IED Communications Ltd is not only the owner of Industrial Automation monthly, but is also the organiser of India’s biggest and Asia’s 2nd largest exhibition for the automation industry – Automation Expo (www.automationindiaexpo.com). Together with the magazine, the organisation has been in the business of promoting the automation industry in India for over nearly 4 decades now and has played a pivotal 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 also contributed hugely through uncanny foresight and sheer hard work, to put India on the global map as a market leader.

M Arokiaswamy, Founder &; Managing Director, IED Communications Ltd., and the brain behind one of the most coveted industrial trade fairs in India – the Automation Expo – is one of the forerunners of this vision. 


He launched the Instrumentation &Electronics  Developments magazine in 1980 and now known– “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, latest technological innovations and product launches, and information on new projects and enhancement of existing plants.


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

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


Started as a biennial show the exhibition turned to an annual extravaganza from 2011 to meet the increasing needs of the industry.

Automation Expo in the biggest expo for the entire South-East Asian Region for showcasing the latest innovations and providing opportunities galore to network with the best of 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. 


The 2019 edition of the show witnessed an overwhelming response of 1005 massive displays from exhibitors and an impressive footfall of 47894 visits


Our vision for 2021 is  To Make the Automation Expo 2021 Bigger and Better.


To Make the Automation Expo 2021 Bigger and Better


To achieve our Vision our Steering Committee & IED has recognized four areas where we need to focus to achieve our mission.

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To get more global exhibitors from Asia and Europe and the Americas who are leaders in the Automation Technology.


We will request all exhibitors to bring in live demos and not standalone products. Digitalisation and Industrie 4.0 will be the theme of display and invite exhibitors to have live demos in line with our theme


The Board has three conferences and 1 CEO Summit and have finalized the topics and we will be choosing experts in their respective field to speak and share their knowledge to the delegates.


In every expo its crucial for every exhibitors 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 the India and the world