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Written by Ganesh   
Friday, 22 August 2008
48th Annual Session Scheduled for 3rd September 2008 at New Delhi

"Design & Development Capability is the new mantra for sustained competitiveness."

New Delhi - The Indian auto component industry has come a long way since its inception in the 1950s.  It has graduated from achieving operational excellence to developing engineering capability to designing build to print products. This could be categorized as Early Stages, post Maruti-Suzuki and Global Market economy.

However, in the current global scenario, the ability to Design and Develop New Products is emerging as a key decisive factor in determining global competitiveness vis-à-vis other low cost countries.

By 2015, there will be a huge outsourcing potential of US $ 25 billion as well as great opportunities to participate in the new vehicle platform development of the Indian OEMs.  This can only be realized if the component manufacturers imbibe the R&D culture as well as acquire the in-house capability of designing and developing new generation auto components in close partnership and collaboration with OEMs and Tier 1 companies.

Keeping in mind the roadmap given in the Automotive Mission Plan 2006-2016 and need for auto component industry to develop R&D capacity and new product development capability, the Theme of the 48th Annual Session of ACMA is "Becoming an R&D Powerhouse: The Next Frontier".

Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Mr. Sontosh Mohan Dev has kindly consented to be the esteemed Chief Guest. Mr. R. C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has kindly agreed to be the Guest of Honour. Mr. Steve D'Arcy, Global Automotive Leader, Price Waterhouse Coopers will be keynote speaker.

The conference speakers would include Mr. Francois van der Wielen, Sales Director, Delphi Diesel Systems; Dr. P. Ramarao, Chairman, Committee on Automotive Research (CAR) and Former Secretary, Deptt. of Science & Technology; Mr Abhijit Ray, Director-Pharmacology, New Drug Discovery Research, Ranbaxy Laboratories; and Mr D Uma Maheshwar, Leader for the Technology Development, GE-Aviation. The Annual Session is scheduled for 3rd September 2008 at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.

To further this effort and have a continuous focus on R&D, ACMA has signed up with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, USA for a Programme on Product Design & Development, specially tailored for the auto component sector.

This programme is aimed at bringing about the mindset change in CEOs to embrace the R&D culture and lead by example in spreading the R&D movement in the Indian auto component sector.

The 1st batch of the programme would be held in Cambridge, USA from 12th to 17th October 2008.

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