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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2006
CONTRIBUTORS JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd GORDON FELLER writes regularly about the metals industry. He is based in China and travels throughout Asia JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant NEV MURRAY Secretary of the Australian Ductile Iron Producers Association Inc. GOPAL PADKI CEO Foseco China Has 22-years experience in the foundry industry, in particular India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China DR PC MAITY Professor in the Foundry Technology Department of the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi India would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year. No matter how you celebrate the New Year, it is the hope from all of us here at Metal Castings Technologies that 2006 finds you happy, healthy and prosperous. Bearing that in mind, I would like to welcome you to our first issue of the year. We are back again with a magazine that we feel is packed full of information, with just a dash of controversy thrown in for good measure. Our regular contributors are back for the New Year with what we hope is useful information. Jeff Meredith, John Pierce, John Hermes, Pravash Maity and Fred the Foundryman have all waded in with great articles, in addition to our regular features such as product news, briefings and upcoming events. There is a very interesting article in this issue about the 54th Indian Foundry Congress, which took place in January of this year. The article gives a good summary of what was covered at that convention. In the upcoming events section, you will see a mention of Metal China 2006 to be held in Beijing from April 18 -- 21. This one will be a "biggie", as most of these events that are held in China tend to be. If you have made your plans to go already, congratulations, and I hope your attendance there will be fruitful. If you have not made plans, it certainly is something for you to consider. This event will be well attended by foundrymen from all over the world. Adam Cail will also be representing the Metal Casting Technologies Magazine at the exhibition so please drop by to say hello to him, he'll be at stand 8B 528. This issue completes one year of my participation with the magazine. I think that my input has been positive, although I do not think it can be considered a smashing success. How can this be measured? That's the big question. It has been my hope and intent to help make MCT a respected and authoritative source of information for the foundry industry in East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. To accomplish this, we need to be accurate in our content and current in our presentations. But there is one key thing that we need to get in order to evaluate how we are doing. That's the input of our readers. So far, I do not think that we can consider this to have taken place to any great degree. A couple of issues back, it was suggested by Fred the Foundryman that we try to develop the magazine as a forum for our readers. So far the responses received have been a bit less than overwhelming, although we can always count on Fred to contribute! EDITORIAL Ken Foulke I www.metals.rala.com.au 4 2006 -- Full steam head a