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Metal Casting Technologies : June 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 China, The AFI and You elcome to another edition of Metal Casting Technology. Once again, we feel we have put together a magazine that is interesting and informative for all of our readers. You will find a number of features by our usual contributors as well as some other articles of interest. Now, speaking of articles included in the magazine, along with the letters to the editor or contributions to our forums that we encourage, we are always interested to see articles from our readers. You don't have to be a regular contributor to get consideration for publication. Our requirements are simple; we are looking for interesting, innovative and informative articles. Technical features are a plus, but we will consider those of a non- technical nature if they are applicable to our industry. This call is not going to any one sector of our readership, either. We have readers spread out over a wide area, and we would very much like to see more articles coming from our friends in Asia. Speaking of Asia, it is my understanding that the China Metal + Metallurgy 2006 Exhibition in Beijing was an overwhelming success. There is a summary on page 18 in this issue where Adam Cail reports on his experience there. I have also heard from a number of different sources that the Exhibition was a great success. I hope that those of you who attended got a lot out of it, and encourage those of you who did not attend to consider starting to make plans for the next Metal + Metallurgy Exhibition which will be held in China in 2008. I'm not going to give up yet on calling for participation in our forums in the magazine. We continue to encourage responses from our readership, wherever you live. If we have not presented an idea to you that you want to comment on, come up with one of your own. Do you have a burning question you would like to ask about? A hot topic on which you would not mind getting more information? We respond to all types of communication; e-mails, faxes or good old hand written letters. Please send them through and we'll see what interest we can generate. It's time for the push to begin on the annual AFI Convention to be held this year in Rotorua, New Zealand. You will find information within this issue, and we hope that you will find yourself in a position to attend this year's convention, which promises to be informative and enjoyable. Having noted the above, this year's convention came close to being cancelled due to exhibitor and sponsorship participation levels being below what was expected. As the magazine goes to publication, we are told that the convention will go ahead, which is good news. As everyone knows, the AFI conventions cannot survive without the EDITORIAL Ken Foulke W METAL Casting Technologies June 2006 4