Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI) appoints Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as Secretary General

The Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI), the General Body of the Indian Forging Industry in India has announced the appointment of Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as its new Secretary General. With an illustrious career spanning over three decades at the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Mr. Jotshi brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership to AIFI.

Mr. Vikas Bajaj Managing Director and CEO Bajaj Motors and President of AIFIcongratulated Mr. Jotshi on his new role, stating, "We are delighted to welcome Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as the Secretary General of AIFI. His extensive experience and visionary leadership will be invaluable as we navigate the challenges and opportunities in the forging industry. We look forward to his strategic insights and initiatives that will further strengthen our industry."

Mr. Ashwani Jotshi, in a brief statement on his vision and goals for AIFI, said, " I am thrilled to take on the role of Secretary General at the Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI). The forging industry plays a crucial role as a key link between critical manufacturing segments and end-user industries. With its presence in vital sectors like Automotive, Off-Highway, Railroad Equipment, Agriculture Machinery, Defense, and Aerospace, the Indian Forging industry is globally recognized for its technical expertise. However, it faces challenges such as a shortage of skilled manpower, rising energy prices, low-cost imports, increasing raw material costs, and inadequate support for micro and small units. I am eager to work alongside the AIFI team to address these challenges and propel the Indian Forging industry towards greater success and global competitiveness."


During his tenure at ACMA, Mr. Jotshi led several notable projects and achieved significant milestones. He facilitated OEM customer visits, organized tech shows, and conducted B2B meetings, buyers-sellers meets, and exhibitions. He engaged with state governments on industry issues, conducted sessions on laws and regulations like GST, and initiated numerous training programs, workshops, and competitions. Mr. Jotshi was also responsible for expanding ACMA Western Region across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, establishing new offices in Pune, Ahmedabad, and Indore. During his tenure at ACMA, Mr. Jotshi travelled overseas on various assignments which helped to strengthen global connections. He also initiated the launch of HR, CFO, and Digital Forums, and promoted industry development through engaging activities.

As the new Secretary General of AIFI, Mr. Jotshi plans to focus on several immediate initiatives aimed at enhancing the association's impact and reach. He intends to broaden AIFI's membership base to include a wider range of stakeholders, increase the number of educational and knowledge-sharing sessions, and form strategic partnerships to benefit the association and its members. Additionally, Mr. Jotshi will also initiate forums for young business leaders and digital innovators and conduct comprehensive industry surveys to gather insights and drive development. His appointment marks a significant step forward for AIFI as it continues to advocate for the forging industry and address its critical challenges.


About Association of Indian Forging Industry

Established in 1965, the Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI) is the strongest, oldest Forging Association with highest members from the industry in India. The Indian Forging Industry has always been a major growth driver of the Indian manufacturing sector and is one of the important industries for the success of automobile, power sector and general engineering in the country. The Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI) is the umbrella organization of the forging Industry in India with more than 200 members across India. Its members’ products include rough forgings and/or machined/finished parts like Crankshafts, Connecting Rods, Camshafts, Shifted Fork, Steering Components, Crown Propeller Shafts, Gear Box Components; Crown Wheel and Pinions, Front Axle Beams, Rear Axle Shafts, Earth Moving Link, Suspension parts, CV joint parts, Braking parts, Auto electrical components, Railway Wheel, Flanges/Pipe Fittings, Industrial Valves etc. The forging industry, which is a major supplier to the auto companies and a critical industry that generates employment, has been continuously plagued with incessantly rising industrial fuel and steel prices resulting in rising input costs and shrinking margins.


AIFI has been the spokes body of the Indian Forging Industry for over four decades. It has played a major role in encouraging proactive dialogue between all the relevant stakeholders like the industry and Government (both in terms of suggestions for policy making and problem-solving), as also between the industry and the market (User industries — domestic and global customers.) India is the 2nd largest producer of forgings globally next to China.

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