The 15th Edition of Auto Expo 2020 Components Show rekindled hopes of the resilient and determined components industry turning tide.

Story by: Ashish Bhatia and Deven Lad

Delhi’s Pragati Maidan played host to the 15th Edition of Auto Expo 2020 Components Show. Held parallelly with the Auto Expo 2020 Motor Show hosted at the India Expo Mart – Greater Noida, the Components Show held it’s own attracting an impressive footfall despite the Coronavirus anxiety looming large. An estimated 1300+ exhibitors drew 1.5 lakh visitors over the course of the glitch-free and sanitised expo held between February 06-09, 2020. Spread over an expanse of 60,000 sq.m, with the venue upgradation on in full steam, the show jointly organised by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) lived up to its expectations. It rekindled hope of the resilient and determined industry turning tide sooner than later. Averred Deepak Jain, President, ACMA, “It is indeed a pleasure to have organised such an extravagant show, the confidence shown by component industry and the trade visitors alike is reassuring. The show truly reflects the confidence in the Indian auto component industry and its readiness for the future of mobility.” Jain drew attention to the exhibitors displaying world class, generation next products conforming with the theme ‘Technovation’. The ACMA President committed to the alignment of Component industries in India with the Government’s vision of making India a USD Five trillion-dollar economy by 2025, of which he shared that the Auto component industries contribution would be USD 250 billion.

A testimony to the industry has transitioned to regulatory compliances in record time, this year of the biennial expo focused on tech innovations around BSVI, emobility and attaining high safety standards. With an underlying theme, ‘Technovation- Discover Innovations for Future’ the show attracted participation from nearly 70 countries. A staggering 400 companies launched 1200 new products at the show making it difficult to choose from. Setting aside hopes of any pre-buying activity at the Original Equipment Manufacturer level, the show left no room for doubt about the component industry’s contribution and adherence to regulatory compliances and pulling all stops for mass commercialisation of BSVI and emobility products expected to flood the market in the coming months. The auto components industry highlighted its go-to-market strategy for the megatrends pertaining to the future of mobility in the country.

It meant that the well established and emerging component manufacturers including startups engaged with visitors to share more details on products and its applications with the end objective to create a larger awareness around their product portfolios. Many hinted at transactions taking place. The 15th Edition like the previous editions erected country pavillions with participation from Japan, South Korea, the UK, Germany, Turkey and Canada with an estimated 200 International companies known to have participated. An efficient indexing and mapping of these companies ensured ease of access for the visitors. Holding their forte, in comparison to the conventional and well-established participants, Start-ups and emerging EV component players from across India impressed with their products and solutions showcase. For instance, Mumbai based Japanese company Asahi Kasaei created a buzz around its concept car and succeeded at spreading awareness of developments centred on electrification. “We are providing the input materials to the Electric Car in line with the Government of India’s focus on electrification over ICE-powered vehicles. We are hopeful of expansion going forward,” expressed a representative from the company. Anand Group companies with its background of technologically-advanced products and solutions in ride control products, drive trains, synchroniser rings, climate control products, engine cooling products, brake systems, sealants, additives, car care products, safety products, steering wheels and electric power steering wheels took the opportunity to announce their alliance with FAR and Mazaro.

Lauding the platform as a launch pad, emerging companies expressed confidence in catering to the future demands of mobility. Like in the past the interest shown by Passenger vehicle and Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers meant that companies with a strong technological base and business case can be expected to increase their OE exposure. Averred Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, “The growth of Auto Expo represents country’s growth in the industrial and manufacturing sector and aims at development of India by providing space for innovation & information.” Mentioned Arun Goel, Secretary Department of Heavy Industries, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises “Technovation has come a long way in India and has facilitated the development of industries and emergence of opportunities.” Vipin Sondhi, Chairman CII, Trade Fair Council and MD and CEO, Ashok Leyland emphasised on the future of mobility at the expo. He said, “ The footfall at the exhibition itself is resounding proof of confidence in the component industries. The display of innovative and advanced technologies, EV components and emphasis on import substitution for electric vehicles is of great importance”. “Companies have made huge investments in the automobile sector which has set a base for employment,” commented Rajan Wadhera, President at SIAM. A show of Government support to the expo Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State, Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and Parliamentary Affairs and Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries & Commerce and Information Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh made their presence felt at the show.

