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8 www.metals.rala.com.au Thai Foundry Association (TFA) Activities During the first half of 2017 the TFA has organised a number of activities for members. Factory visits included the Okamoto (Thailand) and Precision Manufacturing Company plants in Ayutthaya province. The Okamoto casting and manufacturing plant began operations in 1990 and now employs around 1000 people producing 300 high precision grinding machines each month. Okamoto uses the furan No-Bake process to produce grey and ductile iron castings for the machine tool industry. Precision Manufacturing (PMC) situated on the Bangpa-in Industrial Estate was also founded in 1990. This company specialises in small precision castings produced by shell mould and investment processes. It produces auto-parts, machine parts, wear and heat resistant parts, and in recent years has started to produce aerospace parts. TFA members have also attended several technical seminars on topics such as Advanced Resin Coated Sands, Melt Quality Control of Al Alloys and Foundry Resource Planning – FRP. The FRP seminar, arranged by Department of Industrial Engineering, KMUTT and M5 Engineering/ MAGMA Thailand, was of special interest to foundry management since it covered how to use technology to help manage resources and costs of production in the foundry, the need for real-time data, data management and control, and how data can be used to develop the plant. Boeing and CSIRO launch $35m Research Program CSIRO has signed a new, $AUD35 million research agreement with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing. Over the next five years the organisations will work together on a broad range of areas of mutual interest including space sciences, advanced materials and manufacturing. It’s the latest step in a 28-year partnership between CSIRO and Boeing that has provided a huge boost for Australia in the global aviation industry. CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall announced the new funding agreement at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia’s G’day to Aussie innovation event in Sydney recently. “With almost three decades of ground-breaking research that has created jobs and growth for Australia and the US, it’s hard to overstate the impact that our relationship with Boeing has had,” Dr Marshall said. “Adopting a global outlook for national benefit is a key pillar of CSIRO’s Strategy 2020, and it’s an approach that has yielded enormous benefits through our relationship with Boeing.” Earlier this month, Boeing named CSIRO as a 2016 Supplier of the Year. “Boeing celebrates 90 years in Australia this year, and for nearly a third of that time, we’ve partnered with CSIRO on advanced technologies that have made a real difference to the aerospace industry,” President of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Maureen Dougherty said. “We’re excited to see that relationship move forward as a result of this new multi-year agreement.” CSIRO and Boeing celebrated their respective centenaries in 2016. Over the years the organisations have invested more than $AUD170 million on 190 joint research projects into everything from innovative new manufacturing processes, to fire retardants, biofuels and software. CSIRO’s “Paintbond” technology, for instance, has been applied to more than a thousand Boeing airplanes, including some in the skies above Australia, saving millions of dollars in maintenance costs. The strong relationship with CSIRO was a key factor in Boeing choosing Australia as the location for its largest research and development operation outside the United States. “We are proud to have worked with Boeing so closely and for so many years, helping them to deliver profound value to their customers,” Dr Marshall said. “Our relationship is a real success story of science partnering with industry to create impact, and we’re looking forward to growing that impact even further in the coming years.” BRIEFINGS Dr. Paisan Somprakit, the TFA President, presents a thank you gift to Mr. Noyubuki Harada, Managing Director of Okamoto (Thailand). Dr. Paisan and the TFA visiting party with Mr. Narin Poonpunchai, Deputy Managing Director of PMC, outside the PMC plant. ARL easySpark OES Small yet extremely powerful Find out more at www.thermofisher.com/easyspark For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. © 2017 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. All rights reserved. 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