Bengaluru: H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka, inaugurated IMTEX 2019 and Tooltech 2019 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on January 24, 2019. Some of the dignitaries present of the occasion were R V Deshpande (Minister for Revenue, Government of Karnataka); K J George (Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka); Vikram Kirloskar (VP, Confederation of Indian Industry); Ram Venkataramani (President, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India or ACMA); Jamshyd Godrej (Chairman, Exhibitions – IMTMA); P Ramadas (President, IMTMA); Indradev Babu (VP, IMTMA) and V Anbu (Director General & CEO, IMTMA). This is the largest IMTEX ever and IMTMA is celebrating 50 years of IMTEX.
Kumaraswamy recollected that IMTEX had entered Bengaluru 12 years ago and he had the privilege of inaugurating the show and opening BIEC. "The exhibition has been a gateway for attracting investments in Karnataka since then," he added.
Kumaraswamy said, “Bengaluru was historically a manufacturing hub and is making its mark as a startup and biotech hub as well. To give impetus to aerospace vertical Karnataka has announced an aerospace policy that has identified investment potential of around $ 10 billion in the sector during 2013-2023 which is expected to give a boost to the manufacturing industry in Karnataka.”
In his welcome speech, Jamshyd Godrej said, "IMTEX creates a welcoming environment to everyone who comes to the exhibition. It shows industry in a different light and IMTEX is an expression of showing a new India and what its industry is capable of."
R V Deshpande stated, "Karnataka has always laid out a red carpet to investors wanting to do business in the state. The state has a pro-industry policy, which has helped industries to thrive."
Supporting Deshpande's views, K J George said, “The state has been in the forefront of many ventures such as setting up the world's largest solar park, launching booster kit for start-ups, setting up an exclusive machine tool park, etc.” He called upon the manufacturing industry to do their business in the state including their capacity expansions.
Vikram Kirloskar commented, “Exhibitions will never become obsolete as machines will always be required in the manufacturing industry. Technologies are needed to enhance productivity. Large-scale exhibitions such as IMTEX will provide all this in one place.”
According to Venkataramani, ACMA and IMTMA will continue to work to understand and provide solutions to ever growing demands of the auto component industry.
Marking 50 years celebration, IMTMA has planned a series of activities as part of the show including several new initiatives all of which will be unravelled in the week from January 24 to January 30, 2019.