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About the Conference

The most recent crisis has brought around major structural and few paradigm changes in the Automotive Industry. The once polarized industry is now a maze of networks between the developed nations and the low cost manufacturing destinations. The revival of the industry is being fueled by developing nations and today China is the largest automobile manufacturer in the world. The industry is being forced to undergo a major overhaul in over 100 years of its existence. The industry is now very much consumer driven and this trend will only grow in the future. Consumers, regulatory and environmental requirements would warrant the automotive industry to extend outside the conventional borders of its own ecosystem to tap into the innovation and resources of larger bandwidth of the other verticals. Going forward, the mode of transportation will become customers' prerogative.

India has shown a significant production growth of 26 percent in Apr-Mar 2010 over the same period last year. Passenger vehicles production crossed 2 million and two wheelers production crossed 10 million. It is a well accepted fact that the automotive industry is a volume driven industry and a certain critical mass is a pre-requisite for attracting the much needed investment in Research and Development and New Product Design and Development. R&D investment is needed for innovations that form the life lines for achieving and retaining competitiveness in the industry. This could be for low emission, fuel-efficient and safer vehicles, automobile design engineering, automobile test centres, advanced automotive software’s and electronics. India has an unprecedented opportunity of being the fastest growing economy and the availability of highly skilled yet low cost ingenious work force. The need of the hour is to adopt a perspective of pragmatic engineering for Sustainable Mobility by the industry.

Collaborative innovation and co-creation are imperative for mobility practitioners in today’s timeframe. The automotive value chain is more complicated than ever with supply chain channel experts managing and directing multiple member entities to deliver the desired cumulative value. Research and Development by mobility practitioners is no exception. Such a trend opens up new opportunities for tiered suppliers and SMEs to participate in global R&D networks. The conference would touch upon avenues and deliberate on best practices in collaborative R&D and innovation.

The conference attempts to bring together collective knowledge for deliberations that can deliver definitive directions to enable Sustainable Mobility. It encourages participation from mobility practitioners from across the spectrum of automotive value chain. The conference would also lay enhanced thrust on collaborative product development and the involvement of SMEs and tiered suppliers in Research and Development.

CII is working closely in the high technology areas of growth on which India has developed considerable expertise over the years and CII has been promoting the R & D aspects of automotive sector for years. With this background the Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Center of CII is organizing 3rd Edition of the one day conference on “Automotive R & D trends 2015” with the theme of "Sustainable Mobility: Technologies, Systems, Best Practices” on 15 October 2010 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai which is automotive hub of India, a metropolitan and the capital of TamilNadu state, is home to a large number of multinational companies. Often called the Detroit of India, Gateway to south India and now turning to be the electronic city of India – Chennai typifies the new, emergent India!

The Conference Highlights

  • By crossing the 2 million mark in passenger cars despite struggling markets worldwide, India makes its formidable presence felt at an ever increasing intensity.
  • The huge technical man power, a destination of choice for establishing R&D centres and a supportive government, all of which make India what it is in the Global Automotive Industry.
  • The future of Automotive R&D in India is bright. Attractive emerging market, huge demand for clean and lean technologies and a
  • Technical sessions will be delivered by thought leaders from the industry both from India and abroad.
  • The conference attracts over 200 senior R&D professionals from across the globe and hence would serve as an excellent Learning and Networking platform.
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