India is poised to become a major manufacturing hub because of the relatively low cost of production, thus resulting in India going global. The structured liberalisation of the Indian economy, which has paved the way for globalisation of our industry, has had its impact on core sectors such as power, steel, oil, gas, petro-chemical and transportation.
Hence, there is an imperative need for the manufacturers to maximise profits without compromising on quality and by lowering manufacturing time and costs. Since welding is the most widely used engineering manufacturing process, the welding industry is also poised for a vibrant change due to the need to introduce high productivity welding processes, cost effective designs and reliable quality control methods.
Also, newer materials ranging from variations of existing metallic materials to ceramics and composites to nano-materials and others, which widely differ in their physical and mechanical properties, are being introduced for industrial use for extended life of the components.
Welding of these materials poses technological challenges in welding fabrication, leading to development of superior welding processes and quality assurance criteria. Further, the role of information technology and the need to develop high quality products based on research-industry co-ordination cannot be overlooked.
Skill Development in welding is all set to get a major thrust in India in the years to come, with the launch of the ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Government of India. The Make in India initiative was launched in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. This initiative requires highly skilled manpower to make Indian products globally competitive. To meet this end, Skill India campaign was launched in July 2015 with an aim to train over 400 million people in different skills by 2022. Welding is one of the trades in this campaign.
The theme of International Congress 2017 is Advances in the Science, Technology and Skill Development in Welding