The application of plastics and advanced composites in automotive vehicles has been increasing over decades, with more recent uses being focussed primarily on making vehicles more energy-efficient through lightweight engineering, together with providing more durability and design flexibility at a low cost. In automotive design, although plastics have contributed to a multitude of innovations in safety, performance, and fuel efficiency, the industry requires new research and improvement to meet the needs of next-generation vehicles.

Overview With over 70 per cent of the plastics used in modern vehicles coming from four main polymers: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamides, and PVC, the role of plastics and composites in the design and manufacturing of automotive vehicles has never been more essential as stringent regulations and changing consumer habits drive demand for more affordable, lightweight, and fuel-efficient vehicles.

WHY A GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE? The Economic Times Global Conference on Plastics in Automotive will explore the breadth and depth of the role that plastics plays in vehicle development, with a look at how automotive suppliers will need to respond as the industry changes. Change continues to be a theme in the automotive industry. In this environment, plastics systems and parts suppliers must cope with a quickened development pace and the shifting needs of OEMs and consumers. The conference will explore trends, issues and opportunities, as well as the latest innovations, in automotive interiors, body panels, powertrain systems, under-the-hood applications and more.

This conference is unique in that it brings together a large network of automotive leaders from across different departments, yet maintains an intimate, tailored agenda that was designed by the industry for the industry.

Unlike other events, we get to know the industry personally, we drill down on individual challenges, hopes and dreams to ensure this meeting provides a platform to inspire, collaborate and network, so together we can challenge what’s possible.


November 25, 2021

09:00 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:05
Lamp Lighting
10:05 – 10:10
Welcome Note– Rahul Kamat, Editor – B2B Division, Worldwide Media
10:10 – 10:20
10:20 – 10:30
10:30 – 10:40
Felicitation ceremony for The ET Polymers Automotive Hall of Fame 2021
10:40 – 11:10
Functional Solutions for Future Mobility Divakar Gokhale, Head of Mobility, Covestro
11:10 – 11:55
Keynote Panel Discussion: Plastics driving the future of Mobility and the move towards a Circular Economy


Moderator Rahul Kamat, Editor- B2B Division, WWM


Mr Uday Narang, Chairman Omega Seiki Mobility


Mr Siddhartha Bagri, Founder, Pravaig


Mr Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group India

11:55 – 12:10
12:10 – 12:40
Engineered Materials Driving The Indian Automotive Sustainable Growth Tushar Parida, DOMO Engineered Materials Country Head India
12:40 – 13:25
Panel Discussion: Exploring Innovative Plastics And Advanced Composite Materials


Moderator Mr Divakar Gokhale, Head of Mobility, Covestro


Sandeep Waykole, Business Unit Director, Faurecia Automotive Seatings India Pvt Limited


Vineet Maheshwari, Independent Automotive Consultant, Former Head Of Engineering- Interior Plastics, Minda


Mr. Vinayak Gapchup, Head R&D - Polymer BU, Varroc


Mr Mukul Singhal, Vice President, Engineering Tata Auto Components


Mr Amit Arya, Associate VP, Motherson Automotive Technologies

13:25 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:45
Panel Discussion: E-Mobility – The Dawn Of A New Era In India


Moderator – Mr Vishal Agarwal, President, Yudo Hot Runners


Mr Anand Bhangaonkar, Head R&D, Piaggio India


Anand Mohan, Executive Director, Polaris


Karthik Bangalore Anantha, R&D-Head, Omega Seiki Mobility


Ashwin Shankar, Co-Founder, Battery Pool

14:45 – 15:15
Tech Up, Cost Down. Sustainably With Motion Plastics Mr. Santhosh Jacob, Director & Country manager, igus India Pvt. Ltd
15:15 – 15:45
Special Discussion Women in Automotive


Kruti Bharadva, Asst Editor, B2B Division, WWM


Kapila Sandeep Soni, Managing Director Of Croyance Automotive


Aditee Patwardhan, Deputy General Manager – Engineering/R&D, Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd Interiors and Plastics Division


Ms Pooja Bansal, Head HR, Piaggio India

15:45 – 16:15
Interactive Workshop
16:15 – 17:00
Lucky draw contest by Yudo Hot Runners
17:00 – 17:05
Vote of Thanks
17:05 – 17:10


Chief Guest

Shri Nitin Gadkari

Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Government of India

Shri Nitin Gadkari is the Minister for Road Transport and Highways (RTH), Government of India. Shri Nitin Gadkari was born on 27th May 1957 in a middle-class family with roots in agriculture in Maharashtra’s orange-city Nagpur. Shri Gadkari got involved very closely with the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and took to social work in a big way.

