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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2008
Foundry 2008 ASIAN received BoI privileges to begin eco- car production by the end of 2009. Clearly over the next few years the Thai automotive castings industry, as well as Thai car builders, must be able deliver the quality and productivity to compete with India and China if Thailand is to be the “Detroit of Asia”. There are also opportunities to develop Thailand as a development and manufacturing hub for agricultural machinery. Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of both rice and rubber and is a significant producer of palm oil, maize, tapioca and sugar cane. One company developing this sector is Siam Kubota who has now established its first tractor producing plant outside Japan with a new plant with an initial production capacity of 30,000 tractors due to start assembly early next year. Die-casters in Thailand producing parts for hard disc drive (HDD) units look forward to increased business as, within two years, Thailand is expected to overtake China as the largest HDD producer in the world. The top three HDD manufacturers in the world – Seagate Technology, Western Digital and Hitachi all have bases here and all three are upgrading and increasing their production. Thai Foundrymen’s Society reaches eighteen In 2008 the Thai Foundrymen’s Society (TFS) entered its 18th year of operation. The TFS was originally established as the Thai Foundrymen’s Forum in 1990 before upgrading to the Society in 1995. One remarkable long service achievement is that of Mr. Adisorn Thumrudti of Ayutthaya Metal Company, a specialist jobbing iron-foundry, who has served for 18 years on every TFS executive board as Advisor, Chairman and now Honorary Chairman. Each year the TFS publishes its own journal entitled Metal Casting 54 www.metals.rala.com.au Journal. Now into its 18th volume it is published quarterly in Thai language and contains technical articles of relevance to Thai industry, current circulation is about 1,500 per issue. The TFS continue to run a wide technical programme of events aimed at raising technical and managerial aspects of metal casting. TFS events over the past year include: ? TFS casting exhibition at the “Technomart 2007” trade exhibition show from 4-7 October at the Impact Exhibition Halls in Bangkok. ? Cooperation with the National Science & Development Agency (NSTDA), Thai universities and Daiki Nikkei Thai Company in a seminar on “Semi-Solid Processing” held at the Bureau of Supporting Industries (BSID) in Bangkok from 29-30 January 2008. ? TFS industrial visit day to Daiki Nikkei Thai Company and Siam Toyota Manufacturing at the Amata Nakorn Industrial Park. ? “Thai Met 08” – a special 2 day programme of lectures at the INTERMACH 2008 exhibition in cooperation with the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTEC) and King Mongut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) from 16-17 May. ? TFS overseas study tour to China to attend the China (Guangzhou) International Foundry Industry Exhibition and including three factory visits to Foshan Shecun Special Aluminium Alloy Manufacturing, Foshan Nanhai Lihui Casting Factory, and Guangzhou Iron & Steel Company. ? “Die Casting University Training Course Part II” from 26 July – 4 August in cooperation with MTEC and Chulalongkorn University. Mr Adisorn Thu- maprudti, CEO of Ayut- thaya Metal Company Mr. Ali Scharei of Otto Junker Group gives the opening lecture at induction furnace seminar at the Grand Mercure Fortune Hotel in Bangkok At the NSTDA Thailand Science Park the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTEC) now has well developed pilot plant facilities for metal processing including non-ferrous casting. Over the past year the Foundry Engineering Research and Development Unit (FERDU) headed by Dr. J. Kajornchaiyakul at MTEC has continued to focus on a quality improvement programme for producers Technical support for foundries from CEMCT and MTEC In addition to undergraduate and post- graduate programmes in Production, Industrial and Materials Engineering the Centre of Excellence in Metal Casting Technology (CEMCT) based at King Mongut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) also provides seminars and training for the cast metals industry. One example this year was a seminar on “Induction Furnaces - Fundamentals, Advancement, Selection and Energy Conservation” which was attended by more than 60 participants from Thai foundries. Otto Junker GmbH from Germany and Chanachai Co. Ltd of Thailand cooperated with CEMCT staff to arrange and deliver the one-day programme. The speakers included Mr. A. Scharei of Otto Junker and Prof. C. Niumsorn and Dr. C. Limmaneevichitr of KMUTT.