This year the focus of companies on cost-effective technologies related to emission control, light-weighting of vehicles, electrification and wireless connectivity for the Indian market stood out. The companies displayed a diverse range of products pertaining to navigation and telecom systems, spare parts, accessories, bearings, electronics, axles, vehicle care products, measuring instruments, testing and control devices and systems, safety equipment, rubber parts, transmission and HVAC systems to name a few. Also on show were drivelines, IT & Automation solutions, charging infrastructure solutions, renewable energy, weight reduction solutions, electric mobility solutions, hybrid technologies, environment-friendly fitments and after treatment systems. Among exhibitors at the expo, companies like Gestamp India, Borgwarner, Bollhoff, Waxpol, Endurance, Precision, Varooc, Prabha, Steelbird, KK lighting, Mark Exhaust, Abilities India, Advik, Suprajit, Roots, Flash electronics to name a few marked their presence. North India had a strong representation at the Expo. The country pavillions were seen flooded with B2B visitors too. For instance the German pavilion came across as the busiest pavillion. In the Canada pavillion companies like 5G Energy Ltd and Automate Canada and Forming Technologies left a good impression. In the UK pavillion companies like Carbon Clean, Saietta Group and Energenics were among others to have represented a strong business case. In the Japan pavillion, companies like Shin Dengen, Ahresty and Asahi Kasei attracted visitors’ interest to name a few. Leveraging the industry descent at the Auto Expo 2020 were also companies who could not participate but ensured product launches timed with the expo gained traction as they shared business insights in line with the overall strategy at venues selected in close proximity. ACI

Gestamp


In its debut at Auto Expo, Gestamp showcased hot stamping solutions with an end objective of producing safer and lighter cars. Hot stamping allows the company to raise the safety standards of structural components in a vehicle. Establishing a hot stamping technology plant in Pune in 2017, Gestamp made a strong case for its body-in-white structure said to play a key role in accident scenarios. The company claims to have aligned the technology to suit and meet the demands of contemporary automotive manufacturers, especially in terms of adopting regulations pertaining to crash tests, improved fuel economy, emissions norms and NCAP ratings.

Ahresty


Japanese company Ahresty Corporation showcased high-pressure die casting at the expo. A manufacturer of automotive body parts, general-engine parts, industrial-machinery parts, and dies, the company showcased condensers, boosters, and converter cases at the expo designed especially to meet the needs of EV manufacturers. The company claims to have manufactured weight reduction body parts for both EVs and Hybrid vehicles. Its product portfolio includes front motor frames, generator frames, invertor and convertor and PCU heatsink to name a few. On display were also an oil pan assembly, case transmission left, case transmission right, cylinder block, cover assembly rocker, transmission case, case chain assembly, and cap assy bearing parts.

Advik Hi Tech Pvt. Ltd.


Pune based company Advik Hi Tech Pvt. Ltd., showcased BSVI range of products ahead of the rollout on April 01, 2020. The range included electric purge valve, electric secondary air injection, electric fuel pump, fuel delivery module, throttle body and oxygen sensor. For EVs, the company showcased the battery and Battery Management System (BMS), motor and motor controller along with the brake system. The company also displayed the variable displacement of the oil pump.
The throttle body on display assumed significance in line with the company’s BSVI strategy given that the company aims to make an estimated three million throttle bodies a year.

Endurance Technologies


Endurance Technologies showcased its product in die castings, suspension, braking and transmission products. The Aurangabad-based company has a track record of having participated every year since 2000 barring the year 2018. This year the company set out to create an experiential environment to establish its technological progress and quality standards with the customers. The company also showcased suspension range, transmission range, braking systems and aluminium die castings for two-wheelers and three-wheelers at the expo.

Precision Autowares Pvt. Ltd.


Manufacturer of automotive oil pumps, water pumps, hydraulic pumps, iron and aluminium castings, Precision Autowares has been a regular at the Auto Expo. The company this year displayed products including the Manifold Perkins Hydraulic pump, fan bracket assembly, brake plate, pulley, fan drive housing, thermostat housing and the variable flow oil pump. Dealing with technology including dies (plastic mould, die casting mould, casting, stamping die and forging die) along with the metal forming process, assembly/welding, surface treatment/heat treatment, industrial application/rubber parts, jigs and tools besides plastic moulded parts, the company has three plants and produces around 1200 products out of them.

