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Indian Foundry Organisation launched in Bengaluru

IFO pays tribute to Dr APJ Kalam; organises sustainable foundry development meet

The Indian Foundry Organization (IFO) began its journey on October 15, 2015, the birth anniversary of the dear departed soul, Dr APJ Kalam. The organisation was launched by paying tribute to Dr Kalam at an event held on October 15, 2015 at Hotel Le Meridien, Bengaluru.

In concurrence, a meet on ‘Sustainable Foundry Development’ was also organised and was attended by more than 150 delegates from the foundry fraternity including industrialists, technocrats, academia and government officials.

During the meet, presentations were made by senior policy makers from Government of India, the state Governments of Karnataka & Jharkhand and other experts in the foundry and environment sector.

During his inaugural address, Hem Pande, IAS, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) congratulated IFO on its launch during Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary and for organising the Sustainable Foundry Development Meet.

He emphasized, such awareness programmes should be regularly organised by the people, for the people and of the people. He talked about diversified subjects related to the environment like the role of ants and vultures in protecting the environment.

He said, "There is no waste in nature since wastage for someone may be a raw material for someone else."

Jharkhand is rich in many natural resources like iron ore, copper, manganese, bauxite, etc, but the people are poor. He emphasized that the cluster approach route in foundry and recycling/reuse and use of energy-efficient technology should be adopted.

"To be successful in the future, sustainable development in India should involve ecology, sociology and economy," he said.

The event’s chief guest R S Poddar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary & Development Commissioner, Government of Jharkhand touched upon the life of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and enumerated some of his achievements.

While inviting industrialists to invest in Jharkhand, he said, "Some years back, Jharkhand was placed 29th in a survey on ease-of-doing business in Jharkhand, but has since moved up to 3rd position, a fact that speaks volumes on the business climate in Jharkhand. He also mentioned that after the creation of Jharkhand in the year 2000, for the first time, the government has been formed by a single party receiving full majority, which will give stability to the functioning of the government."

"On 8th September, 2015, the Chief Minister had launched policy incentives to attract the investors as well as to formulate economic pathways," he added.

In his keynote address, Avijit Ghosh, Chairman & Managing Director, Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd, Ranchi, mentioned that presently, the foundry industry has a capacity of 9 MTPA with an export of approximately $2 billion and provides employment to more than 2 million workers. However, foundry needs to be relooked at as an MSME unit in view of the Make in India and skill development programmes of the Government of India.

He also emphasized the use of energy-efficient technology, availability of raw material, recycle and reuse of metal scrap etc to be more user-friendly.

Dr P B Rastogi, former Advisor to Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India and Secretary General, IFO in his theme address said, "The concept of sustainability is meeting today’s needs without jeopardizing the ability of future generations. To meet these needs is penetrating boardrooms across multiple industries including the foundry industry."

He emphasized that conscious effort is required to reverse the image of polluting and hazardous foundry to green foundry by adopting environment-friendly technology, reducing energy consumption, consuming less fossil fuel or electricity with minimum emissions, using natural resources efficiently, and recycling and reusing waste.

The Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) has also recognized the need for low-carbon and energy efficient technologies as detailed in the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency.

Dr H Sundara Murthy, President, IFO, spoke about the vision and mission of the IFO.

He said, "IFO has been set up with the mission to promote the use of energy-efficient and environment-friendly technology for sustainable development of the metal manufacturing industry which includes foundry, forge, cast houses, recyclers, extrusion, rolling, etc. IFO will, on a continuous basis, discuss the foundry related problems with foundry fraternity, share technological developments in the area and also take up policy matters with the Central and State Governments. IFO’s policy framework office will be based at New Delhi. Establishing an Incubation Centre, an Innovation Centre and a Skill Development Centre at Karnataka are on the anvil."

"In addition an International Exhibition will be held in January 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru," he added.

Udai Narayan Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd, Government of Karnataka told the gathering that new thermal power plants would be installed in the near future to resolve the electricity crisis in Karnataka.

M Prabhu, Additional Director (MSME), Department of Commerce & Industry, Government of Karnataka, spoke about the facilities and funds that the Government of Karna-taka had to offer to MSME units, including the foundry industry.

G S Agarwala, Chairman - Century Metal Recycling (Faridabad) and Chair - Policy Framework Forum, IFO

iterated that the government should consider a policy change in inverted duty & special additional duty and should remove anomalies in FTA. He appealed to the government to encourage sustainable foundry and metal recycling.

C Natarajan, Vice President, IFO paid tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and congratulated IFO for deliberating sustainable foundry development on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

V Babu Sathian, Joint Secretary, IFO, successfully moderated the programme and honoured the dignitaries and founder directors of IFO. V Ramaswamy, Secretary, IFO proposed the vote of thanks to the dignitaries, participants and organisers.

The Indian Foundry Organization (IFO) is a registered body under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 with headquarters in Bengaluru in the State of Karnataka in India. Its mission is to support foundries to fight global competition, increase the GDP of the country in the manufacturing sector and to advocate & promote the use of energy efficient and environment-friendly technology for sustainable development of the foundry industry.

IFO presents pre-budget memorandum to finance ministry

IFO joined a delegation to meet Jayant Sinha, hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Government of India on October 06, 2015. The delegation was headed by Dr V K Garg, IES (Retd), Chairman, South Asia Forum for Energy Efficiency (SAFEE). Other industry associations including Auto Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI), represented by G S Agarwala, too were a part of the delegation.

A pre-budget memorandum was presented to the minister that included reduction in inverted duty structure, removal of SAD, review of FTA and imposition of safeguard duty for the foundry and metal industry.

The delegation brought to the notice of the minister that till May 2013, metal scrap import was duty free and thereafter a 2.5% duty was introduced to the cost of domestic manufacture. Some other points discussed include:

• Aluminium alloy is used for the manufacture of automobile components which reduces the weight of the vehicle and, in turn, increases the fuel efficiency and reduces pollution.

• Increased use of aluminium components is encouraged throughout the world and also in India.

• Presently, a passenger car in India has about 180 to 200 kgs of aluminium and the plan is to increase it to 250 kg in the next 5 years.

• Production of aluminium alloy by

recycling scrap will consume only 5% of the energy compared to primary aluminium production and thus is environment-friendly.

• Aluminium alloy is being produced by the recycling industry in India. There are about 150 recycling units producing around 650,000 MT of aluminium alloy. Aluminium scrap is the main raw material for recycling units, which presently has to be imported.

• Free trade agreement with Thailand and Malaysia is duty free for metal alloys. This adversely affecting domestic recycling industry and is, therefore, not able to compete with the imports and will result in closure of many recycling units.

The delegation requested the minister to remove the import duty on metal scrap and thus provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.

Sinha in an hour long meeting with the delegation appreciated the concern of the metal industry and assured to find necessary redressal. "The matter would be examined by the Tax Research Unit (TRU) of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. A meeting with TRU and representatives of trade and industry associations would be convened," he said.

The delegation included Dr V K Garg, Chairman, SAFEE; Mr Vijay Prakash Saha, Mentor, SAFEE; Dr P B Rastogi, Secretary General, IFO; Mr Vinnie Me-hta, Secretary General, Auto Component Manufacturers’ Association (ACMA) and Mr G S Agarwala representing Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI). Other representatives of MSME in the foundry sector included Mr Vikram Jhun-jhunwala and Mr Nitin Jain.