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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2009
TECHNOLOGY FEATURE Automobiles NewWorldOF THE Research metal casting technology Australia - future What does the global fi nancial crisis mean for innovation in Australia’s metal manufacturing sector? CAST CRC CEO, Professor George Collins, refl ects on the future for R&D in the highly competitive area of metal casting technology. C AST is a Cooperative Research Centre that conducts industry- driven research in metals technology.We have three research programs directly targeting problems in metal casting - Continuous Casting, Property and Quality Control and Die Casting Costs. By bringing industry and researchers together, we aim to help Australian companies meet the challenges of globalisation by supplying innovative solutions to problems in metal casting technology. Traditionally CAST’s research concentrated on the light metals - aluminium and magnesium - and the supply chains for these metals including, primary producers, equipment and component manufacturers and automotive companies. But over the last few years, our research has diversified to include titanium and the ferrous metals, involving companies in aerospace, minerals and defence. Australia’s metals manufacturing sector is competitive, highly specialised, export intensive and constantly restructuring. The sector is heavily reliant on R&D to compete globally, increase market share and sustain profits. The credit drought and the inevitability of increases in energy prices add to the already considerable pressure on profit margins for Australian manufacturers. Conversely, this situation also generates consumer demand for smart, lightweight, fuel efficient transport solutions and the need for environmentally-friendly processing technologies. This creates significant opportunities for Australia’s metal manufacturers and for CAST researchers. Professor George Collins Continuous casting research CAST research impacts on the value chain from casting machine manufacturers to the smelter cast houses that convert liquid metal into saleable products. Our aim is to deliver new technologies to improve direct chill and ingot casting processes. An area of competitive advantage for CAST is the superior environmental performance of our technologies. Our research has resulted in improved casting machine technologies such as Australian made ingot casting machines incorporating patented pouring systems (CASTfill) and high performance mould designs (CASTmould) developed by o.d.t. Engineering in collaboration with CAST. 20 www.metals.rala.com.au