AES Pune 2012

Pune is home to some of the largest manufacturers of light, medium, and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, two-wheelers and stationary engines. It has more than 53 large companies with a collective turnover of over US$1,400 million and exports worth over US$235 million. Considering all this, there was no better location than Pune for the current show.

Among the big names that have made Pune their home is Volkswagen, a German auto major, which invested Euro 500 million at a greenfield site at Chakan, the single biggest German investment in India thus far.

Not far from Volkswagen is another German auto major, Mercedes Benz. Mahindra has also set up a modern and well-equipped plant at Chakan to make its newest SUV, a range of LCVs and the Mahindra Navistar trucks. If Bajaj Auto was the first to build a plant at Chakan, and the company could soon be adding another facility for four-wheelers at an adjoining location, the auto hub at Chakan also accommodates some of the world’s well known suppliers like IAC, Fiem, TVS Lucas, and others.

Apart from Chakan, Pune has other auto hubs too: Talegaon has GM and its key suppliers; Ranjangaon has Tata-Fiat joint venture plant, and Pimpri-Chinchwad has Tata Motors and Premier. The Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt also has a host of tier suppliers and SMEs. Hinjewadi, apart from being a well-known IT destination, is emerging as a hub for tier suppliers like Brose, and Emitec.

Not stopping at that, Pune is also destination of a host of supporting industries. Industries that specialise in IT solutions, machine tools and service equipment that finds applications in the automobile industry. The fact that an estimated 7000 ancillary units (tier suppliers) are at Pune is an effective indicator to the scale of the auto industry that is alive and thriving.

There could be no better location than Pune therefore to hold an automotive engineering show. Providing a suitable platform to industries that the auto industry, like the ones mentioned above, the Automotive Engineering Show 2012 was organised by Focussed Events between 26th and 28th April 2012 at the Auto Cluster Exhibition Centre in Chinchwad. Aiming at aiding vehicle and auto-component manufacturers to deploy appropriate technology and connect to providers of systems and processes in an effort to optimise efficiency, quality and costs, the event approached different management levels of automotive professionals, extending a platform to over 125 exhibitors to showcase their skills, specialities, and capabilities – systems that enhance manufacturing; and IT solutions in design, development, planning and manufacturing.

The fair also saw the participation of well-acknowledged manufacturers of automation systems, factory control and sensors. Assembly line system integrators and line builders. Machining centres and metal cutting equipment. Laser cutting systems, productivity enhancers, and new concepts in tools, jigs and fixtures. Specialised solutions in welding including laser welding. End-to-end in-plant (material) handling systems, and automotive painting equipment. Paintshop integrators and robotics, and automotive electronics.

The event, with a special focus on metrology, quality inspection and vision systems also had exhibitor seminars that greatly helped the participants to expand the reach of their products/services among prospective customers as well as build a rapport with existing customers.

Apart from the participants mentioned above, the event had over 5000 high profile visitors and potential buyers; a figure that explains the interest shown by the industry, Chennai being another strong automotive industry hub apart from Pune, the NCR, and other auto hubs that are fast emerging.

Also worth considering is the fact that the exhibitor spread in the context to the show’s location at Pune. The exhibitor spread is mainly from Pune and Bangalore. Both have come to become technology hubs. A significant number of exhibitors from other regions of India were participating at the show.

The event also hosted the second edition of the “Excellence awards for innovation and creative automation” on April 27, where the awards presented were: Ingersoll Rand Energy Efficiency Award, Kennametal Environment Protection Award, Sandvik Coromant Productivity Award, Demag Safety Award and the Emergys Value Improvement Award.

The organizers are now getting ready to bring the Automotive Engineering Show to Chennai (Jun 2013).