Presenting ARC's Fourteenth India Forum
Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation

July 7-8, 2016 - Bangalore, India

ARC Advisory Group’s Fourteenth India Forum for process and discrete industries is a not-to-be-missed event for all stakeholders – technology solution providers, end users, industry trackers, decision and policy makers, and the media.   In an advanced automation and information-driven world, terms such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, Digitization, and Connected Enterprise, are clearly moving past the hype stage to the point where real solutions are emerging backed by strong associated business cases.  This is the new age of innovation.

Industrial companies in India are beginning to move beyond the computer-enhanced business models of the late twentieth century.  Many are embracing new models that take advantage of intelligent connected products coupled with potent software and analytics.  Expect to see innovations in smarter products, new service and operating models, new production techniques, and new approaches to design and sourcing.  Also anticipate changes throughout the value network with new partners and new opportunities, along with new competitors and new threats.

ARC’s two-day India forum will provide an appropriate platform to network and understand issues, such as:

  • Will cybersecurity concerns impede disruptive innovation?  
  • What kind of intelligence will machines have and what value will this bring?
  • How are industries changing by adopting new automation technologies?
  • How will inexpensive, easy-to-install sensors change existing products and plants?
  • How do Big Data and predictive and prescriptive analytics enable operational change? 
  • What is the opportunity in aftermarket services?
  • What software capabilities are needed to achieve transformational change?
  • What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

Join us at ARC’s Fourteenth India forum to learn more about how this industrial transformation will unfold. Discover what other companies are doing today to prepare for the new age of industrial innovation and how they expect to improve their business performance by doing so.

Keynote Speakers

The following executives will give the Forum's Keynote Presentations.

B.R. Mehta

Senior Vice President
Reliance Industries Limited

BRMehta100.jpgMr. Mehta has over 43 years of experience in the refinery and petrochemicals industry.   During his 31+ years with the Reliance group, his roles have included engineering and projects in the field of control systems and instrumentation for the Patalganga, Hazira, and Jamnagar Refinery & Petrochemicals complex.  He currently heads the design and engineering department in the field of control systems and instrumentation.  His experience includes engineering, procurement, inspection, expediting, construction, testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning of various petrochemicals and chemicals, and co-generation power and refinery projects from concept to commissioning.  Prior to joining Reliance he worked for 2 years at Agro Chemical & Food as Chief Instrumentation Engineer and 11 years at Indian Petrochemicals as an Instrument Engineer.  

Bob Gill

General Manager, Southeast Asia
ARC Advisory Group

bgill100.jpgBob is responsible for managing ARC’s operations in Southeast Asia.  Prior to ARC, he had a decade-long career in industrial technology media, most recently as Editor-in-Chief at Singapore’s Contineo Media, where he had editorial management responsibility for Control Engineering Asia, Asia Food Journal, PharmaAsia, Logistics Insight Asia, and Payload Asia, while also concurrently being Editor of Control Engineering Asia.  Taken together with his earlier experience at Industrial Automation Asia magazine, he spent more than 10 years covering developments in automation technology in Southeast Asia and became widely recognized as the primary editorial voice for this sector in the region.

Achyuta Ghosh

Head of Research

AGhosh100.jpgAchyuta has over 15 years of professional experience in research and consulting.   In his current role, he leads the research function at NASSCOM providing thought leadership and insights across the Indian IT-BM landscape, which includes IT services, BPM, software products, ER&D, and Internet and e-commerce.  Additionally, Achyuta takes the lead in driving NASSCOM’s thought leadership around areas such as digital transformation, talent, and the future of work.  He assists Fortune 500 companies and investors with strategic insights on future directions of the technology industry and the impact on business strategy.   He is a technology industry evangelist, proactively engaging and influencing key stakeholders of the Indian IT-BPO industry (government policymakers, CXOs and clients, analysts, media, investors, and academia).  Prior to NASSCOM, Achyuta consulted at technology organizations such as Frost &Sullivan, Genpact, and WNS.

B. Ashok

Deputy Project Director

BAshok100.jpgDr. Ashok has been with ADA for 25 years, working on the LCA project.  His responsibilities are primarily in the areas of materials development, especially spearheading research in smart material applications.  In his current designation as Deputy Project Director, he spearheaded the successful establishment of India's first (and only one of three) Shape Memory Alloy plants in the world.  He was elected fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a certified Chartered Engineer in 2010.  His other professional affiliations include the Aeronautical Society of India, the Indian Institute of Metals, ISAMPE, NDTSI, and ASM.  Prior to ADA, he worked for three years with M/s Hindustan Motors as a plant metallurgist and also a brief time in the practice of law.


Following is the schedule for the Forum.

