Dear Fellow Foundrymen,

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the Institute of Indian Foundrymen's flagship annual events, the 65th Indian Foundry Congress (IFC) and IFEX 2017 International Foundry Exhibition held concurrently at Eco Park, Kolkata from 3rd to 5th February 2017.

The IFC and IFEX have grown exponentially in participants and visitor footfall, and are recognized as not only the premier foundry industry events in India, but also internationally by the global foundry fraternity. This year we are proud to bring the IFC and IFEX to Kolkata, where IIF first planted its roots in 1951 and where it is still headquartered.

 

The IFC today is a professionally managed industry conclave of the highest standards which offers not only best-in- class amenities and conveniences to its participants, but also the opportunity to meet the entire foundry fraternity under one roof to exchange ideas, share visions for growth, study the latest technologies, benchmark best practices worldwide, and recognize excellence. The range of papers presented now encompasses presentations on leadership, management, foundry economics, safety, skill development, competitiveness, brand building, best practices and a host of other subjects.

 

Indian foundries today face challenges such as raw material shortages, increasing production costs, price pressures, environmental issues, manpower deficits, international competition and technology requirements. Each of these challenges is however an opportunity to improve ourselves by adopting solutions to meet and beat them. These include sand reclamation, active policy advocacy, lean manufacturing, greener operating practices, skilling initiatives, organizational competitiveness, active development of new markets and adoption of new technologies. 3D printing has opened up a whole new vista of possibilities from prototyping to core-making to customized production. And with "Make in India" and plans for massive investment in defence, railways, freight corridors and smart cities, foundries have significant new domestic opportunities open to them.

 

The theme of the 65th IFC is therefore "Casting Challenges, Moulding Opportunities" to emphasize various solutions foundries can adopt to increase operational excellence and competitiveness.

 

I am confident that you will find your time spent at the 65th IFC and IFEX 2017 fruitful and productive, and that you will carry home not only sweet memories but also souvenirs of "sandesh" and "mishti doi", from the city which gave India its sweet tooth and its first taste of industrial growth.

Anil Vaswani
President, 2016-2017
The Institute of Indian Foundrymen