Metal Casting Technologies : MCT DEC 2017 (4TH QRT)
10 www.metals.rala.com.au METAL Casting Technologies 4th Quarter 2017 11 For over 40 years we’ve helped industry streamline costs, minimise risk and drive production efficiency. Together we can deliver more. More products, new services; the latest technologies to drive your business success. Contact us to find out more at +65 6337 6848 or email@example.com www.hitachi-hightech.com/hha Combined strength Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis is now Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science. The first recipients of the new Crystal Award were Professor Dr. Pimchai Chaiyen, School of Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) for her work in biochemistry and Dr Anchalee Manonukul, a Research Engineer at the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTEC), which operates under National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in Thailand. Dr Anchalee was originally awarded a fellowship grant from L’Oréal Thailand ‘For Women in Science in 2008 for her research entitled “Development of powder metallurgy processes and products to increase Thailand’s manufacturing capability”. Since then she has continued to lead research work on the development of powder metallurgy, metal injection moulding and other process for the production of precision components, and on the production of titanium foam materials. Nathalie Gerschtein Keraudy, Managing Director of L’Oréal (Thailand) Ltd. said: “It is my honour to congratulate the two former fellows of the programme who have received the “L’Oréal Woman Scientist Crystal Award” in recognition of their continued research to benefit the country’s development through both the government and private sectors. L’Oréal hopes that these awards will encourage women researchers to continue their studies for the ultimate benefit of the nation.” Thai Foundry Association activities include visit to Metal China 2017 During 2017 the Thai Foundry Association (TFA) activities programme has included visits to the Metal China 2017 Exhibition in Shanghai and seminars on Resin Sands, Greensand and on Production Planning. From 13-17 June 2017 thirty TFA members visited the Metal + Metallurgy China Exhibition in Shanghai. The group also made plant visits to Suzhou Ishikawa Iron Manufacturing Company (SIIM) in Jiangsu Province, and to DISA and Changzhou Xinkanghua Foundry in Changzhou. SIIM is a Japanese joint venture foundry specializing in manufacturing nodular cast iron products using DISA full-automatic molding systems, and in precision machining. The annual output of 70,000 tons of castings is mainly for automobile, railway and general machinery applications. The Xinkanghua Foundry also uses DISA moulding lines and produces railway and compressor castings. During the June Intermach and Intermold exhibition held in Bangkok 40 TFA members attended a free all- day seminar entitled “A Practical Guide for Green Sand Technology”. This was organized in cooperation with DS TLP Company, Chananchai 1993 Company, and from China the Changzhou Hidea Machinery Co. Ltd. This topic complemented a similar seminar on “Resin Coated Sand Technology” held earlier in May and organized with the Pine-Pacific Company, Bangkok. In September the seminar focus was “Casting Production Planning Systems”. BRIEFINGS This event was held at the recently established Aisin Takaoka Asia Training Centre (At-A TC) situated at the Thai Engineering Products plant on the Navanakorn Industrial Estate just north of Bangkok. China’s increased copper demand The Chinese government’s Made in China 2025 initiative will have a significant impact on copper demand in China, according to new research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA). As China endeavours to upgrade its industry through increased efficiency and the use of “smart factories,” copper intensity is projected to rise in areas such as transportation, electric power equipment and industrial robots. The new research—conducted by Brilliance Consulting of China—predicts annual demand for copper will grow by an additional 232,000 tonnes by 2025, due to the plan. This projected growth in demand is in addition to natural growth experienced by the market. “Manufacturing trends such as Industry 4.0, smart factories, green manufacture and the Internet of Things will push copper intensity, particularly in applications such as wind power, transformers and industrial motors,” said Colin Bennett, Market Analysis and Outreach, ICA. “These efficient technologies require a larger amount of copper in end-use products, due to copper’s superior conductivity and durability, and other valuable properties.” As China adopts higher efficiency motor standards, copper intensity in this sector is forecast to increase from 0.87 kilograms of copper per kilowatt (kg/kw) in 2015 to 1.56 kg/kw in 2025. Similarly, higher efficiency distribution transformers use more copper. Another potential boost for copper would come from the Made in China 2025 goal of developing a more advanced railway network. The study notes that more double-line railway construction in the future is likely to increase copper use per kilometre, from the current 5.1 tonnes to 6 tonnes by 2025. Growth in these key sectors and more – including electric vehicles and offshore wind power – will be fuelled by the Made in China 2025 initiative. The plan’s focus on efficiency creates a strong opportunity for copper, which is used to increase the efficiency of numerous electrical technologies. Robotics development initiatives in Thailand The government in Thailand has recently approved a number of incentives to support the development of robotic and associated industries towards progress with the Thailand 4.0 Policy. The aim is BRIEFINGS Khun Suttichai and Henry Xiong presenting at the TFA June seminar on Greensand Technology. Greensand Technology remains a popular topic for the TFA. TFA visiting group with their “on-tour” banner at the Metal + Metallurgy China event in Shanghai.
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