Celebrating Industry Samurai Awards & Conference 2022

India’s Makers and Movers were recognized and honoured in the first in-person ceremony since inception. Industry Leaders discussed the industry’s opportunities, trends, and challenges during the week-long fiesta.

Much like the last three years, this year too we had a week-long fiesta of conversations and presentations, except that this was the first year when we held an in-person concluding event which meant that the industry samurai awards word given 2 the winning organizations and individuals in person for the first time since the inception of the awards.

Following are the main highlights of the week-long event in images and main specifications such as topic introduction and individual talk dates. You can peruse all these conversations and the awards ceremony on MeshMix Media’s YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter channels.

and the awards ceremony on MeshMix Media’s YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter channels.

Track 1: OP-ED: Green Tech in Aviation: Conversation
Speaker: Mr. Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India & South Asia
When: Friday, 9th December 2022
Aerospace Industry Leader on Green Technologies

The COP (Conference of the Parties) 21 agreement, also called the Paris Agreement, set an ambitious aim of preventing global temperatures from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. At 2022’s Egypt conference, signatories affirmed the pledge.

Globally, the transportation sector accounts for about 16 percent, within which road transport is ostensibly the biggest contributor at about 12%, followed by aviation (1.9%) and shipping (1.7%).  Aviation’s post-pandemic fast growth make it a sector under focus for the adoption of green technologies and innovation.

Rolls-Royce’s leadership in aircraft engines and power systems puts it in the pilot seat in the industry’s sustainability journey. On its part, Rolls-Royce has not only made sustainability integral to its vision, it has also backed its commitment to the decarbonization of its key markets. The recent launch of easyJet, the world’s first Hydrogen-power engine, the pioneering of the world’s fastest all-electric planes, and collaboration with Neste, the largest SAF producer in the world all testify to the company’s resolve to meet the sustainability goals.

The first conversation of the event was also its most significant one. Mr. Kishore Jayaraman OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), Rolls-Royce President – India and South Asia spoke with our editor. 

In his current role, Kishore has been instrumental in driving strategic focus and significant expansion across the Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems businesses. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Kishore held diverse leadership roles across markets at GE for 23 years.  

Mr. Jayaraman spoke shared insights on a number of areas related to sustainable technologies such as the types of in-use and in-development renewable energy sources, best practices and as importantly why the issue of addressing climate change is so vital for the aerospace industry.

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Track 2: EV Adoption: The India Story  

Speakers: Abhijeet Sinha, National Program Director, Ease of Doing Business | Sameer Jindal, Director Engineering, MG Motor India | Manoj K Sundaram, Head Business
Development, ZEISS | Uday Narang, Chairman, Omega Seiki Mobility | Narayan Kumar, Group Chief, Industrial Devices Division, Panasonic Life Solutions India / Raman Upmanyu, Manager Business Development,, Marposs India Pvt Ltd

When: Saturday, 10th December 2022

All About the EV Trend

The global EV market never looked this good. Global EV sales grew by 38 percent in 2020, and then more than doubled during the following year. China, the leading EV-making country sold more EVs in 2021, at about 52 percent of global sales, than the rest of the world combined. Europe’s biggest auto market Germany sold about 72 percent more EV cars in 2021 than the year before. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that EV sales will hit an all-time high in 2022.

India’s EV story is no less exciting. India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) expects the country’s EV market to grow at a CAGR of 49% between 2021-2030. The nature of the growth in India, however, is different from the big EV markets. Most EVs sold in India are 2-wheelers, which account for over half of the sales volume. The next popular segment is three-wheelers which are not only making travel efficient and green but also providing jobs to a large number of people in the metros and the cities.

On Saturday, 10 December, a power panel comprising sector leaders spoke about the EV’s India story and explored key aspects like manufacturing, infrastructure, and its future.  

Track 3: 21st Century Workforce Challenges in Technology & Manufacturing

Speakers: Nishad Ali, CEO, Teltonika India; Biju Dominic, Chief Evangelist, Fractal | Sharvani Sachidanand, Co-Founder, Anectos |Deepak Anand, Advisor – Japan Desk JCSS | Moderator: Magesh Srinivasan , Founder, mentormags; CEO & CXO Consultant Strategic Enabler of Digitalization Projects

When: Monday, 13 December

Dealing with Post-Pandemic Workplace Challenges

The Post Pandemic period has ushered in several challenges in dealing with the workforce all over the world. However, for the world to progress despite the setbacks brought about by the pandemic it is imperative that the people discussion needs to be vocalized and various perspectives need to be heard. Industry through leaders, including the moderator Magesh Srinivasan delved into important aspects of workforce management liken Digital Life vs. Physical Life, the need for work-life balance, mental wellness initiatives, and the social accommodation of diverse mindsets and lifestyles, the need for being sensitive about differently abled people and being inclusive

