IT Industry body NASSCOM’s Centre of Excellence – IoT and AI in collaboration with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat on May 23 inaugurated a Smart Manufacturing Competency Centre (SMCC) in Ahmedabad. The industry body said this will accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing solutions by India’s best innovators.
The centre was inaugurated by Sri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology.
To make India Industry 4.0 ready, the centre will help create a collaborative ecosystem that will bring together solutions seekers and providers under one roof to co-create solutions. As India’s manufacturing sector pivots to digitisation a total of $5.5 to $6.5 billion was spent on Industry 4.0 in FY2021, as per NASSCOM report.
Preparing Indian manufacturers for the dynamic digital era, the centre will engage start-ups and technology solution providers to showcase their solution capabilities to senior manufacturing leaders. This will enable SMEs and manufacturing enterprises to experience end to end diverse digital solutions that can improve productivity, efficiency and safety in plants, the industry body said in a statement.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology said, “Technological breakthroughs such as Industry 4.0 are going to deeply shape the future of the Indian manufacturing sector. To strengthen the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, MeitY is committed to propelling technology innovation through startup programs and CoEs and make India a global competitive manufacturing ecosystem.”
Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said “Today, India’s 90% manufacturing companies are SMEs that account for 33% of manufacturing GVA and 45-50% of exports, but they lag in tech adoption due to scale, financing, and leadership challenges. Digitalisation is not really a choice today but rather a necessity for the sector to bring business performance stability and broaden its reach. The first of its kind globally, the Smart Manufacturing Competency Centre will foster the right collaborative ecosystem with the support from the government, academia and the industry that will aid the growth of the Indian manufacturing sector and make India a global hub for digital manufacturing.”
Industry 4.0 has become a key necessity for industries to remain globally competitive. While few companies have made considerable progress on digital journey, majority of enterprises are still struggling with competencies in digital manufacturing. SMCC is the largest existing innovation ecosystem that will help accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions by bringing together enterprises, government, researchers, and innovators to create awareness and opportunities to network for technology adoption. Manufacturers will be able to experience demos and success stories of large tech enterprises and start-ups, network and meet top solution providers to co-create solutions using emerging technologies such as IoT, data analytics, AI, AR/VR.