NBC bearing


NBC Bearings launched the needle bearing as part of its comprehensive range of bearings at the Auto Expo. Needle bearings are known to be smaller than conventional bearings and standout with their higher load-carrying capacity especially suited to compact assemblies. Used in applications where smaller inertial force such as in an engine crankshaft the company is banking on it for its future growth. Built with NTN Corporation’s licensed technology, this demand-driven product is claimed to be used extensively by the domestic and international two-wheelers and four-wheelers OEMs, and for industrial applications. The company also displayed a preset hub bearing, oil impregnated ball case assembly, conductive ball bearing, corrosion protection coated wheel, EBM series bearings, starter motor needle bearing and case assembly, shell type needle assembly and an AC compressor.

Schunk Metal & Carbon (India) Pvt. Ltd


A manufacturer of the gripping system and clamping technology Schunk Metal & Carbon (India) Pvt. Ltd., was focusing on e-mobility at this year auto expo. Schunk group displayed products like soldering zig, LHC capsules, shaft grounding assembly, CFRP Reinforcement ring, battery housing, flange, base plate, smart charging equipment. They also displayed product like carbon brush for actuators, starter motors and fuel pump system; fuel pump assembly, graphite rotors and vanes and injection moulded components.

Mark Exhaust Systems Ltd.


Manufacturer and supplier of two-wheeler silencers, cars doors and catalytic converter, Mark Exhaust Systems Ltd., displayed a shock absorber, rear muffler, gas spring, two-wheeler muffler, oil pumps, water pumps, turbo ducts, and door channels. The company also manufactures door sash, and established its expertise in metal forming, bending and surface finishing technologies. Die casting suspensions and battery holder are few of the other products that the company created awareness around.

Mahle Holding Pvt. Ltd.


Mahle introduced a low voltage IPM motor designed to operate on a variety of small electric vehicles, especially electric two and three-wheelers. On the sidelines of the expo, the company in a press conference at the launch of its IPM motor spoke extensively on its India growth strategy with a focus on the EV segment. The company is claiming to be gearing up to start the production of its own electric drive systems in India by April 2020 with a clear focus to meet the FAME II guidelines. To begin with, the company is producing 48V PMSM motors and controllers in the range from four to 18 Kilowatts. The company additionally also displayed combustion engine and filtration engine peripherals, electronic and mechatronic products and thermal management products.

Flash Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.


Pune-based Flash Electronics announced a tie-up with two European companies for development and supply of Electric Vehicle (EV) components and Battery Management System (BMS) in India. Supplying an estimated 150 products in electrical and electronics fields, the company showcased new components for the ICE industry and EV components. The company also exhibited products like the Magneto three-wheeler, Magneto two-wheeler BSVI stator rotors, spark plug cap, starter motors and wiper motors. For EVs, the company also displayed a fan assembly, fan motor, EV stator, motor, and a DC/DC convertor. In mechatronics, the company showcased a throttle body, gear assist thermostat and sensors.

Carrier Wheels Pvt. Ltd.


A manufacturer of wheels for applications ranging from passenger vehicles to agricultural equipment, Carrier Wheels showcased India’s first styled wheel for tractors at the Auto Expo. Infusing colour and life in the conventional wheel designs, the company showcased a complete range of wheels including for trailers. Sharing that the products pertaining to the farm applications were crucial to the company’s growth strategy, the company has taken special care to use export-grade steel in terms of strength and weight to match international specified standards. The company manufactured wheels are said to be Cathode Electro Deposition (CED) coated to ensure a rustproof life despite exposure to harsh weather and field conditions associated with the farm duty cycles.

The Waxpol Industries Ltd.


To boost our magazine subscription drive, Waxpol came on board as our ‘Gifting Partner’ this year. The company offered four of the best selling products such as Silky Touch, Car Shampoo and Polish, Scratch Remover and Glass Cleaner. With a healthy mix of new and returning customers, the products flew off the shelf over the course of the expo. Waxpol also provides a glass shiner, windshield cleaner, tyre shine, eco saver tyre black, engined degreaser and leather conditioners among other class-leading products at the expo.

Elofic Industries Ltd.


