LAHROE - Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (Tusdec) aims to establish PIIA (Pakistan Institute of Industrial Automation) in order to render a training platform to consummate the shortage of skilled manpower in the local automation industry.

A company spokesperson shared that a pervasive baseline assessment has revealed the dearth of formally trained workforce for equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, installation and programming of pertinent equipment. The source further shared that PIIA will not only act as an ordained institute for manpower training but will also steer the  planning and implementation of PLC (Programmable Logical Controller) and Industrial Automation Projects in the country. The institute will extend consultation and advisory services acting as an adept solution provider for industrial automation problems faced by the Industry.

The source further shared that PIIA will also substantiate the concept of industrial incubation under which, infrastructural support and consultancy will be extended to the automation equipment manufacturers or suppliers for setting up or upgrading their own labs and production units. Figures from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics reveal that import of modern machinery and equipment during 2010-11 was worth USD 6,547 million which then rose to USD 7,167 million in 2011-12.