An Australian delegation led by Minister for Manufacturing,Exports and Trade,Richard Dalla-Riva,was in the city on Thursday to strengthen ties with automotive companies in Pune for future technological transfer in the vehicle manufacturing sector.
Speaking at a conference on future trends in automotive sector organised by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA),Dalla-Riva said: As part of the Victorian governments trade engagement programme we are looking to match Victoria governments advanced automotive capabilities with Indian needs and opportunities to build an innovative and competitive automotive sector in both India and Victoria. She further added: One of our
recent achievements in the global market was the Ford Figo,Indias own 2011 international car of the year and the most awarded car ever designed and engineered in Victoria.
Our local industry has participated in the global trends towards low and no-emission vehicles. It has developed unique skills to produce multiple models on a single production line and innovative products that are profitable at niche volumes, said Dalla-Riva.
Talking to reporters,president ACMA,Arvind Kapur,said that the industry has asked the government for loans to encourage innovation.
At the conference,automobile professionals spoke on light weighting of automobiles,electric water pump technology,emerging trends in vehicle electronics and automotive technology. Kapur also added that the export growth in the off-road and luxury vehicle segment was one of the best this year. The conference was attended by 200 Victorian delegates,the largest ever Australian trade mission to visit India. The trade mission will travel to Chennai,besides some other cities.