Elofic Industries displayed its new filtration and lubricant solutions at the expo. With the addition of new products to its portfolio, the company aims to cater to all vehicle segments and models in the domestic market. At the expo, it showcased a complete range of oil, fuel, air and hydraulic filters. It also showcased its range of innovative filtration parts claimed to be equipped with environmental-friendly technologies. A leading OEM supplier in India with an annual production capacity of over 85 million filters presently, Elofic envisions to excel and manufacture 200 million units by the end of 2020. Elofic is a leading filter manufacturing company producing a complete range of filters and lubricants.With a legacy spanning over 67 years, a workforce of more than 600 professionals across six state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Faridabad (Haryana), Nalagarh (Himachal Pradesh) and Hosur (Tamil Nadu) in India and a global clientele including blue chip corporations.

Freudenberg


Under the ‘New Mobility’ theme, Freudenberg showcased a range of mobility concepts spanning across internal combustion engines, hybrid technologies, fuel cells, pure electric vehicles and autonomous driving. It displayed flagship Levitex and LESS seals for IC engines besides automotive filters and micronAir solutions for fuel cell humidifiers. Under the Surtec brand the company showcased chromium VI free surface coating solutions As a leading solution provider of sealing and filtration technology, technical textiles, durable bearings, speciality chemicals (surface treatment) and galvanisation technology to make mobility and transport around the world safer, more efficient and more comfortable, the company created awareness around 300 different Freudenberg components known to be found in batteries, engines, charging units and other elements. Freudenberg’s products are extensively used in hybrid and electric vehicles with the innovative solutions claimed to make cars safer courtesy state-of-the-art battery components.

Makino Automotive


Makino Automotive showcased its product range of automotive clutch assemblies, brake assemblies and components. The company showcased the multi-plate wet clutch range, fibro clutches, CVT and centrifugal clutches, brake shoes and lining, and disc brake pads. Also on display were clutch housing, combo kit hub and centre, calm chain, silent chain, Bendix drive assembly, two-wheeler and three-wheeler brake shoes. The company claims to have developed an internal competency in complete product design, standardised problem-solving methodology, project management, tool design and manufacturing. As a friction disc manufacturer and clutch and brake solution provider, the company spread awareness around its expertise in case of automotive clutches and brakes in two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers applications. Going forward, the company aims to offer more technologically advanced products. It is one of the first few Indian companies to produce specialised friction products to meet the requirement of Indian OEMs.

NGK Spark Plugs ( India) Pvt. Ltd.
Supplier of spark plugs and lambda sensors designed solely for use in automotive, motorcycle, marine, horticultural, agricultural, commercial, industrial and stationary engine, NGK Spark Plugs ( India) Pvt. Ltd., displayed BSVI ready spark plugs. In particular, the company created awareness around the high ignitability spark plugs specially designed long thread for the new generation and with the V groove technology. The precious metal spark plugs were the highlight this year. The company also drew attention to its unique technology-based oxygen sensors claimed to have been fitted in leading OEM provided BSVI two-wheelers. Tested for manufacturing to guarantee quality and reliability, the company claims the spark plugs range are compatible with the fuel injection system and suitable for use with the oxygen sensor.

Guru Nanak Auto Enterprises Ltd.


A leading-axle shaft manufacturer, GNA Enterprises has developed over 370 different types of axle shafts ranging from three to 50 kgs of Finish Weight for LCVs, M&HCVs, SUVs and off-highway vehicles with technologies like screw press, upset and cold extrusion said to be used to make the shafts. The company also displayed products like torsion bars, brake camshaft, hollow spindles, driveshaft, track bars, clutch shaft and output shaft. The company also manufactures a wide range of highly engineered components for transmissions of CV and SUVs. GNA Axles Ltd. has a large variety of Axle Shafts ranging from 1.5 kg to 65 kg and having capacity to produce up to 165 kg producing about two million axle shafts annually. Our long-standing global presence is owed to experience in the development and manufacture of axle shafts.

Texspin Bearing Ltd.


Texspin offers cylindrical, taper roller, rings, clutch, transmission, and countershaft bearings. The company displayed various products including hydraulic concentric slave cylinder, clutch bearing for HCV, MCVs and LCVs, transmission bearings, suspension bearings, differential bearings, wheel bearings, steering bearings. Claimed to have attained compliance for BSVI transition without much impact, the company staked its claim as the first and only manufacturer in India to introduce the innovative Hydraulic Concentric Slave Cylinder (HCV). It established its product offerings including the niche transmission products with a strong focus on design and development of standard and non-standard customised bearings for transmission applications.

