National Conference on Ceramic Scenario 2011( CS-11) at Outreach Centre of CGCRI at Naroda
A day long National Conference on Ceramic Scenario 2011( CS-11) was held on March 5, 2011 at the Outreach Centre of CGCRI at Naroda. The occasion also marked the inauguration of an Innovation and Facilitation Unit set up with the sponsorship of Industries Commissionerate, Government of Gujarat. Sri Saurabh Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State, (Civil Aviation I/C Industries, Mines, Minerals, Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals), Government of Gujarat who presided over the inaugural session of the conference also inaugurated the new facility. The conference was organised to commemorate the event as a part of CGCRI’s year long Diamond Jubilee occasion.
The conference laid emphasis on developments in topic such as the fast firing in roller kilns, double charge body, double decker roller kiln, continually increasing formats of ceramic tiles, battery casting in sanitarywares, computer operated kilns and furnaces, zero rejection bodies, tailor made raw materials etc that are gaining currency in the ceramic and other allied industries in Gujarat. Reknown personalities from the tiles, sanitaryware, refractories, raw materials, plant and machineries etc industries were invited to deliver talks on different aspects of manufacturing. Theses distinguished personalities were: Shri.R.J.Shah( CEO Dahez SEZ),Mr. B.B.Swain( Industries Commissioner and present Chairman of Advisory Committee of CGCRI, Naroda Centre), Prof. I.Manna, Director, CGCRI and many distinguished guests from Government , Industry and Academia.
Prof Manna in his welcome address thanked the Hon’ble Minister for accepting the invitation to attend the conference sparing his valuable time. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Saurabh Patel appreciated the efforts put up by CGCRI in bringing the new innovation unit for the help of ceramic industries in this state. He indicated that the local centre could be potential source of knowledge base and provide technical assistance in helping ceramic industries in the state especially in the Morbi area. He spoke about Gujarat Government’s. initiatives in improving the conditions of ceramic industries in the state He praised the technical assistance provided by the Naroda centre for the growth of ceramic industries and stressed on the industry sponsorship to support research at the centre.
The conference was divided into three technical sessions.The speakers in the technical session besides Director of CGCRI were: Dr. Chandan Chatterjee, Director, CED, Mr. Rupesh Shah, Owner of Sonya ceramics Mr.Beiker of SAMA, Germany, Mr.J.V.Bhatt of Bhuvaneshwari Consultant, Shri. G.S.Patnaik of M/S H &R Johnson, Mr.Pradhan of M/S Tata Refractories, Mr. S.S.Kamath of Hindusthan Sanitarywares, Dr.Grewhal, Deputy Director of ERDA, Mr.V.K.Thapa of Wolkem India and Mr. Dave of M/S Neptune Industries, Ahmedabad
A panel discussion concluded the programme.. The panelists mostly from the industry stressed on the active technical support needed for the growth of ceramic industries in India, where research- industry interaction could be directed towards product development, imparting training to the industry personnel and providing testing service. Many members appreciated the role played by the CGCRI’s Naroda centre in improving the industry growth of Gujarat
About 200 industrialist/ entrepreneurs engaged in the ceramic and allied business from all over the country especially Gujarat, attended the conference. An exhibition was also organised as a part of this conference to showcase displays and products of industry besides those of CGCRI.