The International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT) recently organised the 5th edition of the International Symposium on Lighting (iSoL) 2017. The two-day biennial symposium saw the participation of delegates from all segments of the automotive ecosystem, with over 600 delegates representing over 150 companies from across the globe. Over 25 companies also participated in the exhibition held alongside iSOL 2017.
iSoL 2017 was inaugurated by IV Rao, Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India in the presence of Noboyuki Yamamoto, Deputy MD, India Yamaha Motor; Markus Feichtner, VP, Hero Motocorp; Shinya Yanagida, Chief Quality Officer, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India; Dinesh Tyagi, Director, iCAT and Dr Madhusudan Joshi, DGM, iCAT.
The exhibition saw companies showcase their capabilities in the automotive lighting arena, including new products, new technologies, measurement, advanced research and other strategies. The symposium also included a number of technical sessions focusing on various research and development activities, industry practices, testing methodologies, standards, regulatory and commercial aspects. Also included were the panel discussions on the topics of ‘localisation drive in India for automotive lighting’ and ‘arresting alarming road deaths during dark hours – collective accountability beyond regulation.’
The iSoL event this year had keynote speakers from leading international scientific and research organisations, testing laboratories and OEMs. Speakers shared their views on various issues critical to automotive lighting such as future technologies, regulation, standards, directives, vehicle regulatory and safety aspects, photometry, policy issues, and regulatory aspects. Participating companies included Lumax Industries, Hella India, Varroc Lighting, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Stanley Japan, Osram, Renault and Nissan, Minda Industries, Lumileds India, LMT Germany and Optis World.
At the end, companies and their representatives were awarded in various categories, including Best Innovation in Lighting Technology, Excellence in Lighting Technology, Best Optical Design, Best Technical Paper, Best Presenter, Best Exhibitor and Best OEM Exhibitor. UNO Minda Group received the award for Best Innovation in Lighting Technology, with Excellence in Lighting Technology going to Varroc Engineering. The Best Optical design was awarded to Lumax Industries Ltd and Dr Rainer Neumann of Varroc Lighting System received the Best Technical paper award. CV Raman, Sr ED (Engg.), Maruti Suzuki India, Nirmal K Minda, President, ACMA, TM Balaraman, Technical Advisor, Hero Motocorp and UD Bhangale, Advisor, iCAT were present at the valedictory session of iSoL 2017.