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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2006
BRIEFINGS METAL Casting Technologies June 2006 11 stable and small parts could be hung in individual racks separate from each other. This resulted in straighter and more uniformly processed parts than previously achievable. Gary Coffey, the company's Quality Manager said the new furnace would increase capacity at the Brisbane facility by over a third. India and China serious competition GEMCO and its sister company Knight Wendling, the European based consulting and engineering group, have surveyed and recorded an increased demand for their consulting services from clients seeking to either expand or move production capacities to India or China. GEMCO's survey included the global automotive market in general, diesel engine blocks and agricultural castings and the outcome clearly displays this global movement in the foundry industry. GEMCO itself has been active in Asia since the mid 90's. Projects include the turnkey realization of a new production facility for Saint-Gobain Pipelines in Ma'anshan, China in 2004. More recently concept engineering assistance has been provided for a new foundry for diesel engines and a concept study for a foundry for agricultural castings in China as well as a concept study for windmill castings production in India. However, there is still a substantial focus on the Australian market as GEMCO has completed a cost comparison study on automotive engine parts (Mexico, China and Australia) for the State Government of Victoria, and an assessment on the Mitsubishi Lonsdale Foundry subsidized by the State Government of South Australia. Thailand hosts important conference Dr John Pearce, Metal Castings Editor is Thailand reports that as part of the NSTDA Annual Conference 2006 -- "Towards Sufficiency Economy with Science and Technology", the Fourth Thailand Materials Science and Technology Conference (Ms@t IV) was held at the Thailand Science Park near Bangkok from 31st March to 1st April 2006. Since it was first held in 2000, Ms@t has been expanded to include developments in nanomaterials and nanotechnology in addition to conventional materials, and design and manufacture. The 2006 event celebrated the 20th anniversary of MTEC -- the National Metals & Materials Technology Centre who organized proceedings together with NANOTECH -- the National Nanotechnology Centre, NSTDA -- the National Science & Technology Development Agency, and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Over 150 papers and posters were presented in five main subject groups: Ceramics, Manufacturing & Design, Metals, Nanomaterials, and Polymers & Biomaterials. Sponsors for best papers awards in the various special sessions included the Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand (Metals category), the Polymer Society (Polymers), Toyota Technical Centre Asia Pacific (Biomaterials), Leonics Co. Ltd (Fuel Cells). and Thai Parkerizing Co. Ltd. (Surface & Heat Treatments). The conference opened with two plenary lectures: ● Development of Materials Testing for Industry in Germany Prof. T. Boellinghaus ● Corrosion Losses and Maintenance Strategies Mr. M Funahasi. Prof. Boellinghaus, who is Vice- President of BAM -- the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, gave a presentation that was