Shri Gadkari completed his Post-Graduation in Commerce, besides studying Law and obtaining a Diploma in Business Management. Shri Gadkari formally entered politics in 1980. Principally he believe that Politics is an instrument to bring socio-economic reforms in society. He went on to become BJP’s State President in Maharashtra in 2005. He was elevated to the post of party’s National President at the young age of 52 in 2009. He also served as PWD Minister in Maharashtra Government and was leader of the opposition in the state legislative council for four consecutive terms.

Shri Gadkari is committed to adopt a transport fuel which is import-substitute, cost effective, indigenous and pollution-free. Under Shri Gadkari’s guidance, the city of Nagpur was the first city to explore alternative biofuels for transportation including bio-CNG, bio-ethanol and LNG. Shri Gadkari is also introducing flex engines to be run on 100% ethanol, and launched a first ever tractor run on bi-CNG, thus providing additional income to farmers and the agricultural sector.

Under his supervision, over 40,000 kms of National Highways have been constructed in the last 7 years and 60, 0000 kms of new roads are being constructed currently. Twenty two world class access-controlled Green field expressway projects being led by Mr Gadkari under Bharatmala pariyojana, are presently in various stages of construction. He is the man behind marvelous engineering showcases like Bandra-Worli Sea Link, 55 flyovers in Mumbai, India‘s First Mumbai-Pune Expressway, 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Nagpur’s multi-layer metro rail cum flyover system and upcoming high-tech Delhi-Mumbai expressway.

35 multi-modal logistics park, 50 economic corridors and 10 intermodal stations are currently being developed under Mr Gadkari’s tenure. Among his other endeavors, unprecedented progress is evident in port industrialization, national water highway traffic, jetties for coastal tourism, Ganga-Yamuna cleaning, fund raising, asset monetization project, etc. He is now taking a lead in development of new sustainable mobility and last mile connectivity modes like Ropeway, Cable car, Funicular rail, etc. across the country.

Shri Gadkari introduced the first ever Vehicle Scrappage Policy which proved to be the fight against pollution in the interest of Road and Vehicle safety. New FASTAG policy is helping commuters to save their fuel and time on toll plazas. Some of his major work includes unprecedented push for R&D in electric vehicles for developing alternative battery chemistries such as Sodium ion and Aluminum ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. With waste to wealth policy, Shri Gadkari is promoting use of new, advanced and recycled waste materials into road infrastructure construction. He is encouraging tree plantation along the highways, installation of solar panels, rain water harvesting and artificial groundwater recharge systems.

During his tenure as the Union Minister Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation, the monumental Namami Gange project became a mass movement involving central and state government agencies, private sector and foreign investors, NGOs, spiritual and social organizations as well as the common people. With his political stature he resolved inter-state disputes on water sharing and river linking involving 16 rivers in 11 states in a short span of six months. During his tenure, first Inland Waterway was developed, and goods movement was commenced between Varanasi and Kolkata, adding new dimension to logistical history of the country.

Sandeep Waykole

Business Unit Director
Faurecia Automotive Seatings India Pvt Limited , Pune

Sandeep Waykole, Business Unit Director, Faurecia Automotive Seatings India Private Limited is a Polymer Graduate with Post graduation in Management. He has a experience of 22 years in Automotive Plastic Interior Seatings and Exterior. He has also worked with Global MNC Tier 1 for development of Automotive Plastic Interiors and Seatings like Jhonson Controls Magna Steyr, Faurecia and Tata Auto Components Systems.

