Foundry Service Center playing pivotal role in revival of foundry industry in Pakistan: Alamgir Chaudhry

Lahore, December 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Foundry Service Center (FSC), set up by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in collaboration with University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and Pakistan Foundry Association (PFA), is playing pivotal role in revival of the foundry industry in Pakistan. It was stated by Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, SMEDA while giving a presentation on establishment of the Center at 5th International Foundry Congress held at a local hotel under aegis of PFA.

SMEDA CEO informed that FSC project was designed by SMEDA on demand of Pakistan Foundry Association at the cost of Rs.179-40 million. The land for this project was provided by UET. Whereas, the funds were obtained by SMEDA from Ministry of Industries, government of Pakistan under Public Sector Development Program.

The FSC is providing full range of the latest techniques and the modern services being practiced in the developed world, which were not available earlier in Pakistan to the SMEs operating in foundry sector, he said adding that the services include design pattern shop, prototype development section, testing and inspection laboratories, technical advisory section and the training facilities.

Mr. Chaudhry informed that the Center’s additional function as a training institute had also proved to be very successful. He said that SMEDA is arranging foreign experts for training in the center. In this regard he specially referred to a recent training program arranged by SMEDA on energy management by inviting Dr. Helmut Koerber, a renowned German International trainer, through GIZ.

The international and national delegates of the Congress largely availed of the facility arranged by SMEDA to visit FSC in today evening. The delegates, during the visit, took a round of the entire center and examined various departments, design sections, laboratories and the production floor.

They were highly impressed by the state-of-art equipment and machinery installed there for catering modern needs of the industry. They highly appreciated SMEDA’s endeavor to address demand of the foundry cluster of Pakistan by setting up FSC in conjunction with UET and PFA. The Congress Delegates urged to promote private and public sector’s partnership at pattern of the FSC to create more facilitation centers in Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA)
4th Floor, Building No. 3, Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex,
Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-111-111-456
Fax: +92-42-36304926-7

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