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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2006
Planning is well underway for the 2006 Australasian Foundry Conference (15-18 October). Extreme Thermal Activity is shaping up to be a great event. Those who've never experienced the explosive nature of the Rotorua region are in for a surprise -- the conference is being held in the most exciting region of New Zealand. The ideal conference venue -- the Royal Lakeside Hotel, on the shores of Lake Rotorua -- is in close proximity to the geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools that make the area unique. The range of activities available for attendees is astounding. We had a lot of difficulty deciding what we had to leave off the social programme. Rotorua offers a very real and positive cultural experience including Maori entertainment and arts and crafts. Rotorua's action attractions include gondola rides, bungee jumping and other extreme sports events and Zorbing (rolling down hills inside a giant rubber ball, protected by a huge cushion of air). New Zealand's rural delights are also well represented in the Rotorua area, with live sheep shows at the Agrodome and the kiwis, tuatara 'dinosaur' lizards and huge trout seen up close at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park. As Chairman of the Technical Committee, it's my job to ensure the conference includes original papers on new and improved foundry processes, marketing, competitiveness issues, financial management, information systems, safety, environment issues and PR -- all of the aspects that you need to be up to date with in order to thrive in our challenging business environment. We've got some very good speakers lined up. A trade show will be held in conjunction with the conference. Space is limited, so reserve your booth ASAP with Rex Baynes at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best resource keeping you informed about the latest conference developments is our website at www.castingtechnologynz.org Keep your eye on the site for registration forms as early registrations will go into the draw to win a free night's accommodation. If you have any queries regarding the conference you can ring Linda Boland on +64 4496 6555 or by email at email@example.com We look forward to seeing you at the conference! Mike Alston Chairman Casting Technology NZ Inc firstname.lastname@example.org 2006 Australasian Foundry Conference Chairman s Update participation and support from the numerous sponsors within the industry. The industry sponsors mainly consist of the companies that supply foundries with raw materials and equipment for production. These suppliers over the years have been very generous in the support for the AFI. That support has been crucial in maintaining the basic structure of the annual conventions. The foundry industry continues to change in its structure in the region, however. With Trade Shows and Exhibitions in China, the USA, Europe happening on a regular basis, suppliers in our region are beginning to choose to participate in these as well as the Australian version, and there is only so much money that they are willing to throw in to support these types of activities. It may be time to reconsider the issue of how to structure the AFI convention format for the coming years. NowIamsimplyamemberoftheAFI,soIdonotwantto presume to tell the National Council what to do. But as AFI members, we should all be making our voices heard. So I'm going to throw this out to all our readers; what do you think of the structure for AFI annual conventions? Is a convention held every year in rotating "host" states plus New Zealand) the way to continue? Or should the AFI Council be considering some sort of change. I encourage everyone to communicate your opinions to your state council or send your opinion to us here at the magazine. Let them know what you are thinking, so that they can consider the course of action most suitable for the AFI to follow. Here are two possible alternatives for the current structure: ● Hold the convention every other year, and continue the rotation of host states. ● Hold the convention every other year in one location with all states sharing all financial aspects of the convention (both with respect to funding and sharing profits). These are two suggestions. Let's hear what you have to say. Enjoy this issue of the magazine. We look forward to hearing from you. METAL Casting Technologies June 2006 5