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ITS 2023: Unlocking Growth Opportunities

In a crescendo of knowledge, networking, and innovation, the International Tooling Summit (ITS) 2023 drew its curtains on a high note of success. Organised by TAGMA India, this flagship event left an indelible mark on the industry landscape. Spanning vibrant discussions, insightful presentations, and collaborative interactions, the summit showcased the tooling industry’s unwavering spirit and commitment to excellence.

On August 24 and 25, 2023, at The Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, luminaries, thought leaders, and practitioners from across the country and diverse industry domains gathered at the International Tooling Summit (ITS) 2023, which was aimed at ‘Exploring Diversity in the Tooling Industry’. With a sharp focus on leveraging innovation to unlock new horizons, ITS 2023 – the flagship event of the Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA) India – presented a platform for dynamic conversations that are poised to shape the future of the tooling sector

The event began on a celebratory note as the attendees applauded ISRO’s incredible accomplishment of Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing on the moon’s South Pole. With their hearts filled with a sense of pride, the attendees then sang the National Anthem. This historic milestone, which filled the atmosphere with inspiration, has proved India’s unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and reaching for the moon – a sentiment that resonated with everyone gathered there.

Dignitaries Speak

This moment was followed by the solemn lamp-lighting ceremony, which was graced by the presence of the esteemed dignitaries. The summit’s Chief Guest Mr. Sudeep Dalvi, Sr. Vice President & Director - Technical & Purchase and Chief Communication Officer, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, illuminated the occasion with his esteemed presence. Accompanying him as Guests of Honour were Mr. Satyajit Gupta, Chief Technical Officer, International Aerospace Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. (IAMPL), Mr. Yuki Kita, President & CEO, FANUC India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. G. Manikantan, Managing Director, Multiple Special Steel Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. D. M. Sheregar, President, TAGMA India, and Mr. D. Shanmugasundaram, Vice President, TAGMA India

Mr. Sheregar then welcomed the audience. “We are truly honoured and delighted to have you all here today, coming together to discuss and explore the dynamic world of toolmaking. We extend our gratitude to each one of you for gracing us with your valuable time and insights. As we gather here today, it is important to recognise the vast opportunities that lie ahead for Indian toolmakers. In the coming days, our industry holds the potential to scale new heights and carve a niche on the global stage. We stand on the cusp of transformation and must be prepared to seize these opportunities. Aerospace, packaging, electronics, toy making, white goods, and many other industries are growing. Even the automotive sector, which has displayed remarkable numbers since the pandemic, shows promising signs of improvement. We must align our strategies to harness these potential growth areas and propel Indian toolmaking to new horizons,” he said.

Spot the opportunities

Mr. Dalvi, the Chief Guest, then addressed the audience. He said, “I would first like to extend my gratitude to TAGMA for conceiving such an exceptional event and providing us, as an OEM, with the opportunity to engage with crucial stakeholders in our supply chain. Initially, we hesitated to source tools from India due to our global launch strategy. However, after participating in a TAGMA event at our plant a few years ago, we recognised the impressive capabilities of Indian toolmakers Consequently, we increased our sourcing from domestic vendors, and the recently launched Innova Hycross now contains 85% domestic tools, up from 35%. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for your invaluable support and for being an integral part of our supply chain. Your contributions are immeasurable.”

Mr. Gupta, the first Guest of Honour, then highlighted the growth opportunities that the aerospace industry presents Indian toolmakers. “The Indian aerospace industry is growing multi-fold in both defence and civil aviation. Almost all the aerospace OEMs have their footprint in India and are looking forward to strengthening it by the day. This presents immense opportunities to the Indian Industry and toolmakers. However, meeting cost and timeline requirements for such high-accuracy fixtures are necessary. Some examples of aerospace tooling include precision clamping chucks, precision clamping mandrels, zero-point clamping systems, hydraulic fixtures, precision drill jigs, stretch forming dies, form blocks, milling fixtures, vacuum fixtures & acceptance gauges, etc. I would like to request the tooling and part manufacturing industry to imbibe the right technology & equipment to meet the requirements of the aerospace industry," he said.

Mr. Kita commented, “I’m excited to be here. The Indian tooling industry has grown rapidly in recent years and is expected to sustain this growth for the next decade. India’s GDP is forecasted to grow by 6.4% this fiscal year, driven by private consumption and investments, with government support. The Indian manufacturing sector is projected to reach a $ 1 trillion market size by 2025. Traditional sectors like automotive, engineering, and consumer electronics are thriving, while emerging areas like EMS, EV, aerospace, and consumer goods offer promising opportunities. TAGMA plays a crucial role in uniting industry stakeholders.”

When the esteemed dignitaries had finished addressing those present, Mr. Shanmugasundaram delivered the ‘Thank You’ note. “As we delve into the heart of our industry’s discussions, we are inspired by the theme that guides us this year: ‘Exploring Diversity’. This theme serves as a call to action, urging us to step beyond the boundaries of convention and embrace the uncharted territories that lie ahead. While our roots have been firmly planted in the automotive sector, the winds of change bring with them new horizons that are brimming with opportunities. We witness this transformation in the remarkable surge of toy exports, a staggering 60% increase that echoes the unfolding growth story in aerospace, electronics, toy manufacturing, white goods, and home appliances. This flourishing ecosystem breathes life into our journey of expansion and innovation,” he said.

Mr. B. P. Shiv, Vice President & Head – Sales & Marketing, TAFE Engineering Plastics & Tooling Division, then presented the ‘Keynote Address’. “In the past decade, the Indian tooling industry has experienced a phenomenal growth trajectory. This surge is not merely coincidental; it is the result of dedicated efforts, visionary leadership, and a commitment to quality that has placed us at the forefront of the global tooling landscape. Reports from around the world resonate with the sentiment that this decade indeed belongs to India. The manufacturing sector is poised to play a pivotal role in propelling our nation toward its audacious goal of becoming a $5-trillion economy. As this sector takes centre stage with a projected 20% contribution to our economy, Indian toolmakers find themselves at the nexus of a transformative era,” he said.

Speaker line-up

The heart of ITS 2023 lies in its remarkable speaker line-up. The event welcomed accomplished experts, each bringing a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge to the table. From veteran industry professionals to visionary leaders, the speakers left no stone unturned in sharing their insights, experiences, and forecasts. The summit’s sessions spanned a range of topics, from digital transformation to aerospace tooling, exploring uncharted avenues that often define the industry’s growth trajectory.

ITS Sessions:


The first panel discussion on the topic ‘Indian Tooling Industry: Diversifying for Greater Heights’ was moderated by Mr. Ashim Sharma, Senior Partner & Group Head - Business Performance Improvement Consulting, Nomura Research Institute. The panellists included Mr. James Walsh, VP - Tooling, TATA Electronics; Mr. N. Prabakaran, Managing Director, DieTech India; Mr. Vijay Kumar Baheti, Director - Technical, Manjushree Technopack; and Mr. Nithish Parambath, Director - Industrialization, Schneider Electric. In this panel discussion, the panellists highlighted the opportunities in their respective sectors and the challenges they face while sourcing tools from India. They also spoke about how diversifying to other sectors could be the key to growth.



The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by Mr. Aashutosh Sinha, Principal - Business Performance Improvement, Nomura Research Institute (NRI) Consulting & Solutions. Subsequently, Mr. Paolo Frassi, Tool Steel Development Manager, Lucchini RS, presented a technical session on ‘Forging the Future: Evolution of Tool Steels and its Impact on Tooling’. The informative sessions worked towards building everyone’s appetite (not only for knowledge).

The gathering then took a lunch break and returned recharged to attend the sessions presented by Mr. Steffen Domay, Business Development Manager, FIBRO GmbH, on ‘Inspirations for the Value Chain of your Sheet Metal Production’; and Mr. Hidehiko Yamamoto, Specialist/ DM Business Development - Project Sales Department, Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd. on ‘Global Die & Mould Industry Trends’. The next session was presented by Mr. Sachin Sanghi, Principal Architect - Manufacturing, Google, on ‘Rethinking Digital Solutions for the Indian Tooling Sector’. In this session, he highlighted the importance of data security & cloud and urged Indian toolmakers to adopt digital solutions. Mr. Hank Wu, International Sales, YCM, then presented a technical case study.


The second panel discussion on ‘Designing and Building Moulds for the Aerospace Industry’ was moderated by Mr. Vineet Seth, MD - India, S. Asia, Middle East, Mastercam. The panel comprised Dr. Ravi Guttal, CTO, Aequs; Mr. Rakesh S. B., Vice-President - Aerospace, Sansera Engineering Limited; Mr. Maneck Behramkamdin, Business Head, Godrej Aerospace; Dr. S. Ravishankar - Chief Scientist & Head, Aircraft Prototype Manufacturing Facility, CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories. In this engaging panel discussion, the speakers talked about the current trends and growth opportunities in the Indian aerospace industry. They highlighted how global giants setting up shop in India will present a great opportunity for Indian toolmakers. While discussing the challenges, they suggested why toolmakers need to invest in the right technologies, acquire the necessary certifications and adopt a process-oriented approach.

In the last session on ‘Ideal Tool Room for EMS Industry’, Mr. Kannan R., AVP - Tooling, TATA Electronics, highlighted the tools required in the aerospace industry and how toolmakers should be prepared for the same.



The power-packed Day 1 sessions then came to an end with Executive Council Member, TAGMA India, Mr. T. Gopalakrishnan, Director - Marketing, Multiple Special Steel Pvt. Ltd., presenting the ‘Thank You’ note. The audience dispersed for a 30-minute break and then reconvened for the cultural program, wherein artists presented dance forms from various Indian states



Day 2 began with a welcome speech by TAGMA Executive Council member, Mr. D. Ravi, Managing Director, CM Precision Product (Formally - Classic Moulds & Dies) & MD, Clastek Engineering. The first session of the day was on ‘High Hard Aluminium for Injection Moulds - The French Connection’ by Mr. G. Manikantan, Managing Director, Multiple Special Steel Pvt. Ltd. This was followed by a technical presentation by Dr. Vishwas R. Puttige, Business Head, amace Solutions Pvt. Ltd. on ‘Advancements in Mould Manufacturing Technologies’.


The first panel discussion of the day was on ‘Let Us Get Ready & Play for the World’, which was moderated by Mr. Rajesh Nath, MD, VDMA, and included Mr. Bapugouda Patil, GM, Division Head - Purchase Division, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. B. V. Sudarshan, Dy MD, NTTF; Mr. Santosh Kulkarni, Vice President Materials - Polymer & Elastomer, Bajaj Auto Ltd; and Mr. Shin Jung Hyun, Managing Director, SEO YEONG DIETECH PVT. LTD. as panellists. The speakers spoke about the importance of having skilled manpower, the right infrastructure and a conducive policy framework for the Indian tooling industry to grow. They also spoke about the difference between Indian and overseas toolmakers and what India can learn from the developed world. Speakers from Bajaj and Toyota also appreciated the advancements in the Indian tooling industry and urged companies to keep up the good work and focus on exports as well.


