Tamil Nadu rolls out initiatives for industries to adopt new technologies

As part of achieving the twin goals of attracting high value-added manufacturing enterprises and equipping the workforce with high-level, future-ready skills, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday launched a series of initiatives to help industries adopt new technologies and stay competitive as a state. has a vision to become a $1 trillion economy with a $250 billion manufacturing sector by 2030.

As part of these new initiatives, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin inaugurated a Center of Excellence (CoE) at the Tamil Nadu Advanced Manufacturing Conclave, in collaboration with Dassault Systems, as well as Sipcot Industrial Innovation Centers in Hosur and Sriperumbudur . He also laid the foundation stone of Tidel Neo Park in Villupuram and Tirupur districts.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation, in association with Dassault Systems, has set up the Tamil Nadu Advanced Manufacturing System Center at Tidel Park, Chennai.

As the first of its kind in India, this center will provide a dedicated IT engineering ecosystem to support the MSME sector and students. It will also enable the growth of various industries like aerospace, defense, automotive and electric vehicles, according to an official statement.

The Chief Minister has also launched the Industry 4.0 Readiness Survey in partnership with Infosys, IIT Madras and the University of Nottingham to conduct an Industry 4.0 Readiness Survey targeting SMEs and large state industries. The survey is based on the Industry 4.0 Maturity Index developed by Infosys in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering in Germany. The survey will enable companies to assess, identify and develop appropriate measures to achieve their target Industry 4.0 innovation centers.

The two Industrial Innovation Centers are being established at Sipcot Parks at a cost of Rs 34 crore to foster industrial innovation and accelerate adoption in partnership with Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator. Each facility is developed with a total built area of ​​23,500 square feet including coworking spaces, meeting and event spaces, innovation labs with equipment and other resources.

TIDEL will set up neo-parks in the districts of Tirupur at a cost of Rs 40 crore and Villupuram at a cost of Rs 32 crore, to enable IT companies to open development centers closer to the talent pool to drive growth of levels 2 and 3 cities. While the Villupuram facility is expected to be completed in May 2023, the Tirupur facility is expected to be ready by May 2023, according to the statement.

Stalin said that the introduction of advanced technologies and 4.0 professional standards in production will pave the way for further refinement of the state’s industrial environment. The government is keen to prepare MSMEs to adapt to technological changes, with the government providing advanced technologies to students, professionals and young entrepreneurs.

The State Department of Labor and Employment, in collaboration with Tata Technologies, is transforming Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) into Technology Centers. These ITIs are being upgraded at a cost of Rs 2877.43 crore and will pave the way for the introduction of training modules on advanced technologies such as industrial automation, robotics, manufacturing process control, maintenance of electronic vehicles and the Internet of Things.

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