About the conference:

The automotive industry is changing rapidly at a fast phase from all perspectives, including technology innovation and deployment, development, industry structural shifts and consumer lifestyle. As a result, OEMs, Design organizations, Technology providers, ICT, Auto component industries and researchers are confronted with ever greater complexity due to increasing numbers of products, evolving technologies, Market shift, increasing pressure to innovate, global supply networks etc.

The Indian automotive industry has the potential to scale up exports to the extent of 35-40% of its overall output over the next 10 years and become one of the major automotive exports hub of the world. The rapid growth of the Indian automotive industry will provide a strong fillip to the micro & small and medium scale industries of the country across multiple sectors, the development of which is one of government principal objectives.

The roadmaps for Sustainable Propulsion present recommendations for collaborative R&I in two areas: "ICE-based Powertrains"(powertrains based on an internal combustion engine) and "xEV-based Powertrains" (powertrains which have a fully electric drive function). For xEV-based powertrains, priorities include lithium-ion and post-lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cell systems, hydrogen storage, improved electric drives, charging systems and concept demonstration, as well as electrification for heavy-duty vehicles. The expected outcome from these activities is a technology readiness for enhanced conventional powertrain technologies and advanced alternative technologies such as electrification of the vehicle as a platform for further development and eventual industrialization. Sufficient electric energy is available from renewable sources, electric mobility (e-mobility) is an attractive option for individual mobility in the future.

Design as evolved to into a new paradigm of development. It has transformed from a tool to make aesthetically pleasing and desirable products to a key role player in business to stay competitive and also in people's lives. It is a discipline that drives economic growth, shapes human interactions with objects and systems and improves quality of life people. It is time that our industry and businesses recognize this and embraces design as an integral part of the business eco-system. Companies must place design at the centre of their business strategy so as to gain and sustain competitive advantage in a global marketplace. In recent years, the Indian design industry has enjoyed positive growth with rising demand, an increasing number of businesses and rising turnover.The Future is completely based on the innovation, we are becoming a trend setter with respect to the contributions made towards designing in vehicles that are being well accepted globally. India is one of those countries which is the fastest growing & adapting nation with respect to style and design of the vehicle. Designs have played a crucial role in bringing a change in the automotive Industry, India has a huge bunch of young talented designers who will shape the future of the designing in vehicles by bringing in innovative designs to cater the needs of the customer.

Technology advances are blurring the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds. Intelligent, interconnected systems now seamlessly support activities along the entire value chain. The core of Industry 4.0 is highly intelligent connected systems that create a fully digital value chain, the 4th industrial revolution enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things. Production processes in all sectors, from high tech to industrial equipment, are being transformed by digital technologies. Leading companies are already integrating these technologies to improve and evolve pillars of their value chain. Industry 4.0 is based on cyber-physical production systems that combine communications, IT, data and physical elements. These systems transform traditional plants into smart factories.

In such a complex scenario, advancing the R&D efforts coupled with contingent policy and clear roadmap from the relevant stakeholders seems to be the strategic choice to cater the constantly changing environment. Studies inform that over the past five years, R&D spending by the automotive industry has consistently trended upward. Increases in automotive R&D spending will likely remain sustained to keep up with the accelerating need for automobiles to become safer and more efficient yet more technologically advanced

Therefore as an agency responsible to support the Automotive Industry, the Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Centre of CII proposes to organize the 9th Edition - Conference on Automotive R&D Trends with the theme "Strategizing R&D: Products for India and the Global Market". The event is scheduled on 9th March 2017 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai. This event projects the key research and technology trends in the automotive industry. The forum serves to be a robust platform of interaction for key stakeholders in the industry.

The proposed sessions for the conference are as follows:

Session I: Automotive R&D Mega Trends - Global Perspective & Indian Standpoint

Focused Areas: India's position at Global Automotive R&D; Hybrid & Automotive Powertrain R&D; OEM's potential challenge & supplier's effect; Industries, University and Institutes support to the growth of Indian Automotive R&D; Indian Automotive Industry - R&D Milestones; Growing IoT - Next big thing in Automobiles.