The second panel discussion took place right after the lunch break. The topic of the discussion was ‘Die & Mould Sourcing Challenges in EV’. It was moderated by Mr. Akshay Kalyanpur, Director, Sridevi Tool Engineers Pvt. Ltd. The panellists were Mr. Ramesh K. S., Sr. Vice President, Ather Energy; Mr. Thej Kumar, Vice President - Operations, Product Development and Quality, Toyoda Gosei South India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Vinod Kubher, Partner, Prabha Industries; and Mr. Rajeev Chopra, Director - Strategic Sourcing, Ola Electric Technologies Pvt. Ltd. This engaging panel discussed the trends shaping the automotive industry and how the emergence of EVs will impact toolmakers. The speakers also highlighted the challenges they face while sourcing tools and charted out their expectations from the toolmakers while highlighting the requirements of the EV sector vis-avis ICE vehicles.

This was followed by a technical session on ‘New Machining Strategies for Die & Mould industry (Barrel Machining, Trochoidal Milling)’ by Mr. Sashi Menon, Cutting Tool Expert. Mr. Santhosh Raj, Head - Technical Centre, ALPLA Group, spoke about ‘Innovations in Packaging Industry Moulds: Trends and Advancements’, which was followed by a technical session on ‘Revolutionary Raw Material Solutions for the Tooling Industry’ by Mr. Pulkit Datta, General Manager, Proterial India Pvt. Ltd.

Next, the session on ‘Financing Solutions to Maximise your Business Success’ was presented by Mr. Raghunanda Gupta B. V., Vice President - Sales (Region Head – Karnataka & Kerala), Siemens Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. This was followed by a technical session on ‘Conformal Cooling Insert by Binder Jet 3D Printing (BJT)’ by Mr. Ambresh Nagaraj, Team Leader, Indo-MIM. The last session of the day was presented by Mr. M. Mohanavel, Aerospace Machining Consultant on ‘How to Prepare for the Aerospace Industry’.This highly engaging session was very well received, as Mr. Mohanavel highlighted the skill sets, infrastructure, and documentation required to serve the aerospace industry. As the last session of the day concluded, Mr. Shanmugasundaram presented the ‘Thank You’ note. In his speech, he thanked the special guests, all the speakers, delegates and particularly event partners. He also congratulated the organising team for the success of ITS 2023.

A Resonating Success

The resounding success of ITS 2023 was evident not only in the quality of discussions but also in the participation. The event drew a diverse audience, with delegates from various corners of the country converging to exchange insights and experiences. The jam-packed hall resonated with the energy of collaboration and the quest for knowledge.

The success of ITS 2023 is a testament to TAGMA’s commitment to elevating the tooling industry’s standards, fostering connections, and driving innovation. As the event came to an end, the corridors were abuzz with conversations that echoed the commitment to continuing the momentum generated during the summit.

This sense of purpose is what sets ITS apart and positions it as a cornerstone event in the tooling calendar.In a world where innovation is a constant, ITS 2023 demonstrated the industry’s resilience and its determination to explore new frontiers. The event’s impact extends beyond its conclusion, leaving a lasting imprint on attendees and inspiring a wave of creativity and advancement in the tooling sector

ITS 2022 Charting the growth trajectory for the Indian tooling industry

The 6th edition of the International Tooling Summit (ITS) was recently held at Hotel The Leela Ambience, Gurugram, on September 21-22, 2022. Organised every year by the Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA), it is India’s largest die and mould conference. With more than 400 visitors, the 6th ITS edition witnessed around 40 speakers discussing various topics that impact the Indian tooling industry.

As various sectors continue to emerge in India, FDIs increase and manufacturing PMIs reflect good numbers, the Indian tooling industry is treading on the path to growth. With this thought in mind, TAGMA decided on keeping the theme of this edition of ITS as: ‘Indian Tooling Industry: Poised for Growth’. The event highlighted opportunities, localisation,technology trends, emerging sectors, PLI schemes, challenges and policy framework, among other topics.

An auspicious start

The programme started with the National Anthem, followed by lighting of the traditional lamp and inauguration by the dignitaries including Chief Guest Mr. Sunil Kakkar, Sr. Executive Officer - Supply Chain, Maruti Suzuki India Limited; Guest of Honour Mr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman & Managing Director, Lava International Limited; Guest of Honour Mr. Prashant Jain, Managing Director, GE Power India Ltd.; Mr. T. S. Gopalakrishnan, Director - Marketing, Multiple Special Steel Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Vishal Agarwal, President, Yudo Hot Runner India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. D. M. Sheregar, President, TAGMA India, and Mr. D Shanmugasundaram, Vice President, TAGMA India, in the presence of the attendees, speakers, panellists and sponsors.

This was followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Sheregar. Welcoming the dignitaries, attendees, speakers and sponsors, he said, “As the President of TAGMA and the representative of the Indian toolmakers, I welcome all of you to the 6th International Tooling Summit. I welcome everyone present here – our guests on the dais, speakers, sponsors, and my friends from the tooling industry. Since the start of this decade, leaders around the world are saying that this decade belongs to India. There is a sense of positivity among global businesses and people are looking at India with lots of hope and optimism. This definitely is a good sign. We are seeing FDIs increasing, and Indian large conglomerates are expanding, this will be a good opportunity for Indian toolmakers. We have a huge business opportunity in front of us.”

Spot the opportunities

Sharing his views, Mr. Kakkar said, “I am delighted to present here at this forum in front of leaders from the tooling fraternity. As an OEM, I am happy to share that we have worked closely with Tier-1 suppliers and tooling companies and the result is that 90% of our tooling requirements are met domestically. Earlier, most automotive OEMs were dependent on countries like Korea, Taiwan and China for tools, but I must congratulate you all for the remarkable work you have done, as now, almost all types of tools are available in India. I would encourage my friends from the tooling fraternity here to be prepared for the changes happening in the automotive industry. The transition in the automotive is happening really fast and you need to be prepared to tackle it.”

Mr. Rai then went on to highlight the opportunities in the mobile and other electronics goods manufacturing sector. He said: “IT and electronics together generate a revenue of about $4 trillion globally and it gets multiplied at least 4 times to create a global GDP of about $17 trillion and the valuation of the companies in electronics and tech is about $23 trillion. It’s a critical industry for any country. In India, we are about 5-5.5% of global mobile consumption, which is very low considering our population is about 18% of the world’s population. So, I see a huge opportunity in the mobile and other electronics goods manufacturing. With PLI schemes and the government’s decision to allow JVs in mobile manufacturing, we will see a huge opportunity in mobile and other electronics goods manufacturing. We have to work closely and see how we can reduce the cost of each and every activity of manufacturing to not just target the Indian market but to export globally.”

Are we utilising our resources?

Mr. Jain emphasised on optimum utilisation of local resources and importance of research and innovation. In his keynote address, he said, “300 billion to 500 billion, the journey of manufacturing is not going to happen without the great support of the tooling industry. If I look at the environment today in India, the factors that are working in our favour are: 1) robust demand domestically, 2) right policy framework and the will (PLI schemes and Make in India) and 3) young population. Today, we have been developing in this country largely on import substitution and localisation and I would like to challenge this group here to look beyond. We can target the world with our local capabilities. If we have to go far, we need to recognise two things – the local resources (local talent & R&D) and innovations. The local resources backed with research and innovations can do wonders.”

Mr. Gopalakrishnan stated, “At this stage, in front of leaders from the industry where we have professionals from OEMs, who are at the top of the pyramid, to Tier-I suppliers to toolmakers and finally, people like us, the raw material suppliers and technology providers to the tooling industry, we all have to come together and see that our immediate customer is satisfied with our products or services. It’s when we all have a satisfied customer, the whole ecosystem will grow and as a country we will become a strong tooling hub.” “As an executive council member of TAGMA, I would also like to urge members present here to encourage and add more members in the TAGMA family. It’s our association and we must make it strong so that our voice is heard in parliaments as well,” added Mr. Gopalakrishnan.

Mr. Agarwal then addressed the audience. He said, “When we started Yudo in India 22 years ago, the Indian tooling Industry was in its initial growth phase, and tooling was majorly done for white goods, household and other sectors, including automotive, but none of them were significant enough. Since then, definitely, we have come a long way. Today, the technical capabilities of our tool rooms are at par with any global tooling standards, be it any segment like automotive, packaging, white goods electrical or household. However, there are many areas we all must work on together, like the delivery time of tools in India, which has to improve, and tool rooms alone cannot do that. There is a lot which has to be done from the vendor’s side first, where steel suppliers, mould base, standard parts and hot runners come into the picture. We all have to work on our processes and speak to our counterparts to invest more in India.”

Vote of thanks Mr. Shanmugasundaram delivered the vote of thanks with warm greetings to the dignitaries present at the event. “Today, standing here, as someone who closely works with the tooling fraternity, I am very excited about the future. I see huge opportunities coming our way from various industries – automotive OEMs are showing great numbers, EVs are catching up, especially in the 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler segments, and industries like defence, aerospace, medical, mobile, white goods, packaging, agriculture, and construction equipment are all growing. Companies from these sectors are setting up their manufacturing base here, which is a great sign for toolmakers. It is time for us to explore these industries as well and develop skills accordingly,” he said. In his speech, he also announced various new initiatives that TAGMA has planned, such as tooling academy for skill development and delegation to Canada, among others.

