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IMTEX Forming 2018: The growth amplifier for metal forming industry



India has a huge potential to be unearthed when it comes to metal forming. IMTEX Forming will set the ball rolling by showcasing the latest & high grade innovations and providing a visual treat to the visitors. 
 
With India all set to become a key player in the global manufacturing industry, the country is likely to see substantial investment in high-end machine tools technology. Indian machine tools sector, which serves as the mother industry, can be broadly segmented into forming and cutting. While metal cutting segment contributes for the major bulk (75%) of the total machine tool demand in the country, metal forming segment accounts for the rest. Though metal forming accounts for only 25% of the market, it plays a pivotal role in the manufacturing industry. To showcase technological advancement in this segment and provide a knowledge sharing platform to all stakeholders, IMTMA will organise IMTEX Forming 2018 from January 25-30, 2018 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). Tooltech 2018, a trade fair of dies & moulds, forming tools, machine tool accessories, metrology and CAD/CAM, will be held simultaneously.
 
About the organiser Formed in 1946, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) has, over a period of seven decades, grown in size to have around 500 members representing around 90% of the organised machine tools and allied equipment manufacturers. Today, IMTMA is the apex body and single point of contact for the entire machine tool industry of India and plays a vital role in the development of the metalworking industry.
 
An initiative of IMTMA, IMTEX Forming is a flagship event for the Indian metal forming industry. It is South and South East Asia's apex exhibition showcasing the latest trends as well as technological refinements from India and other global players. The mega event attracts visitors from a wide spectrum of manufacturing and ancillary industries including key decision and policy makers as well as industry captains who are keen to source latest technologies and manufacturing solutions for their product lines.
 
Getting bigger & stronger
IMTEX Forming 2018 is expected to be a greatly expanded fair which would feature all aspects of forming technologies, predominantly sheet metal forming. This exclusive business-to-business event will attract Indian and foreign exhibitors who would offer a range of technologically innovative manufacturing and engineering products and applications.
 
The last edition of IMTEX Forming, held in 2016, had over 475 exhibitors displaying their products. The 2018 edition is expected to be much bigger as the Indian economic gathers momentum with many sectors showing promising growth. The event will have around 500 exhibitors (with participation from 23 countries including India).
 
IMTEX Forming 2018 & Tooltech 2018 will also feature events such as Connect (an awareness programme on machine tool industry), Reverse International Buyer-Seller Meet (an interaction platform for machine tool manufacturers and international buyers), i2 (Industry-Institution) Academia Pavilion (an event for academia and industry to interact). All these are expected to see good visitor turnouts.
 
For visitors it will be a virtual treat to see the machines ‘live’ which enables them to take quick decisions to procure the technologies.
 
The demand for consumer durables, electronics and automobile is picking up. With this, the prospect of metal forming segment looks bright since it serves as the core manufacturing machinery provider to these industries. In addition, sectors such as aerospace, power, construction, railways, heavy transportation, office furniture, instrumentation industry, steel industry, forging, structural engineering, and capital goods are also expected to propel the demand for metal forming. All in all, IMTEX Forming 2018 is expected to scale new height and create a new record. Be there to witness it.

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