Vineet Maheshwari

Independent Automotive Consultant

Vineet Maheshwari, Independant Automotive Consultant has over 20 years experience with various OEMs and Tier-1s in Product engineering, innovations & development with focus on plastics, composites and vehicle lightweighting.

Divakar Gokhale

Head of Mobility, Indian Sub-continent Covestro India

Over 30 years work experience in the field of Engineering Plastics and Polymers, Application & Technology Development, Innovation and Design thinking - across various industries like Automotive, Railways, Electrical & Electronics, Renewable Energy etc.

Divakar is a Plastics engineer with PGD in Computer Software and also in Business Management (International Marketing).

He started his career with Bayer as technical sales officer. Thereafter moved to different roles and held various positions across functions in Sales & Marketing, Application Development, Global Innovation, Insight & Foresight management and Business Development. He is associated with Bayer+Covestro for 30+ years.

Hobbies: Dream Analysis, Indian classical music, photography.

Kapila Sandeep Soni

Managing Director of Croyance Automotive

Kapila Sandeep Soni is a pioneer in the automotive industry in India, specifically the E-Mobility segment- being one of the few women entrepreneurs in this field. As Managing Director of Croyance Automotive, Mrs Soni champions sustainability with a passion and looks forward to being part of an affordable electric vehicle revolution in India.

Vishal Agarwal

President, Yudo Hot Runner India Pvt Ltd.

Ms. Pooja Bansal

Chief Human Resource Officer, Piaggio India

An individual with multi discipline experience of multinational corporations, in Corporate and plant HR. She is a gold medalist in Psychology and an MBA in HR, has won various academic accolades

Presently, she is working with Piaggio Vehicles, a multi - national company as the CHRO for Piaggio India. She is responsible to provide strategic leadership to the overall function of Human Resource by establishing and driving HR strategy, supporting organization with strategic insights, orchestrate and champion HR delivery, spearheading initiatives along with the top management to forge organization’s talent and capabilities, setting and implementing personnel policies relating industrial and trade union relationships.

Being amongst the rare women HR Leaders in the automobile industry in India is a fulfilling high for Pooja Bansal, as enriching as her ability to work in tandem with business & helping her HR team realize its true contributory potential. Pooja is a highly motivated, results-focused HR Leader with over 18 years of proven success in shaping high-performing work cultures. Pooja has deployed cutting-edge practices in Strategic Human resource management at both corporate & manufacturing plant levels with a key focus on managing talent pipelines, Industrial relations, strategic HR management & CSR. Stepping into her role as young Chief Human Resource Officer for Multi-National automobile company Piaggio Vehicles during the covid pandemic, Pooja successfully managed the highly volatile, ambiguous, & uncertain period, leading to sustained continuity at the manufacturing facility.

An accredited Talent Management professional, Pooja is a seasoned OD practitioner with rich experience in leading & designing org-wide interventions to identify & develop leadership talent deploying methodologies such as Assessment & Development Centers & Executive Coaching. At Piaggio, Pooja conceptualized & led digital transformation initiatives. Pooja works closely with top leadership on business transformation projects providing expertise & advisory on change management & workforce alignment. In addition, she has enabled the process of Design Thinking to help leaders meet all types of Business Challenges. A courageous leader, Pooja believes that the HR function should challenge the status quo to enhance the efficiency of an organizational system & she has spearheaded several restructurings that have augmented productivity for the business.

Pooja has been the recipient of more than 15 Individual Awards in India & across the globe that recognizes her contribution in her roles & to the HR fraternity at large. Recognitions such as HR Leader of the year, Game changer award, Innovator of the year award, Disruptive women leader of the year, Woman CHRO innovation leader of the year, 101 Most Fabulous HR leaders, Women HR Leader in the automobile sector, Excellence in Talent Management, CHRO of the year, Global Women Achiever Award, to name a few, bespeak Pooja's passion towards her chosen field of work. Under her able leadership, her current organization Piaggio Vehicles has received around 18 organization category awards within the first nine months of 2021. The above accomplishments have ensured & motivated Pooja Bansal CHRO Piaggio vehicles to keep taking business challenges and play a stewardship role for business functions and the organization, on the whole, thus making her eligible for this award.