ITS in Sessions :



The first panel discussion on the ‘Indian tooling industry: What stops us from becoming the tool factory of the world?’ was moderated by Mr. Ankit Sahu, Director, Objectify Technologies Pvt. Ltd., while the panellists were Mr. M. M. Singh, Director & CEO, International Automobile Centre of Excellence (iACE) and Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India; Mr. Vivek Nanivadekar, Executive Director, Fibro India Precision Products Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Ashim Sharma, Senior Partner & Group Head Business Performance Improvement Consulting (Auto, Engg. & Logistics), Nomura Research Institute, and Mr. D. Ravi, Managing Director, CM Precision Product & MD, Clastek Engineering Pvt. Ltd. In this panel discussion, the panellists highlighted the current state of the Indian tooling industry, the policy framework, the benchmarking with global tooling hubs, skill development, growth drivers and challenges that Indian toolmakers face



The first technical session 'The Journey of Multiple' was presented by Mr. Gopalakrishnan. This was followed by a technical session on the ‘Role of hot runners in addressing the EV segment, speciality materials and applications’ by Mr. Agarwal. The next technical session on '‘Overview of Indian Tooling Industry’' was presented by Mr. Aashutosh Sinha, Sr. Manager - Business Performance Improvement, Nomura Research Institute (NRI) Consulting & Solutions. The technical session ‘Machining Czars Of Die & Mould Industry – Diaedge & Moldino’was conducted by Mr. Anoop Pandey, Dy. General Manager, MMC Hardmetal India Pvt. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Materials). Dr. P. M. Pandey, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IITDelhi & Director of BIET-Jhansi also conducted a technical session on ‘Leveraging Metal 3-D Printing for rapid tool realization’. A technical session on ‘Designing and building tools for the electrical industry’ was conducted by Mr. Dominic Savio, General Manager - Central Process Engineering, Legrand. A technical session on ‘Complications in manufacturing press tools: How to overcome manufacturing challenges?’ was conducted by Mr. K. Vijayakumar, Unit Head – Tool Room, Brakes India Pvt. Ltd.



The last session of Day 1 was an interesting panel discussion on ‘Indian tooling industry: Expand your horizon’. The agenda of this session was to highlight opportunities, challenges, and expectations from various industries for toolmakers. The session was moderated by Mr. Arvind Chawla, Consultant - Innovative Solutions, Injection Moulds, Automation and Project Management, and the panel consists of Mr. Anand Wankhede, Head Tool Manufacturing - Engineered Tooling Solutions, Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Dayanand Reddy, Founder & Managing Director, Vasantha Tools Crafts Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Raju Desai, Chairman, Jyoti Plastic Works Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. S. K. Jha, Head – Mould Shop, Alpla Group. The panel was represented by professionals from industries like packaging, plastics, electrical and tool room. They all highlighted their expectations from the tooling fraternity and also provided their suggestions for improvements.



The evening program started with the felicitation of industry stalwartsMr. Krishnamoorthy, Chairman, Fine Components and Tools Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. A. K. Kaul, Horizon Industrial Products Pvt. Ltd., and Mr. S. C. Kalyanpur, Founder and Managing Director of Sridevi Tool Engineers Pvt. Ltd.; for their immense contributions to the Indian tooling industry. The felicitation ceremony was followed by a cultural programme and networking dinner.The power-packed day one sessions came to an end with a thank you note from Executive Council Member, Mr. Amit Kumar Parashar, COO, Subros Ltd.



Day 2 began with a welcome speech welcome speech from TAGMA Executive Council member, Paresh Panchal, CEO, CAM Tools India. The first session of the day was presented by Mr. Giuseppe Di Mario, Tool Steel Sales Manager, Lucchini RS, on ‘Extra-large forgings for aluminium structurals’ . It was followed by a technical session on ‘Yudo’s endowment in advancement of Indian tooling in packaging & medical segment’ by Mr. Agarwal. There was also a technical session on ‘How the recent global economical changes affected the die and mould industry and how we will adapt to them?’ by Raghav Prasad, Head - Die Mould Department, Makino India Pvt. Ltd. A technical session on ‘Advanced heat treatment for high performance tooling’ by Mr. C. Vijayakumar, Senior Manager – Technical and Value added Services, voestalpine High Performance Metals India Pvt. Ltd. was also held.



The first panel discussion of the day was on ‘Localisation trends: Challenges, opportunities & policy framework’.The panel was moderated by Mr. Niranjan Mudholkar, Editorial Director, Pro MFG Media and included Mr. Kalyanpur; Mr. Ravindra Gugale, Sr. GM - Purchase - Interiors & Plastic Division, TATA AutoComp Systems Ltd.; Mr. C. S. Agarwal, Asst. Vice President - Component Development & Tooling, Lumax Industries Limited and Mr. Vikas Gupta, Founder, CEO & CFO, eAshwa Automotive Pvt. Ltd. as panellists.The speakers highlighted not only the need for localisation, but also the challenges they are facing while sourcing certain tools in India as well as their expectations from Indian toolmakers.


The second panel discussion titled ‘Die & mould innovations for tomorrow’, the panel highlighted technology trends such as additive manufacturing, industry4.0, design & manufacturing software and the latest machining strategies for the tooling industry. The panel was moderated by Dr. Vishwas Puttige, Business Head, Amace Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and included Mr. Panchal; Mr. Parashar and Mr. Shatyabrata Das, Sr GM - Tooling, IAC Group as speakers.

In Conclusion

In conclusion With many insightful sessions, networking with industry leaders & user industry professionals, the event concluded on a high note. In his closing remark, Mr. Shanmugasundaram thanked all the sponsors, speakers and attendees, TAGMA management and secretariat for ensuring that ITS 2022 was a grand success. He also appealed to toolmakers to actively participate in TAGMA activities and help the association grow. All the attendees were filled with gratitude and optimism. As highlighted by the panel discussions, the future looks certainly bright for Indian toolmakers.

Some of the common outcomes of the two-day summit were:

  • Indian tooling industry is poised for growth
  • Toolmakers need to look beyond automotive and explore emerging sectors
  • Skill development is key
  • We need to fast-track technology adoption
  • Cluster development is a must
  • We must focus on exports as well.

The two-day event helped the attendees gain a thorough understanding of the latest technology trends, customer expectations, opportunities and the challenges in front of the Indian tooling industry and growth drivers.


“Since its inception, the International Tooling Summit has come a long way to become one of the best and biggest conferences for the tooling industry in the world. The Indian tooling industry is indeed poised for growth and the 2022 edition truly showcased the same through various insightful presentations and panel discussions. Some of the trending topics such as localisation, diversifications, technology adoption, and skill developments were very well focussed upon. I congratulate the organising team for the great success of ITS 2022” - D. K. Sharma, Immediate Past President, TAGMA India

I would like to congratulate the International Tooling Summit team for organising such a wonderful event. The topics covered during the technical presentations and panel discussions were insightful. Also, bringing in speakers from diverse backgrounds was a good initiative, as it helped us understand the expectations of various industries. I am eagerly awaiting the next ITS edition. It is a must-attend event for anyone dealing with the tooling industry.” - Vivek Nigam, Plant Manager, EMKA India Panel Accessories Pvt.Ltd

ITS 2022 was a wonderful event. It clearly highlighted the present state of the Indian tooling industry, the capabilities of Indian toolmakers and the growth prospects. It will also help the plastics industry and those who deal with press tools.The speaker line-ups and topics were beyond my expectations.The event clearly showcased the enthusiasm among the Indian toolmakers. On behalf of the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA), I congratulate the TAGMA management for the great show and their exemplary work towards the betterment of the Indian tooling industry.” - Jayesh Rambhia, Chairman Plastic Park & Projects & Past President, AIPMA

Virtual International Tooling Summit - Opportunities galore for toolmakers

At a time when the pandemic has thrown the global economy out of gear, toolmakers in India have been struggling to stay afloat. On November 27 and 28, 2020, TAGMA organised the first-ever Virtual International Tooling Summit to help toolmakers find their way through these challenging times. Honourable Union Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari; Mr MSR Prasad, Distinguished Scientist & Director General - Missiles and Strategic Systems (MSS), DRDO; and several other prominent personalities of the tooling world graced the two day event. They offered insights about the tooling industry, which were very well received by the 500+ professionals, who marked their presence virtually. This event turned out to be an eye-opener that guided toolmakers to find opportunity in adversity.

The fifth edition of the International Tooling Summit (ITS) and first-ever Virtual International Tooling Summit-cum-virtual expo was held on November 27 and 28, 2020. The ITS, which is India’s largest die and mould gathering, is organised every year by the Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA).

The theme for this edition of the virtual ITS was ‘Tooling Self Reliance in India and New Frontiers of Growth’.

The two-day event saw around 15 leaders sharing their insights about the industry through two panel discussions and seven technical sessions.

Inaugural Session

The event began with a welcome note by Mr. D. K. Sharma, President, TAGMA India. Addressing more than 1,200+ professionals from across the globe, who participated virtually, Mr. Sharma said, “The current pandemic has taught us a lot. For instance, adopting digital is no longer an option, but more of a compulsion. The first-ever virtual ITS is the result of such learnings.” Mr. Sharma also elaborated on the slew of government initiatives that could help the manufacturing sector.

“Over the past few months, the government announced various production-linked incentives for different manufacturing sectors, which is a welcome move. However, to fully realise the potential of the Indian manufacturing sector, localisation of the tooling ecosystem would be pivotal. To put things in perspective, all the major manufacturing hubs across the globe boast of an equally strong tooling industry, with India being a notable exception. The whole ecosystem of the industry, including OEMs, tier-I suppliers, government bodies, and toolmakers, should collectively and cohesively work towards realising an increased share of manufacturing GVA to the economy,” he explained.

In his speech, Mr. Sharma also highlighted the challenges that Indian toolmakers face and spoke about their expectations from the government and OEMs. The welcome speech was followed by the launch of the ‘Tooling Report’ by the Honourable Union Minister. The ‘Tooling Report’ was prepared by TAGMA in association with Nomura Research Institute India Pvt. Ltd. It provides comprehensive details about the Indian tooling industry.

Major highlights of the union Minister's Speech

To make 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' a grand success, we will need lots of innovation, research, and commitment.

The Government of India is committed to increasing the share of the manufacturing industry in India's GDP. For that to happen, we need strong tooling support.

Indian toolmakers should invest in R&D to develop cost-effective, quality tools and aim for the exports' market.

India is going to witness a sharp rise in demand from industries such as automotive, agriculture equipment, defence and aerospace, among others. Indian toolmakers need to gear up to meet these demands.

There is a need to work in a collaborative manner. From the government's perspective, we are committed to make the necessary policy reforms in the coming days to help Indian toolmakers.

In his inaugural speech, Honourable Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said, “Tooling industry is like the heart of the manufacturing industry. It has immense economic importance. We cannot dream of having a strong manufacturing industry without a robust tooling industry,”

“The die and mould industry is the backbone of the manufacturing industry. The Government of India understands its economic importance in the country and is committed to increasing the share of the manufacturing industry in the country’s GDP. For this, we will need strong tooling support. I would like to assure toolmakers of huge business opportunities in the coming days. However, you must focus on innovation and new product development. Indian toolmakers should aim to play a big role in the global tooling industry. From the Government’s side, I assure you that we will work closely and formulate some policy reforms that are more industry-friendly.”

The event’s Guest of Honour, Mr MSR Prasad, mainly discussed the current activities and plans of the defence ministry. He also spoke about the huge opportunities available for toolmakers in the defence sector.

