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India needs to concentrate on specialised equipment manufacturing: Kalam Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 November 2010
Bangalore: In a special address at the CII annual conference on manufacturing, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam , the former President of India, said that India was lagging in precision engineering and it needs to concentrate on specialised equipment manufacturing. He remarked that greater emphasis should be laid on scientific research and innovation.

"It is hurts to see that most of the precision equipment used in our factories are imported. However, I will not find fault with importing, as there is paucity of such manufacturers in our country," he said.

Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, General Motors Pvt Ltd said that the contribution of the manufacturing sector in India's GDP of 8. 5 per cent had now touched 28 per cent. He also mentioned that India is becoming an important destination of GM as they object a growth of 2.9 million units to 6 million units by 2015. Dr V Sumantran, Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive Ltd and Mr Andy Kalambi, President Dassault Systems India Pvt Ltd also highlighted the contribution of the manufacturing sector in the economic growth of the country.

Dr Sumantran ,who gave the keynote address, on his part, referred to the changes being witnessed in designing and manufacturing of products with investment efficiency, virtualization, environmental impact  along with India's own demographic advantage, being the key parameters. He said that during such a boom time, finding the right human resources remained a challenge.

Kalambi highlighted newer concepts that were emerging in terms of virtual factoring, social innovation, community participation and personalization of products. Predictive marketing and intelligence was another area which was set to bring about a major change in manufacturing by companies, leading to huge savings in costs.

General Motors to double sourcing from India by 2012.

General Motors, which has a vendor base of 250 in India, plans to source automotive components from India worth $1 billion annually in the next two years. This is nearly double the value of orders ($550 million) placed by the company on its Indian vendors in the year 2010. Of this, orders worth $356 million are for GM's Indian operations.

GM sources components such as castings, forgings and metal parts from India. Of the 250 strong vendor base, 72 vendors will also supply components to GM's global operations, mainly in Europe and North America.

This year, the company added 400 engineers at its R&D centre in Bangalore, taking the total headcount to 2,000 direct employees. GM will further add 400 more engineers to it's R&D centre in 2011.

GM's upcoming facility to produce commercial vehicles at Halol is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2012. This is being set up at an investment of $250 million. The company's new powertrain facility at Talegaon is set to become operational by November 12. As of now GM has 2 production facilities for passenger cars in Halol and Talegaon.

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