Event report India: IMTEX goes regional with the PMTX
The Pune Tool Machine tool Expo (PMTX) is part of a series of regional shows held to stimulate the machine tool industry in wake of IMTEX (Indian Machine Tool Exhibition).
The first edition of the Pune Machine Tool Expo began with much fanfare as various leading dignitaries including V Anbu (Director General & CEO, IMTMA), P Ramadas (Vice President, IMTMA), Nitin Chalke (Managing Director – India, Eaton Technologies Pvt Ltd), Rajesh G Khatri (Chairman – IMTMA Regional Council West) and Dr Anant Sardeshmukh (Director General, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture) inaugurated the show with a lamp lighting as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony. Anbu shared, “IMTEX is a popular event and is known as one of the best shows in the country. Hence, based on the popular demand, IMTMA has decided that it will launch regional shows as well in addition to the mega show – IMTEX.” The association began organising regional shows last year and has successfully held shows in Delhi as well as Ahmedabad. Anbu continues: “We received good response from both the regional shows. In the Pune Machine Tool Expo, we are witnessing participation of more than 100 exhibitors and we expect a large number of people to come from the user sectors as well.”
Ramadas adds, “IMTMA has been a facilitator in the growth and development of the Indian manufacturing industry. Several initiatives of the association have aided the manufacturing industry. The government has also been supporting growth through numerous initiatives such as the national capital goods policy, setting up of a national board of skill development, ushering 100 per cent FDI across sectors including defence, civil aviation, etc. IMTMA has been a catalyst in the growth of the machine tool industry by conducting exhibitions, seminars, and so on.” Apart from this, he also mentioned that the objective of the association is to take the technological advancements of innovation towards the growth of SMEs. “Exhibitions such as the Pune Machine Tool Expo holds tremendous business for the western region,” said Ramadas.
Achieving a common vision
Chalke who was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony elaborated, “I am glad that the format of regional shows has begun. Pune is a unique location in terms of industry footprint in the country. It has different industries and is a good mix of MSMEs as well as large companies. An exhibition of this magnitude will not only prove beneficial to the players in the city but also around the region.” The importance of the manufacturing industry is growing and now with the government’s drive of ‘Make in India’ and manufacturing contributing to the overall GDP of the country, Chalke is confident that the industry will play a critical role in terms of helping the country to achieve this vision.