About Organization

The Indian foundry Industry is a vital industrial segment of the manufacturing sector, especially the engineering sector, especially the engineering sub-sector. Globally, it is ranked 3rd and produces 9 million MT of cast components of various specifications with an estimated revenue of USD 12.5 billion and exports of USD 2 billion. The sector provides direct and indirect employment to more than 2 million people.

The sustainable growth and development of the foundry sector is crucial to the Government of India’s Manufacturing Policy which aims to substantially increase the share of manufacturing and to provide 250 million jobs in the next 10 years.

Industry is dominated by small & medium foundries that have a huge growth potential, but is beset by infrastructural problems, high cost of credit, excessive consumption of fuel/enrgy because of inefficient production methods, higher pollution and less recycling, lack of access to modern technology, low productivity & technology, lack of trained manpower, old equipment and poor access to global markets.

Possible targets for the industry by 2022 The strength of the industry comprises of becoming an emerging destination as a sourcing hub, driven by domestic demand, a huge market for specially alloyed castings for various applications and the possibility to improve the share in global markets. Based on these inherent capabilities, the industry has the potential to multiply its growth and improve its development targets by 2022, that is, by the end of the 13th five year plan. Production growth is expected to go up 25 MTPA and increase to 15%. The development parameter targets may improve too; productivity per unit to 4500 TPA, productivity per man to 40 TPA and specific energy consumption will go down by 5%.

The thrust areas of the industry inter alia consist of ensuring competitiveness of the industry by focusing on consolidation, productivity improvement, technology, automation & skill upgradation, infrastructural improvement, recycling energy conservation, environment and health & safety.

IFO Management Team

Mr. G.S. Agarwala, IFO President

Mr G S Agarwala, aged about 78 years, is Chairman, Century Metal Recycling Ltd (CMR), India’s largest producer of Aluminium and Zinc die-casting alloys for automobile and auto component industry. Presently CMR has 7 plants situated in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu with an annual capacity of 218,000 MT. Three more plants are under implementation in Gujarat & Tamil Nadu. Mr Agarwala is both passionate and proactive about energy saving and environmental protection. He is widely travelled and has won several awards for environment protection. He is a BA LLB from Calcutta University.

Dr. P B Rastogi, IFO Hon. Secretary General

A PhD in environmental toxicology from the University of Allahabad, Dr P B Rastogi has carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , USA. He has wide experience in appraisal and environmental impact assessment of all categories of development projects including steel, metallurgy, foundry, mining, nuclear, defence and strategic projects, besides policy and law. He has been in multiple committees of the Government of India and advisor to several organisations. He is former Advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change.

Mr. Vinod Kumar, IFO Hon. Treasurer

Mr. Vinod Kumar is a Mechanical Engineer having 30 years of experience in India & abroad. He has been awarded with the title “Emerging Foundry man of India” by World Foundry Organization, Birmingham, UK in 2010. Previously he was Hon. Secretary of Investment Casting Society of India and also Chairman of IIF Delhi Chapter. He is Chairman (Technical and govt. policy) - Faridabad foundry association.

Prof. (Dr.) B.K. Sharma, IFO Hon. Secretary

Prof. (Dr.) B. K. Sharma is Professor and Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Poornima University, Jaipur. He did his B.Tech (ME), from Nagpur University, M. Tech from MNIT, Jaipur and PhD form BRA University, Agra. Prof. Sharma has wide experience teaching and working at different position such as placement head, departmental head, Chief Proctor, Dean, Students welfare, Director and Principal of different engineering colleges including Poornima Group of Institutions. He has written five books in engineering and management. He has organized many conferences at national and international level. He is a member of editorial board of different journal of international level. He is life member of Indian Society of Technical Education. He is certified resource person of outcome base education of NBA.

Mr. V. Ramaswamy, IFO Executive Vice President, Management

Mr. V. Ramaswamy was proprietor of M/s Radharam Industries, Poornima Chemical Corporation & Leo Scale Industries. He remain President of M/s Karnataka Foundries Association for 12 years, Karnataka State Weights & Measures Licence Holders Association for 25 years and Iron & Steel Industrial Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd. He was also Chairman of Indian Institute of Foundrymen Southern region – for 3 consecutive terms and Hon. Secretary of Peenya Industries Association, Bangalore.

Mr. Avijit Ghosh, IFO Chairman, National Steering Board

Mr Avijit Ghosh, completed his schooling from St. John’s School, Ranchi. He is a B Tech in mining from Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad. A keen cricketer, he has represented his school and ISM. Mr Ghosh obtained First Class Manager’s Certificate of Competency in 1985-86. He also attended Management Education Programme at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1995-96. He started his career with Malanjkhand Copper Project in 1980. He has more than 34 years of experience in metalliferous mines both in the public and private sector including Hindustan Copper Limited as Director (Mining). A recipient of several awards he was proffered the Dr J Coggin Brown Memorial (Gold) Medal by the Mining Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI) for outstanding contribution in the field of Metal Mining. He was adjudged as Eminent Mining Engineer by the Institution of Engineers (India) in 2012. He is Chairman & Managing Director of Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd (a Government of India Enterprise) at Ranchi. He is a keen cricketer and has represented Bihar School Boys and ISM.

Dr. K.K Singh, IFO Executive Vice President, Technology

Dr.Kamlesh Kumar Singh graduated in metallurgical engineering with 1st class distinction from BIT, Sindri in 1990. He completed a PhD degree in materials & metallurgical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1998. In 1988, he joined the National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi as a lecturer in the Department of Foundry Technology. He became Assistant Professor in 2005 and Associate Professor in 2008. Dr. Singh has organized numerous conferences and workshops in the foundry and energy sectors at the national and international level. He has authored several technical papers in national and international journals. He has served NIFFT as head of department, foundry technology and various other capacities. .

Dr. K.B Thakur, IFO Executive Vice President, Govt & Policy Matters

Dr.K B Thakur is an engineering graduate, a post graduate in law and did his doctoral studies from BITS, Pilani. With over 28 years of intensive industrial experience and policy analysis in the government of India mostly in the Ministry of Industry, he has made significant contribution in areas of energy conservation, ecologically sustainable industrial development, globally competitive commerce, industrial engineering, cost reduction solutions, process and product competitiveness, impact studies, industry-academic interface, skill development, technology forecasting, cleaner technologies etc.
Dr. Thakur worked as OSD to the then Vice President of India HE Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Addl PS to the then Minister of Mines Mr.Jaisinghrao Gaikwad Patil and with other eminent persons like Dr. Vijay Kelkar, Dr. Vineet Nayyar, Mr.Yogendra Narain, Mr.Ajay Shanker, IAS. He has worked in different economic ministries and the legislative wing and effectively coordinated with all stakeholders in the areas of mining, industry, commerce and technical education.