<p>Daisy Chittilapilly, President, Cisco India &amp; SAARC</p>
Daisy Chittilapilly, President, Cisco India & SAARC

New Delhi: India will become a manufacturing powerhouse, and the government has made aggressive plans to realise that vision, said a top executive of the US multinational Cisco Systems.

“India is poised to become a manufacturing powerhouse. The government has made aggressive plans,” Daisy Chittilapilly, president, Cisco India & Saarc, said at the fifth edition of the India Inc on the Move (IIoTM), organised by the Economic Times Business Verticals together with Rockwell Automation in Chennai on Tuesday.

“Industry 4.0 adoption can help the manufacturing sector contribute to 25% of the GDP by FY2026,” she added. India, according to her, is becoming the fastest growing mobile manufacturer worldwide.

Cisco has already announced plans to start manufacturing at the outskirts of Chennai, and that would be operational by the second-half of this year, Chittilapilly said.

“Technology will be a game-changer for Indian industries. Smart manufacturing technology boosts productivity by 10-15%. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven predictive maintenance can slash downtime by 50%,” she said.

In four manufacturers three use digital tools to improve supply chain transparency, according to the top executive. Transformation in manufacturing could boost direct job creation by 1million to 4 million annually, Chittilapilly said. Manufacturing in a digital-first-world includes technology, talent and execution. They are the strategic drivers, Chittilapilly said.

She said that future-proofing India’s factories is essential and some of the emerging trends include usage of generative AI in research and development (R&D) activities, industrial metaverse, predictive maintenance and digital twin technologies.

In addition, scalable storage, automated and predictive security and self-healing networks are the other areas of smart manufacturing that are seeing adoption, the executive added.

The Chuck Robbins-headed company offers advanced manufacturing operations, workforce enablement and industrial security solutions across sectors, and provides end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions including industrial sensors.

The American multinational that offers software products for smart factories said that AppD real-time performance monitoring solution, Webex tool, full-stack observability, and routing and wireless can boost end-to-end operations and security as well as optimise efficiency and improve uptime.

The day-long IIIoTM conference brought together more than 1,000 delegates from multiple companies from across the country.

  • Published On Feb 27, 2024 at 04:36 PM IST

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