1- THE STATE OF ECONOMY
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FOUNDRIES ASIAN SYNDROME
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PAK-AFGHAN TRADE
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GRAIN STORAGE PROBLEMS

 

FOUNDRIES ASIAN SYNDROME

 

 

Engineering vision of Pakistan should give boost to local foundries

 

By ALY KHAN
Sep 09 - 15, 2002

 

 

Stockholm syndrome is most eye-catching phenomenon making around in the western world these days. In this addiction a person who has been kidnapped after release starts loving their captors, most recent example is that of British female journalist released after captivity in Afghanistan is now trying to get connected to her captors.

Foundries in Asia are affected by another syndrome called unproductively; it is an inefficiency virus whose symptoms is lack of manpower, high-energy costs, Polluting environment etc. This was revealed in recent conference for Asian nations on Productivity Improvement in foundry industries hosted by Pakistan Steel in association with Asian Productivity Corporation, Japan and National Productivity organization Pakistan. With participation of countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Iran, Burma, Mongolia etc the conference is a success and a positive nation building step, thank you Pakistan Steel.

The National Productivity Organization is considering to set up a Foundry Advisory Bureau website with Q&A option this will help in sharing of information, a great step forward. The Chairman of PS whose name would go on steel record for downsizing Plus and fulfilling social obligations with Impressive green Parks, Playing fields etc is consolidating his gains, conferences like these help him to communicate his goals and results.

Interesting data emerging from the conference indicates that against consumption of over 300kg of steel per capita in the developed world the statistics in Pakistan is about 20 kg per capita. India is no better with 30kg per capita reflecting the opportunities these countries have for development. Further one of the yardstick of measuring country's performance is to gauge amount of Malleable Iron produced in case of India it is 300,000 tonnes per annum. Malleable iron is used for pipefittings etc in case of Pakistan ever since Balochistan & Naya Daur foundry closure production of Malleable is on the lower side.

BENCHMARKING ASIAN FOUNDARIES:

Foundries in Asia face severe threat because of higher rejection rates, lack of technical manpower, Energy consumption