The 6th edition of Asia’s largest exhibition on metal forming, ‘IMTEX FORMING 2020 & Tooltech 2020’, organized by Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru, from 23rd to 28th January 2020, concluded on an encouraging note. This was the largest IMTEX FORMING exhibition.
The feedback from the exhibitors has been impressive and many were satisfied with the business orders and enquiries that they generated. Several domestic and foreign business visitors sourced machines for their production units. Visitors connected with latest innovations in 3D printing and Industry 4.0, which are vital for moving the Indian exhibition industry forward. A live demo on implementing Industry 4.0 in manufacturing was organized at IMTMA Technology Centre during the show.
Parallel events organized during IMTEX FORMING 2020 & Tooltech 2020 also drew good turnouts.
International Buyer-Seller Meet attracted 15 delegates from 8 countries. Delegates from Egypt, France, Guatemala, Kenya, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan participated in the buyer seller meet resulting in exploring business possibilities. The i2 Academia Pavilion (a platform for academic institutions to showcase their research for the industry) featured 52 institutions including IITs. The first prize was awarded to MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Pune.
To further the cause of making Indian exhibitions ‘Green’, IMTMA constituted the Eco Design Awards in 2019 and continued this initiative in IMTEX FORMING 2020 as well with 63 contestants. The award participation increased by 50% in comparison to 2019 due to the active support from the exhibitors and stand contractors. Neumatica Technologies, Ampco Metal India, Carl Zeiss India, ETA Technology, Salvagnini Machinery India and Amada (India) were conferred the Top Performer awards. Light Mechanics was given award for Commitment to Excel. Givi Misure, Ortlinghaus Drive Technology, Balluff Automation India, Mitutoyo South Asia, Messer Cutting Systems and Trumpf (India) were conferred with Commendation for Achievement.
Manufacturing Quiz Contest featured 118 students from 25 institutions. IMTMA also organized the Jagruti-IMTMA Youth Programme to familiarize engineering students with the machine tool industry. Twenty students from 9 institutions across India attended the programme.
An International Seminar on Forming Technology held a day prior to IMTEX on 23rd January 2019 attracted around 250 delegates.
Trade delegations had a strong presence at the show with 158 trade delegations attending the exhibition. Delegations from public sector undertakings such as Bharat Electronics Ltd., Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., COFMOW, Rail Wheel Factory, Indian Space Research Organisation, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Ordnance Factory Board, etc., visited the show.
Delegations from industry associations such as Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association, Tractor and Farm Equipment Ltd., Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Peenya Industry Association and delegations from auto component and automobile sectors such as Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Bajaj Auto, Hero Motocorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts, Force Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Motors and various other industry sectors also visited the show.
IMTEX FORMING 2020 & Tooltech 2020 has opened the doors for manufacturing industries to embrace new age technologies and become competitive at the global level.