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Show Report: 2012 Automotive Testing Expo, India

A round-up of the latest events and unveils from the 2012 Automotive Testing Expo in Chennai.

 

Chennai is regarded as a key auto-hub in Southern India, with global OEMs like Ford, Hyundai and Renault-Nissan having facilities in the Tamil Nadu region. Following the overwhelming success of the recent Indian Automotive Testing Expo in Chennai, show organizer UKIP Media & Events Ltd has decided to return to the region in 2014.

“The increasing number of visitors to the show indicates that the Indian market is buying technology offered by exhibitors from all parts of the world," said Tony Robinson, CEO, UKIP Media & Events. "In addition, the technology demonstrations at the open-house are well attended and visitors are spending quality time at the booth.”

The show attracted key trade visitors looking for testing equipment from both Indian and overseas markets. Ali Masoomi, head of design and manufacturing at Iranian manufacturer, Irankhodro Powertrain Co, came to know of the show from the internet and made a point of visiting the show. “We found the show interesting, and held fruitful initial talks with some companies at the show, including SAZ Test Plant Pvt Ltd and have sourced a dynamometer from them. Moreover, we are seriously considering exhibiting at the show next time.” Irankhodro manufacture engines such as the EF7; installed in the latest Iran Khodro Samand.

It has been widely reported that India is setting up testing grounds in various parts of the country to meet the growing needs of the domestic and global OEMs setting up their bases. The government is setting up six testing and proving grounds under the project National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP). This has resulted in the forthcoming facilities and stationed experts looking for test equipment to populate the upcoming facilities. “We found interesting testing and evaluation equipment for engines, transmission, axles, hydraulics and structures,” said Dr K Aprameyan, senior technical advisor, Telcon Construction Equipment Company Limited – a Tata-Hitachi joint venture. “We will prepare a report for sourcing the equipment from various suppliers for centre for testing of tractors and off-the-road vehicles in Rae Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.”

The Indian government is tightening the noose on manufacturers to produce vehicles that meet the new, stringent emission laws of the Bharat IV. The regulations are to be implemented across 50 cities by 2015. As a result, many visitors to the show were seeking out measures to help reach these targets. “We are collecting inputs for latest testing equipment for emission measurement, performance, validation and testing,” stated V P Singh, general manager, engine design and testing, Escorts.

Indian companies also took the opportunity to showcase their engineering prowess and cost-competitive automotive testing equipment. Bangalore Integrated Systems Solution, BiSS, showcased its self-contained ‘plug-n-play’ four-poster test rig. The unit combines a multi-channel control system with user-friendly application software to simulate real time effects and perform durability, performance or vibration testing in a controlled lab environment. 

When asked its cost competitiveness, Dr R Sunder, general manager, BiSS said, “Its floor price is around US$250,000 whereas the comparable system is priced anything around US$1million if imported from the Europe or the US.” BiSS’s client list includes such names as Gabriel India, Munjal Showa, Escorts, Endurance and Delphi.

CM Envirosystem showcased a basic salt spray and cyclic corrosion test chamber which featured a new, modern design as well as a touch screen controller enabling CCT versions to meet the corrosion testing needs of automakers. “We are competing with German companies, but pricewise, the difference is around 50 per cent,” claimed Anil Kumar, manager, CM Environsystems. As a result, CM has supplied systems to Tata Motors, Hyundai, TVS, Ashok Leyland as well as exporting units to around 15 other countries.

Bangalore based Sushma Industries has been providing testing, measurement & calibration equipments to OEMs like Tata, Ashok Leyland, Larsen and Toubro, Bosch, Bajaj and TVS for over 25 years. “We used the show to launch a new versatile air density meter to measure atmospheric pressure, wind speed, carbon-dioxide levels, temperature, humidity all into one,” said R Sadananda Murthy, founder & CEO, Sushma Industries.

“We are also showcasing the recently launched Torque calibration system for hand tools like torque wrenches, screw drivers, heavy duty hydraulics etc, to ensure that the fastener joints are created perfectly to the required amount of torque and tension.”

The 2012 Automotive Testing Expo attracted around 165 exhibiting companies. The increasing popularity of the show has seen organisers expecting 220 companies to be in attendance in 2014.

 

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