Track 4: India’s Sheet Metal Industry: Top Trends and Technologies

Speaker: Dr. Arvind Patel, founder and CEO, Valgro India Limited

When: Monday, 12 December 2022

Leadership Insights on Major Trends

As per industry statistics, India’s sheet metal sector constitutes around 15-20 percent of the USD 1.37 billion (Rs Rs 8,208 crore) domestic machine tools industry, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5 per cent in the next 3-5 years.

Manufacturing sectors such as automobile, auto components, aerospace and defence, consumer durables, electrical and electronics, and construction are the main demand drivers for the sheet metal industry. In recent years, innovations in the sheet metal technologies such as automation, additive manufacturing, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, laser processing, three-point bending, Deburring, Edge Rounding, and Slag Dross Removal have contributed to the growth momentum of the sector.

On 12th December 2022, Valgro India founder CEO Dr. Arvind Patel spoke with DMI Editor Aanand Pandey on the top trends and technologies prevalent in the sector.

Dr. Arvind Patel is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, and motivator, and has other credentials as a technocrat, a scientist, and an educator. Simply put, he is a master of sales and brand management. He travelled throughout the globe to promote the “Create Made in India” brand idea.

Having come from a farming family in a small village, Dr. Arvind Patel set out on his entrepreneurial journey with an industrial trade firm.  Dr. Patel’s goal is to make the “Made in India Brand” a worldwide household name.  He has earned a Master of Business Administration in International Business. Swahili University in Panama, USA, awarded him a Ph.D. in metal finishing and surface treatment.

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Track 5: India’s Startup Ecosystem; Beyond Services

Speaker: Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, the Foundation for Innovation in Science & Technology,  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.  Author, The Startup Success Masterplan: How to Build a Successful Business from Scratch

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

A Masterclass On Startups

People born at the turn of this century, also called millennials and Generation Z cannot imagine what life was like without startups a couple of decades ago. Let’s take the example of the two main services – public transport and retail. We see a transformation today with the level of comfort and the savings in time and money that startups like Ola and Flipkart have brought to our lives.

No wonder then that the startups is one of the most talked-about subjects today. Fortunately for us, we had one of the foremost experts from the world of academia and startups, Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, to talk about the subject.

Dr. Nikhil Agarwal has guided hundreds of entrepreneurs during his career spanning over two decades, helping them raise millions of dollars in funding and scaleup. He wears many hats. Currently he is CEO of IIT Kanpur Startup Incubator, Center for cybersecurity and Center for Artificial Intelligence. He was nominated as Senior Senator of the World Business Angel Investment Forum (WBAF). Dr. Agarwal earned his MPhil in technology policy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in science, technology, and innovation studies (STIS) from the University of Edinburgh.

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Track 6: Precision Engineering for Manufacturing Excellence: A Marposs Presentation

Speakers: Luca Matteucci, Managing Director | Raman Upmanyu, Manager Business Development | Sachin Rampur, Assistant Product Manager | Deepak Mehta,  Product Manager – Post Process Solutions | Sarabjit Singh, Product Sales Manager – Machine Tool Solutions from Marpos India | Paolo Belluzzi, Division Manager, Marposs SpA

When: Tuesday: 13 Dec 2022

Precision, Guaranteed 

Marposs is a primary international supplier of Measurement, Inspection and Testing, for both ICE and EV applications, to all the major industries including automotive, aerospace, biomedical, energy, and consumer durables industries, among others.

The session had speakers present insights on the company’s various solutions such as Dimensional Gauging Systems, Leak Testing, and Automation

Track 6: Industrial Metrology and Quality Assurance: Solutions in Focus. A Zeiss Presentation

Speakers: Manoj K Sundaram – Head – Business development | Hemanth Kumar, Head of Sales, Industrial Quality Solution

When: 14 December 2022

Eye for Detail

In an engaging presentation given on Zeiss’ industrial and quality solutions, the speakers conversed in-depth about the fundamentals and the advantages of the company’s category-leading solutions.

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology company operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. ZEISS is shaping technological progress and through its solutions is extending the horizon of the world of optics and associated areas.

ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, as well as medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world’s leading lithography optics which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars. ZEISS consists of four segments: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets.

