Inaugural session of the Valve Technology Conclave in Coimbatore
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Coimbatore and IVAMA Association had jointly organized Sixth Edition of Valve Technology Conclave 2022 on 20th December 2022 in Coimbatore. As Indian Valve and Actuator industry is aspiring to become global suppliers, it is required to have modern manufacturing technologies to produce their goods. Hence “World Class Manufacturing Solutions for Indian Valve Industry” was selected as the theme of the conclave. There were very active participation by the manufacturing industries. The conclave was attended by more than 200 delegates across many valve and actuator manufacturers, valve components suppliers, supply chains and other supporting industries.
Contributed by IVAMA
Opening and Welcome
Mr Prashanth Subramanian Chairman, CII Coimbatore & Co-Founder & Director, Quadrasystems.net India Pvt Ltd welcomed the speakers, sponsors and delegates and gave the rationale behind the joint organizing of the conclave between CII and IVAMA Association – organizing skill and reach of CII and technical expertise of IVAMA.
Mr Ramesh Babu, Vice Chairman of IVAMA Association and Managing Director of Velan Valves India Private Limited presented the Theme Address. He informed that “India is a major player in the global valve market, with a significant domestic demand for industrial valves and actuators and growing export market. The Indian valve market is expected to grow further, driven by factors including increasing infrastructure and construction projects, industrialization and expansion of energy and power sectors. India is a major supplier of industrial valves to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. With a growing domestic market and an increasingly stronger export presence in key markets, Indian Valve Industry has immense potential to grow further.
As we all know, manufacturing expertise is a vital factor for quality and competitiveness of industrial valves. It involves the use of specialized equipment and tools to shape, cut, and finish various valve components with high precision and accuracy that meets the diverse needs of end-user industries. This theme of the Conclave is aimed to equip the stakeholders from the industry to witness the technological advancements happening in this sector and to capitalise on the growth opportunity which the country is expected to provide to this industry.”
Mr Pranay Garg, Chairman of IVAMA Association and Managing Director of Advance Valves delivered the Keynote Address. He mentioned that “When it is valves, what is a better place than Coimbatore to conduct such an event – the cusp of valve manufacturing in India. India has become a major valve manufacturing hub for the globe, and as we also found out in the market study conducted by IVAMA in 2020 – Tamil Nadu is the largest state in terms of manufacturing of valves and actuators accounting for more than 1/4th of country’s output in this industry. So Coimbatore is not just a valve manufacturing hub for India, but actually now as a key hub for valve manufacturing with its place on the world map.
Today every leading valve manufacturer of the world from outside India – many of them present in this room, is already based in India or getting ready to set up shop in India. Again – the first choice is Coimbatore for them! I would say that the maximum brand appreciation has happened for Brand India in all these years! We could not be more fortunate than what we have now. In this spirit, we have to acknowledge that when we put our companies names on our products and solutions, at the same time, we put the stamp of “Made In India” and put at stake Brand India also. This we must acknowledge is an even bigger responsibility for us.”
There were three interesting and informative technical sessions.
Session 1 was on “Technology Advancements in Discrete Manufacturing for Valve industry” chaired by Mr Mr R Chellappan, Managing Director, Amex Alloys Pvt Ltd. There were presentations by Mr John Jerry from Yamazaki Mazak India Pvt Ltd, Mr S Sridhar, Trevisan India Pvt Ltd and Mr Sandesh Kumar, DN Solutions India Pvt Ltd.
Mr M Ramesh, Managing Director, Alphacraft Pvt Ltd. chaired Session 2 on “Tools, Fixturing & Accessories supporting Manufacturing of Valves”. Mr Balasubramanian R, Schunk Intec India Pvt Ltd and Mr G Srinivasan, Falcon Toolings presented new technologies used in this vital area.
Session 3 was on “Welding, Cladding & Special Coating for Valves” chaired by Mr Alaguraja S P, General Manager – India LO, KITZ Corporation. Recent advancements in these areas were delivered by Mr Amlan Saha, Fronius India Pvt Ltd, Mr P Rajagopalan, Primo Automation Systems Pvt Ltd and Mr N Nandakumar, Adulon Polymers.
These presentations and addresses gave participants overall picture of the advancements available in manufacturing technologies. There were interesting interactions by the delegates in each session.
Exhibition and sponsors
There was an exhibition area for the sponsors to showcase their new products and services. We thank sponsors for great success of the conclave – Associate sponsors by Amex Alloys, AMPO Valves and J D Jones. Patron Sponsors were L&T Valves, Moglix and Mazak and Corporate contributor was Fronius.
IVAMA Association is very pleased to inform the following companies have become members of the association recently – PHBB Valves Private Limited, Pune as Manufacturer Member and Lee Spring Private Limited, Bengaluru as Associate Member. Now there are 72 members pan India in the association.
We look forward to enthusiastic participation of all members in the activities of IVAMA Association. Membership is also available to valve and actuator manufacturers, supply chain companies and engineering back offices. Interested companies may register for membership by logging on the website (https://www.ivama.in/register). R Muruganantham, Director General, IVAMA Association, www.ivama.in; Admin@ivama.in, +91 9841289271.
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