About 125 technical papers were presented at a three-day international welding symposium which began here on Tuesday.
The event was organised by the Indian Welding Society (IWS), Welding Research Institute of BHEL and German Welding Society, Germany (DVS).
Klaus Middeldorf, Managing Director, German Welding Society, DVS, said if India has to face global competition effectively in the manufacturing sector, it has to improve its productivity.
In the manufacturing industries, productivity is directly linked to the quality and effectiveness of ‘joining and welding’ of materials. Joining and welding are core elements in modern manufacturing processes and require a lot of automation, he said.
The German Welding Society and the Welding Research Institute of BHEL inked a memorandum of understanding to carry out collaborative research in material joining, training of welding personnel and to explore the possibility of setting up a DVS centre at WRI to help bring German technology to Indian industries.
A.V. Krishnan, executive director, BHEL, Tiruchirappalli, and president, IWS, said IWS had trained over 1,000 youth from rural India in ‘joining and welding’. A training centre would be set up in the North-East region to help teach youth there, he added.