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AIA gets ready to deepen its engagements in South - Opens Chennai Chapter Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 08 January 2009
New Delhi : Automation Industry Association of India (AIA), the forum representing Industrial Automation companies in India has opened its Chennai Chapter.

Mr Sunil Khanna, President, AIA, and MD, Emerson Process Management (India) Pvt Ltd, said "The economic slowdown is affecting new investments in manufacturing and infrastructure. At the same time, existing facilities are re-strategising to lower operational costs and maintain market shares with higher value addition. By optimizing our automated processes we can further improve the performance and flexibility of installed plant and machinery in every sector."

The Association has recently opened its Chennai Chapter. As part of this initiative, AIA teams will interact with the state Industry, Government and Academic Institutions enabling managers and policy makers to embrace new competencies, practices and standards (see  that global leadership demands, such as:

• Asset Condition Monitoring
• Flexible Production & Simulation
• Energy Conservation & Recycling
• Global Regulatory Compliances
•  Mechatronics
• Plant & Human Safety Systems
• Waste treatment
• Tracking & Tracing Systems

"Since inception, AIA has been working towards the goals of increasing awareness and acceptability amongst users on cutting edge automation technologies to aid the Indian industry leverage these for greater productivity, efficiency, quality, safety and consistency – parameters that form the key to global competitiveness today. Now we are turning our attention to foster industry and academia partnerships in all major regions," Mr Sunil Khanna added.

AIA Director, Anup Wadhwa announced that Mr D Rajagopal, Director, Southern Region, Emerson, will be the officiating head of its Chennai Chapter for the year 2009;  other core group members being Mr Venkatesh Gajapathy, Southern Region Head, Honeywell and Mr GP Thirumughan, Director, RL Technologies.

Automation Industry Association (AIA) was founded in 2004, by leading automation technology players in the country. The association currently represents more than 50 high tech companies delivering technology products and integrated automation systems.

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