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Automotive World Megatrends India 2014: event highlights

MEGATRENDS INDIA 2014 - Automotive World's coverage of the event

Automotive World‘s Megatrends India 2014 took place on 25 and 26 February 2014 in Chennai.

Over 350 delegates attended the event, which consisted of a commercial vehicle conference on day one, and a light vehicle conference on day two.

Day 1 of the conference opened with a Big Picture panel discussion featuring leading figures from India’s top truck manufacturers, who will discuss the outlook for India’s commercial vehicle market over the next ten years and beyond. The panel was made up of Ravi Pisharody, President, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors; Marc Llistosella, Chief Executive and Managing Director, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles; Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicles India and Senior Vice President, Scania Group and A. Ramasubramanian, President, AMW Motors.

Megatrends India 2014 Big Picture panel
Megatrends India 2014 CV Big Picture panel: Martin Kahl (Automotive World), Marc Llistosella (DICV), A Ramasubramanian (AMW), Ravi Pisharody (Tata Motors) and Anders Grundstromer (Scania)

The panel discussion was followed by three sessions of presentations covering a broad range of topics, from powertrain efficiency to supplier management via sustainability.

Day 2 of the conference focused on passenger car and light vehicles, with key industry stakeholders presenting on topics including current and future powertrain developments, electronics and safety, and on the outlook for vehicle production and sales.

Preparations are now already under way for Automotive World‘s Megatrends India 2015, which takes place at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai on 24 & 25 February 2015. Follow this link for more details and to register.


Commercial Vehicle day

Megatrends India 2014 CV Day Big Picture panel debateCOMMENT: Commercial vehicle megatrends, made in India
2014 will be a year to forget for Indian CV sales. It’s time to play the long game

Perceptions of Indian commercial vehicle megatrends
Comments from the Big Picture panel discussion featuring leaders from BharatBenz (DICV), AMW, Tata and Scania

Erich Nesselhauf, Vice President of Procurement & SCM, DICV
Erich Nesselhauf, Vice President of Procurement & SCM, DICV, speaking at Megatrends India 2014

Indian supply chain trends in the midst of an industry slowdown
Supplier session featuring Erich Nesselhauf (DICV), Piyush Munot (ZF India) and Philipp Baecker (BPW Trailer Systems India)

Solutions needed before telematics storms India CV industry
Developments in training and infrastructure are needed for CV telematics to become a viable option in India

Scania bets on biofuels for India
There is enough biomass to go from waste to fuel and energy in India, says Krister Thulin of Scania Commercial Vehicles India


Passenger Car day

Rakesh Batra EY at Megatrends India 2014
Rakesh Batra EY at Megatrends India 2014

Marginal rise in exports the only silver lining for Indian market
OEMs are using India as a manufacturing export hub. This is not healthy, says EY’s Rakesh Batra

COMMENT: Exports offer short-term relief for OEMs in India playing the long-game
Exports offer short-term relief for India’s OEMs, but new capacity will be needed to supply the 6-9m market forecast for the next decade

Tom S. Chackalackal, Executive Director – Manufacturing, Ford India
Tom S. Chackalackal, Executive Director – Manufacturing, Ford India

Manufacturing flexibility seen as key to tide over slowdown in India
Tom Chackalackal, Executive Director – Manufacturing, Ford India discusses the need for flexibility to ensure that the manufacturing process can adapt to consumer demand


Video interviews

Watch exclusive video interviews recorded at Megatrends India 2014

Interview: Toby Peters, Founder & CEO, Dearman Engine

Interview: Rakesh Batra, Partner & National Leader Automotive Sector, EY

Interview: Peter Bolesza, VP – EEU & Emerging Markets, NNG

Interview: Gert-Jan Vogelaar, Strategic Marketing Director, Punch Powertrain

Interview: Piyush Minot, India Managing Director, ZF India

Interview: Saptarshi Basu, General Manager, Interior Electronics Solutions, Continental

Interview: G. Murali, Plant Manager, Thermal Systems, BorgWarner

Interview: R. Murali, Plant Manager, BorgWarner

Interview: Carlos Briganti, Managing Director, South America, Power Systems Research

Interview: Hariharan S, Sr. Manager – OEM Business Development, Lubricants Division, Total

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