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SIAM's 49th Annual Convention concludes with awards ceremony Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Tuesday, 01 September 2009
New Delhi: The 49th SIAM Annual Convention, which brought together leaders of the automobile industry concluded on a positive note here yesterday. The Convention concluded with an awards ceremony with Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister of India as the chief guest.

R C Bhargava, Chairman Maruti Suzuki India, Kamal Nath, Hon Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO VE Commercial Vehicles spoke on "Sustainable Mobility – Connecting India: Making A Paradigm Shift". Kamal Nath gave a very positive talk on roads development, setting out both what is on the anvil in terms of goals as well as the pitfalls on the path to achieving them.

"Restructuring – Build a Viable Industry Model: Challenges Facing The Commercial Vehicle"

Prakash Talang, MD-India Operations, Tata Motors started the discussion by pointing out how good road networks make a definite difference to industrial growth. Hakan Samuelsson, Chairman MAN AG was of the opinion that the medium segment seems to have shrunk while also observing that roads need to be able to take heavier trucks as higher payload capabilities translate to savings in cost. Replying to a question on the requirement of small trucks, David Bennett, President, Vehicle Group APAC, Eaton Corporation observed that smaller trucks are usually very successful where the road network is inferior.

"Sustainability – Role of Collaborative Working"

Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests said that Government and Industry will work together to control the pollution level. The Government of India is developing mandatory fuel-efficiency standards for all classes and types of vehicles.

"REVIVAL – The Current and Future State of the Global Automotive Industry & Positioning of the Automotive Industry in India"

Dr Jochem Heizmann, Member-Management Board, VW AG expressed the view that Government incentive programs for auto companies go a long way in supporting a company in times of difficulty, citing the example of how sales in Germany had bucked the trend by growing thanks to the introduction of old vehicle scrapping programs. H S Lheem, MD Hyundai Motor India and John Parker, Exec. VP – Asia Pacific & Africa, Ford Motor Company agreed that infrastructure in India needed a huge upgrade.


Tapan Basu of Mahindra & Mahindra received the Mentor Award for his tireless work both at SIAM and in the field of alternative technologies. Four President’s Awards were given to illustrious members of the Indian automotive fraternity – R Seshasayee of Ashok Leyland, S Sandilya of Eicher Motors, Dr. Pawan Goenka of Mahindra & Mahindra and Dr. Wilfried Aulbur of Mercedes-Benz India.

Former SIAM president Dr. V Krishnamurthy received the Past President’s Award while the Golden Jubilee Award went to Brijmohan Lall Munjal of Hero Honda.

Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister of India, said that the "auto industry has a very important place in India. He went on to assert that India is one of the fastest growing markets and an attractive market too because of the spending power of young Indians today."

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