Thursday, July 7

8:30 AM Registration 
9:30 AM​ Welcome Note - G. Ganapathiraman, Country Manager, India, ARC Advisory Group
9:35 AM​ Inauguration - Lighting the Lamp and Photo Session
Keynote Presentations​ ​
9:45 AM​ "Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation"
Andy Chatha, President, ARC Advisory Group
10:15 AM​ “Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation - Industry Perspective”
B.R Mehta, Sr. Vice President, Reliance Industries Ltd.
​10:40 AM
“Indian IT-BPM Industry: Navigating the New Age of Innovation”
Achyuta Ghosh, Head of Research, NASSCOM
11:05 AM​ Tea and Coffee Break​
Automation and Enterprise Trends
11:30 AM​
“Compete in the New Age of Smart Innovation”
Gautam Dutta, Sr. Director of Marketing, Siemens Industry Software (India) Pvt. Ltd
12:00 PM​
“Connecting IT, OT and ET for Asset Performance Modeling”
Anne-Marie Walters, Industry Marketing Director, Bentley Systems
​12:30 PM ​“Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation – India Specific Challenges - AIA Perspective”
P. V Sivaram, Vice President, AIA & MD, B&R Automation
12:50 PM​ Panel Discussion and Q&A
​1:00 PM Lunch​
Advancement in Control Strategies and Asset Performance Management
​2:00 PM “Managing Major Automation Projects to Drive Business Value”
G. Ganapathiraman, Country Manager, India, ARC Advisory Group
2:30 PM​ “The Intersection of Enterprise Asset Management and Industrial Internet of Things”
Niraj Vinaik, Vice President & Head of Oil, Gas & Chemicals, ABB
3:00 PM​ “Improved Availability and Damage Avoidance at a Water Treatment Plant Using Asset Analysis"
Chris Hazlewood, Manager, Mitsubishi Electric & Chetan M. Gohil, Manager, FAG Bearings India Limited (Schaeffler Group)
​3:30 PM Tea and Coffee Break​
Industrial Cybersecurity, Automation, and IIoT Trends
4:00 PM​ "Industrial Cyber Threats – New Discipline for Board Members”
Andrey Suvorov, Director for CIP & Business Development, Kaspersky Lab
4:30 PM​ “Transformational Changes in Automation Systems”
R. Sarangapani, Additional General Manager, NTPC
​4:55 PM ​“MachineConnect™ - Enabling Mass Adoption of IIoT & Industry 4.0”
Chandrashekhar Bharathi, MD, Ace Micromatic & Madhusudan Kestur, Director, Ace Micromatic
​5:20 PM “IIoT Concepts”
Neelam Singh, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, India
​5:35 PM ​“User Perspective on IIoT - India”
Amruta Kanagali, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, India
5:50 - 6 PM​ Panel Discussion​ and Q&A
6:30 PM​ Cocktail Party and Dinner​

Friday, July 8

8:30 AM Registration
Keynote Presentations - Industry in Transition: Information Driven Manufacturing
9:30 AM​
“Region on the Rise: Industry Opportunities in Southeast Asia”
Bob Gill, GM, SE Asia, ARC Advisory Group
​10:00 AM “Industry in Transition — Navigating the New Age of Innovation in the Aerospace“
Dr. Ashok, Deputy Project Director, Aeronautical Development Agency
 Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence
10:30 AM​ “Operational Excellence through Engineering Efficiency Improvement”
Milind Kulkarni, Chief Manager –Business Development, Factory Automation, Siemens
11:00 AM​ Tea and Coffee Break
11:30 AM​ "Advance Process Control Solution for Cement Industries”
Dirk Tiedtke, Senior Manager, STEAG
​12:00 PM “Driving Digital Transformation to Industry 4.0 with Real Time Data Infrastructure”
Ramanj Pamidi, Global Solutions Architect, OSIsoft & Dinesh Kumar Ambalavanan, Customer Support Engineer, OSIsoft
12:30 PM​ ​“Integration of Manufacturing Excellence with Industry 4.0, Some Case Studies”
Chethan K, Group Quality Director & Manufacturing Excellence Champion, Bharat Forge and Praful Kushwaha, Manager IT Services, Bharat Forge
​12:55 PM ​Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 PM​ Lunch​
Smart Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency Trends for Growth
2:00 PM​ “Industry 4.0:  Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing”
Lokesh Payik, Head of Smart Manufacturing (General Manager), Bosch
2:25 PM​ “Application of Modern Concepts & Techniques in Manufacturing - A Case Study"
Jeetendra Bhavrani, ADM (MQA), RS Kulkarni DGM (MF, GS & MPC), Nuclear Fuel Complex
2:50 PM​ “Outlook on Energy Management in India”
Shruti Gandhi, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, India
3:15 PM​ Panel Discussion and Q&A
​3:30 PM Vote of Thanks​
Naresh Surepelly, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:35 PM Tea and Coffee Break


The Forum is held at the Le Meridien Bangalore.

Le Meridien Bangalore
28 Sankey Road
PB No 174
Bangalore, Karnataka 560 052
Tel: + 91 80 2226 2233