Session II: Safety & Integrated mobility

Focused Areas: Automotive safety - R&D's ample Challenge; Technology and Artificial intelligence (AI) - OEM's Approach; How R&D embrace technology in reducing human errors and road accidents; ADAS - Safe and efficient drive; Transmission assembly - R&D Vehicle Engineering; Electronic Stability Program (ESP); Smart driving vehicle - Biggest surprise etc.,

Session III: Affordability & Competitiveness
Focused Areas: Auto ancillary sector - Contribution to global market; Alternative material - Strong, rigid, safety as well as weight reduction; Materials & technology - current scenario and future projection; 3D Printing; New techniques in design & manufacturing; MOD; Innovation in Automotive - Competing globally; Tire Technology; Virtual System Prototyping (VSP) etc.,

Session IV: Industrial IoT & Industry 4.0
Focused Areas: India's stand in Industry revolution trends; Augmented reality; Essential skill development required for industrial improvements; R&D help towards Industries to meet Industry 4.0; Cognitive manufacturing - Impetus to change; CPS- Revolutionizing Industry 4.0; Smart infrastructure integration; V2X - Vehicle to everything; Digital revolution - Fear and future.

Panel Discussion on "Make in India - Manufacturing Capital for Emerging Markets"
By 2026, India is expected to be the third largest automotive market by volume in the world. Manufacturing will be a key economic driver in raising the share of manufacturing in India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the current levels of 15% to 25% by 2025. The emergence of large automotive clusters in the country: Delhi-Gurgaon-Faridabad in the north, Mumbai-Pune-Nashik-Aurangabad in the west, Chennai- Bengaluru-Hosur in the south and Jamshedpur-Kolkata in the east. Contribution of Auto Component Industry in India's GDP will account to as much as 5% to 7% by 2026. The growth of global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) sourcing from India and the increased indigenisation of global OEMs is turning the country into a preferred designing and manufacturing base. The Indian automotive sector has the potential to generate up to US$ 300 billion in annual revenue by 2026, create 65 million additional jobs and contribute over 12 per cent to India's Gross Domestic Product. According to Make in India project report, India is about leapfrog into BS-VI auto-fuels all over the country w.e.f. April 1, 2020, which would facilitate major investment in refinery upgradation, auto industry, related manufacturing and services sector.

Confirmed speakers as on 28 Feb 2017

Mr Vikram S Kirloskar,Conference Chairman, Deputy Chairman - CII (SR) & Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited;

Mr A Ramasubramanian, President, AMW Motors Ltd.;

Dr Wilfried G Aulbur, Managing Partner - India, Chairman Middle-East & Africa, Head Automotive Asia, Roland Berger Pvt. Ltd; 

Mr Balasundaram R, Executive Director – Manufacturing, Ford India (P) Limited;

Mr Gajanan V Gandhe, Managing Director, IAC Asia Limited;

Mr Nagesh Basavanhalli, Managing Director & CEO, Greaves Cotton Limited;

Mr Suman Bose, Managing Director, Siemens Industry Software India (P) Ltd;

Mr Mahavir Patil, Managing Director, ETAS India Automotive Limited

Mr Srihari Mulgund, President, Ricardo India Pvt Ltd

Mr Ashish Dass, Vice President & Managing Director, Infor South Asia

Mr Suresh D, CEO - Spart Minda Technical Centre (SMIT), Minda Corporation Limited;

Mr Thalavai Venkatesan, Head - Key Account Management, Continental Automotive Components India Pvt. Ltd.;

Mr Meenakshi Sundaram, Assistant Vice President – Powertrains, Hinduja Tech Limited;

Mr Gautam Dutta, Senior Director, Siemens Industry Software India (P) Ltd;

Dr P A Lakshminarayanan, Chief Technical Officer, Simpson Co Ltd 

Mr Guruprasad Math, Southern Regional Head – Strategic Business, Ansys Software Pvt Ltd

Dr A K Jindal, Head - Commercial Vehicles - ERC, Tata Motors Ltd.;

Mr Madhan Thiruvenkatachalam, Senior Director - IoT, PTC India

Dr Vineet Dravid, Managing Director, COMSOL Multiphysics Pvt. Ltd.;

Mr Ashok Belani, Group President, Valeo India Private Limited;

Mr Madhan Thiruvenkatachalam, Senior Director -  IoT, PTC India

Mr Krishna Srinivas, Senior Vice President - CTC, Tube Investments of India Ltd;

Mr Paul Sundar Singh, Global Industrial Lead, Accenture;

Cmdr. Rakesh Verma, CAAR, IC & SR, IIT-Madras;

Mr K Rajan, Vice President, Chola MS General Insurance;

Dr T Sundararajan, Sr. GM - R&D, Wheels India Limited amongst others.

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