Mar 20, 2017:
As part of an organized effort of the part of STEDEC to operationalize the directives of MoST to engage with the Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector, an exploratory interaction session was held with Pakistan Agriculture Machinery and Implements Manufacturers Association (PAMIMA) at Faisalabad on 20th March 2017.
Participants from the industry included, Mr. Amjad Ali Amjad, Chairman PAMIMA; Mr Ameer Hussain, representative of Seth M Tufail Foundry (Pvt) Ltd; Mr. Shahid Mahmood representative of New Crown Industries; Mr. M Afzal Tarar, General Secretary, Foundry And Engineering Industry Owners Association; Mr. Sanaullah, Office Secretary PAMIMA; and Haji Abdul Rauf, Representative Taiba Industries, Faisalabad.
MoST was represented by Mr. Rasheed Ahmad, Principal Engineer, PCSIR; Mr. Masood Rasheed, Manager Sales STEDEC and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, MD STEDEC.
Starting with STEDEC mandate and brief introduction MD STEDEC enlightened the participants on how Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) has excelled and made a difference in the last few years. He urged the members of PAMIMA to focus on modernization in order to compete with the international market and take initiatives on exporting their machinery.
Mr. Rasheed Ahmed, principal engineer PCSIR elaborated on the expertise, skill and facilities of PCSIR laboratories and explained the PAMIMA members how PCSIR was capable of providing comprehensive technical support to the industry.
Mr. Afzal Tarar emphasized on the importance of educating entrepreneurs to adopt modern management and manufacturing techniques. He requested MD STEDEC that a foundry service course should be initiated by PCSIR with their existing lab infrastructure at Faisalabad.
Participants highlighted the shortage of technical manpower and lack of appropriate testing facilities locally, which were hampering the growth of the industry.
Mr. Amjad Ali Amjad, Chairman PAMIMA, stressed the importance of growth and acquiring modern technologies to enable second generation entrepreneurs to grow not only to fulfil the requirements of the local industry but also to tap the international market. He advised that small progressive steps would ultimately lead towards modernization as well as improving machinery quality as per international standards. He also informed that work was underway in collaboration with the Government of Punjab in standardization of Agriculture Implements, which is a prerequisite for raising the quality of products.
It was decided at the end of the meeting that a follow-on meeting would be coordinated at the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which a wider audience would be invited to participate so that maximum inputs could be obtained from the industry before a way forward was deliberated upon.