Automation Expo 2016: Looking back

The 11th edition of the Automation Expo was a huge success bringing together industry leaders for this successful show.

It was an occasion for showcasing, networking and knowledge sharing in the one topic which is no longer over-rated but moving the wheels of industry today – automation. Automation Expo 2016 was inaugurated on 22nd August 2016 in the presence of the major players in the world of automation. It was a show of strength of the automation sector as global and Indian players in the field displayed their products to showcase the importance and significance of automation for the economic and industrial growth in the age of productivity at lower costs. The event concluded on a grand note garnering close to 50,000 business visitors, delegates and key decision makers from over 25 countries and 90 cities.

Since its inception over a decade ago, the Automation series of expos has evolved consistently to become a top-of- the-class platform to showcase the world’s best automation technology under one roof. The exhibition is graced by the presence of Who’s Who of the industry – policy planners, purchase managers, technocrats and decision makers, as well as technology enthusiast. It provides a forum for professionals to mingle with peers, conduct one-to- one meetings, and create sustainable business models for the future. In the process, it also lends a helping hand to the governments priority projects like Make in India, Skills India, Start-up India and Digital India – with the tools of technology that are essential to make these a success.

The 2016 edition of this iconic event expanded its horizons showcasing over 920 exhibitors from every facet of the rapidly expanding global automation industry. The event occupied more than 25,000 of space, and included an action packed conference with a gamut of influential speakers and attendees from all over the globe.

The exhibition was inaugurated and appreciated by key industry captains. Mr M Arokiaswamy, Managing Director of IED Communications, welcomed all dignitaries present at the Automation 2016 show. While addressing, he expressed his gratitude to all exhibitors, supporters for extending valued support and togetherness with IED and Automation for more than a decade. Mr S Sudershan Rao, Scientist-E/ Director, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, expressed high regards for efforts put by IED Communications to make Automation 2016 to such a high profile expo.

Mr Farhad Forbes, Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, the person responsible for the industrial process automation and control group of the company, was all praise for the event and the organisers and sponsors. Forbes Marshall is one of India’s leading companies in the fields of steam engineering, energy conservation, utilities management, emissions monitoring and industrial process automation and control.

The exhibition also offered special experience zones including – Robotics Pavilion, Smart Automation-Smart City Pavilion, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Conference, MSME Summit on Automation and a power packed CEO Summit with a focus on promoting the cause of “Make in India” through automation. The 11th edition of this industry revolutionising event was supported by key industry and educational associations, including-Instrumentations Expert Club, ISA, Textile Machinery Manufacturer’s Association, Control System Integrator’s Association, Instrumentation & Control Society of Malaysia, All India Association of Industries, Bombay Small Scale Industry Association and the Indian Industries Association.

With the preparation for Automation Expo 2017 shifting to top gear, the promise is of a much larger event with over 1000 exhibitors, setting a new record for delegates and visitors, with a large number of featured pavilions, conferences and summits. The 12th edition of the exhibition would focus on rapidly expanding automation in India, paving the way for global expansion, contributing to the national vision and mission of Make in India. The man behind the success of this mega exhibition, Mr M Arokiaswamy, sums it up in the following words: “Our journey since 2006 has been a highly successful one considering the global players’ participation in the show. Today, there is a pressing need for every industry in India to acquire technologies based on automation, to join the era of smart manufacturing and digitalisation of processes, unleashed by the concepts of Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of

Things (IIoT), in order to take on the global competition and emerge a winner.”

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Exhibitors speak about the past events “Mr Arokiaswamy has been very instrumental in providing a business friendly environment for the industry for a very long time, through a monthly publication and annual exhibition for the Automation Industry, bringing together key players and new entrants in this field. Being an entrepreneur from the electronics and industrial automation industry, I have experienced firsthand the importance of such events, which connect businesses and help new innovations to come to the force.”

-Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, founder, Dynalog India Ltd

“Capital goods, more specifically automation, has greater role in making ‘Make in India’ a reality. Automation, the International Exhibition & Conference, is a great platform, which showcases instrumentation products and automation systems. This year the event has drawn striking attention of die-hard drivers of the three inspiring initiatives of the government – Make in India, Skilling India and Digital India.”

-K Nandakumar, Chairman & Managing Director, Chemtrols Industries Ltd, said,

The event was a grand success, the seminars and conferences organised as part of the exhibition were superb and gave immense information to participants. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your advance planning, which made the four days event such a grand success, which flowed smoothly and flawlessly.”

-Jasbir Singh, VP, Business Development – Essar Projects (India)

“The Automation event and its associated CEO Forum has, over the years, literally brought the Automation Industry together with a galaxy of end users, manufacturers, customers, consultants,

analysts and eminent leaders sharing common ground. The CEO Summit 2015 aptly covered the very contemporary subject of maximising Business Performance and the role automation therein.”

-Rajat Kishore, Managing Director – Invensys India & VP Process, Automation, Schneider Electric

“On behalf of Siemens AG – Analytical Products Group, we have participated in many global exhibitions and fairs around the world including the Achema fairs. This is certainly on a smaller scale compared to global events but certainly very professionally organised and superbly managed, with focus on safety, facility management and crowd handling. Easy overall layout for visitors to navigate and excellent co-ordination with the exhibitors to set up the stalls, the build up to the event with publicity across the country were really outstanding.”

-Abhijit Chatterjee, Managing Director, Adage Automation Pvt Ltd

“Grind Master is known as a leading machine builder. Automation is a good platform to participate for our Automation Group. We displayed a Robotic Aluminium Deflashing Machine, along with other innovations in robotic fettling, machining and polishing. Robotic aluminium deflashing is a revolution in aluminium die casting industry. It is exciting to be on the spur of this revolution with a good robust solution.”

-Sameer Kelkar, Director, Grind Master Machines Pvt Ltd

"It is pleasure to be part of Automation 2016, which is a global platform for the innovators from the Indian Sub continent and Asia Pacific region. With some of the most revolutionary innovative solutions in the field of automation showcased at the event, I am sure it will prove to be a catalyst and help us further enhance our market outreach.”

-Sameer Gandhi, Managing Director – Omron Automation Pvt Ltd

“My appreciation of the steady improvement in the show grandeur, participation levels, arrangements, visitor responses all exceeding world class expos.”

-V Nagendran, President & Chairman – Nagman Instruments & Electronics Pvt Ltd

Automation Expo was a beautifully managed event and we are pleased to be part of it.”

-Anil Joshi, Chief Executive – Nippon India

“It was great show and truly compared to any other international event. Richards Industries participated for the first time in this show and we gain a lot of lead from this show. I wish all the best for the next event.”

Swapnanta Patnaik, Business Head, India – Richards Industries

"I must place on record my appreciation of the steady improvement in the exhibition, participation levels, arrangements, visitor response, thanks to lot of advertisements in daily press.”

-Premchand Goliya, Chairman & MD, Meco Instruments Private Ltd

“With four days of high action, meeting numerous perspective clients and more than 12000 visitors from various international and Indian companies, our participation proved to be grand success!”

-Harshad Soni, Dy GM – Corporate Marketing – Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics Pvt Ltd

“The Automation Expo team has done their job above our expectation, in terms of hall arrangements and branding to pull customer inflow. We definitely would like to participate for future events held by IED communications.”

-Chandrashekhar Paradkar, Country Manager – Sumitomo Drive Technologies

The show for us was very good and we had a quality foot fall, with some immediate orders. Excellent job. Thanks for all the smooth assistance provided by Team Automation

-Dilip Rane, Senior Sales Manager – India and Middle East Division of Dover India Pvt Ltd

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