Monday 3rd December 2012

12:00 – 18:00 Tata Plant tours

We have arranged a visit to Tata’s Auto Component plants in the Hinjewadi area.


  • Tata Johnson Controls – manufacturer of seating systems
  • Tata Toyo Radiator – radiators and engine cooling products
  • Tata AutoComp – Interiors & Plastics Division which makes bumpers, door panels and other plastic parts

Please ensure you are in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency no later than 12.00pm on Monday 3rd December. Coaches will depart at 12.30pm sharp and return to the Hyatt Regency at approximately 6 – 6.30pm in time for the drinks reception.

18:30 – 21:00 Networking drinks reception, sponsored by  

 Tuesday 4th December 2012


08:00 – 09:00 Registration with refreshments 

09:00 – 10:30 Session 1


Talk from the top
OEM executives on the challenges of manufacturing domestic and global programme vehicles

  • Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman
  • Vinay Patil, General Manager, Manufacturing and Engineering, General Motors India
  • Vedprakash Tiwari, Deputy General Manager, Production Engineering Department, Toyota Kirloskar
  • Niranjan Kulkarni, Head – Corporate Planning, Manufacturing, Tata Motors
  • Sitangshu Goswami, Managing Director, Magna Steyr India
10:30- 11:00 Tea

11:00 – 13.00 SESSION 2A

Powertrain – engines and transmissions

  • Developing India’s global supply chain for advanced drivelines

  • Mahindra: economic considerations and new challenges in the Indian foundry industry
  • Meeting global quality standards

Moderator: Nick Holt, Editor, AMS magazine

  • Arul Kasi, Senior General Manager – Powertrain Process Technology,Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India
  • Amar Patil, Head, Foundry Unit, Mahindra & Mahindra
  • M Hari Prakash, Sales Director, India & Thailand Castrol
  • Vivek Maheshwari, General Manager, Sales, Kennametal
  • Bernhard Konzet, CEO, Accurate Gauging/Blulink


Stamping – tool and die

  • Mahindra: Die making – first time right
  • Maruti: Body construction – tooling and techniques
  • Press lines – new systems and energy saving

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • Yogesh Morade, Senior Manager and Head of Engineering, Die Shop, Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Sanjay Thakar, General Manager – Body Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India
  • Klaus Rothenhagen, Vice President, International Sales, AIDA

13.00- 14:00 Lunch hosted by


14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 3A

 Light vehicles – two- and three-wheelers

  • Green manufacturing in two- and three-wheelers
  • Powertrain and new emissions legislation
  • Exports – meeting global quality standards

Moderator: Nick Holt, Editor, AMS magazine

  • Subramanian Devarajan, Senior Vice-President, Production Engineering, TVS Motor




  • Ford's new paintshop systems
  • Case study – Mercedes-Benz's new paintshop in Pune
  • Balancing automation and manual processes

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • Anand Misra, General Manager, Paint, Ford India
  • Nileshkumar Shimpi, Divisional Manager (Technical Planning), Mercedes-Benz India
  • Michael Berger, Managing Director, Durr India
  • Joachim Hug, Manager, Key Account Sales, Eisenmann

15:30- 16:00 Tea


16:00 – 18.00 SESSION 4A

Heavyweight manufacturing solutions

  • Truck and bus making – incorporating hybrid powertrains
  • Meeting new emissions legislations for commercial vehicles

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • Dileep Naik, Head, Auto Projects and Production Engineering, Tata Motors
  • Rajesh Mittal, Senior Vice President and Head Operations, Trucks, Buses and Engines, VE Commercial Vehicles
  • J Nirmal Babu, Divisional Manager, Projects, Ashokleyland Nissan Vehicles Limited
  • Kamal Tilani, General Manager, Veena Industries
  • Manfred Schmidt, Senior Director Business Development and Sales Hybrid Drives, Siemens 

