Dear MMI Readers,
India has been caught unawares by a strong second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The war is not over yet as the virus has come back with more penetrating force than it did last year with more human casualties than expected.
It has been a tough time for all of us. We, at IMTMA, lost one of our most senior colleagues Mr S Balasubramanian to the virus. Bala, as we all fondly remember him, was with IMTMA for 14 years, handling the trade fairs division adroitly. His premature demise has created a void at IMTMA and the Exhibition industry that cannot be filled.
I hope that you, your family, friends, and teams are finding strength in these difficult times. Our industry also extends its appreciation to the various frontline workers who are working round-the-clock to save our lives.
Our MMI magazine stood firm in face of the series of challenges unleashed by the first wave last year. We continued to publish up-to-date information from the Manufacturing and Exhibition sectors for our readers. Let us unite once again and support each other in overcoming the challenges that come our way with determination and confidence.
Businesses will continue to explore digital platforms earnestly to stay connected, locally, and globally and we would be back soon with physical events once a larger chunk of the population is vaccinated and the pandemic is brought in control.
Well, the second wave knocked us at a time when we were expecting a turnaround in the economy, but I firmly believe that the dark clouds of uncertainty that is hovering on us will vanish, and we will see some good days ahead.
MMI, with its painstaking research and analysis, endeavors to bring valuable information for its readers. This month’s edition focuses on metal cutting. The opinion piece by IMTMA offers an insight into the Machine Tool industry prospects in the face of the second wave of the pandemic.
As we continue to share inspirational stories from across the world, we also reach out for your feedback which would be highly valuable in understanding your needs.
My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you, the readers of MMI, for your continued interest and support.
Readers can download previous issues of MMI from the IMTMA website.
Director General & CEO
Indian Machine Tool