The 16th edition of the Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) was organised by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in Pune, from 16-18 January. SIAT 2019 was organised in association with SAE International, SAE INDIA and National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP). This is the first time the symposium had been organised outside the ARAI facility in 34 years for want of more space, at the Oxford Golf Resort – Hill Top, Bavdhan, Pune. SIAT 2019 saw the participation of about 120 exhibitors, who demonstrated their products and services across 241 stalls.
The theme for SIAT 2019 was ‘Empowering Mobility – Safe & Intelligent Way,’ with the event serving as a forum for knowledge sharing for the automotive industry, with participation of eminent global experts from various automobile arenas. The symposium focussed on new developments in the automotive areas of safety, emissions, engines, noise, electric mobility, electronics, intelligent transportation, vehicle dynamics, materials, alternate fuels, and simulation and modelling. It also brought front innovative ideas and solutions in automotive technologies that are aimed at meeting future challenges.
The event also included an exposition, which saw the participation of automotive OEMs, Tier-I/II/III suppliers, CAD/CAM/CAE tool providers, technologists, engineering service providers, and test agencies, along with a number of automotive industry experts. Exhibitors displayed and demonstrated new products, technologies, and services, while providing information to potential business partners worldwide, including clients, distributors, exporters, importers, manufacturers, and suppliers. The event acted as a platform for the promotion of national and international business, in addition to providing a space for networking and dissemination of information.
The expo saw companies showcasing technologies for BS VI, vehicle safety/crash, vehicle electrification, vehicle telematics, NVH, simulation and modelling. The exhibitors showcased how their technologies and solutions would help future creators to generate ideas for the enhancement of the automotive industry. SIAT 2019 saw global, as well as local product and engineering companies dish out solutions customised for the Indian market, especially focussed towards the increasing regulations being implemented by the Government in the area of safety and emission reduction. In addition, a magnitude of focus was seen towards technologies that would enable hybridisation of the powertrain, as well as full electrification.
SIAT 2019 also held technical sessions with about 120 research presentations, in addition to two plenary sessions. Both the plenary sessions, as well as the various technical sessions included representatives from companies that make up the entire automotive ecosystem – OEMs, to suppliers and engineering services companies. These technical sessions were on topics such as Electric and Hybrid Vehicular Technology; Emission Measurement and Control Technology; Testing and Evaluation Techniques; Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH); Autonomous and Connected Vehicles; Active & Passive Safety; Harmonisation of Regulations; Simulation and Modelling (Safety); and Alternative Fuels.
Meanwhile, experts in the plenary sessions provided insights into the areas of safety, future mobility solutions, emissions, vehicle electrification and sustainability. A highlight of SIAT 2019 was the panel discussion carried out on the topic of ‘Collaborative R&D for Futuristic Mobility Solutions.’ The symposium also featured a student poster presentation competition, where shortlisted entries were exhibited at the Competition Booth. The poster competition invited students to showcase their ideas and innovations on three automotive areas – Safe Mobility, Sustainable Mobility and Smart Mobility. There was a keen interest from representatives of various automotive companies to see what these students were showcasing through their posters, since these students will become the future R&D, design and engineering staff of these companies.
SIAT 2019 was an event that brought together an explosion of technological solutions and innovations in the Indian automotive industry into a single venue. The delegates and visitors attend this event gained insights into the tools and products necessary to address the requirements of future mobility, which is expected to become much safer and smarter. The event also brought together the industry and the academia together, since this connect is becoming more and more important to enable a higher quality of development of solutions and technologies in the industry. As in the case of any industry symposium, SIAT 2019 also provided OEMs, suppliers and engineering service providers a common ground to meet one another to discuss about various innovations that could be mutually beneficial.
TEXT: Naveen Arul