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. 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. H Sundara Murthy, IFO President
Dr H Sundara Murthy completed his dotoral studies from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He set up Fenfe Metallurgicals to manufacture aluminium alloy castings ranging from a few grams to a single piece of 500 kg, specialising in precision castings for critical applications like defence and pattern bolsters for high pressure moulding machines. He holds a patent in aluminium processing technology. D Sundara Murthy was Chairman, Energy Conservation committee of The Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF). He has participated in the World Foundry Congresses held in Japan, Germany, UK, Spain, Mexico and USA and Technical Forums held in other countries. In 2008, he conducted the Technical Forum of WFO held in Chennai. He was president of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen during the year 2011 -12. Presently, he Chairman, Energy Saving Commission of the World Foundry Organization (WFO).
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. V Babu Sathian, IFO Executive Vice President, Management
Mr. V Babu Sathian is a postgraduate metallurgist from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was one of the first to set up an industry, All cast Industries, in Peenya. To this day, core sectors and PSUs that need special castings turn to him for solutions and development of castings. His next venture was Process Pumps (I) Pvt Ltd, a pump manufacturing unit. He is also founder and managing director of Cathodic Control Company Pvt Ltd. Mr Sathian is past Chairman of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen, Bangalore Chapter and of the Indian Institute of Metals, Bangalore Chapter. Currently, he is Chairman of American Society of Metals, Bangalore Chapter.
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.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Tiwari, IFO Executive Vice President, Exhibition
Dr.Ashok Kumar Tiwari specialized in chemical inorganics and metals. He completed his PhD from IIT Powai and went on to do an MBA from Siddhartha Institute, Mumbai. He started his career as a lecturer and over a period of 3 decades, he worked for organizations like Herman & Mohatta Ltd., Mumbai, Western Mini Steels Ltd., Mumbai, Bharat Wire Rope Manufacturing Co and Goa Steels Ltd., Widely travelled, he has worked as a consultant to several organizations in India and abroad. He has now set up his own organizations Chemi-Chem, situated in Mumbai. A prolific writer, he contributes articles to several leading magazines and newspapers in the field of science and sport. A member of several professional bodies, he is a life member of Indian Institute of Metals and executive council member of its Mumbai Chapter. He is also a member of The Institute of Indian Foundrymen and was treasurer and executive member of IIF Western Region.
Mr. H S Prakash, IFO Hon. Secretary
H.S.Prakash after post graduation in Metallurgy from I.I.Sc has over 38 years of hands on professional experience in Metal processing areas occupying various functions including CEO handling various critical functions like Management of Manufacturing,Quality,Material management,R&D etc., in Medium & Large Scale Industries both in Central Public&Private sector units.He has published Technical papers apart from attending Workshops & National Symposiums with training at IIM, Ahmedabad on Project Management.He has succesfully organised workshops under GOLD FIELD chapter of Indian Institute of Metals.He was nominated Project director of BMRCL consortium for Bengaluru Namma Metro&was one of the Board of Directors for Vignyan Industries Limited (Subsidiary unit of M/s BEML Limited coming under Ministry of Defence) from 18.05.2010 to 19.01.2012.He is certified QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor for ISO9001-2015 from Bureau Veritas.After Superannuation from Rail&Metro div of BEML Ltd as Chief General Manager on30/9/2015,he is consultant in Management&Quality System
Mr. Prabhat Saraswat, IFO Joint Secretary
Mr. Prabhat Saraswat, IFO Joint Secretary
Mr. Prabhat Saraswat is B.E (NIT-Surat) 1999, MBA (Energy Management), BEE Accredited energy auditor, Lead auditor-EnMS ISO 50001, CEM certified by AEE USA, IGBC Accredited Professional & Chartered Engineer.
He is presently representing Energy & Carbon Services ECS division) of MITCON Consultancy & Engineering Services Ltd., at New Delhi branch Office as Executive Vice President. Basically he is an Energy professional with experience of 18 years in energy auditing, providing advisory services to various industries to reduce energy cost, organizing technical seminars. Skills include conducting the energy audits, expertise in operation of measurement instruments, preparation of audit reports, outstanding presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and sound understanding of energy conservation. Experience of conducting base line study under PAT scheme, Benchmarking, Preliminary and Detailed Energy Audits and Conservation projects in various industries segments & processes. Experience of Demand Side Management (DSM) Programs & ECBC implementation with various utility & SDA.
He has the experience of feasibility studies of solar PV power project on estimation of site potential for Power Generation & Preparation of Detailed Project Reports. He has worked as project head under Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services for 5 MWp Solar Power Plant & 1 MW Solar-DG hybrid micro grid power plant.
He has carried impact assessment ECBC scheme implemented during XIth Five Year Plan for BEE. He done evaluation of Off grid and decentralized solar applications scheme of phase-I of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for MNRE.
Mr. GV Aruna, IFO Treasurer
Mr. G. V. ARUNA holds a degree of BE (Mechanical) apart from P G Diploma in Industrial Management & M.B.A. He Joined as a Graduate Engineer Trainee at MECON Ltd., a Public Sector Enterprise, under Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India and retired as General Manager. While at MECON he had Specialised Technical Training at GIPROMEZ, Moscow, in the erstwhile Soviet Union. He has more than 38 years of experience in design, consultancy and connected areas of metallurgical plants. He was project in-charge for many major Steel Plant Projects of JSW, ESSAR etc. Also worked as Group in-charge for Lenders’ independent Engineer appointed by Banks to Review project progress and reporting to Financial institutions to help them take decisions on release of funds / further investment of concerned steel plants projects. Project monitoring and design & engineering of various facilities for major Steel Plants – both Public Sector and Private Sector He was also involved in Engineering establishment of facilities for Defence projects to manufacture of Prithvi, Trishul, Konkours & Agni Missiles. Concurrently for a period of 25 years, he served as Director on the Board of a prestigious Co-operative Bank in Bangalore since its inception. He was responsible for developing very good MIS. He is also a Competent Toast Master, and has obtained Advanced Toast Master (Bronze), Communication and Leadership; from Toast Master International, USA.
Mr. G S Agarawala, IFO Financial Advisor
Mr G S Agarwala is Chairman, Century Metal Recycling Pvt Ltd a company engaged in recycling of aluminium scrap and manufactures aluminium alloy for the automobile and auto component industry. It has 5 manufacturing facilities situated in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu with a production capacity of 140,000 tons per annum. Mr Agarwala is both passionate and proactive about energy saving and energy conservation and is actively involved with South Asia Forum for Energy Efficiency. Presently, he is Co-patron of SAFEE. He is widely travelled and has won several awards for environment protection. He is a BA LLB from Calcutta University.