Interview with Seema Srivastava

Seema Srivastava
Seema Srivastava
Executive Director
India ITME Society
India ITME Society

How do you perceive the current textile machinery market with respect to Industry 4.0 compliancy? What support does the Indian machinery industry need to bring in more automation?

India is in a confused state of mind to adopt automation. There are tremendous efforts being made to accept and incorporate Industry 4.0 in its simplest form. Machinery manufacturers have shown their readiness to implement the same and are taking due course of action to incorporate Industry 4.0 in their manufacturing programme. However, level of automation changes from customer to customer. We strongly believe that with collaborative efforts from major technology developers from countries like Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, China etc, we would be able to implement Industry 4.0 effectively and appropriately.

Are there any major challenges faced behind the concept of 'Make in India' in textile engineering? If yes, what are they?

The major challenge is to meet requirements of Indian customers to supply machinery at affordable price and with the best technology, which is only possible when major machinery suppliers show their inclination to have either collaboration with Indian companies or put up their own 100 per cent subsidiary in India.

Could you throw some light on the type of support programmes, exhibitions and presentations you run to facilitate the Indian textile industry?

The main activities of India ITME Society is promoting trade, investment, joint venture and technological advancement of the industry through exhibitions. During our exhibition, various technical seminars and focus topics are selected for presentations, speaker sessions and panel discussions. This helps industry and the students to update themselves with the current industry topics and research topics. All these programmes are provided free of cost for the academic and the student community. We also have various institutes, research organisations and associates who work with us to facilitate training programmes in India and overseas. Associates like Suvin Advisors provide technical support and advice in our endeavours. Recently, Trupti Khedekar from Suvin Advisors, who has been providing technical support to our exhibitions, was acknowledged and awarded for her contributions to India ITME Society exhibitions.

What will be the major highlights for the upcoming fair of ITME Africa in February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia? What key topics will be discussed at this event?

With the moto 'Prosperity Through Technology', ITME Africa 2020, the first of its kind of business and technology event, will be hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 14-16, 2020. India ITME Society - a non-profit apex industry body in India, International Trade Centre (ITC-UN), Geneva, a global organisation promoting trade between nations and Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), autonomous national Chamber of Ethiopia, have come together for ITME Africa 2020 in order to encourage and facilitate bilateral, regional, intra-regional collaborations to stimulate trade and investment through technology and engineering especially in the textile sector. This largest technology and engineering event in the African continent will be supported by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Textiles (GOI), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Engineering Exports Promotion Council (EEPC, Govt of India), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Federal Democratic Government, Republic of Ethiopia; Ethiopian Textile Development Institute & International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland, Geneva.

ITME Africa 2020 will see a total of 172 exhibitors from 15 countries - the highest number of exhibitors, and 87+ companies from India. Apart from India, country pavilions from Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, China, will showcase the world's best machinery and technology in 23 chapters.

This international exhibition and technical seminar promoted globally for over a year, will see a convergence of business delegations and visitors from 32 countries. ITME Africa will witness industry buyers and visitors from 7 African countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), once again registering the largest number of visitors. A technical seminar sharing the experiences of India and showcasing the latest award-winning technology by Indian Institute of Technology, a premium technology and engineering institute of India, will be showcased at ITME Africa 2020.

During the exhibition, live demonstration of weaving machines manufactured in India by Laxmi shuttles Looms Pvt Ltd, will be available and then further donated to Bahir Dar University for Student Lab & Research Study, stimulating and encouraging technical education in the country. The event is poised to be a catalyst not only for the textile and manufacturing industry but also for education and research institutes across the continent.

Apart from encouraging trade and investment, ITME Africa 2020 will also influence cultural amalgamation with fusion music and performance. ITME Africa is not just an event but is the beginning of a journey towards self-reliance, socio-economic advancement and cooperation for entire continent of Africa. (PC)
Published on: 10/02/2020

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of

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