LAHORE: Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) is working to collaborate with Pakistan Foundry Association (PFA) to bring the foundry sector at par with international standards.
This was stated by CEO SMEDA, Shahid Rashid, at the first technical session of the second day proceedings of International Foundry Congress organized by PFA at a local hotel, says a media release.
The session was also addressed by Akmal Surbuland, Prof Qasim Zaidi, Munir Ahmed, Vinay, Fahad Iqbal and Ramnathan.
SMEDA chief informed that the Foundry Service Center to be set up by SMEDA in partnership with PFA and UET will cost Rs 201.91 million, and will emerge as the first institution providing support to the 800 foundries around Lahore.
It will help modernize product development and the casting process, as well provide management training and compliance with international quality standards, he added.
He assured continued support to PFA, and disclosed that SMEDA had invited a group of Japanse experts through JICA for technology up-gradation of SMEs, one of which belongs to the foundry sector, while another international expert on the foundry sector has also been invited from Germany.
These experts will stay in Pakistan for a period of two years to provide free of cost consultancy services in collaboration with SMEDA to up-grade foundry units in Pakistan.
Earlier, a number of the national and foreign experts gave their presentations on 'Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure of ADI, Foundry Chemical, Defect of Steel Casting and Semi Solid metal process'.
Later, PFA chairman Sikandar Khan thanked the participants for making the Foundry Congress a fruitful exercise for the industry.
The technical sessions were chaired by Asad Elahi of Engineering Development Board and addressed by Khalid Mahmood, Zakauddin Ahmad, Waqas, Sunil Shinday and B.N. Chaterjee.