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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2009
build bullet trains (Japan is celebrating their 45th year of its first bullet train) and also use the GM plants to produce energy efficient green and clean busses. The factories could easily and quickly be transformed to facilities to do this as well as build windmills, solar panels and other means of alternative energy. There is a skilled workforce eager to be employed. And, of course, the response will be, “it will take us too long to tool up.” If war happened on the ground in the United States tomorrow, just like Pearl Harbour in the Second World War, all factories would swing into action very quickly to create weapons. This can be done again. The war at the moment is an economic war. Part of the reason for the economic war includes GM’s management which has lived in a blind, bloated and relaxed style for too long. One hundred years ago this year, the founders of General Motors convinced the world to give up their horses and saddles, buggies and whips to try a new form of transportation. Since then the internal combustion engine has served us well. However, with a new century, new technologies and the right vision and commitment we can once again transform our carbon dioxide fuelled transport system which will result in a healthier breathing state for human beings as well as our seriously threatened planet And, with a focus on transformation, this edition of Metals talks about the new world of Light Metals Technologies and how they are transforming materials for use in the new world of car and componetry manufactures. In this Feature Section, Paula Wallace looks at the economic need for Light Metals technology with a focus on Australia and Ralph Tobias revisits and reviews the importance of appropriate process design and audit in the making of modern castings; Dr John Pearce tells us about the Thai Research and Development for Aluminium Castings. In addition to our regular writers we are indeed fortunate to have a technical article by Drs Thang Nguyen and Brad Cowley who describe in their technical paper the trends in Automotive Light Metal. They work with the CSIRO Light Metals Flagship which is always on the leading edge of research for new technologies. And to make this a real feast of information about Light Metals Technologies we also have an Overview of Light Weighting Materials Research and Materials Development in the United States which includes FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnerships. This paper was delivered at the Light Metals Technology Conference in Queensland, Australia at the end of June. We are very proud to offer you the very latest information on Light Metal Technologies in this edition and encourage as well as welcome your response should you wish to add further intelligence to what is now clearly going to be the main focus of metal casting technologies in the future. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org NDT Equipment Sales Pty Limited UNIT 23, 58 BOX ROAD TAREN POINT NSW 2229 TEL: (61-2) 9524-0558 FAX: (61-2) 9524-0560 Email: email@example.com Web: www.ndt.com.au Barbara Cail METAL Casting Technologies June 2009 5 SL08227 Streamline