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Express Computer is organising the Smart Manufacturing Conclave, a virtual conference, on December 15, 2021. The one-day conference will witness participation from industry stalwarts, who will share their views on how India is on the threshold of become a leading global manufacturing power.

The manufacturing sector has emerged as one of the highest growth sectors in India with immense potential for employment. The Indian Government has set an ambitious target of increasing the contribution of manufacturing output to 25 per cent of GDP by 2025.

In keeping with this vision, the Government has launched several initiatives such as the ‘Make in India’ programme, and the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for large scale electronics manufacturing and aims to create 100 million new jobs in the manufacturing sector by 2022.  Furthermore, the country has the potential to become a global manufacturing hub by 2030.

India has a lucrative platform for foreign investments in the manufacturing sector. With numerous mobile phones, automobile, luxury, and technology brands constantly setting up or on the lookout for setting up their manufacturing bases in India.

The Government aims to ensure holistic development of the nation, by establishing industrial corridors and various smart cities across the country.

With that being said, India still lags global giants, in terms of infrastructure and capabilities. Can India, with its traditional strengths in software services, address the huge gap in manufacturing efficiencies? Can Indian manufacturers take advantage of technologies such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and improve efficiencies to a new level?

To get answers to these questions, join us at the ‘Smart Manufacturing Conclave:

The event will see some of the industry stalwarts participating in panel discussions and giving talks on various topics. And, eminent IT practitioners from the manufacturing vertical will be recognised with Smart Manufacturing Innovation Awards, for the business transformation brought about by their IT initiatives within their respective companies.

The event will kick start with a keynote address by Rajnish Kapur, COO of JK Cement. He will speak on the topic titled, ‘The path forward for the manufacturing industry: Embracing digitisation and sustainability’.

Next we have Kuldeep Kumar Upadhyay, Director Industry Advisor of Manufacturing, Salesforce India talk about, ‘Intelligent Customer Centric Supply Chain & Logistics – Ship with CRM’.

And then we move on to the Fireside Chat with Manish Gaur, Head of IT – Patanjali who is going to speak on, ‘Building the foundations for digital transformation’.

Up next, we have yet another exciting Fireside Chat with Basant Kumar Chaturvedi, Associate Director-IT South Asia, Middle East, Africa and LATAM, Perfetti Van Melle who will speak on the topic, ‘Pushing for the next horizon of operational effectiveness.’

Then we have, Mohammed Shazin Thottathil, Lead Solution Engineer of Salesforce India talk on, ‘Driving customer centricity and predictability through #1 CRM for Manufacturing’.

Next on the event agenda is Nikhil Shembekar, Head – Digital, Analytics, Supply Chain and Emerging Technologies, SUN Pharma sharing his views on, ‘Baseline infrastructure required for any successful analytics setup’.

Lined up next is an engaging panel discussion moderated by Rajkumar Ravuri, Director of Industry Strategy – Manufacturing, Salesforce. Panelists include leading industry names like  R N Mohanty, President of Pidilite Industries; Beena Nayar, Head of-Information Technology, Forbes Marshall and Vikram Karthick, Head of Digital Transformation, Mahindra Farm Sector, who will be their sharing their valuable insights on the topic ‘Digital led transformation of manufacturing delivering greater efficiencies, new operating models, and sustainability focused growth’.

Next there is an address by Sarajit Jha, Chief of  Business Transformation and Digital Solutions, Tata Steel who will talk about, ‘Essential ingredients of digital transformation in the manufacturing’.

There is also a special address by Zurvan Marolia, SVP and Head of the Manufacturing Council, Godrej & Boyce, followed by the awards ceremony.

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