Kolkata, 23rd November, 2012: Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM)organized its two-day annual event NATCOM 2012 or the National Conference of Material Managers at Science City today.

Online PR News – 23-November-2012 – KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL – Kolkata, 23rd November, 2012: Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM)organized its two-day annual event NATCOM 2012 or the National Conference of Material Managers at Science City today. The event showcased new frontiers in the sphere of Supply Chain and Logistics Management. The theme for this year is “Building and Sustaining Supply Chain: Emerging Concepts, Technology & Process”.

The event was inaugurated by His Excellency Shri. M.K. Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal and the keynote address delivered by Mr. HarshVardhan Neotia (Chairman, Ambuja Realty).The guest-of-honour for the seminar was Mr. Biswadip Gupta (JMD & CEO, JSW Bengal Steel).Shri. Partha Chatterjee (Honourable Minister-in-charge, Commerce and Industry & IT, Government of West Bengal) and Shri. Subrata Mukherjee (Honourable Minister-in-charge, Public Health Engineering and Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of West Bengal) were also present to deliver good-wish messages. On behalf of IIMM, Mr C.Subbakrishna, National President of IIMM, introduced the relevance of NATCOM to the participating delegates.

The delegates attending the conference included senior managers and decision-makersfrom a wide range of industries like Automobiles & Auto Components, Capital Equipments, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Computer Hardware and Peripherals, Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, Power, Infrastructure, Mining and Retail Sector: Retail Supply Chain and Logistics Solution Providers. The invited speakers were thought-leaders in their respective fields and constituted a mix of practicing managers and academicians from leading institutes.

With increasing globalization, supply chains — the network of suppliers, plants, distributors, retailers and others that participate in the procurement, sales, delivery and production of goods and services — are growing increasingly complex. The domain of the warehouse or logistics manager is no longer viewed by most companies as a mission-critical element on a standalone basis. Building an effective, agile and responsive supply chain and further sustaining it thus will be a key factor for survival in the present era. The theme of the seminar therefore wasaptly chosen as ‘Building & Sustaining Supply Chain: Emerging Concepts, Technology & Process’.

NATCOM 2012also has five technical sessions covering sub-topics namely SCM & Customer Focus, SCM & IT, Agility & Visibility in SCM, SCM Best Practices in various industry verticals and Emerging Scenarios in SCM. Speakers for these technical sessions includedacademicians from IIMC and industry stalwarts from TCS, Tata Steel Processing& Distribution Ltd, Deloitte India, Tata Metaliks, Samsung, Ultra Tech Cement, Ernst & Young and others. Individuals chairing these sessions were eminent industry personalities like MrShantanuChakravarty EDMM Durgapur Steel Plant of SAIL, MrSubirChaki, Director of McNally SayajiEngg Ltd, MrSamiranBasu, GRSE Kolkata among others.
The major trends in the business currently — low-cost sourcing, outsourcing, customization, globalization, customer centric supply chain and more – were deliberated on in these technical sessions.

Mr. Sudhin Mitter,Chairman , Indian Institute of Materials Management,Kolkata branch and Ex Officio Chairman NATCOM Organising committee said, "At a time when the Indian industry is not doing well, supply chainthinkers can guide the economy back to its growth path. NATCOM 2012 is aninitiative where lead supply chain thinkers have been brought underone platform keeping this issue in mind. Their thinking process might
bring about a change which is eagerly awaited by Indian Industry.Further, selecting Kolkata as a platform has a significance. Kolkatacan not only become a supply chain hub of Eastern India, but it canemerge as a hub for India as a wholeleveraging its unique historical, geographical and regional importance. NATCOM 2012 technical sessions
would focus on critical elements of the supply chain and discussrelevant issues. The proposals would be vetted at the end in a CEOpanel discussion which will see eminent personalities. I wish NATCOM2012 a great success."

Likethe previous editions of this conference, theconference this year received an overwhelming response from the corporate world with close to 300 delegates participating from both national and multinational companies.

ABOUT IIMM (Indian Institute of Materials Management)
Indian Institute of Materials Management, with its headquarters at Navi Mumbai, is the National Apex body representing a wide spectrum of professionals engaged in various facets of Materials Management responsible for planning, sourcing, logistics and supply chain management. Through its wide network of 44 branches and 16 chapters having close to 10,000 members drawn from public and private sectors, IIMM is dedicated to the profession of Supply Chain Management through its multifarious activities, including EDP, seminars, workshops, in-house training programs and consultancy assignment & advance materials management programs & research programs. To facilitate effective global interaction, the Institute is a chartered member of International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), Atlanta (USA) Incorporated in Switzerland, which has its members in over 44 countries.

In its constant endeavor to set up a knowledge platform for supply chain professionals coming from a diverse range of industries, IIMM organises an annual event known as NATCOM or the national conference of materials managers. NATCOM showcases frontiers of Supply Chain and Logistics Management in order to widen knowledge spectrum and professional excellence in this fast growing area and it has become a coveted and celebrated annual flagship event drawing attention of professionals, academics and practitioners.