India releases strategy to boost national AM development

February 24, 2023

Indian government officials presented the National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing on February 24, 2023 (Courtesy PIB India)
Indian government officials presented the National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing on February 24, 2023 (Courtesy PIB India)

In an effort to cater to next-generation manufacturing and mitigate problems faced in local industry, representatives from the government of India have released a National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing. The government is targeting fifty India-specific technologies, 100 start-ups, 500 projects, ten manufacturing sectors and the addition of 100,000 skilled jobs, thus adding US $1 billion to the economy.

“With this kind of goal-making approach & collaboration among centre, state, industry & other stakeholders, I am sure that we will achieve a lot of success through this policy,” stated Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Communications & Railways.

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Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar added, “I am pleased that after several public consultations, consultation with stakeholders & internal discussions within the ministry, we are going to launch this very important document, which I believe is a leap into a very strategic area for the nation & indeed the economy, which is Additive Manufacturing. Manufacturing sector is an important part of our prime minister’s vision for $1 trillion digital economy.”

The further adoption of Additive Manufacturing is expected to revolutionise India’s  manufacturing and  industrial  production landscape  through  digital  processes,  communication,  imaging,  architecture  and  engineering. With the release of the this strategy, an ecosystem will be encouraged in public-private partnership (PPP) mode to transform an existing knowledge base into a widespread Additive Manufacturing sector.

Based on the tenets of ‘Made in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ (Self-Reliant India), which advocates for reliance via technological transformation of the production paradigm, plans are in place for the realisation of a dedicated national centre with the participation with stakeholders. This centre is expected to act an aggregator of knowledge and resources and, thus, accelerate the adoption and advancement of Additive Manufacturing.

The national strategy would postulate the tenets of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ that advocate self-reliance through technological transformation of the production paradigm, which will be realized through a dedicated National Centre with the participation of all stakeholders. This centre will act as an aggregator of knowledge and resources to accelerate technology adoption and advancement. The sector specific Centres will also be created to infuse indigenous AM technology to offer Indian manufactures an edge over global peers.

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