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India launching a National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing on 24th February

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India’s National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing
Above: GOI to announce National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing on February 24th/Image Source: Press Information Bureau

The Government of India announced today that it will launch India’s National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing on February 24th. This marks the culmination of 14 months of deliberation since the release of a draft strategy for additive manufacturing in December 2020.

The Press Information Bureau tweeted this exciting news that this long-awaited strategy will be unveiled by Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, and Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology.

Watch the digital launch event Live on YouTube on 24th February from 6pm to 7pm.

Genesis of India’s National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing

In December 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) released a draft of its policy with a view to keep pace with the rapid global manufacturing prowess. It envisaged that India needs to adopt an integrated approach to additive manufacturing in all segments including defence and public sectors, especially within the nation’s small, medium and large-scale industries.

The draft also shared an aim to create a conducive ecosystem for design, development and deployment, and to overcome technical and economic barriers for Global AM leaders to set up their operations with supporting ancillaries in India, facilitating development of the domestic market and enhancement of global market share.

National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing

Above: Official tweet from Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Nodal agency for communicating to media on behalf of Government of India/Source: PIB/Twitter

Above: Official tweet from Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Nodal agency for communicating to media on behalf of Government of India/Source: Twitter

Additive manufacturing (AM) is the industrial digital revolution that embraces innovation in digital processes, communications, imaging, architecture, and engineering to provide digital flexibility and efficiency to manufacturing operations. To keep up with the world’s rapid manufacturing prowess, India must take an integrated approach to this emerging technology across all sectors, including defence and public sectors, and particularly within the country’s small, medium, and large-scale industries.

Tomorrow, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Communications and Railways, and Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will release the “National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing” to cater to next-generation digital manufacturing and mitigate immediate disabilities of local industries. The event will be attended by Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Departments of Industry and Commerce, and Information Technology, Telangana Government, as well as senior MeitY officials.

Through digital processes, communication, imaging, architecture, and engineering, additive manufacturing (AM) has enormous potential to revolutionize India’s manufacturing and industrial production landscape. With the release of the Strategy by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the innovation and R&D ecosystem will be encouraged in a PPP mode to transform existing research knowledgebase to develop Additive Manufacturing grade materials, 3D printer machines, and printed indigenous products for a vast domestic and international market in various sectors such as electronics, photonics, medical device, agro and food processing, and so on.

Key Expectations from the National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing

  • Establishment of a favourable ecosystem for design, development, and deployment
  • Support in overcoming technical and economic barriers for Global AM leaders to establish operations in India with supporting ancillaries.
  • Facilitating domestic market development and increasing global market share
  • Grants are being made available to encourage companies to invest in AM machines.
  • Encouraging and promoting local manufacturers to adopt this emerging technology in a seamless manner
  • Drive toward the creation of an ecosystem by bringing together industry, academia, government, and user organizations on a single platform for information exchange on national priorities, latest innovation and research outcomes, international standards, and so on, to ensure that India maximizes the benefits of AM technology commercialization.
  • Develop and safeguard the integrity of India’s AM intellectual property.
  • Reduce the domestic market’s reliance on imports by developing local skills, technology, and production scale, among other things.
  • Encourage the growth of domestic additive manufacturing industries.
  • Encourage the development of infrastructure for innovation and research in order to commercialize end-user application-based industrial AM products for domestic and global markets.

Watch the digital launch event Live on YouTube on 24th February from 6pm to 7pm.


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