Mukul K Singhal

VP -Head Engg., R&D & Program management - Tata Autocomp (TACO)

Summary - More than 25 years of Experience in R&D, Product Design, Engineering, Technology, Program Management.
- Handled several Greenfield projects & developing future driven technologies.
- Heading testing Laboratory for automotive regulatory requirement.
- focus Indian and international business trends in Automotive.
- Leadership role in building and maintaining relationships with Global supply base to ensure project commitments were achieved.
Qualifications: - Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from BITS Pilani.
- Diploma in Tool Engineering from ITTUP, Indo-German Institute, Lucknow (in 1995).
CARRIER & EXPERIENCE: Tata Autocomp (TACO)- VP -Head Engg. , R&D & Program management – (From May 2019-till date)
New technology, product Engineering and Program Management

Sintex BPAL Ltd (Bright) VP- Head Engineering and R&D Programs (From 2014-2019)
New technology, product Engineering and Program Management

MOTHEROSN SUMI (MATE & SMIEL) —Dy. General Manager - Engineering (From 1995—2014) Product Engineering and Program Management tool Engineering

Tushar Parida

Country Head India, Domo Engineering Plastics India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Tushar Parida is a polymer technologist holding a Masters of Engineering degree in Polymer Technology (ME-Polymers) from University of Delhi. He has 25 years of rich experience in various fields of plastics technology. Majority of it is in the Engineering Plastics sector.

He is currently working with M/S DOMO Engineering Plastics India Pvt Ltd, as the Country Manager & Managing Director since Jan 2016. He was responsible for start-up of DOMO entity in India and Technical Center in India & plan to set up manufacturing plants for DOMO Engineering Plastics compounds in India. DOMO Engineering Plastics is part of DOMO Chemicals, a leading producer of high-quality engineering nylon materials for a diverse range of markets, including the automotive, food, medical, pharmaceutical, chemicals and electronics industries. The company offers a complete portfolio of integrated nylon 6 and 66 products.

R&D and Technology developments are his passion.

Prior to DOMO , he had worked with PolyOne Polymers India Pvt Ltd as the Managing Director - India operations and was heading the operations of PolyOne in India from 2006-2010. He was instrumental in setting up PolyOne’s first world class Colour & Additive Masterbatch manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai in 2008/09.

He too worked in Gharda Chemicals Ltd from 2010-2016 as General Manager Business & Application Development. At Gharda he was responsible to grow the high temperature Engineering plastics business lines of Gharda globally, which includes developing newer and newer Product & Application Technologies. He has been instrumental in developing various blends / alloys and composites of PEK, PEKK, PBI mostly as metal replacement applications.

Mr. Santhosh Jacob

Director & Country manager – Igus India Pvt. Ltd.

Aditee Patwardhan

Deputy General Manager – Engineering, Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd.

Mr. Uday Narang

Chairman, Anglian Omega Group and Omega Seiki Mobility

Mr. Vinayak Gapchup

Head R&D - Polymer BU Varroc Excellence

Kamal Bali

President & Managing Director, Volvo Group, India

Mr. Anand Bhangaonkar

Head Research & Development, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.

Anand Mohan

Executive Director, POLARITY

Mr. Ashwin Shankar

Founder, BatteryPool

Mr. Karthik Bangalore Anantha

R&D-Head, Omega Seiki Mobility

Siddhartha Bagri

CEO, Pravaig Dynamics

Siddhartha Bagri is the CEO of Pravaig Dynamics, a deep tech company with leading technologies in EVs, energy storage, Terra scale data acquisition, and e-mobility.

He co-founded Pravaig (along with Dhawal Khullar) in 2011. He has experience in the renewable energy and is a strong advocate of decentralization & open source technologies.

Amit Arya

Associate VP - Engineering, Motherson Automotive Technologies & Engineering

Mr Amit is an action-driven senior management executive with expertise in business and product development, cross-functional team leadership and delivering positive outcomes with strong and sustainable gains. Able to identify and implement strategies to reduce costs, increase revenue, strengthen customer relationships, improve business practices and drive profitable growth. Broad-based management skills, with strong planning, communication, organisational and decision-making ability to successfully direct concurrent projects.

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