitors

We will be conducting 3 conferences during the 4 days along with product presentations and live demonstrations during the 4 days. The topics and speaker information will be uploaded shortly.

The Exhibitors at the Automation Expo 2022 showcased applications, which was a major attraction in all booths. Digitalisation  & Industrie 4.0 will be a part of the AUTOMATION EXPO 2023, and the focus will be on Futuristic Automation and Instrumentation Technologies.

At every expo, it's crucial for every exhibitor to meet potential buyers for their products and we are inviting major buyers to visit the expo. The exhibition presents a platform where the buyer will see a wide range of solutions and applications not only from local vendors but other parts of India and the world


When two majors come together, a revolutionary alliance is created. Automation Expo has partnered with several International and National Technology Associations. The Associations support the Automation show by showcasing their technologies, also sharing their expertise with visitors at the Automation Expo. The associations invite their members to visit the expo with the intent of expanding the knowledge or skills of its members through their visit to South-East Asia's largest Automation & Instrumentation show

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