Tune into the Who’s Who of India’s Two-Wheeler Industry: October 26-30

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 13 Oct 2020


The most affordable form of motorised transport is the two-wheeler, and India is easily the largest manufacturing base as well as market for petrol-run scooters and motorcycles. And the advent of electric two-wheelers, the lead segment in the emerging electric mobility market, has just begun. In FY2019, over 3 million (3,09,15,420) units were produced – while 2.6 million units 2,62,67,783 sold last fiscal, 46,29,054 two-wheelers were also exported.

However, FY2020 opened on a difficult note and the Covid-induced lack of demand has impacted all of India Auto Inc. In the April-August 2020 period, production is down 52% YoY to 45,72,221 units and sales down 48% to 41,34,132 units. Exports paint a similar story at 774,845 units, down 48% year on year.

But the resilient Indian two-wheeler industry is fighting back and how. September 2020 numbers are considerably improved over August and OEMs are betting big on the upcoming festive season to deliver the goods. In sync with the passenger vehicle industry, the two-wheeler industry is clearly leading the revival at India Auto Inc.

Who's Who of the 2-Wheeler Industry at the Autocar Pro Conclave
In line with the digital-first strategy that most OEMs and their dealers – and the automotive industry, among other sectors – have adopted in the ongoing time of social distancing, Autocar Professional, which hosts its popular Two-Wheeler Industry Conclave every year in Delhi, is to organise a Virtual Two-Wheeler Industry Conclave across the last five working days of October – 26-30. Each day will comprise two sessions.

Autocar Professional's Virtual Two-Wheeler Industry Conclave will bring together all stakeholders of the two-wheeler industry – OEMs, component manufacturers, and dealers. Policy making body NITI Aayog is also part in the virtual event, which sees the who's who of the two-wheeler industry. See the detailed daily agenda below. 

Get ready to be enthralled as CEOs reveal their rebooted strategies for growth in disruptive times, find out how dealers are engaging with the socially distanced customer, what are the new market and technology trends that are here to stay, and lots more.

THE AGENDA FOR THE TWO-WHEELER CONCLAVE (Oct 26-30)

Day 1 (Monday, 26/10)
Theme – The post-Covid Two-Wheeler Industry: Are the good times back? 
- An exclusive interview with Venu Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Motor Co
(Interviewer: Murali Gopalan, Consulting Editor, Autocar Professional)

Panel Discussion:
Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto & President, International, Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA),
Deepak Jain, President, ACMA and CMD, Lumax Industries,
Vinkesh Gulati, President, FADA
(Moderator: Murali Gopalan, Consulting Editor, Autocar Professional)

Day 2 (Tuesday, 27/10)
Theme – Business during 2020 and The Road Ahead – Selling in the new normal, importance and impact of regulations, the midsize bike trend, sustainability of the scootering trend, pre-owned two-wheeler market, internationalisation of business, and discovering new business avenues in the mobility space.

- An exclusive interview with Vinod Dasari, CEO, Royal Enfield
(Interviewer: Murali Gopalan, Consulting Editor, Autocar Professional)

Panel Discussion:
- YS Guleria, Director, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
- Aniruddha Haldar, VP (Marketing) – scooters, commuter motorcycles & corporate brand, TVS Motor
- K Srinivas, Founder & MD, Wheels EMI
- Vinkesh Gulati, President, FADA
(Moderator: Arun Malhotra, auto industry veteran)

Day 3 (Wednesday, 28/10)
Theme – Riding the Electric Mobility Megatrend – Status of the electric mobility industry, key drivers, new opportunities and challenges, technology roadmap development, policies for facilitating the EV industry’s growth, role and scope of suppliers in creating a string and sustainable domestic EV ecosystem, collaboration for growing the EV industry, localising EV technologies and innovating new ones, lightweighting in the electric mobility era, new advancements in the global industry.

Panel Discussion:
- Anil Srivastava, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog
- Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Eco Group and President, SMEV
- Eric Vas, President – Electric Vehicles, Bajaj Auto
- Arjun Jain, Executive Director, Varroc Engineering
- Anand Diwanji, Regional Commercial Director, DSM India
(Moderator: Sumantra Bibhuti Barooah, Executive Editor,
Autocar Professional)

Day 4 (Thursday, 29/10)
Theme – Regulations and Technology Trends – new norms after BSVI, safety regulations, developing cost efficient yet advanced safety and other features in India, technology evolution in the two-wheeler space,  penetration and scope of connected vehicle technology in two-wheelers, alternate fuels.

Panel Discussion:
- Alexander Klotz, Head – India Technical Center, Continental.
- Ramanathan Srinivasan, MD, ATS Group
- Omkar Panse, VP & Head – Digital Connected Solutions, KPIT Technologies
- Devashish Handa, VP, Suzuki Motorcycle India*
- N V Marathe, Director (Acting), ARAI*
(Moderator: Mayank Dhingra, Special Correspondent, Autocar Professional)

Day 5: (Friday, 30/10)
Theme – Role of start-ups in shaping the future of the two-wheeler industry – will start-ups be the drivers of change?  

Panel Discussion:
- R L Ravichandran, Two-wheeler industry veteran & a start-up mentor
- Jeetender Sharma, Founder & MD, Okinawa Autotech
- Mohan Ramasamy, Founder & CEO, Srivaru Motors
- Tarun Mehta, Co-founder & CEO, Ather Energy*
- Amit Gupta, Co-founder & CEO, Yulu*
(Moderator: Sumantra Bibhuti Barooah, Executive Editor, 
Autocar Professional)

* Confirmation awaited

Book your seat today: Register today 
With the ‘Two-Wheeler Week’ conclave being a first-come-first-served event, digital seats are fast filling up. Therefore, do register your attendance to confirm your presence at this first-ever week-long conclave which will see the best minds in the business brainstorm the growth path ahead.

To confirm your presence at Autocar Pro's Two-Wheeler Week, click
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