My dear fellow members,
While, I thank the Managing Committee of the ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN FORGING INDUSTRY [AIFI] for bestowing upon me the Presidentship of the Association for the year 2013 – 2014 words fail me, in expressing the sense of grief and deep sorrow, felt by each of us, on hearing of the demise of our Founder President Dr. Neelkanth A. Kalyani on 24th August 2013.
His exemplary leadership and vision will be our guiding light in years to come.
As I take over from Mr. M. Babu Rao, our outgoing President, it is indeed a privilege to be in the line of all our Past Presidents, and thank Mr Babu Rao for the exemplary leadership provided by him for the period 2011 – 2013.
Under his leadership the Association launched a comprehensive Industry and Market Survey being conducted by BDB, covering over 400 units of our industry, and over a 100 customers. I appeal to you to share the information sought in this survey, with BDB the agency appointed by us, sparing your precious time to help complete it as early as possible. BDB and AIFI have executed a tripartite Non-Disclosure agreement with you, pledging non-disclosure of any information shared by you with the agency.
In addition, The Energy Audit Programme for the benefit of our SME members, Die Design Training Programme Co – Sponsored by Simufact were conducted across the country. I thank Ralph, Gabriel and Satish Mehta for their contributions in preparation of the course content as well as conducting the seminars, by which over a 150 delegates benefited. The Management Committee Meetings were conducted at Jamshedpur, Ludhiana and Bangalore with the objective of enhancing our membership base and our in-house magazine " FOCUS " was also relaunched.
I Shall strive to ensure the continuity of these initiatives.
In addition, AIFI along with Perfect Relations - our media partner - has initiated primary interaction with various Engineering Universities and colleges for introduction of Elective and Post Graduate courses on Forgings Technologies. It shall be my endeavor to take these initiatives forward.
We are currently passing through a very challenging business phase. The Industry and Market Survey will provide comprehensive data, information, enabling us to initiate appropriate steps, enabling us to face the challenges being faced. I am sure we will meet this challenge successfully as we have in the past and emerge stronger amongst the Global Forging Community. The 21st IFC will be held in Berlin between 29th June and 4th July 2014 which would be followed by the 5th Asiaforge in Kaohsiung, Taiwan between 3rd November 2014 to 6th November 2014.
These events present opportunities to all of us to update ourselves, connect and witness the best of Forging Technologies, best practices besides networking with the Global Forging Community.
AIFI will coordinate our participation in these events and I urge you to block your dates for these events.
The annual meeting calendar will be circulated by the secretariat in the immediate future. It shall be our endeavor to respect the meeting calendar in it's totality, and I request your participation in all the meetings scheduled.
I have had the privilege of interacting with most of you during the committee meetings and other conferences over the last few years and look forward to meeting you all in the next few months. I earnestly seek your active participation and support to enable AIFI to strengthen its activities across all regions.
With the assistance of our Vice President Mr. Ranbir Singh and the Regional Chairmen, I am confident of the Association's march into the future and meeting the challenges posed to the growth of the forging industry from time to time.