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The insightful views were followed by the first panel discussion ‘Cross industry perspective on the role of tooling in localisation and expectations from toolmakers’. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Ashim Sharma, Partner & Group Head, Business Performance Improvement Consulting (Automotive, Engineering & Logistics), Nomura Research Institute India Pvt. Ltd. The panelists were Mr. Ganesh Mani, Director – Production, Hyundai Motor India Ltd; Mr. Akshay Sangwan, Director – Development & Commercial, Sonalika Group, and Mr. Bhupender Saharan, CEO, VVDN Technologies.

The discussion revolved around the expectations from the OEMs from tooling suppliers. While the panelists highlighted the huge opportunities available in their respective industries, they also stressed upon the need for Indian toolmakers to work on enhancing their efficiency and capacity.



A technical session on ‘Advanced coating solution for forming tools’ by Mr. Pravin Shirse, Country President India, Oerlikon Balzer, was received well. After the highly engaging session on coating solutions, Mr. Alexander Baesgen, Head of Tooling Technology, Oskar Frech GmbH & Co. KG, delivered a technical session on ‘OEEmax | Process Excellence made by Tooling Technology’. The third technical session of the day was initiated by Mr. Muthusezhiyan N, Principal Counsellor, CII Green Co., on ‘Enhance competitiveness of MSMEs through adoption of green practices’. In his session, Mr. Muthusezhiyan spoke about the importance of green practices in manufacturing and their bene!ts. The last session for the day was on ‘Hand holding support by the government for MSMEs through The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC)’. It was held by Mr. P. Ravi Kumar, Chief General Manager, NSIC.



The second day of the virtual event started with the opening remark by Mr. D Shanmugasundaram, Vice President, TAGMA India. In his speech. Mr. Shanmugasundaram thanked Honourable Chief Guest Shri Nitin Gadkari for his reassuring note. “It was very encouraging to learn that the Government of India believes in the big economic importance of the tooling industry and the role it is going to play in the success of ‘Atmanirbhat Bharat’. The industry needs a collaborative approach to make India a strong tooling hub,” he said. In his speech, he also thanked Mr MSR Prasad for charting out opportunities for toolmakers in the defence sector.



The first session of the day was on ‘Target Costing in Die Design’ by Mr. A. N. Raman, a financial consultant. The session was well received by toolmakers, who have always found this subject very challenging to deal with. This was followed by a session on the famous Japanese technique of Monozukuri by Dr. Ranganathan. Monozukuri means ‘production’ or ‘making of things’ in Japanese and is the Japanese term for ‘manufacturing’. The broader meaning encompasses a synthesis of technological prowess, know-how and spirit of Japan’s manufacturing practices. The third and last technical session was delivered by Mr. V. Chandramouli from SIDBI. He highlighted the various schemes of SIDBI and explained how Indian toolmakers can avail of these.


The last session was a power-packed panel discussion on ‘Indian Tooling Industry: gearing up for Better Tomorrow’. The panelists were Mr. Vinod Kubher, Executive Director, Prabha Industries; Amit Kumar Parashar, Sr Vice President, Operations,Tool Room, Central Quality, Service & QS, Subros Ltd; Arvind Chawla, Managing Director, Zahoransky; Martin Pinto, Executive Director, Shapers India Pvt. Ltd. and was moderated by Marc Weinmann, Chairman, VEM Tooling. The panel unanimously agreed that indeed there are many challenges such as payment terms of OEMs, need for policy reform, availability of raw materials, and land & !nance availability. The Indian tooling industry needs to !nd ways to deal with them.

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The concurrent virtual expo was also organised along with the summit with 18 partners who showcased their latest technologies to the virtual visitors from around the world. Companies that were participated were DMG MORI, Makino, AMS, COSMOS, MAZAK, Mitsubishi EDM, Goel Steel, Hitachi Metals, Hurco, Schneider (L&T), Multiple Special Steels, PCK Buderus, Phillips, Schunk, Swiss Steel, Voestalpine, Mastercam, Millutensil, among others.

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ITS 2019 - Underlines Opportunity in Indian Tooling Industry

The fourth edition of International Tooling Summit (ITS) was recently held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Pune on February 7 and 8. Organised every year by Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA), it is India’s largest die mould gathering. This edition of ITS revolved around the theme, ‘Indian Tooling Industry: Forming & Moulding the Future’. The two-day event saw about 40 speakers sharing insights about the industry through four panel discussions and 16 technical sessions.

Overall, the event aimed to highlight the latest technology trends, business dynamics, opportunities, challenges and the future outlook of the Indian tooling sector.

The programme started with the National Anthem,followed by a traditional lamp lighting and inauguration by the dignitaries. Chief Guest Mr Sunil Kakkar, Executive Director (Supply Chain), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd; Guests of Honor Mr Saurabh Kumar, DGOF & Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board and Ms Laxmi Laxman, General Manager, PCK Buderus present on behalf of Peter Vetter, Head, Quality Planning Tool Steels, Buderus Edelstahl; Mr N Reguraj, MD – NTTF and Founder President, TAGMA India; Mr D K Sharma, President, TAGMA INDIA and Mr D Shanmugasundaram, Vice President, TAGMA India conducted the lamp lighting ceremony in the presence of the attendees, speakers, panelists and sponsors

It was followed by a welcome speech by Mr Sharma. Welcoming over 400 professionals from around the world, he said, “I am delighted to share that in just four years, ITS has become one of the most important platform for the Indian Tool Room professionals for knowledge sharing, understanding global trends, and building acquaintances. Today, with an increase in demand from the automotive and consumer industries, the Indian tooling sector is witnessing rapid growth. The total tooling demand for FY17 in India was USD 2070 million and is expected to reach USD 2683 million by FY 2020 with the CAGR of 9%. This is a good time to be a tool maker in India, we must celebrate this occasion and gear up for the future opportunities

Sharing his views, Mr. Kakkar said, “At present, the Indian automotive industry contributes 7.5% to the Indian GDP and 49% in Indian manufacturing industry’s GDP. It is set to grow further thanks to the rising income, increasing population and better infrastructure. We all, everyone related to eco-system, need to work together and contribute towards this growth. To be competent, localisation is the key. Today, 75% of our tools are sourced from domestic suppliers and we want to increase this even further. We expect you to supply world-class tools and help us in saving cost and time.”

Ms Laxman addressed the gathering on behalf of Mr Vetter and delivered his message. She highlighted the changing dynamics of the automotive industry and how the usage of new materials in the future automobiles will pose challenges to tool makers. She also stressed upon the disruption happening in the automotive industry and why it is important for tool makers to be abreast with the trend.

It was followed by a speech from Mr Kumar who spoke about the current happenings in the Indian defence sector, activities of the ordnance factory and opportunities for tool makers. “We need a large number of tools for cold rolling, forging, plastic moulds, sheet metal, and fixtures solutions, among others. We are in a constant look out for technology providers. I invite you all to visit our factories and understand about our requirement” he said.

The inauguration speeches were followed by felicitation of Mr N Reguraj, the Founder President of TAGMA. He was presented the life time achievement award by TAGMA India. He founded TAGMA in 1990 along with Mr Anil C Kilachand, Mr P N Rao, Mr S Samu, Mr J N Godrej, Vijay N Kulkarni, Mr S C Kalyanpur and Mr A R A Shaikh.

Thanking TAGMA for the honor Mr Reguraj said, “With all humility I accept the honour given to me. I am happy to see what TAGMA has achieved over the years. Today, the need of the hour for the Indian tooling fraternity is that you have to come together, collaborate, cooperate and compete. Earlier there use to be feeling that you meet toolmakers in some forum and then they disappear for whatever reasons. But now the industry has matured and I see the same faces again and again, when I come for such conference, which shows that it is the survival of the fittest and they are all in the Hall today, so please congratulate yourself for being here as successful Tool and Die Maker.”

Further, Mr Ashim Sharma, Partner & Group Head, Business Performance Improvement Consulting (Auto, Engineering & Logistics), Nomura Research Institute India Pvt. Ltd. presented an overview of the tooling industry. He highlighted the current state of tooling industry in India. While talking about the current state of tooling industry in India, he said, “Sheet metal dies and plastic moulds comprises more than 75% of the domestic tooling demand in the automotive industry. Reduction in product lifecycle and increasing local design and development are key demand drivers for the Indian tooling industry.” Countries with highest vehicle production are also the ones leading in tooling production but India is an exception. He also stressed upon why tooling should be localised. “Localisation results in cost savings in the form of no import duty and cutting down on transportation costs. It also leads to faster delivery due to evasion of shipping time and port delays,” Ashim added.

Mr Shanmugasundaram delivered the vote of thanks with warm greetings to the dignitaries present during the event. “This is such a beautiful gathering of industry people from all over the world. It is good to see everyone come together under one platform to discuss opportunities and challenges in the die mould industry. The turn out here clearly shows the positive mood in the Indian manufacturing sector. I thank all the dignitaries, sponsors, speakers and panelists, attendees and most importantly the organising team member who have been working day and night to make this event a reality,” he said.

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It was followed by the First Panel discussion on ‘OEMs and Tooling Suppliers - Collaborative Approach’. The panel discussion was moderated by Ashim Sharma while the panelists were Mr. Ramani Krishnan, Head, Projects, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd; Mr Marc Weinmann, Founder CEO, VEM Tooling (India) Private Limited; Mr Günther Prunner, Regional Innovation Manager, Voestalpine, Mr Kannan Venkatraman, Managing Director, Milacron India Pvt Ltd (Mold-Masters Division). During this discussion, the panelists unanimously agreed to have a better collaborative approach for the future growth.

The first-day witnessed seven thought provoking technical sessions. Speakers from the world had made their presence to ITS 2019, updating the audience with current trends in global tooling industry.





Day one ended with a thought provoking panel discussion on ‘Subtractive & Additive Technologies – How Will The Coexistence Emerge In Future?’. It helped delegates to understand the way both additive and subtractive technology will collaborate and enhance the productivity. It was moderated by Mr Gauba, the panel included Mr Gourav Ray, Senior Sales Director, South Asia, GE India Private Limited; Mr Sunil Rao, Deputy Managing Director, DMG Mori; Mr Prakasam Anand, Country Head, Electro Optical System and Mr Akshay Kalyanpur, Director, Sridevi Tool Engineers P Ltd. The panel was a mix of 3D Printing technology providers to hybrid manufacturing solution manufacturer and users of Subtractive & Additive Technologies. They highlighted the benefits of additive manufacturing and also confirmed that a combination of additive and subtractive will be the future of manufacturing.



