MOTOTECH24 Gujarat summit calls to accelerate automotive technology and Skilling


MOTOTECH24, Gujarat, was held at the iACE Auditorium, Gandhinagar, on March 7. It depicted Gujarat’s automotive excellence and technological and skilling advancements.

Gujarat, renowned for its robust auto hubs in Ahmedabad-Sanand, Mandal-Becharaji, Hansalpur–Vithalpur, Vadodara-Halol, and Rajkot, hosted a significant event in the automotive industry. Organised as a joint venture between the International Automobile Center of Excellence (iACE), the Government of Gujarat, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, and MOTOTECH24, this one-day summit focused on “Advanced Technology and Skilling for the Automobile Industry.” iACE, a premier academic institution, plays a vital role in nurturing and producing industry-ready talent.

The event explored advanced manufacturing technologies and trends shaping the automotive landscape for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Gujarat. Following the path set by the inaugural MOTOTECH 2023 event in Pune, the current summit emphasised skill development alongside technological advancements in the automotive sector. Esteemed industry experts from various sectors, including Auto OEMs, Auto Parts Manufacturers (Tier 1, 2, 3), Machinery, Tools & Accessories Manufacturers, Die & Mould Manufacturers, and Manufacturing Software Service Providers participated in the event. They discussed the technological advancements and the skills required to align with the transition from traditional technology to Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry.

Delegates included MDs & CEOs, CTOs, VPs & GMs of Manufacturing, Production Heads, Design and R&D Heads, Plant Heads, Technical Directors, QC Heads, and engineering students.

The conference commenced with a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony inaugurated by Rajiv Gandhi, E. Rajiv, Radha Poptani, Sameer Jindal, Mayank Verma, Prasad Nair, and Sagar Tamhane. Following this, Conference Chairman Rajiv Gandhi, CEO of iACE and Executive Board Member of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, delivered a keynote address. He stressed the importance of collaboration within the manufacturing ecosystem, highlighting the necessity for MSMEs to adapt to digitalisation and embrace technologies like Industry 4.0. He cited Maruti Suzuki’s development of a chatbot for manufacturing assistance as an example.

During his keynote address, E Rajiv, Executive Director of iACE, expressed, “MOTOTECH24 Gujarat is extremely comprehensive, encompassing various aspects of auto manufacturing and addressing skill development, a theme echoed by all speakers. The automotive industry is witnessing a significant inflexion point, marked by technological advancements and disruptions. The increasing market share of electric vehicles accelerates this. This changing landscape for traditional OEMs, with government involvement, necessitates extensive upskilling efforts.”

The event featured engaging technical presentations by industry experts on various topics including OT-IT Convergence & Digitalization in Automotive, Innovative Solutions for Hot Runner and Temperature Control in the Automotive Industry, Localisation Trends aiding Auto OEMs, Graphene’s impact on automotive technology, MG Nurture, Re-imagining Automotive Business with Technology & Artificial Intelligence, Leveraging Software Technologies for Design & Manufacturing, and Trends in Labor Relations & Compliance Challenges in the Automotive Industry.

A panel discussion on “Industry 5.0 – Achieving Manufacturing Excellence Leveraging Advanced Technologies” was chaired by Shirish Kulkarni, Founder & MD of Strota ConsulTech Pvt Ltd. The panellists included representatives from various automotive sectors.

Fire-side chats were also conducted on topics such as Automotive Industry Shifts: Opportunities & Challenges for Toolmakers and ESG in Automotive Manufacturing.

The event concluded with an invitation to MOTOTECH24, Pune, scheduled for September 27, 2024. The upcoming conference will further explore the future of the Automotive Industry in India. Interested parties are encouraged to participate and engage in influential conversations that will pave the way for automotive technology advancements in the country.

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