Metal Casting Technologies : MCT MAR 2018 (1ST QRT)
14 www.metals.rala.com.au BRIEFINGS with a January seminar on “How to control moulding sand properties” presented at the Thai Sintokogio plant on the Rojana Industry Park 2 in Ayutthaya. Thai Sintokogio produce moulding, dust collection and cleaning equipment in Thailand. This was to be followed in February by a seminar on “Melting Quality Control”. The TFA plan to visit foundries in Japan in March and the Metal China event and Chinese foundries in May and will also take part in activities at the 8th Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2018 (TAPA 2018) show at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from 5-8th April. (www.thailandautopartsfair.com) New ARC Training Centre to transform Australia’s high-performance carbon composites manufacturing industry Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of an ARC Training Centre that will focus on the next generation of automated composite manufacturing innovations. The ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC), based at The University of New South Wales, is receiving $3.8 million over five years in funding through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme. “This new Training Centre, working with key industry collaborators, will utilise advanced automation technology to position Australian manufacturers as world-class producers of advanced composite materials and structures,” said Professor Thomas. “AMAC has united university researchers and industry, to lower the barriers for Australian industry to access, engage, adopt and propagate automated composite manufacturing innovations. The range of organisations participating in the Training Centre reflects the diversity of applications that will arise from this research. “A key objective of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme is to foster opportunities for research students and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training. AMAC will train the next generation of composite manufacturing innovators who will lead the future of the industry in Australia.” Researchers at The University of New South Wales will team with researchers at The Australian National University and other participating organisations: Technical University of Munich, Germany; Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd; Australian Sports Commission – Australian Institute of Sport; Omni Tanker Holdings Pty Ltd; Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd; Carbonix; Field Electron and Ion Company; Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; Advanced Fibre Placement Technology; Defence Science and Technology Organisation. For more information about this Training Centre, please visit the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites website: http://advanced-composites.co/ For more information about the ARC and the Industrial Transformation Research Program, please visit the ARC website: http://www.arc .gov.au/ Will demand for metals increase with electric vehicle uptake? As electric vehicles have grown in popularity, increasing attention has been placed on raw materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel for batteries, but the story extends further. Fully electric vehicles will require four times as much copper as internal combustion engine vehicles, and the infrastructure for charging them will see an increased demand for copper or aluminium cables. Also, as vehicles become lighter and more efficient, we’re likely to see increased use of aluminium. The dominant lithium-ion battery type for electric vehicles is expected to have a nickel chemistry. Sourcing this quantity of nickel will be a challenge as most of the incremental supply through to 2025 will be [either] ferronickel or nickel pig iron, both of which are unsuitable raw materials for nickel sulphate batteries – Sean Mulshaw, Principal Analyst, as quoted in the Financial Times. As electric vehicles become more cost- competitive and efficient, we expect global adoption to accelerate rapidly. In response, mining operations will pick up, but consumers and regulatory authorities are likely to demand increased scrutiny. The most successful companies will be those that can prove they can provide the metals needed but with minimal environmental impact. As part of our coverage on peak oil demand, we asked Paul Benjamin, Research Director of Global Copper Markets, to share his view on the outlook for metals demand and how decarbonisation trends will affect metals and mining industries. – Republished with the permission of https://www.woodmac.com Towards “industry 4.0” in Thailand The Thai government has approved an infrastructure development plan for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme, which replaced the original Eastern Seaboard Development Programme. The EEC Office said that the plan consists of three phases: Urgent, Intermediate and Long-term. The urgent phase, which is running through 2018 is for encouragement of both domestic and foreign investment to the EEC and for immediate transport improvements, while the intermediate phase to run through 2019 to the end of 2021 will concentrate on development of transport systems and infrastructure. The long term plan from 2022 onwards is for sustainable development and to improve the infrastructure network for international air transport and rail links to neighbors such as Cambodia and Myanmar. There are also plans to build 19 new industrial estates in the three provinces in the EEC zone, of these, twelve are planned for Chonburi, six for Rayong, and one in Chachoengsao.
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