AIFI Appoints Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as Secretary General to Lead Indian Forging Industry


AIFI Appoints Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as Secretary General to Lead Indian Forging Industry
The Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI), the apex body representing India's forging sector, has appointed Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as its new Secretary General. Mr. Jotshi brings with him over three decades of extensive experience from his tenure at the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), where he held various leadership roles and spearheaded transformative initiatives.
Mr. Vikas Bajaj, Managing Director and CEO of Bajaj Motors and President of AIFI, expressed his delight at Mr. Jotshi's appointment, highlighting his leadership and vision. "We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as the Secretary General of AIFI. His profound industry knowledge and strategic acumen will be instrumental as we navigate the dynamic landscape of the forging industry. We eagerly anticipate his contributions to further fortify our sector", Mr. Bajaj remarked.
In response to his new role, Mr. Jotshi outlined his vision for AIFI, emphasizing the pivotal role of the forging industry across diverse sectors such as Automotive, Off-Highway, Defense, and Aerospace. He underscored the industry's global recognition for technical expertise while acknowledging the challenges it faces, including skills shortages, escalating energy and raw material costs, and competition from low-cost imports. Mr. Jotshi expressed his commitment to collaborating with the AIFI team to address these challenges effectively and enhance the industry's global competitiveness.
During his tenure at ACMA, Mr. Jotshi earned accolades for his leadership in driving several key initiatives. He facilitated OEM customer engagements, organized tech shows, and fostered B2B interactions and exhibitions. His proactive engagement with state governments on industry issues and advocacy for regulatory clarity, including GST compliance, underscored his proactive approach. Mr. Jotshi's efforts also extended to enhancing regional presence and expanding ACMA's footprint across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, establishing new offices to support industry growth.
Mr. Jotshi's international assignments further bolstered his industry connections and insights, contributing to ACMA's global engagement strategy. His initiatives included launching forums for HR, CFOs, and digital innovation, aimed at fostering industry dialogue and professional development.
In his new capacity at AIFI, Mr. Jotshi outlined immediate priorities to strengthen the association's impact. These include expanding membership to encompass a broader spectrum of stakeholders, enhancing educational and knowledge-sharing initiatives, and forging strategic partnerships. He plans to introduce forums for young business leaders and digital innovators, alongside comprehensive industry surveys to gather insights and drive sectoral development.
Mr. Jotshi's appointment marks a strategic move for AIFI, signaling its commitment to advancing the interests of the forging industry amid evolving market dynamics. His leadership is expected to steer AIFI towards sustainable growth, leveraging industry strengths and addressing pertinent challenges effectively.
With a focus on innovation, collaboration, and advocacy, Mr. Jotshi's tenure is poised to elevate AIFI's position as a proactive advocate for the Indian forging industry, fostering competitiveness and sustainable development in alignment with national and global economic imperatives.