IFCE 2010


It is a matter of great satisfaction for me that Pakistan Foundry Association has successfully organized the 3rd International Foundry Congress & Exhibition at Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore on December 01 & 02, 2010. It was largely attended by around 3000 foundrymen, Engineers, Technical Managers,
Exhibitors, Buyers, Sellers and Students etc from all walks of Industrial Sector in Pakistan. This year we had an ever increased participation by local & overseas all those who are concerned with the Foundry Industry.

The participation from foreign countries i.e. Turkey, India, China, UK, Czech Republic etc was encouraging for us. Few important visitors Mr. Basar Oztopcular - Cukurova Kimya End. A.S, Turkey, Mr. Chavan Pruthviraj Ravindra, Mr. Shinde Sunil Shivajirao, Mr. Singh Subodh Rajan, Mr. Vinay kumar luthra - Gargi Huttenes-Albertus (Pvt) Ltd -India, Mr. Vikas - Director Marketing and Mr. Ashok Sharma -Engineer Megatherm-India and many more. I highly acknowledge their participation as they travelled all the way for this event.

Since our first IFCE 2006 the PFA has gained the attention of the Foundry Industry globally and now IFCE is becoming one of the most important event in the region. Special added feature this year was more focused platform for local & International sourcing. A very encouraging response from the major casting users like Defense, Automobile, Sugar, Fertilizer, Cement, Paper, Power and Engineering Sector and provided good opportunity for the foundry men to interact with potential buyers of castings.

The major objective of the Pakistan Foundry Association (PFA) is to support the progress & development of Foundries in Pakistan by improving skills and up-grading technology. After 3rd IFCE 2010 some positive response has been seen by the government. In this regard National Productivity Organization - Ministry of Industries, Islamabad provided the services of a Foundry Expert Mr. Ram Chandra Narayan Bhome to visit certain foundries in Lahore for the improvement of this industry. His observations and technical advice for improving quality, productivity and cast reduction will provide positive result in the growth of light engineering sectors particularly SMEs.

In Pakistan, Foundry Industry's basic problem is scarcity of skilled man-power, which is resulting in low productivity and quality. PFA and TEVTA (Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority) Lahore, Govt. of Punjab is developing a training centre for un-skilled labour on the direction of Mian Shahbaz Sharif -Chief Minister Punjab.

Mr. Saeed A. Alvi-Chairman TEVTA has assured his full possible support and would be flexible to any model of cooperation with PFA as long as the requirement of Industry exists.

I once again thank all those concerned with the foundry industry who participated in the 3rd IFCE and assure a dynamic business platform for their growth in future.