Robotics to push manufacturing sector growth rate higher

New Delhi: The first 'Robotics and Automation' conference was organised jointly by CII, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) concurrent to the 9th Auto Expo.

The two-day conference, aimed at providing a platform to participants to network with and learn from the experts and practitioners in Robotics and Automation.

Highlighting the increasing importance of the Robotics and Automation industry Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences said in his inaugural address, ''The world is moving towards globally integrated economic structures; India can compete with global economies only if it adopts global practices. Robotics will be valuable and we will have to encourage it to make it important not only for particular companies but to the nation as a whole''.

''There are 7000 people per million doing R&D in the same field in the Scandinavian countries, 4700 per million in US, while the number is paltry 156 per million in India, we can look at an accelerated growth when we take this number higher,'' he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Surinder Kapur, chairman, manufacturing innovation mission, CII and chief managing director, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. in his welcome address said, ''Indian industry has done tremendously well in low cost automation. It is encouraging to see that of the 11 Robotics Companies at the Robo Expo, five are Indian companies. It is also notable that some of the exhibitors have executed global launches from here.''

Sharing his vision on robotics and automation industry, R C Bhargav, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said, ''Robotics is the means to make automation in India competitive. Increased usage of robotics and automation can take the manufacturing sector growth up to 12-13 per cent in the near future. There is a need for productive and disciplined work force coupled with robotics & automation to make zero defect products,'' he added.

The conference also discussed issues related to the use of advanced automation systems and computer vision in the automotive sector, technological solutions for industrial and automotive robotics system and solutions using lasers, artificial intelligence and other latest techniques for the automotive sector.

The Robo Expo is being concurrently held with the Auto Expo at the Andhra Pavilion. It showcases world leaders such as ABB Ltd., Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz and Kuka among others