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Posted on Jan 30, 09:46AM | IBNS
Kolkata, Jan 29 : Top leaders of the Indian Foundry sector who assembled in Kolkata to participate in the Save Energy and Environment Forum (SEEF), organized by the The Institute of Indian Foundrymen at the 61st Indian Foundry Congress, discussed the different dimensions of promoting the theme 'Engineering Change for Green Environment'.
Speaking at the event, Harsh K Jha, President, IIF, said: "The cost of energy is galloping. The challenge before the industry is how do we contain? How do we minimise usage of energy."
He said low cost solutions could be implemented and start making difference to the environment'.
Dr. Wolfgang Andree, President of ABP Induction Systems, Dortmund, Germany, focused on the future of foundry industry.
"When we want to build a new plant then we should think about the correct size. When we plan our business, we can't plan it only for today. We are responsible to think for tomorrow. So we have to focus on long-term solutions and technology," Andree said.
He said saving water is a 'must' and should be a 'strategic priority' for foundries.
"We should avoid toxic materials. We have to be sensitive towards what we are using," Andree said.
"We have to protect the economy and protect the people and most importantly we need to change the image of our industry," he said.
Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Kariya Munda on Tuesday said Indian Foundry Industry needs technological innovation in order to achieve inclusive and overall economic growth.
"The Indian Foundry Industry produces around 7 million tonnes of castings employing 0.5 million directly and another 1.5 million indirectly drawn mainly from socially and economically weaker sections of society..Therefore, technological innovation in Foundry Industry is very important for inclusive and overall economic growth," Munda said while addressing SEEF.
"As per Goldman Sachs Report, by 2059 India is expected to be the third largest economy (by GDP) in the world along with China and US. If we are to achieve this target we must use our resources in the most economical, efficient and environmental friendly manner," he said.
Speaking about the Indian foundry industry, Munda said: "While the Indian Foundry Industry has not only survived the recent downturn but has successively restructured itself to maintain profitability and growth."
He said the industry will need to take more steps to achieve the target of becoming one of the leading economies in the world.
"Typically, the Foundry Industry has to face the challenges of meeting pollution control regulations, disposal of waste, shortage of skilled personnel and consequent high manpower cost and maintaining the quality of international standards at competitive prices," he said.
Speaking on the Foundry Congress, he said: "Such forums as the Indian Foundry Congress and its events by Save Environment Forum provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking so that we are made aware of the best practices in the world and benchmarking them to improve their performance."
The SEEF brought together plethora of illustrious speakers from Indian Foundry sector, Government of India and Foreign Energy Experts.
Ravi Sehgal, Chairman, Organising Committee, 61st IFC, IIF ,Dr PB Rastogi, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and R Misra, CMD, Heavy Engineering Corporation , Ranchi were among others who were present at the event.
The IIF was set up in 1950 to promote education, research, training and development in Indian foundrymen and to serve as a nodal point of reference between the customers and suppliers of the Indian foundry industry on a global scale.