Technology & Innovation Towards a Futuristic Value Chain 2025 Conference 

AMCHAM India’s Supply Chain and Logistic Committee and Manufacturing Committee organized it’s annual conference on ‘Technology & Innovation – Value Chain 2025’ on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 in Mumbai. The event was powered by CGN Association India Pvt. Ltd., Rhenus Logistics India Pvt. Limited, Portrucks Equipments Pvt. Ltd., International Paper APPM Ltd. and Timken India Ltd.

The evening was a convergence of bright future-focused minds to foster learning and inspiration. The event began with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM India, and was followed by remarks from Mr. Sanjay Koul, Co-Chairman – Manufacturing Committee, AMCHAM and Chairman and Managing Director, Timken India Ltd.  Mr. Gregory Taevs, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, made a special address.

Mr. Sanjay Sethi, CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), made the keynote address with a presentation on ‘Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation – A Forward Looking Perspective’ highlighting the DNA of next generation industries, policies, infrastructure, technologies and the outcome. Some of the key highlights from the presentation included:

  • Economic impact of disruptive technologies by 2025
  • 3 pillars of growth identified by MIDC to foster the rapid change:
  1. Liveable initiatives that focus on social infrastructure and well-being
  2. Initiatives that focus on making industry efficient and economically vibrant
  3. Social responsibility
  • Snapshot of future service that will be offered by MIDC such as instrumentation and control, computing resources, data management, security and privacy, interoperability, connectivity and analytics

Mr. Subhendu Roy, Partner, AT Kearney, shared an in-depth outlook on ‘Supply Chain 2025 -Trends and Implications for India.’ Through the presentation he shared an in-depth understanding of trends that will shape the future supply chain in India 2025 namely:

  • More mega cities
  • Proliferation of segments
  • Improved supply chain infrastructure
  • Better regulatory climate
  • Stronger global connect
  • Affordable and accessible technologies

Participants of the conference received a hardcopy of AT Kearney’s study on the subject.

The first panel session of the evening moderated by Mr. Rohinton Sidhwa, Partner, Deloitte, featured an engaging discussion on ‘Innovation and Technology Enabling Manufacturing and Supply Chain’ which discussed emerging trends such as IOTs, drones, technology disruptions. The speakers included Mr. Sudhanshu Singh, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Analytics & Research, Genpact, Mr. Ganesh Shinkre, General Manager – Sourcing, GE Transportation, India, Mr. Ramesh Kailasam, Managing Director, APCO Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Umesh Madhyan, National Head Infrastructure and Logistics, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Alagu Balaraman, Partner & India MD, CGN Association India Pvt. Ltd.

A presentation was made on ‘Automation Solutions  in Logistics and Supply Chain’ by Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder, Portrucks Equipments Pvt. Ltd. Portrucks presented their unique solution in automation, from products to roads, which is a high density storage/sequencer and automated truck/container loader and unloader. A mini model of the system was displayed at the venue.

To understand ‘Key Trends of the Future: 2025 Business and the Human Capital’, the second panel session was moderated by Mr. Muthukumar Narayanaswamy, Senior Vice President & Whole Time Director, Meritor Inc. Automotive Axles Limited prophesized a vision of human capital 2025. The panel speakers included Mr. Shantanu Das, CHRO, Amway India, Mr. Kumar Kandaswami, Senior Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Mukund Menon, HR Director, International Paper.

An engaging Q&A session answered several queries that culminated in a deeper understanding of significant perspectives to the subject.

Mr. Srinivasan Sarangapani, Chairman – Supply Chain & Logistics Committee, AMCHAM and Director Operations, Timken Engineering & Research India Pvt. Ltd concluded the successful event with closing remarks and a vote of thanks to all the participants, the eminent speakers and the event sponsors. The event was followed by networking over cocktails and dinner.