Symposium on "German Technology for the Industrial Development of Odisha"

VDMA India

Odisha is, slowly but surely, making its presence felt as a state which has immense potential to be among the front runners in myriad sectors and emerge as the Manufacturing Hub of Eastern India.

Sustained efforts over last 2 decade to enhance and strengthen the mineral rich state's infrastructure is paying dividends today as investors, and those aware of the state's massive investment opportunities are now showing a keen interest in setting up industries there. Odisha's GSDP growth rate has outperformed the national GDP growth rate. The government has identified six focus sectors for investment in the State. This is in line with promoting the MSME sector and to create more jobs in the state.

On the other hand relation between Germany and Odisha started with the construction of the Rourkela Steel Plant in 1960 which was a hallmark of this intensive cooperation.  In recent past, the state government has signed with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) India, a German development agency, for availing technical assistance for smart city projects in Bhubaneswar, in developing and implementing of sustainable and integrated urban transport systems and solutions. 

Against this backdrop, and to promote German technology, skill development, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) supported by German Consulate, Kolkata and the Government of Odisha, would organized a symposium for the first time on "German Technology for the Industrial Development of Odisha" at Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar on 17th July 2019.
The daylong event covered various technical solution focusing   Mining, Material Handling & Intralogistics, Steel & Metallurgy, Construction & Infrastructure, Chemical and Petrochemical, and Skill development. More than 90 delegates comprising industry representative from across Odisha, policy makers, and academia participated at the symposium.

The event started with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Guest of Honour, Dr. Micheal Feiner, Consul General, German Consulate, Kolkata, flanked by Key note speaker, Dr. Nitin B. Jawale I.A.S, Special Secretary, Industry Department, Government of Odisha; Mr. Sanjeev Mahapatra, Honorary Jt. Secretary, Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI) and Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India.

In his welcome address Mr. Nath outlined on the historic relation between Odisha and Germany and urged both the VDMA members’ local manufacturing industry to join hand for intense cooperation.

The next speaker, Mr. Sanjeev Mahapatra, Spoke on cluster and skill development for the MSME sector. In his keyaddress, Dr. Nitin B. Jawale, highlighted the industry landscape and the investment potential of the state and various policy measures taken to attract the investment. He also lauded the initiative of VDMA India for promoting the state to the VDMA members in India. 

Dr. Micheal Feiner also harped on the historic relocation between Odisha and Germany both in cultural and technology front.
There were total 8 speakers under technical session – I & II ,7 from VDMA member companies like Jungheinrich, NORD Drivessystems, Karcher, Ringspann, SMS India, Schwin Stetter and Ringfeder and one from Invest in Bavaria, a German investment promotion body. 

The inaugural session concluded with the signing of two MoU between NORD Drivesystems and Silicon Institute of Technology for the skill development of the students on gear drive technology. Mr. PL Muthusekkar, Managing Director on behalf of NORD and Mr. Jaideep Talukdar, Principal, Bhubaneswar campus and Mr. Ram Prasad Panda, Principal, Sambalpur campus signed respectively in presence of the dignitaries.
The technical session I started after the tea break with the presentation on "Warehousing & Intralogistics" by Mr. Manojit Acharya, Managing Director, Jungheinrich Lift Truck India Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Acharya explanied the various options of modern day material movement with illustrations.

Mr. Venu Madhavan – General Manager (Industry and Public Services), Mr. Ravi Modi – National Manager (Skill Development Vertical), Karcher Cleaning Systems Private Limited spoke on "State-of-the-art-Cleaning technology can only be operated with skilled labour". While Mr. Madhavan spoke on the technical side of various cleaning methods, various skill development programs was the cornerstone of the presentation of Mr. Modi.

In his presentation, Mr. Pradeep Magar, Head–Engineering, NORD Drivesystems spoke at length on "Predictive maintenance by Industry 4.0 ready products from NORD". He explained the benefits of implementing Industry 4.0 compliant products and solution to the manufacturing industry.

Mr. CV Shivakumar Managing Director & Mr. R. Sharath Kumar, Head-Application Engineering & Business Development, RINGSPANN Power Transmission India Pvt. Ltd, the last speakers before the lunch made the presentation on “RINGSPANN Solution For Bulk Material Handling Applications”.

The technical session II started, post lunch, with the presentation by Mr. John Kottayil, Executive Director, Invest in Bavaria - State of Bavaria India Office on "Free State of Bavaria – Germany:  Gateway to European Market & Innovation". Mr. Kottayil briefed the audience about the strength and business climate of the Bavaria region and invited the local industry to set up their European opearation there.
The next speaker was  Mr. K K Gar, Vice President, Business Unit Head -Electrical & Automation Systems, SMS India Pvt Ltd on who made a presentation on "SMS digital-Shaping The Next Industrial Revolution With You". SMS India was only German company with manufacturing and refurbishing unit in Odisha.

In his inimitable style, Mr. Dheepan Ramalingam, Managing Director, Ringfeder Power Transmission (I) Pvt Ltd, the last speaker of the symposium spoke on "Ringfeder, Partner For Performance in OddaVisaya". He made an application oriented presentation blending history and technology together.

Both the technical session was followed by Q&A session. Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head- East, moderated the sessions.
The daylong symposium concluded with a Hi-tea and B2B session which offered a good interaction and networking opportunity for both the audience and the participating companies.