India & Czech Republic have developed close cooperation to promote bilateral activities in trade, economy and commerce over the years. Czech is an important trade partner for India in Central & Eastern Europe. Areas like heavy engineering, mining, steel, modernization & heavy equipment have always been in focus in Indo-Czech bilateral relations. EEPC India has played a significant role to develop close cooperation between the two countries in areas of engineering and manufacturing. Some of the key areas where the two countries can cooperate closely and develop mutually beneficial relations are:-
- Cooperation and development of heavy engineering & manufacturing
- Testing, assessment and certification
- Localization of manufacturing
- Investments and technology transfer
Ministry of Steel, Power, Mines & Heavy Industry participation at MSV Brno 2017 will add the much needed focus on showcasing India’s manufacturing capabilities and strength in hard core manufacturing sectors. Besides showcasing “Brand India” effectively and depicting the progress of Indian manufacturing industry over the years, it is also proposed that the participation of the ministries indicated above and its PSU’s is supplemented by a Round Table with the theme “Indo-Czech Cooperation in Advanced Manufacturing”. Given below at the areas which may be discussed during the Round Table.
From the Indian side, we propose two representatives each from the participating PSUs and the departments to participate at the Round Table. From the Czech side, the following companies may be invited for a discussion. The broad terms of reference for discussions during the Round Table is also proposed.
|Sl. No.||Wish list of Companies||Agenda for discussion|
|1.||Bonatrans||Wheels Axles, tires for railway industry and the scope for localization of the production of wheels sets in India.|
|2.||Engineering Test Institute||It is a EC notified body in Czech Republic which offers conformity assessment, certification, testing and upgradation services.
The Indian industry faces barriers of trade and exports many times due to non-conformity to international standards. The cooperation to develop conformity assessment may be discussed with the institute.
|3.||Vitikovice||Ship building industry, shafts of all kinds|
|4.||ZKL||Target business relations among ZKL and Indian Government & private clients in the industrial sector may be developed particularly for steel works.
There is opportunity to explore supply of ZKL bearing for Indian railways including the localization of factory/production in India.
The customization of bearing design. ZKL also delivers a range of products in metallurgy, power engineering, heavy engineering, mining and raw material processing and many others. ZKL has supplies to many steel companies in India including Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd., Vizag Steel etc. The Indian side is on the way to increase the annual steel production capacity to 150 million tones. There is a heavy demand of import of special steel in the country.
|5.||Vitkovice Machinery Group||Coke oven machines, transfer of technology for production of special grade of steel including melting and secondary refining.
Other areas of interest:-
· Conventional power engineering
· Casting & forging
Vitkovice a.s. is also of interest to BHEL since it is a supplier of wheel axes to water turbines and generators for their plant
|6.||Slevarny Trinec a.s.||Grey/nodular, iron casting for wind energy application & metallurgical rolls|
|9.||DSB||DSB has more than 300 years of tradition and experience especially in the production of stainless steel and finished products of steel. The company has manufacturing simulated by latest software so as to ensure maximum quality and functionality. The areas of cooperation and development with these authorities can be envisaged.|
|10.||Skoda Cooperation||The Indian companies could also explore cooperation with Skoda in areas of transfer of technology ventures in India especially in the areas of all types of rolling stock.|
|11.||Cooperation in the areas of mining||Many of the PSUs in the steel sector participating in Czech Republic can look for cooperation with Czech companies in development of underground coal block by inclined drivages, working in steeply inclined seams etc.|
|13.||ELA, The Czech and Moravian Electrical and Electronic Association||Explore cooperation, particularly in the field of smart grids with the applications in the quality of electrical energy, the industrial automation as well as in projects of “Smart House” automation systems.|
|14.||PBS Energo, a.s.||Manufacturer of steam condensing, backpressure and multi-stage axial turbines with the capacity of up to 30 MW|
|15.||SST, The Association of Engineering Technology||Proposal received for setting up of electronic database used for mutual business in the field of machine tools (metal cutting machine tools, forming machines, forging presses & equipment). This database would serve the Indian state-owned companies to publish the particular global tender enquiries, and the Czech industry to offer an up-to-date demanded machinery if these are in the manufacturing programme. Czech manufacturers of machine tools are interested in a manufacturing co-operation regarding supplies of single machine components and units for their machinery.|
|16.||T Machinery, a.s.||Supplier of mining technology to Indian companies. Particularly of interest to HEC.
Transfer of Technology for manufacturing underground mining machineries including long wall equipments.
|17.||TATRA, a.s.||Explore establishing new partnerships in India for sales, distribution, service and local assembly of heavy-duty off-road trucks.|
|18.||INCO Engineering||Mine winder installation and revamping existing winders.|
|19.||Kralovopolska||Design, engineering and manufacture of equipments required for chemical and petrochemical industry.
Equipment for chemicals and petro chemical sector like pressure vessel, heat exchangers etc. and cranes.
|20.||SKODA Transportation||Transfer of technology for manufacture of Locos and Rolling Stock.
Equipment for the transportation industry and all types of rolling stock.
|21.||VH Services spol s.r.o.||Refurbishment and CNC retrofitting of Czech supplied machine tools.|
|22.||MAS, SKODA, CKD, TOS||Renovation, retrofitting and modernization of machine tools and equipments supplied to Heavy Machine Tools Plants.|
|23.||Multifunctional machining centres||Transfer machining lines and machining cells equipped|
|24.||Atta Group||Robots, project documentation elaboration, turn-key projects delivery/also in mining.|
|25.||Czech Invest||Boost bilateral investments through identification of opportunities for cooperation and exchange of information about investment opportunities.|
|26.||Czech Technological Agency||Possibilities of cooperation in the field of R&D.|
|27.||SIGMA GROUP||Collaboration in field of power sector, water management and systems for metallurgy|
Conclusion: The Round Table will basically identify areas of cooperation between Indian & Czech companies for manufacturing sector particularly steel and identify the road map ahead.
It is also propose that in order to cover the entire gamut of activities in all sector of Indian manufacturing, Representatives from Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Mines, Department of Heavy Industry & Department of Science & Technology and agencies like DIPP etc. may also be invited for the meeting.