Day one came to an end on a positive note as TAGMA felicitated four industry stalwarts for their contribution to the industry

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Day-two began with a focus on the futuristic technology, the 2K mould technology. Lately, the technology is gaining acceptance and has garnered interest of the tooling fraternity around the world. Mr Alan Cecco, Design Director, Silver Basis Group highlighted some important aspects of the technology and highlighted its benefits.

70% of world’s tools are used in the automotive industry. However, there are sectors that are generating enough demand and creating business opportunities for the tool makers. The first panel discussion of the day was on the topic ‘Emerging Sectors for Indian Tool Makers’. It was moderated by Mr Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Director, Inquizity, the panellists included Mr S M Vaidya, EVP, Business Head Aerospace Division, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co.Ltd; Mr Jonathon Azzopardi, Chairman, Canadian Association of Mold Makers and Mr Tapan Tripathy, General Manager, Switchgear Design & Development, Larsen & Toubro. The panel highlighted the opportunities available for tool makers in other sectors. They also encouraged tool makers to look beyond automotive and grab the opportunities in other sectors. As we are aware that disruption is happening very fast, biggest consumer of die mould industry, automotive, is going through various changes. Electric vehicles, weight reduction and autonomous cars are taking becoming real faster than expected. Time-to-market for automotive OEMs have come down drastically.



The last panel discussion focussed on ‘Changing Dynamics in Auto Sector - Impact on Indian Tooling Industry’. Moderated by Mr Sumantra Barooah, Executive Director, Autocar Professional, the panel included Mr Venkat Krishnan R, General Manager, Purchase Division, Toyota Kirloskar Motors Private Limited; Mr. Sachin Kulkarni, Head of Direct Purchase – VW Procurement, Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, Mr. Sandeep Gupta - General Manager of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

The second day of ITS 2019 saw 10 technical sessions highlighting various trends and technologies in the industry.




International Tooling Summit 2018 : Echoing success

Organised by Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA), third edition - the International Tooling Summit 2018 was held on February 1 and 2, 2018 at The Leela Palace, Chennai, with the theme of Driving Indian Tooling Industry – Opportunities and Challenges. The two-day event witnessed over 400 visitors, packed with four panel discussions, 16 technical sessions, with 44 speakers discussing various topics that impact the Indian tooling industry, and among them 10 speakers from overseas.

Various companies showcased their state-of-the-art technology through technical sessions at the event that targets companies and professionals associated with die mould industry. Thought provoking panel discussions were also organized keeping in mind the latest technologies, customer expectations, opportunities & challenges in the Indian tooling industry.

The programme started with the National Anthem, followed by lamp lighting and inauguration by the Chief Guest Steffen Heim, Executive Director, Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen India; S Ganesh Mani, Guest of Honour, Sr Vice President,Production, Hyundai Motor India; Guest of Honour, Harish Laxman, Vice President, Rane Group in the presence of Pulkit Datta, Head of Sales & Marketing – Speciality Steel Division, Hitachi Metals India Ltd; D Shanmugasundaram, Vice President – TAGMA India; Veronica Just, Vice President, Millutensils Italy; D Ravi, ITS 2018 Committee Chairman and DK Sharma, President – TAGMA India.

It was followed by a welcome note from DK Sharma, President, TAGMA India. DK Sharma welcomed all the dignitaries and said, “There is an increase in demand for tooling in India, thanks to the growing requirement in the automobile industry. In a bid to make India a manufacturing hub, and to augment exports from the country,

major automotive manufacturers are now sourcing most of their tooling requirement from India. This means localization of tooling is happening.”

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DK Sharma also stressed on the growing market, “For the FY 2017-18, the estimated market size of the Indian tooling industry (comprising press tools, plastic mould, die-casting dies, forging dies, rubber mould, jigs & fixtures and checking gauges) is around INR 14,650 crore. The tooling market in India is expected to reach to INR 20,000 crore by FY 2020, at a growth rate of CAGR 11%.”

Within three years since its inception, the International Tooling Summit has become one of the most important gatherings for die mould industry. The event saw notable visitors from companies like Volkswagen India, Bajaj Auto, Brakes India, Daimler, Ford Motor, Indo-German Tool Room, ISUZU Engineering Business, Mahindra & Mahindra, Renault Nissan, Misumi India, Premier Industrial Plastics, TITAN Company Ltd, TOYODA GOSEI, USBCO Steel, TVS Upasana, Hyundai Motors, Hanon Systems, Schneider Electric, Royal Enfield, BOSCH, Hitachi Metals, Maruti Suzuki India, Jain irrigation Systems, among others.

The Chief Guest, Mr Stefen Heim, Executive Director – Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen India, highlighted the opportunities for Indian tooling suppliers while addressing the gathering. However, he also mentioned that financial stability and productivity is very important while sourcing a product. He urged Indian suppliers to become more efficient, productive and cost effective.

Addressing the gathering, Guest of Honor, Mr S Ganesh Mani, Senior Vice President – Production, Hyundai Motors India highlighted the current trends in the Indian automotive market while talking about futuristic technologies like 3D Printing and Electric Vehicles. He said, “Since time-to-market for car manufacturers has reduced drastically, industry expects the same efficiency and speed from tooling suppliers as well.”

Going ahead, second Guest of Honor, Mr Harish Laxman, Vice Chairman, Rane Group spoke about the future trends in automotive industry like connected cars, shared mobility and Electric Vehicles. He also highlighted how these trends will change the dynamics of automotive industry in the future.

The Keynote speaker Mr Pulkit Datta, Head of Sales & Marketing – Specialty Steel Division, Hitachi Metals India Pvt Ltd, spoke on “India, a world class Manufacturing Hub – Opportunities & Challenges”.

D Ravi, ITS 2018 Committee Chairman handed over the mementos and delivered the vote of thanks with warm greetings to the dignitaries present. He assured the delegates with valuable takeaways with enhanced knowledge.

The welcome note was followed by a Panel discussion on “Digital Manufacturing : Way Ahead”. The panelists highlighted the importance of digital Manufacturing, current situation in Indian Market and the way forward for digital manufacturing in India.

Moderator : Mr Pankaj Gauba, Head Digital Manufacturing Group, Autodesk India Pvt Ltd.

Panel Members are Mr Ankit Sahu - Founder MD - Objectify Technologies.

Mr Armin Wiedenegger – Manager, Voestalpine High Performance Metals.

Mr A Dayanand Reddy – MD – Vasantha Tool Crafts.

Mr Pradeep B Kirkole – Product Manager – Technical sales – DMG Mori India.

Mr Pravin Pathak – General Manager – Industry 4.0 – Robert Bosch India.

A technical session on “Advance material solutions for PDC or Press Tools and good heat treatment procedure and surface quoting options” was presented by Mr Kanechika Osamu, Specialty Steel Department, Hitachi Metals (Thailand) Ltd.

Mr Hidehiko Yamamoto of Makino Japan, Die-Mold Business Development specialist presented on “New technologies for higher efficiency in die-mould manufacturing process”. He focused on the key aspects set to impact the tooling industry in next 10 years.

Mr Marc Weinmann, Founder CEO – VEM Tooling (China, Thailand & India) – spoke on benchmarking of Global tool rooms Vs Indian tool rooms. He also spoke of the great future of Indian tool making industry, and stressed on putting more effort to improve the efficiency.

Another thought provoking panel discussion on ‘Indian tooling industry : Opportunities and Challenges’ helped delegates to understand the way things are changing to meet the global level standards, good transition happened in last 10 years and need to think big from individual to collaborative working to move with higher capability and capacity. It was moderated by Mr Ahsim Sharma – Nomura Research – Partner and Group Head while the panel included Mr M M Singh – Executive Advisor – Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr Nikhil Kumar – Reydel Automotive – Director and Mr Nilesh Vedak – Alstom Transport – Director.

Autodesk India Pvt Ltd, Mr Pankaj Gauba, spoke on The future of manufacturing: ready

to make anything and Mr Sachin Fulsundar- spoke about the Mold Flow for Tool & Die.

Autodesk India Pvt Ltd, Mr Pankaj Gauba, spoke on The future of manufacturing: ready to make anything and Mr Sachin Fulsundar- spoke about the Mold Flow for Tool & Die.

Mr Paul Altorf, VP/GM International sales of Mastip Technology, gave a technical talk on innovation as a key driver for Hot Runner Solution in India. Pioneered with strengths in 2 color + 2 component valve gate in Indian market including rotary, core back & cube technologies.

Mr Ashish Bhansali, Director – Anand Group of Companies – Reliable partners for Special Steels from Germany gave a technical talk on selection of right grade for individual application. With an example, right steel for right application for both exterior and interior parts.

The gathering also applauded the presentation by Mr Kannan Venkatraman of Mold Masters on ‘Hot Runner Technology in today’s plastic Industry’. With around 35 years of experience, Mr Kannan highlighted that India is at par with global standards and lacks nothing. He encouraged everyone present there to rise to the occasion and make the best of the ample opportunities in the Indian market.

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The Tool Room Industry form an integral part of the production process in almost every industry and are considered the mother industry of all manufacturing units in the country. The rapid growth of industries such as Automobiles and Auto Components, Domestic appliances, Consumer Electronics and Consumer Durables – in the wake of the rising economic growth – ensures the expanding need and demand for Dies, Moulds, Tools and Gauges. The ever-shortening life-cycle of products, resulting from intense competition in industries, also warrants the development of new tooling devices and designs.

Earlier the tooling industry was dependent on automobile and auto component sector for majority of its business but today sectors like White goods, FMCG, Electrical switchgear and PVC fittings are also contributing to the growth of the Indian tool making industry. The Government’s focus on ‘Make In India’ campaign and emphasis is being given to the emerging areas like Aerospace, Defence, Power, railways and heavy engineering has given a new lease of life to the tooling sector with an expectancy of 15-20% year on year growth. The campaign has also captivated the collective consciousness, and the Tool and Gauge manufacturing industry will need to play a pivotal role in making this vision into a reality. However, despite the various other policies that form an incentive for the tooling industry, the sector is yet to make a mark in the global picture.

After demonetization, manufacturing sector was expecting considerable measures to boost the economy and the recently presented Union Budget 2017 comes across as a well balanced approach as there are many important proposals which will have positive impact on the manufacturing industry. Higher allocation to infrastructure, railways, housing, airways, defence, shipping etc will spur manufacturing activity in the country. Similarly, reduction in corporate tax rates to 25% for entities with turnover less than INR 50 crores will boost SME sector. In the Budget 2017, the Government has also removed the inverted duty structure in industries like LED which will give a great boost to the manufacturing sector.

