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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2009
EDITORIAL Transformation to a new world using light metals technologies PAULA WALLACE Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer who brings extensive research skills which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. A JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd Barbara Cail s we go to press the once-great car company, General Motors, has met its end. With the bailout by the US government it is now owned 60% by the American people and entered Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. While the US system of bankruptcy still enables the company to operate, GM is nevertheless a company on life support. The tragic fallout of this failed company includes all its employees, their families as well as the componetry supplier companies with their employees and families The supplier companies include a vast number of Metal Casting companies and there is the additional, wider negative impact on the overall economic climate because of the reduced spending when people are unemployed. There will be many post –mortems. They will include the company’s refusal JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant GOPAL PADKI Mr.Padki holds several official positions within Foundry Society of China, import and export working committee, and China Foundry Association DR. P. C. MAITY Professor and Head, Mechanical Engineering Department DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar, India E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.mainnotech.com over the past 20 years to build cars which the public wanted: cars which were fuel efficient, safe and comfortable. However, GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations and looked upon Japanese and German cars as inferior. With this blind, and one could say, arrogant focus on their view of the best way to make cars, the US public saw the real issues. They had the right vision and continued to buy the Japanese and German models and thereby created these cars as the gold standard As there are only a few more decades of useable oil on the planet, perhaps this confrontation with reality, using GM as the marker, is the ideal time to seriously address the 21st century and its transportation needs. One gets the impression that some of the car companies which are teetering on financial collapse simply want bailouts so they can return to Business as Usual. Maybe changing to a new vision is too hard for some of the people who presently head up the world’s car companies even though they do know about the need for change. Alas, there does not seem to be enough of them who own the courage and skills to make the change happen. However, as a counterpoint and having flagged in our last edition, the “green” car is definitely on the agenda for many car companies. We have to remain optimistic about these forward-looking companies who are presently working hard to get the new cars to market. I believe we will celebrate the new beginnings of the new world transportation by the middle of next year. In the meantime wouldn’t it be wonderful if the factories which have been suppliers to GM and their employees could be transformed into an immediate workforce to build light rail mass transport all over the US. They could also 4 www.metals.rala.com.au CONTRIBUTORS