February 9-18, 2012
AGMA hosts Trade Missions to countries outside the United States. These events provide members a high-level perspective of our industry within the country visited. Missions include plant tours and meetings with key gear manufacturing contacts. Attendees of past events have come away with new perspectives, new techniques, and new business interests.
In 2012, AGMA took members to India. Organized around the conference IPTEX 2012 and Indian-based AGMA member companies, participants visited different parts of the country – Mumbai, Gujarat, Mysore, Coimbatore and Bangalore.
Feb. 9-11 Mumbai for the International Power Transmission Exhibition – IPTEX 2012
Many exhibitors discussed success at the IPTEX show.
Feb. 12 – Tour historic Bombay (Mumbai)
The delegation visited the historic Taj Hotel and were taken by guide to experience some of the culture of the area.
Feb 14 – Gujarat – Elecon
Feb 15 – Coimbatore – Shanthi Gear and Hansen/ZF Wind
Feb. 16 – Mysore – Automotive Axle limited
Feb. 17 – Bangalore – Bevel Gears India
Feb.18 – Sightseeing or depart India
The AGMA Delegation to India concluded on Saturday evening, February 19th with a dinner at the home of Sulaiman and Christine Jamal. As a member from Bangalore India and a member of the AGMA Board, Sulaiman championed this trip for several years. Unfortunately, the recession of 2008-9 caused it to delayed until 2012.
The trip of 18 AGMA members began with the International Power Transmission Exhibition in Mumbai ; over the next week the group traveled by bus and air to visit the companies: Premium Transmission, Bharat Forge, Shanthi Gear, ZF Wind (Coimbatore), Automotive Axle limited and Bevel Gears India
The host companies welcomed the delegation with several presenting garlands and applying a tilak, or a red vermillion mark, on the forehead of each guest.
Technology and manufacturing methods ranged from typical job-shop type practices with some manual and some CNC machine tools to the most advanced, state-of-the-art grinding, heat treating and inspection equipment in the world.
Delegates learned of the history of gearing in India from independence to the current day; culture and business practices as well as some of the challenges of traveling long distances in a developing country. All of the executives freely discussed their operations, workforce challenges and desires for increased international collaborations.
ABOUT IPTEX 2012
Envisaged with the vision of capturing the most defining and the latest trends in gears and power transmission technology, IPTEX is an event that aims to provide the perfect platform to source the most optimal and appropriate solution for a wide array of manufacturing needs. IPTEX 2012 is the second chapter of an exciting and definitive event-IPTEX 2010, which won appreciation and recognition of participants, visitors and exhibitors from the Indian manufacturing industry.