The second edition of Transmission.tech 2018 conference-cum-mini exhibition organised by Auto Tech Review – the country’s only technology focused automotive magazine – was successfully conducted at Hotel Shangri-La in New Delhi on Thursday. The conference featured three highly engaging sessions – Transmissions for New Energy Vehicles (NEVs), Commercial Vehicle Transmissions and Passenger Vehicle Transmissions. The Transmission.tech 2018 also marked the unveiling of a Global Powertrain Outlook 2018 report by Frost & Sullivan. The report was released by Kaushik Madhavan, Director, Mobility, South Asia, Frost & Sullivan.
The speakers at the first session - Transmissions for New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) – dwelt at length about developing a dedicated hybrid transmission technology using a conventional base transmission. The session mentioned the several benefits the dedicated hybrid transmission technology offers and at the same time, pointed out the need for new investments. The speakers also felt that the mildly convergent priorities of customers and the government will lead to a difficult dilemma for OEMs to choose a technology path.
The session on Commercial Vehicle Transmissions focused on making refinements in the commercial vehicle space. The speakers felt going forward the commercial vehicle driveline development strategy will be influenced by regulatory norms, user comfort, infrastructure development and passenger vehicles.
The session on Passenger Vehicle Transmissions threw light on how rapid urbanisation and air pollution are contributing to Co2 emissions, with cities accounting for 80% of Co2 emissions. The speakers underpinned the fact that the technology adoption gap between developed and developing countries is fast narrowing.
CV Raman, Senior Executive Director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India, who graced the conference as the Chief Guest, called for the need to develop sustainable solutions for the future. He elaborated about the importance of the four pillars – design, technology, performance and comfort & convenience towards driving customer delight.
Transmission.tech 2018 Chairman Dr Arun, Jaura, who is the Managing Director, Michelin Technology Centre India, in his inaugural address talked about how the ‘Pentagon of Mobility’ has habituated an innovative mindset among the transmission fraternity and offered a competitive edge to auto manufacturers. Auto Tech Review Editor-in-Chief Deepangshu Dev Sarmah offered the vote of thanks.
A panel discussion on ‘Electrification at the core of future automotive transmissions – driving efficiency and performance’ was also held. The panel discussion featured high-powered speakers like Vikram Gulati, Vice President, Toyoto Kirloskar Motor, Gurprasad Mudlapur, Regional President & Managing Director, Bosch, Automotive Electronics India and Nishant Tholiya, AVP & Head – Powertrain Solutions, KPIT Technologies. The panel discussion was moderated by Kaushik Madhavan.
The Transmission.tech 2018 was graced by eminent speakers that included Srihari Mulgund, President, Ricardo India; Manish Kulkarni, Head of Department – Drivetrain Engineering, Magna Steyr; Surendar Shawn Paul, Senior General Manager, Head of Drivelines & PMO Engineering, Mahindra & Mahindra; Henrik Dhejne, Product Line Manager – Transmission, AVL Europe; Satish Puranik, Head of Transmission Tata Motors; Srivatsan Kannan, DGM Product Development, Transmission Technologies, Schaeffler India; Vikas Chopra, DGM, Transmission Development, Maruti Suzuki India; Dr Frank Casimir, Senior Director, Transmission Application Engineering, GETRAG Ford Transmissions, Magna Powertrain; Dr Alex Serrarens, Manager BD, Punch Powertrain N.V., Belgium; Prasad P Iyer, Head of Business Development, - Americas, Business Unit Transmission, Continental; Hiren B Divgi, Director, Divgi-TTS; Pawan Soami, Product Manager, Multibody Dynamics Module, COMSOL.
The Transmission.tech 2018 was supported by Magna as its Associate Partner, Punch Powertrain, Divgi-TTS, Continental, COMSOL as Gold Partners, Allison Transmission as Co-Partner, Frost & Sullivan as Knowledge Partner and Delux Bearings as Badge Sponsor. The third edition of Transmission.tech will be held on April 17, 2019.