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The second edition of International Tooling Summit 2017 held on 9th and 10th February 2017 at The Grand New Delhi is one of the TAGMA’s endeavour and commitment to the Indian Tooling Industry a platform to present to the world, their state of the art technology, and qualitative products despite the lower cost of operations and provide networking opportunity. The Summit aimed at Driving the Indian Tooling Industry for Self Sufficiency.

The two day summit brought together 300+ key policy makers, CEOs, MDs, manufacturing heads, purchase heads, business heads, etc. under one common platform, to discuss best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the manufacturing industry. The Die, Moulds and Press Tool manufacturing industry has substantial multiplier effect on the domestic economy hence must be nurtured to become self-reliant.

The programme started with National Anthem, followed by light lamping and inauguration by the Chief Guest Rajiv Gandhi - Executive Director, Production, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd; Guest of honour S K Arya - Chairman, JBM Group; Keynote Speaker Michael Walter - Managing Director, Buderus Edelstahl GmbH, Germany alongwith dignitaries Mr. Rajeev Wasan – Senior Vice President, Honda Cars India Limited; Mr. A Dayanand Reddy - President, TAGMA India and R Sree Prakash - Vice president, TAGMA India amidst an august industry gathering.

In his Address, A Dayanand Reddy – President, TAGMA INDIA welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Keynote Speaker, all the speakers, delegates and sponsors and thanked all for their valuable presence and support in organizing the 2nd International Tooling Summit 2017. He said that the main objective of making the Summit an Annual Event is to enhance knowledge and stay connected with members and bring the industry closer.

He further stated that the Indian tooling industry is expected to grow further with government initiatives. Major OEMs in India are working on a plan for indigenisation of components getting into their main assemblies as per government guidelines. Policy reforms by government to make the procurement of tooling from indigenous sources will ensure growth in domestic production. Hence, to enhance the contribution of tool room industry to the growth and development of the Indian National Economy and to encourage members to be progressive, this two day conference on tooling industry is an excellent platform for industry experts to get together, and share their opinion with industry delegate. With the union budget presented last week for total transformation of India and the GDP growth of 6.5% this year and forecast of about 8% for the next year, with various pro industry policies of the Central Government including MAKE IN INDIA program, let's hope all of us are poised for good business in the immediate future and in the years to come.

He gave brief synopsis of the objectives of the association and various activities conducted by the Executive Council since 2014 like the 2 successful events ‘The International Tooling Summit 2016’, ‘10th Die & Mould India International Exhibition’, formation of chapters at Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Gurugram and Noida to get connected with the industry and also to bring the members closer thereby helping them to work in cooperation. He announced the 3rd edition of the Summit will be held in Chennai on 1st and 2nd Feb. 2018.

He requested all to participate with full enthusiasm to derive maximum benefit from this event and take away some good technical inputs too.

President and Vice President TAGMA INDIA welcomed the diginitaries

During last few years major changes have taken place in metal forming dies and tools like -
  • The light weight vehicles without compromising on the safety and structural strength has resulted into big change in the technologies involved in the tool manufacturing.
  • Gradual prominence of transfer and progressive tooling by OEMs and allied industries to enhance productivity and to ensure quality with repeatability.
  • Enhanced focus on advanced inspection online techniques to ascertain accuracy requirements thereby introduction of technologies like new age CMM and scanning for product certification.
  • Use of IT has significantly increased in tooling with new software for platforms and advanced simulation technologies to predict tooling behavior in different processes and grades of steel.

The above changes has lead the Indian tooling industry to come at par with leading tooling stalwarts like German and Japan, only area in which improvement is required is sustained training and learning culture with determination and passion to become world class tooling.

With ever increasing fierce competition amongst OEMs to increase their market share various models and facelifts are launched by the industry leading to great opportunity to the tooling industry. Today’s challenge is to meet timely commitment and at an optimum cost with first time right components. He requested OEMs to place confidence in Indian tool manufacturing companies which will give momentum to the growth of Indian tooling industry and boost the endeavors of becoming the preferred choice in tooling’s.

He concluded that - It is rightly said that ‘You cannot do today’s job with yesterdays methods and be in business tomorrow’. He urged that all the tooling professionals should adopt the changes not only to survive but also to sustain and excel thereby making India the tooling hub of the world.

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The panel discussion threw up the importance of manufacturing quality tools and adhering to vehicle manufacturer timelines over and above costs. At present, about 63 percent of the toolings are used by the Indian automotive industry with other consuming sectors being FMCG and white goods. Sticking to timelines, maintaining right quality and consistency of tools is necessary to reduce dependence on imports since the white goods industry is currently importing almost 100 percent of their tooling requirements.

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  • Mr. Rajeev Wasan - Senior VP, Manufacturing, Honda Cars India
  • Mr BB Gupta - President, JBM Group
  • Mr. AS Raju - Senior VP, Supply Chain, Maruti Suzuki
  • Mr BJ Wadia - Executive VP, Innovation and Technolgy, Godrej Appliances

Today due to rapid change in customer demands the life span of the product is short, hence there is huge opportunity for Tooling industry. The OEMs are focusing on localizing which helps in reducing cost, transit time, obvious scope for better interaction and coordination with the designers, however they expect the improvement by toolmakers. Reducing the lead time between tooling and vehicle production from the current 9-12 months was emphasized. Also need for quality maturity and focus on simulation improvement to reduce number of product trials and getting it right first time around. In addition, there is a need for increased involvement of the toolmaker and designer in engineering the component. Since vehicle upgrades and variants have become the order of the day, designing has to work concurrently with engineering and tool making. The ability of toolmakers to adhere to strict timelines of OEMs and not just look at costs but be able to manufacture tools accurately while maintaining good quality are necessary. The knowledge, training and experience is key to deliver appropriate tooling which can come if the toolmakers specialise in one particular industry as done by the toolmakers in China, Taiwan, Korea. Further the toolrooms should volunteer to manufacture the surrounding adjacent part to match the assembly part thereby saving time and should also focus on specialization in areas such as vacuum forming.


The tooling industry requires to focus on faster turnaround time, design competency, improved project management, specification adherence, high quality standards and safer work environment.

After panel discussion a number of global experts from tooling and gauging industry made technical session around the changing technology landscape in the industry.


By Manish Kulkarni - Director – Strategy & Business Development, BDB India Private Limited

BDB is associated with TAGMA INDIA for last many years as Knowledge Partner. Since 2012 a comprehensive study conducted in 2011 subsequently periodical updates done since then BDB also works very closely with other associations

He gave a summary of the benefits of the study of Indian Tooling Industry and the methodology. He requested cooperation from the industry to BDB team when they are approached for the survey.

Technologies discussed on the first day were


"Make your factory smart with SmartMoldTM" By Mr. Sunil Parol - Director - Technical, Milacron - Mold Masters


"Steel Solution for Efficient Mold Production - The DOOSAN Way" Doosan | Mr. Bongkuk Choo - Material expert for Mold and Tool steel technology in Doosan


“Latest Trends in coating for improving performance of Forming tools” Mr.Thomas Vermland - Forming Tools Appl. Manager New Technologies, BTMA / BU Balzers Industrial Solutions


"Trends and technologies in the manufacturing big molds" Mr. Christofer Polz - General Manager - Forged Products, Buderus Edelstahl GmbH


"MASTIP - 25 years of experience adding value to customers" Mr. Marc Michel - CEO, Mastip


“The AHP-Merkle-Strategy” What is the advantage of innovation or: Make it easy to decide for your customers by innovation Mr. Abhinav Shah – Sr. Manager, North, Madhu Machine Systems presented on behalf of Mr. Christen Merkle – CEO, AHP Merkle


"Computer Tomography for Metrology and reverse Engineering" Mr. S. N. Ravi Kumar - Vice President – Services, Carl Zeiss


The evening session kick started with GST Session by Mr. Abhay Desai, Chartered Accountant, Yagnesh Desai and Company gave a very informative and engaging presentation on Impact of GST on Tooling Industry.


D K Sharma thanked all for motiviating TAGMA to create milestones like International Tooling Summit and Die & Mould India International Exhibition. He gave short presentation on the 11th edition of Die & Mould India International Exhibition to be held from 11th to 14th April 2018 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai and requested large scale participation from the industry to showcase their capabilities.



He mentioned that the Indian tool makers are at cross roads. Just as China has gone from having a few dozen tool shop’s in 1960’s (mostly in Kowloon) to over 30,000 today aided by rapid rise in manufacturing, Indian tool makers with unique skill set and advanced technology can also expect a similar rise followed by rise in manufacturing due to ‘Make in India’. Further GST shall provide good impetus to the tool makers by way of reduction in cost. Currently Central Sales Tax (“CST”), Octroi & Service Tax is becoming a cost in the hands of tool makers. GST shall eliminate this distortion. GST shall also usher transparency in the economy and hence any advantage gained through avoiding the tax will no longer be available. GST coupled with “Skill India” & “Make in India” program’s have a potential to change the fortunes of this industry.


Mr. P N Sadhu


Mr. Rathindra Nath Mukherjee – Mr. Martin Pinto represented Mr. Mukherjee



Rohit Thawani gave presentation on TAGMA CET and appealed the industry to participate in the centre thereby contributing to the growth of the tooling industry

TAGMA CET at Chakan, Pune with an investment of Rs 50 crore, will enhance the competitiveness of the Indian capital goods sector and support toolmakers around Pune. The centre will house tooling machining services, tool try out and validation facilities. Focus on activities for stamping and moulding currently not available will be offered to small and medium enterprises here besides technical skill development and training.

In terms of funding, DHI is giving TAGMA a grant of Rs 26.27 crore that constitutes 80 percent of the machinery value, pegged at around Rs 32 crore. Rs 11 crore will be sourced from the bank as a term loan and the balance Rs 15 crore will be met through equity in which TAGMA would be holding a 51 percent stake. The remaining 50 percent will accrue from the industry.


AHP Merkle GmbH for contributing Rs. 50 Lacs

Mr. Gaurang Shah represented Mr. Christen Merkle

FIBRO India precision Products Private Limited for contributing Rs. 25 Lacs to TAGMA CET

Mr. Ramakrishna Edara represented, Fibro

Equity Contributors/Commitment for TAGMA CET



Mr. Alok Jhamb from Bohler Uddeholm India made announcement of “Uddeholm Tool Room of the year award” sponsored by Uddeholm AB, Sweden. The first award will be presented at ITS 2018.

