AMS India 2008 Conference Programme

Tuesday 20 January 2009

18:00- 20:00 Networking drinks reception

[Cocktail]  The AMS India pre-conference drinks reception is a great opportunity to meet fellow delegates. This is a relaxed start to the Asian automotive manufacturing business meeting of the year.

Wednesday 21 January 2009

08:00 Registration in the Powai Ballroom

09:00 Session 1

09:00 Talk from the top – keynote speakers discuss how India will fit into the vehicle-making world of tomorrow

  • Sugato Sen, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers – SIAM
  • M M Singh, Managing Executive Officer (Production), Maruti Suzuki India
  • Piyush Arora, Mercedes

10:30 Coffee in the Powai Ballroom foyer

11:00 Stream 1

11:00 Session 2a
Digital manufacturingProduct design and development in virtual space
Modelling plant layout and process simulation
Ergonomics and the man-machine interface

  •  Nitin Rajurkar, GeneralManager – Technical,TATA Motors
  •  Sairam Vedapudi, General Manager, Commercial Vehicle Operations, Mahindra & Mahindra Auto Sector
  •  William J Sarver, Industry Manager Automotive, Asia-Pacific Region Rockwell Automation

Stream 2
Session 2b Commercial Vehicles

Truck and bus making – powertrain challenges
Coach building – outsource or core competence?
Automation and safety in heavyweight manufacturing

  • Vijayakumar Unni,Ashok Leyland[Bullet point] A Ramasubramanian,Head of Industry and Technology, Volvo-Eicher, Commercial Vehicles

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Session 3a

PowertrainDeveloping the supply chain for cast and forged components
Manufacturing challenges of meeting the new Euro emissions standards
R&D – bringing more back to India?

  • Mauro Mollo, Powertrain Division Head, FIAT India Automobiles
  • Robert Seach, Country Manager, India, Hardinge

Session 3b
Light vehicles – two and three-wheelersCase study on new motorcycle plant Outsourcing responsibility
Making the progression to light car production

  • Sudhir Sole, General Manager – Special Projects, BAJAJ Auto
  • Mahesh Kaikini, Head – Projects, Hero Honda Motors Ltd

15:30 Coffee in the Powai Ballroom foyer

16:00 Session 4a
Automation systems and control systemsRobots and conveyors
Automated guided vehicles
Wireless control networks[Bullet point] Kishore Karandikar,
Assistant General Manager (Electronics), Tata Motors

  • Mike Lackey, Vice President, SAP
  • Thomas Staehler Technical Industry Manager – Automotive Industry SICK
  • Harish Mehra, Business Solution Professional Manufacturing Solutions, IBM Corporation

Session 4b
Environmental managementPlant heat and power generation
Water treatment and waste management
Reducing production process C02 output

  • Brikesh Singh, Climate Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • Dr Budh Pundir Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

17:30 Gala dinner on the terrace (at the Convention Centre)

21:30 [Gala dinner] This is your chance to get further acquainted with fellow delegates and existing or potential customers in a non-pressured environment. It's the perfect way to form those all-important, long-term business relationships

Thursday 22 January 2009

08:00 Registration

09:00 Stream 1

09:00 Session 5a
Stamping and formingHigh-strength steel usage
Press lines – new systems and techniquesHydroforming

  • J. Arthur Devadawson, Blanking & Stamping Area, Ford India Ltd
  • Ramon Casanelles,Chief Technical Officer Press Automation Systems, Robotics Division, ABB
  • Klaus Rothenhagen, Vice President, Aida Europe

Stream 2 Session 5b
Case Studies Vehicle making chiefs present in-depth views of their latest projects

  • Satya Veerapaneni, Vice President, Manufacturing, General Motors India
  • Prahalada Rao, Sr. General Manager – Product Planning & Strategy for Product Development, Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Uday Kumar, Area Director – Industrial Lubricants and Services, Castrol India

10:30 Coffee in the Powai Ballroom foyer

11:00 Session 6a
Body-in-whiteWelding, lasers and brazing
Riveting and adhesives in body construction Clinching and hemming

  • Klaus Loeffler, Director International SalesLaser Systems, TRUMPF Laser und System Technik
  • Suresh Nagabhushan,
  • James Steed, Director and Vice-President Operations, KG Hirotec Engineering Services

Session 6b
PaintshopFacility design and construction
New materials, paint and powder technologies
Total automation in paint lines[AMS India bullet point] Nitish C. Bhatt,
Assistant General Manager (Head – Paint Shop Business Development and proposals), TAL Manufacturing Solutions

  • Dirk Gorges,Senior Vice President, Dürr Systems
  • Roland Nikles,Sales Director, X-Rite
  •  Vilas Gupte,Technical Director, Advance Graphic Systems

12:30 Lunch at Gauri Point

14:00 Session 7

14:00 India and the rest of the world

Manufacturing executives talk on vehicle-making challenges inside the country and around the globe
With visiting speakers from Europe, America, and the Far East

  • Prakash Telang, Executive Director (Commercial Vehicles), TATA Motors
  • David Lake, Lotus Engineering
  • Stefan Huelsenberg, Managing Director, BMW Plant Chennai

15:30 Coffee in the Powai Ballroom foyer

16:30 Conference ends