SIALKOT: The Sports Industries Development Centre (SIDC) which was completed at a cost of Rs 435.637 million has started its test production after installation of ultra modern imported machinery.
The aim of setting up SIDC was to enable Sports Good sector to adopt new technology of mechanized thermo laminated balls by training, common facilities and technical advisory services along with mold machinery services.
Official sources told APP here Saturday that the project would enhance the capacity and competitiveness of Sialkot football industry in the field of mechanized balls and its allied industries to develop on modern lines, sources said.
The pioneer project had the production capacity of 3500 balls per day of thermo balls and bladders and 1000 basketballs per day imported machinery for thermo balls, basket balls, volleyballs and all types of bladders has installed by supplier partial machinery has been tested and providing the facilities for local industry of Bladders, Basketballs and Thermo Balls.
About the delayed of the project the sources said it was due to supplier of machinery and arranging Chinese experts for testing of all machinery and commercial production with transfer of technology as per contract for the local industry.
Modern and latest laboratory as per FIFA and FIBA standard is available and in operation for facilitation of local industry to provide all types test while latest equipped workshop is also operational, sources said.
It may be added that SIDC is a joint initiative of Ministry of Industries and Production, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) and Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI).