The ninth two day long International Conference on Electrical and Electronic insulating materials and systems INSULEC 2015 was organized at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mumbai on 22nd and 23rd January 2015.

With more than 165 registered delegates, INSULEC 2015 received an overwhelming response and was spearheaded with six technical sessions , paper presentation and discussions. The session kicked off in a traditional way with lighting a lamp by Mr. Uwe Assmuth, MD, Krempel GmBH, Germany along with Mr. R Krishnan, Director BHEL, Mr. Ajit Singh Chouhan, Vice President IEEMA, Mr. IPS Khandpur, Chairman IEEMA EIM Division, Mr. Nalin Sheth, Chairman Technical Committee, IEEMA  Division and Mrs Indra Prem Menon, past president EIM division.

Mr. IPS Khandpur, Chairman of IEEMA EIM division delivered the welcome note  by welcoming the dignitaries and delegates to the conference. He explained the importance of the Insulator industry in the electrical equipment industry. He told that this INSULEC 2015 got an overwhelming response from all over the world. The committee received 43 papers out of which 30 papers were selected for presentation at the conference. INSULEC 2015 had delegates from Korea, Singapore, USA and Germany. Around fifty per cent of papers presented were from overseas delegates.

Mr. Uwe Assmuth, MD, Krempel GmBH, Germany, was the Guest of Honor at the conference. In his speech he emphasized on the market potential in India. He said that India is self capable and has potential to drive the insulator industry.

Mr. Ajit Singh Chouhan, Vice President IEEMA spoke about IEEMA. He focused on how IEEMA facilitates stakeholders in development of power sector and is strong partner in government of India initiative of Make in India campaign, working in sync Department of heavy industries. He mentioned that INSULEC is a great platform for us to know about the imbibing technologies in insulator industry which is an integral component of all the electrical equipments.

Mr. R Krishnan, Director, BHEL stressed on the importance of investment made on R&D activities and that companies should focus on research activities. He said that whereas the investment on R&D activities in India is only 1.5%, companies in countries like China invest around 2.7% and USA around 4% in research and development of materials. He advised that companies of both Public and Private sector should sit together, formulate policies and proposals and deliver projects.

The inaugural session was marked with felicitation of Late Mr. Nikhil Sanghvi by conferring him the “Life Time Achievement Award” for his special contribution to Insulator Industry. The achievements of Mr. Sanghvi were shared by Mr. Uwe Assmuth who worked closely with him. The award was collected by Mr. Suhrid Sanghvi,  son of Mr. Nikhil Sanghvi.

Later Mr. Nalin Sheth, Chairman Technical Committee highlighted the importance of such conferences and thanked Mr. Uwe Assmuth, Mr. AS Chouhan, Mr. R. Krishnan for taking out time from their busy schedules for the conference. He thanked the technical committee member who scrutinized all the papers, the session chairmen and the authors who made the conference a successful event. He also thanked all the co-hosts of the events for the cooperation they had extended.

Three sessions with 15 technical papers were presented on the first day of INSULEC 2015 event. The themes of presentations were ‘Insulation of Electrical Static Machines’, ‘Insulation of Electrical Rotating Machines’ and ‘New Insulating materials, systems and processing equipment’

The second day of the conference also had three sessions and fifteen paper presentations. The themes of presentations were ‘Studies and Evaluation of Materials and systems’ and ‘Insulation of cables, winding wires and Insulators’.

The conference ended with announcement of best paper awards by Mr. Nalin Sheth, Chairman Technical Committee, IEEMA EIM division. Mr. Sailesh Purohit of E I Dupont was felicitated with the first prize, Mr. Steven S W Lee of E I DuPont with the second Prize, and the third prize was shared by Mr. KD Chudasama of ERDA India and Mr. Fredemar Runos of WEG, Brazil. A vote of thanks was delivered to all by Mrs. Indra Prem Menon, past president of EIM division.