Track 7: Intelligent Vending Solutions: Maximizing Gains. A Supply Point Presentation

Speaker: Rizwan Khan, Sales Manager – India, SupplyPoint

When: 14 December 2022     

For Improved Inventory Management

SupplyPoint’s inventory management solutions are unique and innovative, and bring about huge savings in both capex and opex for organizations. The company supports its customers to have round-the-clock access to items with precise withdrawal and zero downtime for machining shops. SupplyPoint was established in 1998 to design, develop and manufacture innovative point-of-use inventory management systems. Through continuous investment, development and focused expansion, SupplyPoint together with its network of skilled and dedicated distributors, have become firmly established as the world leader in automated point-of-use inventory solutions.

Our editor spoke with the company’s India Sales Manager, Rizwan Khan about its solutions. With 13 years of experience in capital equipment sales and marketing, Rizwan has expert domain knowledge to support its customers to achieve an uninterrupted supply of consumables in the least possible time, and have accountability, accessibility, and control over their entire inventory.

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When: Friday, 16th December 2022

Where: The Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru

[Text] Not very long ago, global analysts estimated that air travel, among the worst-hit sectors during the pandemic, would take at least a couple of years to fully recover. Now it appears they underestimated the human capacity for hope and revival. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports that air travel is fast approaching pre-pandemic levels. Air transport seat capacity and passenger totals globally have reached an estimated 80% of pre-pandemic levels, with passenger revenue at around 72% of its 2019 high point, said the agency. 

India’s aerospace sector mirrors the global trend. The domestic aviation market in India is expected to grow to $30 billion, making it the third largest globally, says the International Trade Administration.  According to DGCA, domestic air passenger volume grew y-o-y by over 64 percent in September 2022. All of this portends well not just for the aviation stakeholders but also for the larger manufacturing industry.

A modern aircraft engine contains more than 30,000 moving parts. It requires inputs from a host of industries like metalworking, machine tools, precision engineering, and optoelectronics. It has an even greater influence on virtually every sector, including services, with it being an early innovator and adopter of cutting-edge tech such as additive manufacturing, SAF, and hydrogen-powered engines, and digital-twin technology.  

On Friday, 16 December, DMI Editor Aanand Pandey discussed with industry thought leaders the trajectory for India’s aerospace sector.

Where: The Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru

A Stronger Industry is an Inclusive Industry

  Globally, economies have been put to test in the last two years. Be it manufacturing or services, all economic sectors had to face extreme demand and supply shocks during this period. It’s only recently that the engines of growth have started to fire up again. In India, the service sector is seeing a fast recovery according to a recent Economic Times article. The manufacturing sector is also witnessing healthy growth and expansion, but the industrial output needs to grow faster to meet the pent-up demand, as per the latest media reports. 

Today, the Indian manufacturing sector stands at the cusp of a new phase of growth and optimism. Conditions are just right for the industry to increase its GDP share from the current level of over 14 percent. We have strong and fast-expanding consumer markets here and abroad hungry for growth and quality products, a supportive policy environment, a large and highly skilled talent pool that is among the most sought-after in the world,  and a growing interest among manufacturing leaders in electronics, aerospace, and several other sectors to partner with Indian companies for value creation.

The concluding talk,  excellently moderated by Gayathri Sharma, Head of communications- India & South Asia Rolls-Royce, was also one of the most engaging talks of the event. It covered a range of relevant topics like the scope for innovation, Mission Make In India, and ways to increase women’s participation in the workforce.

Industry Samurai Awards 2022

This year’s awards had greater participation than any of the previous years. The selection process was also more rigorous and competitive what with the additional requirement for contestants to share a video pitch for each award category. Following were the award winners who aced the competition.

Industry samurai Awards 2022 in Supply Chain
THE Go To Market Company Start-up Samurai
Ace Manufacturing Systems Digital Samurai
Ace Manufacturing Systems Innovation samurai
Industry Samurai Awards 2022 in Manufacturing (MSME)
Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited Sustainability Samurai
Electric One Mobility Private Limited Start-up Samurai
m2nxt solutions pvt. ltd Digital Samurai
Mr. Uday Narang, Chairman, Omega Seiki Mobility Shogun Samurai
Pragati Engineering Belgaum Pvt. Ltd Innovation Samurai
Industry Samurai Awards 2022 in Manufacturing (LE)
Alstom Transport India Limited Digital Samurai
Makino India Pvt Ltd Service Samurai
Alstom Transport India Limited Sustainability Samurai
Alstom Transport India Limited Performance Samurai
Mr. Kishore Jayaraman, President – India, and South Asia, Rolls-Royce Shogun Samurai

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