May 24, 2017:
In line with the directions from Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) to support the Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector in improving its products as well as productivity, STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan arranged a stakeholder consultation session with Pakistan Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers Associations (PAMIMA) at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 24th May, 2017.
Notable members presents at the occasion were Mr. Amjad Ali Amjad, Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Machinery and Implements Manufacturer Association, Faisalabad; Mr. M. Afzal Tarar, General Secretary; Mr. Ameer Hussain, Representative Seth M. Tufail Foundry (Pvt) Ltd; Mr. Shahid Mahmood, representative of New Crown Industries Foundry and Engineering Industry Owners Association; Haji Abdul Raoof, Representative Taiba Industries, Faisalabad; Mr. Sanaullah, office Secretary (PAMIMA). Ministry of Science and Technology was represented by Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director, STEDEC; and Mr. Rasheed Ahmad, Principal Engineer, PCSIR Lahore.
Managing Director STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah informed the members that STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan facilitates linkages of MoST R&D organizations with various chambers that have direct interaction with the industrialists, and strives to guide MoST R&D organizations towards market driven research which could then lead to successful commercialization. He urged the manufacturers to adapt modern technologies and techniques in order to become competitive internationally. He further explained that it is STEDEFC’s mandate to bring R&D organizations and entrepreneurs on the same table so that maximum benefit could be achieved for the national economy.
Principal Engineer Rasheed of PCSIR Lahore informed the members about PCSIR’s capabilities. He informed that currently PCSIR is conducting 32 diploma courses of Precision System Training Centre (PSTC) PCSIR Lahore, and metal and foundry related courses are also offered at the organization. He further advised that industrialists and entrepreneurs need to get samples and materials tested before production in order to avoid wastage and losses. He further informed the members that government is funding private entrepreneurs for R&D on need based projects. MD STEDEC advised that PAMIMA may send their proposals for cooperation, including establishing testing facility at Faisalabad, to STEDEC.
Participants inquired about cost effective ways of minimizing cost and standardizing production. President PAMIMA proposed that PAMIMA members would pay a visit to PCSIR facilities at Lahore in order to familiarize themselves with techniques and technologies PCSIR can offer, which would enable them to better assess areas for mutual cooperation.