New Delhi, 14 March, 2019: Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India and in association with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), will organise a day-long conference titled “International Material Data System (IMDS), and End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Regulations”on March 18, 2019 in New Delhi. 

The Conference is a first of its kind initiative that will focus on sustainable material management and environmentally safe disposal and tracking of hazardous chemical, heavy metals, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) etc. to minimize their adverse impact on the environment and human health. The subject matter attains critical importance since the use of such chemicals in the automotive sector might work as technical barriers to trade in future.

The deliberations during the conference would provide unique database/information hitherto inadequately available on the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals, POPs and heavy metals in the whole lifecycle of a vehicle. Such database could facilitate the automotive sector, regulatory agencies, R&D institutions and Ministries for piloting the discussions and negotiations under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, for which MoEF&CC is the nodal agency. 

Former Judge of the Supreme Court & Former Chairman, NGT, Justice Swatanter Kumar will grace the event as the Chief Guest.  Shri Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA will be the special guest of honour for the conference. Other participants will comprise Dr Bharat Kumar Sharma, Additional Director, CPCB, Govt. of India, Mrs Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI, Mr Thomas Frühbuss, Account Business Executive, DXC Technology, Dr Sharath Pallerla, Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Dr Anand Kumar, Addl. Director, CPCB, Govt. of India, Dr A N Vaidya, NEERI, Govt. of India, Mrs Paurnima Barwe, Volvo Group, Mrs Nisha Ganesan, IMDS Coordinator, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Dr Ishizuka Satoshi, Sr. Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr Sumit Issar, MD, Mahindra IntertradeMr S Shanmugham, Global Leader – Materials Technology, WABCO India, Mr Frank Nottebom, Account Business Executive, DXC Technology, Mr Shridhar Rajappanavar, Technical Head, PCCS, Mr Guru Shankar Rajan, DGM, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mrs Asmita Sathaye, DGM, TATA Motors, Mr Ajith Kumar, Consultant R&D, TVS Motor, Mr Srinivasa Raghavan, Material Science Expert, Brakes India along with other line ministries and various national & international experts and consultants from Indian & Overseas, ACMA and  SIAM members. 

About SIAM

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM works towards supporting the sustainable development of the Indian Automobile Industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles. It also works towards facilitating the enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian Automobile Industry, reducing the cost of vehicles, increasing productivity and achieving global standards of quality. 

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