Nominations for these awards are open until March 31, 2021

Mumbai, India – March 18, 2021 – The 17th edition of Frost & Sullivan‘s India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (IMEA) 2021 will be Dec.9, 2021, in Mumbai. The future of manufacturing will be driven by companies that adopt Industry 4.0 and optimize their supply chain globally. With this in mind, the 2021 edition of IMEA aims to evaluate organizations’ manufacturing capability, extended supply chain reliability, and technology adoption. The awards are based on a proprietary assessment methodology perfected over 1,150 manufacturing facilities across 18 major sectors.

Companies interested in participating in the IMEA awards can submit their nominations by March 31, 2021. Please download the application form here: For any queries or clarification, please contact Vikas Lath at with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, and company e-mail address.

Rahul Sharma, Director, Manufacturing & Process Consulting Practice at Frost & Sullivan, said he hopes the awards will help drive the common agenda of enhancing India’s competitive advantage in manufacturing.”Given the current COVID-19 situation, IMEA 2021 aims to facilitate the assessment discussion surrounding the new global reality. With manufacturing operations being affected due to the dependence on distant global supply chains, it is important to incorporate circular supply chain operations to leverage unexploited raw materials. With the future of manufacturing dependent on the adoption of advanced manufacturing and digital technologies, companies must reconfigure their strategies and be future-ready in the process,” he said.

Frost & Sullivan’s evaluation framework for these awards emphasizes the need for business growth, enhanced competitiveness, manufacturing effectiveness, and digital manufacturing. The IIoT Readiness Framework evaluates a company’s adoption of IIoT tools, its readiness, and maturity to go along the IIoT journey. The overall winners of IMEA and IIoT across all categories and industry segments will be named “Indian Manufacturer of the Year” and “Smart Factory of the Year,” respectively. This year’s awards will also include Indian Manufacturer of the Year—1st Runner-up, Smart Factory Award Runner-up, Future-ready Factory Awards across industry sectors (automotive, engineering, healthcare, FMCG, metals and chemicals) and sector-specific gold and silver awards.

The benefits of participating in these awards include:

  • Integrated supply chain assessment that will focus on the evaluation of upstream and downstream supply chain performance and inbound and outbound logistics.
  • Digital manufacturing adoption will be evaluated and benchmarked against other Indian companies.
  • Smart Factory Awards will be conferred on companies that have matured at operational excellence and are at the forefront of adopting Industry 4.0.
  • Measure and monitor an organization’s manufacturing excellence journey year on year, objectively.
  • Get an unbiased assessment of the organization’s manufacturing capability and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Benchmark with peers and competitors.
  • Be recognized as a “future-ready factory” at a national level.

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