Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), Golden Jubilee IMTEX exhibition held at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru from January 24 to 30, 2019, has created a new record. A whopping 91,446 people have visited IMTEX 2019, there were 1,222 exhibitors. The show had seen participation from 26 countries and there were seven country pavillions.
The exhibition showcased technologies which are vital for moving the Indian manufacturing and machine tool industry forward. A live demo on implementing Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing was also held at IMTMA Technology Centre during the show.
An Experience Zone was set up adjacent to Hall 4 in BIEC. The zone had an archaic collection of IMTEX journey including display of vintage machines from a bygone era, pictures and a short film on IMTEX journey.
Celebrating the golden jubilee of IMTEX, IMTMA released an IMTEX Coffee Table Book. The book captures the ethos of IMTEX and traces its growth over a timeframe of 50 years since 1969. IMTMA constituted an Eco Design Award to encourage adoption of eco-friendly practices in exhibition stalls. Six companies were conferred with awards in various categories.
An International General Managers’ Meeting was also held during the exhibition to exchange ideas, share knowledge and network. Another attraction for visitors was the presence of two humanoids to connect with technology in the campus during the show.
Parallel events organized during IMTEX also had good turnouts. International Buyer-Seller Meet attracted 48 delegates from 13 countries. The i2 Academia Pavilion (a platform for academic institutions to showcase their research for the industry) featured 50 institutions including IITs from Mumbai and Kanpur. The first prize was won by Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli.
Manufacturing Quiz Contest featured 130 students from 24 institutions. IMTMA also organized the Jagruti-IMTMA Youth Programme to familiarize engineering students with the machine tool industry. Thirty students from 14 institutions across India attended the programme.
An International Seminar on Machining attracted about 350 delegates. Overall more than 150 trade delegations attended the exhibition.