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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2007
METAL Casting Technologies December 2007 8 BRIEFINGS DISA - strengthening the ties with India through R&D The DISA Group has recognized the importance of India's potential in the global liberalised scenario and is growing its Indian presence. The Group's new company in Bangalore, DISA Technologies Private Limited (DTPL), is a fully fledged R&D facility in India owned by DISA Holding A/S, Denmark. During the next 12 months the current workforce of 10 engineers is expected to grow up to 25. The R&D Centre is set up in the Peenya Industrial Area in Bangalore and will cater to the development needs of group companies, worldwide. Currently, high-end machines are supplied and serviced by DISA Denmark. A dedicated parts network, which will be operated by DTPL, will facilitate this. The existing DISA customers in India will benefit by this move, as the parts will be made available in their own backyard. DISA is one of the leading players in the niche market of supplying Capital Equipment used in the Foundry Industry and also a worldwide leader within Vertical Sand Moulding Machines. The DTPL operations will initially focus on product improvement, research and development as well as supporting the R&D initiatives from the group companies in Denmark and Switzerland. In the near future, however, there will be focus on increasing the value addition from DTPL by building competencies and then providing engineering support to other DISA operations worldwide. Australian Foundry Training Centre will boost industry recognition The 'sod' has been turned and construction commenced on the new $7 million Foundry and Patternmaking facility, a major initiative of the Queensland Skills Plan, at the SkillsTech Australia Acacia Ridge Training Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The foundry manufacturing segment services diverse market, crucial to a healthy economy in Queensland, generating close to $0.6 billion in sales. It is profitable, embraces new technology and has excellent growth opportunities. Directly employing 2000 people, including 208 apprentices/trainees, this industry contributes in excess of $255 million to local economies and casts 94,000 tonnes of iron and steel each year. Prior to the commencement of SkillsTech Australia, the foundry facility was located at Yeronga, Brisbane, where there were only 22 apprentices enrolled in training. Today, there are approximately 120 apprentices with an expected 15-20% growth over the next five years. The new facility will include training rooms connecting to a flexible workshop area and laboratories directly linked to the main workshop floor using the latest cutting edge technology. The Local Advisory Working Group, Inauguration of DISA Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Left to Right - Mr. Viraj Naidu, President, DISA India Ltd., Mr. Kent Arentoft, CEO & President, DISA Group and Mr. Jan Johansen, Exe. Vice President, DISA Denmark. Australian Foundry Institute -- Queensland Committee with Karen Struthers (MP, Local Member for Algester) and Steve Ghost (Managing Director, SkillsTech Australia) front row, centre of photo