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Indian Manufacturing, Private Investments, Growth Prospects: A Close Look

By Zetwerk Editorial Team

Summit Blogs

23 May 2024

EVs and Sustainability Initiatives with Dr. Anish Shah, the Group CEO & MD of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited.

In a Fireside Chat at the ZETWERK Smart Manufacturing Summit, 2024, Dr. Anish Shah, the Group CEO & MD of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, offered illuminating insights into India’s manufacturing landscape and its potential trajectory by 2030 with Ms. Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV-18. 

The discourse commenced with an exploration of the anticipated surge in private investments, propelled by favorable trends across sectors. Dr. Shah lauded the government’s efforts in catalyzing capital expenditure (CapEx) spending, resulting in historic levels of investment with profound multiplier effects. This shift towards enduring CapEx strategies reflects India’s resilience amid global uncertainties, signaling a shift from short-term incentives to sustainable growth models.

The emphasis on long-term investments resonates with economic principles advocating for stability and resilience, positioning India to fortify its economic foundation for enduring expansion and global competitiveness.

The Landscape of Manufacturing and MSMEs

Dr. Shah’s analysis of the post-pandemic manufacturing recovery delineated a nuanced landscape, with certain sectors exhibiting robust growth while others grappled with slower rebounds. This nuanced understanding underscores the intricate dynamics shaping India’s manufacturing sphere, encompassing supply chain disruptions, evolving consumer behaviors, and technological advancements.

Furthermore, Dr. Shah underscored India’s burgeoning reputation as a manufacturing hub and its consequential positive effects on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This emphasis on inclusive growth mirrors broader economic philosophies advocating for equitable development as a catalyst for sustained prosperity and societal cohesion.

Exploring Growth Opportunities

Explaining Mahindra Group’s strategic roadmap, Dr. Shah expounded on the conglomerate’s diversified portfolio spanning multiple industries. This diversified strategy aligns seamlessly with India’s evolving growth trajectory, capturing opportunities in the automotive, agriculture, real estate, hospitality, logistics, and renewable energy sectors.

He maintained that such a multifaceted approach reflects an acute awareness of emerging trends, technological innovations, and evolving consumer preferences, positioning Mahindra Group for agility, resilience, and sustained competitive advantage amidst dynamic market landscapes.

EVs and Future Investments

Addressing concerns surrounding the EV sector amid global shifts, Dr. Shah reiterated Mahindra’s steadfast commitment to EV investments while acknowledging pertinent challenges like charging infrastructure and cost competitiveness vis-a-vis Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. Discussions also touched upon potential ventures in battery manufacturing, highlighting the economic viability and strategic alignment with core business imperatives.

This strategic focus on the EV sector resonates with global movements towards sustainable mobility solutions and renewable energy integration, illustrating India’s commitment to environmental stewardship and seizing opportunities in the burgeoning green economy.

Government Policies and Sustainability Goals

The dialogue traversed government policies such as the FAME scheme and sustainability initiatives, with Dr. Shah advocating for balanced incentives to drive EV adoption. He emphasized the necessity of gradual subsidy reductions aligned with industry maturity, coupled with Mahindra’s proactive sustainability efforts encompassing a robust scrapping policy, gender parity initiatives, and skill development programs.

This emphasis on policy coherence and sustainability underscores India’s endeavors towards responsible economic development, environmental resilience, and societal inclusivity, fostering an environment conducive to innovation, investment, and equitable growth.

Vision for Indian Manufacturing

The Fireside Chat culminated with Dr. Shah articulating his vision for India’s manufacturing sector, envisioning a global powerhouse status by 2035 propelled by innovation, collaboration, and a skilled workforce. This vision aligns harmoniously with broader economic narratives emphasizing technological advancements, human capital cultivation, and international competitiveness as drivers of sustained economic growth and prosperity.

Dr. Shah’s insights, infused with pragmatic optimism and strategic foresight, encapsulate India’s trajectory towards becoming a beacon of manufacturing excellence, anchored in sustainable practices, innovation-driven growth, and a collaborative ecosystem poised for global leadership in the manufacturing domain.