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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2006
www.metals.rala.com.au 14 he 54th Indian Foundry Congress held in January 2006 in Pune, India was attended by more than 1400 delegates, including foundrymen, foundry equipment / raw material suppliers, foundry service providers, engineers, academicians, engineers, government officials and industrialists from India and abroad. A delegation of 40 members and their spouses from Pakistan attended the 54th IFC. The major events of the Congress were Global Sourcing Meet, Foundrex India 2006, the Exhibition, Inaugural Ceremony, Technical sessions, Tech-Mart and Senior Experts Forum. GLOBAL SOURCING MEET The opportunity for Indian foundries in the global market has been widened due to the closure of a number of foundries in Europe and America who were troubled by stringent pollution requirements and high labour cost involved in the production of castings. As a consequence the automobile manufacturers and OEMs of these countries are becoming gradually more dependent on the casting producers of Asian countries like China, India and Thailand. With opportunities evolving from outsourcing of castings by Western countries, the "Global Sourcing Meet" was organised in the Foseco Hall of the Congress. The objective was to help and guide the casting producers and the OEMs to find out their potential buyers and sellers respectively. Representatives of Auto Chassis International, France discussed their expectations from the vendors of castings in terms of quality, packing, delivery etc. The presentation by Mr. Rajiv Mandke, ACMA Centre of Technology, Delhi substantiated it further by detailing the techniques required to meet global standards. The management and logistics of Export, that are relevant in the context of global sourcing, were detailed by the representative of an Auto manufacturer from Coimbatore and Mr. Rajiv Sathe, a consultant from Pune. FOUNDREX INDIA 2006 The Foundrex India exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Ajay Dua, Secretary to the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry. A total of 129 participants exhibited their products and services in the exhibition which included 29 participants from Germany, UK, Thiland, China, Japan, USA, Australia and The Netherlands. Foseco India Ltd., Pune, Gargi Huttenes-Albertus Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Giesserei-VerlagGmbH, Germany, Inductotherm (India) Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, Laempe GmbH, Germany, Metal Power Analytical (I) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Precise Tooling, Australia, Wesman Engineering Co. Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata etc. were the major exhibitors. Making moulds using a new inorganic salt based binder was demonstrated in the exhibition by Laempe GmbH, Germany which attracted the attention of the delegates. INAUGURAL CEREMONY Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research was the chief guest in the inaugural function. Addressing the large gathering, Dr. Mashelkar underlined the necessity of weight reduction in cast components and appreciated IIF's effort in promoting the concept of green foundries. Mr. Avinash Ogale, President, IIF in his inaugural speech referred to the remarkable growth of casting exports from India. Mr. Andrew Turner, Secretary General, World Foundrymen Organisation talked about the activities of WFO and invited Indian foundrymen to attend the 67th World Foundry Congress to be held at Harrogate, UK during June 5-7, 2006. The present WFO President, Dr.-Ing. P. N. Bhagwati defined India as the emerging technological source. He expressed that during his tenure, his effort would be to bring the country in the limelight in the global industrial Scenario. TECHNICAL SESSIONS Thirty technical papers were presented by experts from industry and academies in nine technical sessions. Various topics related to moulding and core making processes, Cast iron and S.G. iron, melting practices, non-ferrous casting technology, steel castings, foundry management, computer applications /software and process instrumentation were deliberated in the sessions. Presentations on cast iron by C. R. Loper Jr. USA, Yunfeng Yang, Finland, Angelo Manganotti, Italy, Mike Jackson, UK, Richard Taft, UK, SteveDawson, UK; on melt control by Wolfgang Kaettlitz, Germany, S. A. Kori, India, Barry Wingfield, Foseco Asean and John Hughes, UK; on mold and core making by David M. Gilson, USA, P. K. Basutkar, India; on computer simulation by K. Gnanamurthy, India, K. C. Taylor, Foseco GmbH and B. Ravi, India and on management by S. G. Pawar, India, Sirajuddin Khan, Pakistan and A. B. Patil, India are worth mentioning. TECH-MART The Tech-Mart was a three-hour event organized in two sessions to present the products, processes and services by participating companies. Sand testing, metal analysis, resins and fluxes, software, cast iron production and ERP system were the topics of presentation by six organizations. SENIOR EXPERTS FORUM This was a new event introduced for the first time in IFC. A galaxy of senior experts discussed the solutions to the problems on casting defects, phosphorus / sulphur level for S.G. iron production, production of C.G. iron etc raised by casting producers. The program was conducted by Mr. S. Panchal, Past President, IIF. ● By P. C. Maity, Professor, Foundry Technology Department, National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi India, E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.mainnotech.com 54th Indian Foundry Congress - A Mega Event