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Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company to establish Pakistan Institute of Industrial Automation in order to render training platform

Karachi, March 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): TUSDEC (Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company) aims to establish PIIA (Pakistan Institute of Industrial Automation) in order to render a training platform to consummate the shortage of skilled manpower in the local automation industry.

A company spokesperson shared that a pervasive baseline assessment has revealed the dearth of formally trained workforce for equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, installation and programming of pertinent equipment.

The source further shared that PIIA will not only act as an ordained institute for manpower training but will also steer the planning and implementation of PLC (Programmable Logical Controller) and Industrial Automation Projects in the country. The institute will extend consultation and advisory services acting as an adept solution provider for industrial automation problems faced by the Industry.

The source further shared that PIIA will also substantiate the concept of industrial incubation under which, infrastructural support and consultancy will be extended to the Automation Equipment Manufacturers or Suppliers for setting up or upgrading their own labs and production units. Figures from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics reveal that import of modern machinery and equipment during 2010-11 was worth USD 6,547 million which then rose to USD 7,167 million in 2011-12.

The accelerating figures indicate the mounting demand of PLC based systems in Pakistani industry. Besides larger number of factories and SMEs in different sectors are shifting towards Programmable Logical Controllers to manage their operations. With aggravated functionality of PLCs, the demand supply gap of qualified automation personnel is on the rise. Conforming the indigence the industrialists have to rely either on pricey foreign experts services or reckon on a small assemblage of local experts who are not enough to cater to the rising demand.

TUSDEC shared the findings of their need assessment survey according to which, paucity of skilled technical manpower is a key hindrance in acquisition of automation by many industrial units in Pakistan keeping the industry at bay from the gains of process efficiencies.

The survey also divulged that most of the prevalent technical training institutes are providing core level trainings while Original Equipment Manufacturers are only engaged in diagnostic trainings related to their own design and manufacturing processes. PIIA will serve the industrial sectors of Pakistan in most efficacious ways by supplying them with skilled manpower trained on latest equipment in the sphere of automation thus helping the industry to recuperate its productivity to achieve global competitiveness. PIIA will play an important role in achieving targets by NDA (New Development Approach) warrants the establishment of PIIA to back the economic acclivity.

In its aim of sophisticated technology transfer, TUSDEC has established various common facility centres supporting the industry with a coherent approach to ensure productivity, competitiveness and innovation at the firm’s level by perseveringly chipping in the Total Factor Productivity (TFP).

For more information, contact:
Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC)
State Cement Corporation Building
Kot Lakhpat Lahore 54770, Pakistan
Tel: (+92)-42-111-000-143, 35145793
Fax: (+92)-42-35121658, 35145792
Email: info@tusdec.org.pk

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