ShinDengen


The Tokyo-based company, manufacturing power semiconductor devices, electric power systems, automotive electronics products and solenoid product at the expo displayed regulator (automatic control) and CDI, DC/DC converters, Sine wave inverters and ECUs. With its claims of producing over five million ECUs for two-wheel vehicles globally per year, the company also showcased the latest PCU for the first time at the expo. It exhibited ECU equipped with a variety of functions including starter motor control, drive assist control, battery charging control, fuel injection (FI) control. The company also offers low-loss from soft switching circuits, as well as high heat dissipation and thermal dissipation technology. Full digital control with a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) helps optimise power control, strengthen safety designs and enable communication with the controlling ECU.

New Swan Enterprises


New Swan Enterprises manufactures parts and accessories for motor vehicles and their engines brakes, gearboxes, axles, road wheels, suspension shock absorbers, radiators, silencers, exhaust pipes, steering wheels, steering columns and steering boxes among other parts and accessories. The company displayed New Swan Seals (NSS) including oil seals and rings, transmission and precision assemblies, fine blanking parts ( engine, transmission, locks, brake, door, seat and pump etc). The company also showcased sheet metal and tubular parts, cold-forged parts, Gearboxes, hinges and lock assemblies, formed and brazed parts.

Gold Seal-SaarGummi India Pvt. Ltd.


Manufacturer of automotive weather strips and door seals in India, the company displayed product under the ‘Active innovations for sealing the future’ theme. The company showcasing its new innovative sealing profiles made using innovative raw materials, innovative processes and innovative technologies to seal cars in the future. In the ‘Vario’ section, the innovation entailed adding a permanently elastic sealant to the sealing profile during the extrusion process at specific appropriate required points in the profile. GoldSeal-SaarGummi India is aiming to increase its market share with domestic OEMs and tap new business opportunities especially from new Tier 2 regions, new bus bodybuilders, and new EV makers.

BorgWarner


BorgWarner showcased a broad product portfolio focusing on new, eco-friendly technologies and innovations. The company regarded as a leader in clean and energy-efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles lived up to its repute. It showcased the latest solutions complying with emission standards such as BSVI and CAFE regulations. Among the technologies on display were the next generation gasoline Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) products, a gasoline Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger as well as the innovative eTurboTM solution. Alongside these technologies, the company also presented Variable Cam Timing (VCT) solutions, an Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EHRS). In the EV range, the company showcased the latest battery packs and a battery and cabin heater. For commercial vehicles, it exhibited products like fan drives, turbochargers, and EGR coolers and valves. All of these products are said to have been designed to maximise output in terms of energy, efficiency and fuel economy.

Varroc Engineering Ltd.


Varroc Engineering showcased the future of mobility solutions for electric mobility, connected vehicles, and lightweight applications. It highlighted technological prowess and manufacturing capabilities with three demonstration vehicles including an electric scooter, an IC engine bike, and a car. The company also showcased telematics solutions for connected mobility said to combine Varroc’s proprietary hardware with software and data analytics solutions from CarIQ. It also showcased the car headlamp housing developed using waste coffee chaff. Keeping fuel efficiency and safety in mind, the company displayed products such as Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), adaptive and static bending headlights. The car headlight fitted with cameras, RADAR and LiDAR scanners displayed to aid the driver with pedestrian-detection technology, thus claiming to make roads safer for everyone.

Duratuf Glass Industries Pvt. Ltd.


Automobile Glassmaker Duraturf showcased its tough and durable set of windshields and glasses. At Auto Expo, the company attracted attention with its laminated glass that helps to avert damages. On show was the Duratuf AWG-06 Automobile Window Glass, Duratuf 11 Automobile Glasses, Duratuf BLG-01 Bus Laminated Glass, Duratuf TG-02 Toughened Glass and Duratuf 03 Laminated Safety Glass. The company claims that its laminated glasses enable people to avoid the glass shatters synonymous with accidents and vehicle rollover. As an added advantage they double up as a sunscreen. Known for its strong build, impact resistance and durability, the company drew attention to its Defence applications like bulletproof glasses. In an exciting new offering, the company also displayed an embedded window glass.

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