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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2009
for the planet to be liberated from the ‘old’ model motor engine with its emissions increasingly fouling and polluting the planet and the air we breathe. We only have to look at a photo of the traffic in Beijing and its polluted skies. We also know that as we move into the future, China will increase its car numbers and without change to the model of the current motor engines, its cities will be increasingly a respiratory nightmare for its people. And, of course, this applies world wide. The phoenix from the ashes will be new technologies which will deliver transportation to arrest the deterioration of the climatically threatened future. It can be an impressive opportunity for a golden age of innovation? In the Feature section of this edition, we take a look at the future of car technologies. We have focused on the car because it is one of the biggest drivers of the world economy - even under the current economic conditions, and will remain so. All the indicators for the future focus on electrification: bio-fuels, clean diesels, natural gas, fuel cells, and various hybrid technologies. Many commentators are saying that the electrification of the car is definitely the future and it should have been the present. The film “Who killed the Electric Car?” revealed that the technology was available in the early 1990’s but the US Bush government passed legislation to ensure the technology didn’t get funded - meaning that the oil companies have lots of dollars for lobbyists. Importantly, where do the Metal Casters fit into this new vision of the future? Read the technology feature in this edition and I feel certain that it will give you a substantial vision on the state of the new world automotive technologies. Please let us have your views and opinions on whether we have got the right slant. We will be refining our existing web site www. metals.rala.com.au in mid year when you will be able to register your comments on line. Meantime, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org 2009 DEADLINES JUNE 2009 – Light Metals R&D Editorial deadline: Advertising booking deadline: Material deadline: 13 May 20 May 27 May SEPTEMBER 2009 – Who’s Who of Metals Including Annual Buyer’s Guide Editorial deadline: Advertising booking deadline: Material deadline: DECEMBER 2009 – The Green Issue Editorial deadline: Advertising booking deadline: Material deadline: 29 July 5 August 12 August 28 October 4 November 11 November Beckwith Macbro Resin Coated Sands All grades of resin coated sand used for shell molding and shell cores for ferrous and non-ferrous applications PRODUCTS ¦ Range of resin strengths from 1.0% to 5.0% ¦ Silica, Zircon, Cerabeade, Chromite coated sands or blended mixes ¦ Coated Sands of diff erent AFS typically from 50-90 AFS ¦ Thermal Reclaimed Coated Sands SERVICES ¦ Full technical and trouble shooting service. ¦ On-site shell core and shell molding facility to evaluate the product applications. ¦ Laboratory facility to ensure product quality. E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.beckwithmacbro.com.au Barbara Cail METAL Casting Technologies March 2009 5 Contact : Rob Dalla Via 30 Devon Rd Devon Meadows, Melbourne Telephone: +61 3 5995 4244 Mobile: 0417 332 723 Fax: +61 3 5995 5030