The cash prize of Euro 5000 which will be awarded by President Uddeholm during ITS 2018. The criteria will be decided jointly by the panel of which TAGMA will be a member, some of which will be :

  • Award will be valid for commercial and captive toolrooms with sales turnover of less than 40 crores.
  • Quality Management System which means the qlty norms followed by the company like UMS, TQM, 5s also.
  • Other parameters like certification scheme, technology adoption, in-house facilities, kind of machine, the HR systems followed by company people competency.
  • We would also request Mr. D K Sharma and Mr. A Dayanand Reddy to be part of judgement committee.
  • He requested active participation of all toolrooms
  • He thanked Mr. Reddy on behalf of Uddeholm AB for giving the opportunity
  • The day ended with Cocktails and Networking Dinner



In his opening remarks Mr. R Sree Prakash summarized the proceedings of day 1 that the cost is not primary motive its more due to quality and delivery aspect. It is left to tooling industry to figure out how we can partner with the OEMs and produce good quality tooling on time so that we get high productivity from the tools eventually at low price. There were lot of takeaways from the 7 technical session during the day. GST session was impressive which gave the insight on impact of GST on Tooling Industry.


  • Moderator: Mr. Aditya Chadavarkar - Partner, Inside 3D Printing
  • Mr. Prakasam Anand - EOS - A Case Study of successful Implementation of 3D Printing
  • Mr. Nishant Shah - Imaginarium - A Service Bureau's Approach to 3D Printing
  • Mr. A. Dayanand Reddy - Vasantha Tool Crafts - User Perspective on 3D Printing for Conformal Cooling
  • Mr. Amar Kulkarni - Polyworks - 3D Scanning, Inspection and Reverse Engg

However there are challenges like its slow in operation, blockages of channels inside the core and the limitation of buying powder from the manufacturer only

The suppliers are trying innovate the machines which are predominantly plastic 3d printers, they are also working on different material like aluminium based plastic material


Mr. Vivek Nanivadekar handed over cheque of Rs. 25 lacs towards equity contribution of FIBRO India precision products Private Limited for TAGMA CET, Chakan, Pune


  • Moderator: Mr. DK Sharma - Executive VP & Business Head, Godrej Tooling
  • Mr. Anil S Patil - Business Head, Reliable Autotech Private Limited, Pune
  • Mr. Vivek Nanivadekar - Executive Director, FIBRO India precision products Private Limited
  • Mr. Elias Pinto - VP Tooling and Programe Management, Motherson Automotive Technologies and Engineering
  • Mr. Jean Louis - Vero Software, France

During Panel Discussion 1, OEMs discussed about their expectations from toolmakers and the areas that need to improvements. Toolmakers should operate in extreme efficient manner through out the manufacturing process thereby giving buyer the confidence that all the deliverables will be met. Productivity in tooling is not only restricted to tool making it is end to end solution which OEM expects to deliver alongwith time and quality. Early engagement of supplier partner EXPERTS for feasibility , cost proposals a clear strategy like how to meet the customer aspiration, who will be the channel partners and how to work in collaboration with suppliers community is key to satisfy OEMs. Further, uunderstanding customers requirements will help in indigenisation - stock and sale also helps. Value added parts to be supplied by raw material suppliers make the life of toolmakers easy. I request everybody please see how you can give value added solutions to toolmakers. Scaling up is a challenge hence some delegates opined that TAGMA should negotiate better rates with some financial institutions which will benefit of tooling community



“Modern trends in Machining” Mr. Ravindra Krishnamurthy - Product Sales Manager, | DMG MORI


"Be Dynamic - efficient machining of Dies and Moulds" Mr. Daniel Raravi - Director – Marketing & Strategic Initiatives | Mastercam India


"Surface Engineering of Tools through PVD Coating" Dr. ECKART VOSS - Managing Director, EIFELER VACOTEC – GERMANY


FIBRO | Mr. Yann Curien - Chargé d'affaires PRONIC IN-DIE SOlUTIONS, France "In-Die tapping solutions".


"Global perspective of EDM Technology and trends" Mr. Stephen Harris - Global Product Manager - EDM, Tokai Carbon


"Optimizing the costing process in High Pressure Die-casting using MAGMA5" MAGMA Asia Pacific | Mr. Gerard Vong Yee Wen - Senior Foundry Application Manager, MAGMA Engineering Application Manager


"Computer Tomography for Metrology and reverse Engineering" Mr. S. N. Ravi Kumar - Vice President – Services, Carl Zeiss


"Blum Metrology Systems for Die & Mold Industry" Mr B. V. Shyam - Managing Director, Blum Novotest India


The evening session kick started with GST Session by Mr. Abhay Desai, Chartered Accountant, Yagnesh Desai and Company gave a very informative and engaging presentation on Impact of GST on Tooling Industry.



    Sponsored by Precision Punches and Dies [PPD]

    Prize : Gold Coin of 50 gms

    Criteria for delegates to qualify for Lucky draw

  • Award will be valid for commercial and captive toolrooms with sales turnover of less than 40 crores.
  • Quality Management System which means the qlty norms followed by the company like UMS, TQM, 5s also.
  • Other parameters like certification scheme, technology adoption, in-house facilities, kind of machine, the HR systems followed by company people competency.

Mr. Vipin Sharma – Yudo won the lucky draw at International Tooling Summit 2017. Dr. Sarita Parikh – NGO Supervasi and R Sree Prakash presented him the box containing Gold Coins of 50 gms.

International Tooling Summit 2016
The Importance Of The Tooling Industry

As TAGMA India and the Economic Times present the International Tooling Summit, this is an opportune time to reflect on the importance of the Tooling industry for the Make in India initiative

In recent times, the nation's focus has been on one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet projects, the 'Make in India' initiative. With it, the focus of international manufacturing community is on India and it is thus imperative that the Indian manufacturing sector puts its best foot forward.

The Automobile industry remains a big driver for the Tooling industry, with 65% of all tooling done for this sector. It is thus little surprise to see the demand for automobiles also spur on the Tooling industry. India's dies and moulds sector grew by 6.2% in 2014-15 when compared to the previous fiscal, in the process clocking a value of Rs. 14,647 crores. Of this, the export value of the sector was Rs. 2,869 crores.

While the Indian Tooling industry is consistently growing, India has a very few number of large and foreign-invested Tooling producers while a majority of dies and mould makers operate on a small to medium size of operations. In time, there is much optimism that the industry can again record double digit growth in the years to come, as had been upto 2012.

Over time, the Indian Tooling industry has developed strong design and development capabilities and is now capable of developing tools for a broad spectrum of uses, all of the highest standards. It is thus no surprise to see that Indian companies have started to make their presence felt across Europe and South East Asia. It certainly helps that the Indian Tooling Industry is price competitive, making them perfectly suited to the needs of the export market.

Customers the world over look at cost competitiveness, and the Indian Tooling industry is perfectly poised to meet these demands.

This is not to say that there are no hurdles to overcome. Highly skilled staff are the need of the hour, but they're in short supply and another major issue surrounds the rate at which technology is developing these days. When technology is outdone by newer tech in the short span of 3 years, it leaves a very little window to recover the Return on Investment. Compounding this further is the fact that banks don't provide preferential rates as they would to end users, thus driving up the costs further in what is a cost sensitive industry.

It is critical that we keep in mind the impact that a fast-changing global landscape will have on India, for India must maintain its cost advantage and grow its supporting infrastructure if the manufacturing sector is to make its mark on the world stage. The Tooling Industry is now in a prime position to support and drive this initiative, and with the Index of Industrial Production touching new highs and renewed emphasis on capital investment by the government, the Tooling Industry is all set to witness unprecedented growth in the months and the years to come.

Note from President – TAGMA INDIA

We are a class of manufacturers of Custom Built Tools/Dies for mass production, the Mother Industry of Manufacturing.

Indian Tool, Dies & Mould industry is a B2B business linked to prosperity of the sectors served. Auto Sector being the predominant sector today has a major impact on its growth. The Tooling Industry over the years grew in double digits until 2012 and is now steadily recovering with a single digit at 7% (2014-15).

The Govt. of India since 2012 under its ambitious manufacturing growth policy has initiated a few schemes, our industry happens to be the first recipient of “The scheme Enhancement of Global Competitiveness of Indian Capital Goods Sector’ under DHI -an important milestone and recognition for our association TAGMA- India in its 25th year of formation since 1990.

Tools, Dies and Moulds industry is highly capital intensive being highly sophisticated technology oriented, and hence impacted by issues related to the dynamics of continuously changing technology effecting productivity.

Indian Tooling Industry can meet the ‘Growth Challenges’ coming from present Manufacturing policy if GOI recognize it as a ‘PRIORITY SECTOR’.

Note from Chairman, International Tooling Summit

Tooling Industry ,despite being called the backbone for product development and production, by its inherent nature is very fragmented one and India is no exception. However in advanced countries, they are far more integrated with the OEMs. Now that India has become a center stage for manufacturing, R & D gaining its due focus locally, there is urgent need to collaborate than ever before.

We at TAGMA INDIA the apex tooling association in partnership with ET EDGE, Deloitte and the Tooling Fraternity is having the two days ‘International Tooling Summit’ as one of the prominent Silver Jubilee Celebrations are committed to take forward our industry to the next level of PARTNERSHIP with the OEMs and other partners at this forum.

Post Show Report

The first International Tooling Seminar held on 26th and 27th Feb. 2016 was a massive success with quality participation national and international from the entire tooling fraternity.

The program could be successfully organised owing to support of the sponsors in the various categories

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The programme started with National Anthem, followed by Lamp Lighting and inauguration by Mr. Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo Group India; Mr. A Dayanand Reddy- President, TAGMA INDIA; Mr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Partner & CEO, Ronald Berger Strategy Consultants-India; Mr. Hidehiko Yamamoto, Specialist-Die Mold Business Development-MAKINO Japan and Ms. Sunita Quadros – Business Head, Times Conference Ltd.

In her opening remarks Ms. Sunita Quadros said, " The strength of tooling industry is directly associated to the growth of auto and electronics business. We, at Economic Times are glad that we could provide a platform which triggers discussions, provides insights and facilitates change and growth of the sector."

Mr. A Dayanand Reddy in his welcome address congratulated the founder members and TAGMA members on the occasion of Silver Jubilee. He said that the vision of 7 founder members and their foresightedness had paved way for the association and since then under leadership of Mr. N Reguraj, Mr. Anil C Kilachand and Mr. Kalyanpur the association had seen high momentum and this teams have put the flag of TAGMA high by their good efforts all along. The activities of the TAGMA are by large focussed on the Objectives in the bye laws like imparting training and knowledge thru NTTF-TAGMA Library, informative publications like TAGMA TIMES, organising Die & Mould India exhibition and various seminars.

