Mobility Engineering Conference Bangalore-2008 19th-22nd November, 2008

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India has one of the strongest automotive markets in the world, especially in terms of growth, and is experiencing significant developments in air transportation as well. At present, India is the largest market for three-wheelers in the world. It is the world’s second and fourth largest markets for two-wheelers and commercial vehicles respectively. India is also the eleventh largest passenger vehicle market in the world and according to some estimates will become the third largest car market in 2030. In 2006-07 over 10 million vehicles of various types were sold in India.

Because of India’s own market strength and potential, availability of skilled manpower, and relatively low labour cost when compared to the developed economies of the world, India has become an exciting hub for automotive design and manufacturing. There has been a surge in innovation, both in vehicle and sub-system levels, and sensational products such as the Tata Nano are attempting to redefine the essence of automobiles as an affordable mode of personal mobility.  The automotive industry does not only consist of OEMs (such as Tata Motors, Maruti-Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Hyundai Motors, General Motors, Ford, Fiat, etc.) but also parts manufacturers (i.e. suppliers) which are themselves significant contributors to technology and innovation.  Additionally, meeting ever-increasing demands of competitiveness, ergonomics, fuel-economy, eco-friendliness, durability and safety calls for deployment of cutting-edge CAD, CAE and PLM tools. The incessant need for developing new materials, processes, technologies and design solutions means vigorous R&D efforts by the automotive and aerospace companies and their collaborators in universities and other research organizations. At the same time, it needs to be realized that ingenuity in design and manufacturing needs to be adequately supplemented with road infrastructure and rational government regulations and visionary policies that will care for one and all.  

Because of the highly multi-disciplinary nature of mobility system design, it is extremely crucial that a knowledge-sharing platform exists involving stakeholders from such diverse areas such as arts, engineering, marketing, biomechanics, and information technology. It is here that MOBILITY ENGINEERING CONFERENCE BANGALORE will play a key role in fulfilling the extraordinary needs of the mobility engineering community by bringing together leaders and experts in various related fields for dissemination of state-of-the-art information and knowledge.