Lahore, November 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Foundry Service Centre (FSC) set up by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has enabled the foundry industry to produce non-conventional products through virtual casting; a facility which was not available earlier in the country. It was stated by Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA while giving a briefing on activities of the FSC. He informed that the foundry business, being laborious and sandy job, had lost interest of Europe and the industry, therefore, had been relocated from Europe to India and China.
Pakistan’s foundry industry could fill in the gap of the foundry products in Europe, but it remained unable to occupy the market due to unavailability of the virtual casting facility that required a huge investment, he said adding that the manual casting, being a time consuming, expensive and substandard function, had left the local foundry industry totally unviable and uncompetitive in the international market.
He said that SMEDA, by conducting a random survey of 25 foundry units had come to know that the foundry sector could compete the world market by having a facility of virtual casting. The identification of this dire need convinced SMEDA to take a lead in setting up the “Foundry Service Center”, he said and appreciated the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) for providing land for the centre. He also applauded the federal government, who arranged a fund of Rs.179 million for construction, machinery and equipment. He acknowledged that the project was completed with the dedicated cooperation of Pakistan Foundry Association, who had been working hands in gloves with SMEDA to complete the project.
The center is furnished with Simulation Software for providing the fullest facility of virtual casting to the local foundries, CEO SMEDA said and informed that the centre was also extending testing and training services to the foundry men.
Currently, the renowned global foundry expert Mr. Nabeel Khan has been engaged to conduct training sessions in the center, who has imparted training to representatives of the local foundries on Gating, Running and Feeding systems design for grey and ductile Iron castings, CEO SMEDA added.
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