He further highlighted various activities/initiatives since the new Executive Council came in power - to keep the flag high and to connect and propagate various activities like

  • Shifting of venue of Die & Mould India International Exhibition to Bangalore for international ambience. Also introduction of MSME scheme, loyalty discount and early bird discount;
  • Formation of TAGMA Centre of Excellence and Training (a project initiated by the earlier Executive Council)
  • International Tooling Summit 2016 a 2 day event : International Tooling Summit 2016 is organised to commemorate Silver Jubilee Year of the association. The Summit will be a technical affair with delegates walking away with good technical insights at the end of the event. The Summit would be an annual event in the years to come.

Tooling industry is a peculiar industry facing challenges like non availability of skilled manpower, iteration rate, high interest rate for term loan and capital high customs duty, with all the bottlenecks we are trying to grow.

Mr. Reddy talked about long term goals of closer collaboration with sister industries. He also requested wholehearted participation from the leading automotive players to help the industry grow. In the light of collaboration, he called for an OEM industries investment of INR 10 Crore as equity for developing a training facility to help small scale industries.

Chief Guest Mr. Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo Group India THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE MOTHER INDUSTRY: What is needed to pole vault the Tooling Industry to the next level in India

Mr. Bali said ‘Tooling industry plays strategic role by ensuring higher value capture in India, competitiveness and building capability of brand India when it comes to manufacturing and is critical and infact correlated with the success of “Make in India’ initiative, therefore it deserves all support from all stakeholders including OEMs, Government and financial institutions and need to be termed as ‘PRIORITY SECTOR LENDING’ which in turn will propel Brand India from being a mere low cost production site to a world class actor on the international stage. Tooling industry should be provided with incentives for new technologies which reduce environmental effect and tax reforms to enable start up some machine tool and die casting especially die mfg. industry.

He highlighted 5 mega trends which will reshape the future i.e.

  • Digitalisation - first mega trend
  • Shifting of economic powership from West to East.
  • Widening economic disparity leading to socioeconomic issues
  • Changing relationship between us and our planet
  • Pace of urbanisation

China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, USA, Switzerland are the 6 countries exceedingly well in tooling areas. Indian tooling industry is a Rising Star because of untapped potential as 22% of the demand is met thru imports.

He proposed 4 things to take the tooling industry to different level by meeting various challenges like

  • Reduce lead times - tool deliveries thru new techniques
  • Revup on standards of quality, (aesthetics, durability, repeatability, good fit finish, interchangability of components)
  • Safe and Environment friendly methods, materials and processes
  • Diversify into other emerging industries (4 other emerging industries like railways, defence, aviation, ICET by investment in technologies and new skills)

He stressed that there should be regular interface between OEM and the tooling industry in the following ways.

  • Tooling industry start looking at good tool design capabilities, participation in concurrent engineering with OEMs; get involved with OEMs at the design stage rather in later stage for making moulds, design optimise and tooling friendly components; work with target costing, be innovative; focus on skill development skills of today may not be relevant tomorrow.
  • OEM industry can in turn be partner for developing tooling suppliers, and also provide financial support on pragmatic basis

Next 5 years you should be let alone please do not govern us give us a level playing field, be enablers instead of being regulators.

He congratulated the organisers to get all stakeholders together especially when there is lot of urgency, ranker and seriousness about Make in India campaign and wished the summit a huge success.

Keynote Address by Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Partner & CEO, Ronald Berger Strategy Consultants-India : Making India the manufacturing HUB of the world - Needs a vibrant, robust, sustainable growth of Indian Tooling Industry

Dr. Wilfried Aulbur talked about steps towards making India the global manufacturing hub. He stressed the need to focus on quality and making Indian products equivalent to import standards. It can be achieved by frugal engineering, regular quality assessments, solution and application engineering, timely delivery, project management, incorporation of customer feedback and adoption of best in class practices.

Dr. Aulbur discussed the Impact the Tooling companies will have for Make in India. Indian Tooling Industry is doing well and things are moving upwards however the tooling manufacturers have to attain the Fit and finish of the global standards. Our tools should meet much enhanced tolerances and quality. Our level of capability should be at par with global level. The automotive industry is not the play of OEMs or tier1 a supplier but of the eco system down to the last chain in this ecosystem. Quality performance and capability in terms of technology development and partnering with OEMS is not only opportunity but challenge.

India will be the 3rd largest passenger car market

Customers today are more demanding and increasingly desire complete solutions from Indian Toolings & Machine tool suppliers like

  • Low cost automation
  • Solution to specific needs. Better commitment, automation of existing equipment, Standard machine elements to be used; Variety of solutions, Pick & place, loading unloading system, Auto Counting Lower running cost, high uptime, Low changeover time, High MTBF & low MTTR

  • Testing, Inspection & Validation EquipmentLow cost automation
  • Working solution for products in market, Increase number of suppliers High precision testing& inspection, high level of repeatability & reliability, lower lead time, vision based systems Accreditation from globally recognized institutions, Practical training program for Critical parts Handling, Operating and Validating

  • Assembly lines automation
  • Optimized solution, time line to be followed effectively

    Line design should be lean and use best cost technology devices, single piece flow

    Low cost, low cycle time, High MTBF & low MTTR

  • Tooling
  • Single window solution expected, Custom made & quality toolings, Increase number of suppliers

    Low cost & meet tool life same as imported tool

    Fast tools change over , Avoid human error on tools change over

  • Jigs & Fixtures
  • Customized solutions to be provided, design & precise machining

    Enhance design reliability, chip flow & workmanship

Customers perceive Indian Toolings & MT players to be behind imported in technology, reliability, accuracy, solution engineering & delivery Where do Indian machines lack – views from customer discussions

  • Technology
  • Solution and application engineering, machine design
  • Reliability, breakdowns, sub-systems, peripherals and other issues
  • Build quality, aesthetics, size and footprint
  • Delivery and project management
  • Commissioning, first time plug/play, documentation, training
  • Incorporation of customer feedback, lack of sharing proactive improvement

Indian toolings & machine tool players are ahead of imported when it comes to cost, flexibility, spares/service; CRM feedback was mixed Strengths of Indian machine tool sector – views from customer discussions

  • Cost
  • Indian machines are cost effective when in comes to initial purchase price; for standard applications – cost is almost 20%-30% cheaper

    Foreign players are lowering prices

  • Spares/ Service
  • Availability of spares an issue with imported machines; some manufacturers provide on-site spares storage

    Domestic machine tool manufacturers have built up extensive service network as competitive advantage

  • Flexibility & CRM
  • Flexibility of Indian machine tool players is a key advantage

    CRM feedback is mixed – some said excellent, some ranked imported suppliers better

Domestic Toolings & MT manufacturers should look at integrated supplier management practices to help purchasing realize savings Modular concept for integrated supplier management

  • Proactive Management of Supplier Base
  • Standard Levers to Cut Cost of Materials
  • Integrated, Flexible Value Chain
  • Leveraging The Supplier Network

R&D investments are needed to improve performance – current R&D intensity across Indian MT industry is ~5 times lower than global Similarly, domestic tooling & MT manufacturers can focus on four key technical aspects to improve reliability & accuracy of their machines

  • Casting components
  • Tools, Fixtures and gauges
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Validation Engineering

"Smart Frugal Indian Tool" positioning can allow Indian industry to meet growth aspirations by understanding customer needs

Indian Toolings & MT players should become strong players in low-mid segment with high quality, cost-effective solutions

Chief Guest Mr. Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo Group India THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE MOTHER INDUSTRY: What is needed to pole vault the Tooling Industry to the next level in India


A leap towards a long term growth of the tooling industry in collaboration with automotive sector

Prabhakar Kadapa, CEO & MD, AVTEC

Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Partner India, Ronald Berger Strategy Consultants

Anoop Chaturvedi, Vice President-Production Engg, Maruti

Marya Corum, Director -Cosma International

Moderator : Kumar Kandaswami, Partner-Manufacturing, Deloitte India

Challenges Ahead for the Tooling Industry

Sanjiv Paul, Head-Manufacturing, Yamaha India

Dr Mohan Godse, Executive VP-Product Development, Endurance Technologies

Vijay V Deshmukh, Ex-VP-Engineered Tooling Solutions, Larsen & Toubro

Vijay Pratap Singh, Head-Motion Control Business, Siemens

Moderator : Easwaran Subramanian, Partner-Supply Chain & Manufacturing Operations, Deloitte India.

While it was echoed that there is a great potential for the tooling industry, the speakers/ panelist believed that there are quite a few challenges the industry should over come to achieve double digit sustainable growth. Some of the key challenges mentioned included reducing lead time at OEMs, skill deficit, talent retention and quality of indigenous projects.

With OEMs churning new products at an increased pace to keep up with fast changing customer demand, the expectation from Tooling industry is to match the pace. Also, it was noted that there is a huge skill deficit in the tooling industry when compared to the market outside India. Additionally, since the industry is very fragmented with no large players and low capital inflow, employee retention is a challenge. The prime reason for relying on imports indicated by OEMs was superior quality pointing at the lack of innovation and low adoption of technology in the Indian tooling industry.

Other challenges included shop floor safety & adoption of environment friendly practices and the ability to diversify to cater to other industries such as Defense, Aerospace etc. Participating members in the summit agreed to the need of organizing manufacturing trainings and workshops for smaller tooling companies with support from automotive OEMs. A collaborative approach with OEMs and doing right the first time itself was cited as the way forward to achieve reduced delivery times.

After panel discussions a number of global experts from tooling & gauging industry made technical presentations around the changing technology landscape in the industry.

Day1 & Day 2 Session


Key technologies discussed on the first day were


The Silver Jubilee celebration started with a round of felicitation and recognitions.


Past EC Members (For Their Contribution To TAGMA.)

Mr. R Srinivasan


Mr. M D Maheshwari


Mr. Y R Anand


Tooling Industry Stalwarts For Their Contribution To The Industry

The entire felicitation function brought and the various narrations the glorious and other moments in the 25 years joining of TAGMA INDIA since founding. The session ended with the announcement of the evenings Gala Dinner with the guest and delegates busy building up network and fellowship amongst the fraternity present.



The day 2 started with Welcome Address by Mr. L Krishnan, MD, Taegu Tec India followed by opening address by Mr. A S Raju - Senior Vice President-Supply Chain, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. The day had many engaging technical presentations from global specialists on trends, challenges, capabilities and innovation in Tool & Gauge industry.



The summit concluded with a note from Senior TAGMA EC Member, Mr. D K Sharma (Chairman International Tooling Summit) thanking the organizing team and all attendees. He called out for a better integration among ecosystem players and organization of similar events more frequently, where everyone can come together to strengthen the tooling industry.

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