Material handling and automation

  • Global automation and control review by Sundar Balu – Moderator
  • Robots and conveyors – new applications discussed
  • Increasing flexibility with AGVs
  • Module and component supply – lineside systems

Moderator: Sundar Balu, Horner Automation

  • Vikas Swami, Vice-President, KUKA Robotics India
  • Abhay Kumar, Manager – Projects, SICK India
  • André Hack, Strategic Industry Manager, SICK Sensor Intelligence
  • Srinivas Kanumuri, Director – Automotive, SAP India

18.00 – 21:30 Pre-dinner drinks and Gala dinner hosted by


Coaches will leave directly after Session 4a and 4b


Wednesday 5th December 2012


08:30 – 09:00 Registration with refreshments

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5

Supplier development – carmaker manufacturing purchasing heads and Tier supplier manufacturing executives discuss:
  • OEM/supplier collaboration
  • Tata AutoComp: Supplier quality improvement – the key to customer satisfaction
  • Applying best processes and production technologies
  • Rane: Quality management – the challenges & the approach

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • Prem Singh, Divisional Manager, Corporate Purchase, Fiat India
  • Reinhold Hierl, Director, International Purchasing Office, BMW India
  •  Sudhir Gupta, Executive Vice-President Supply Chain, Tata AutoComp Systems
  • Umesh N, Vice-President, Industrial Equipment Division, Bosch India
  • T Giriprasad, Vice-President, Rane (Madras)


10:30 – 11:00 Tea

11:00 – 13.00 SESSION 6A


  • Welding – automation technologies
  • Increasing flexibility through handling and fixture design
  • Laser-based welding solutions

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • C. S. Gopalakrishnan, General Manager, Head of Department (Body Shop), Hyundai Motor India
  • Oliver Müllerschoen, Head of Industry Management Automotive Powertrain and Alternative Drive Concepts, International Sales, Trumpf
  • Thomas Hofmeister, Key Account/Engineering ManagerAsia, KUKA Systems Germany
  • Raghuraj Deshpande, Assistant Manager, Sales, Engineering and Projects, KUKA Systems India
  • Arvind Vasu, Managing Director, Kemppi India



Production control and IT

  • Analytics transforming the value chain – information in action
  • Sensors and controls  – not just safety-critical
  • Plant-wide optimisation through intelligent networks

Moderator: Sundar Balu, Horner Automation

  • Ajay Purohit, Technical Chief, Craftsmanship Tools & Rapid Proto, Engineering Research Center, Tata Motors
  • Sivaramakrishnan Narayanan, Partner – Emerging Solutions, IBM India
  • Raffaello Lepratti, Head of Account Management Automotive Overseas, Siemens, Siemens
  • Pradeep Kumar, Associate General Manager, Automotive Solutions, Schneider Electric
  • Kaoru Abe, Deputy Senior Manager, FA Global Solution Technical Dept, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

13.00 – 14:00 Lunch hosted by  

14.00 – 17.00 Session 7

Into the Future

Industry executives speak on their vision of the automotive India of tomorrow

Moderator: Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman

  • MM Singh, Chief Operating Officer (Production), Maruti Suzuki India
  • Abhay S. Negavi, Managing Partner, Abhay Nevagi & Associates
  • Dileep Naik, Head, Auto Projects and Production Engineering, Tata Motors
  • Rajiv Bajaj, Principal, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants India

Followed by ask the executive
An exclusive opportunity to ask speakers about their presentations of the automotive manufacturing solutions for the India of tomorrow

AMS Siemens Thought Leadership Awards India 2012

Siemens will present three special awards at the end of the conference to speakers whose presentations are judged to have made the best contribution to the forum in the areas of:
* Environment
* Safety
* Innovation

These will be judged by the Conference & Session Chairmen – Simon Duval Smith, Conference Chairman and Nick Holt, Editor of AMS magazine – who will also take account of the speakers’ contributions to the Q&A/discussions after their presentations.

17.00 Conference close