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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2009
BRIEFINGS Royal recognition for Inductotherm Inductotherm Europe Limited has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. Inductotherm Europe Limited is part of a worldwide group specialising in manufacturing and supplying equipment for the melting and heating of metals by induction heating. It is ultimately owned by an American Corporation, Rowan Technologies Inc of Rancocas, New Jersey. The Droitwich facility currently employs over 100 and established in 1971, with building expansions in 1980 and 1991. The equipment is made here for the UK market as well as for export throughout Europe. The company is growing opportunities for its equipment to be used in various ‘green’ applications to include solar panels, wind turbines and the latest generation of fuel efficient aircraft. SkillsTech Australia partners with Bradken Engineering on training SkillsTech Australia has completed the pilot of a three year international partnership with Bradken, an Australian heavy engineering and manufacturing company. The partnership involves skills assessment and training — to Certificate Three standard — of Bradken staff at the company’s Chinese and Australian operations. Bradken wants the majority of staff trained to Australian standards, a three year project which begins with staff at the company’s XuZhou factory (Jiangsu Province) in 2009. The XuZhou Rail workshop manufactures freight wagon sub components and complete freight wagons. SkillsTech Australia Assistant Director Gordon Elledge was in China in December last year establishing the 6 www.metals.rala.com.au training and development program at XuZhou. This involved a pilot project designing pathways for employees to achieve a Certificate 3 in Engineering Fabrication, conducting Recognition of Prior Learning, identifying skills gaps and arranging training where needed. “The project involves evaluating Bradken’s workforce in China, identifying the skill-sets they need to do the job and aligning these to the relevant competencies and qualifications,” said Gordon. “Obtaining these qualifications will give the XuZhou-based staff flexibility to work in the company’s operations.” SkillsTech Australia will conduct a similar process at Bradken’s Ipswich operations to enable international and Australian employees to upgrade their skills and qualifications. “Australian training standards are internationally recognised as high quality so this project ensures Bradken staff in Australia and overseas are trained to those standards,” said Gordon. The project is also designed to meet the specific training requirements of Bradken, including flexibility to move staff between the company locations. The Certificate Three for internationals is not a trade qualification, although Australian citizens can progress their Cert Three to a trade qualification if they go through the appropriate procedures. Thai energy saving “ES for SE” programme expands During 2009 the Industrial Works Department of Thailand is extending its “Energy Saving for Small Enterprises (ES for SE)” project with the aim of saving 100 million baht. This scheme, which is aimed at small companies, started in 2007 and during that year it reduced energy costs by 14% saving 69 million baht. Last year the cost reduction was around 87 million baht which was said to be the equivalent of a 5000 tonne reduction in greenhouse gases. The Department is less concerned about the energy and environmental performance of the larger companies in Thailand since many of these are joint ventures with their plants and processes already meeting the environmental demands of their global customers. Since its start, “ES for SE” has focused on improving production efficiency, reducing energy usage and making industrial plants friendlier to both the environment and the community. Over 100 plants are taking part this year. To gain partial financial support from the Industrial Works Department a company must reduce its energy costs by at least 10%. A number of Thai universities are contributing to the project by providing a technical consultancy network to help companies solve their energy problems. New technical ceramics production set up in Thailand During March 2009 the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in Thailand and Henson International Limited (HIL), England signed a Shareholders Agreement to form a joint-venture company called “ATCeramics”. The company will specialize in the manufacture of advanced ceramics products for use as wear parts, refractory materials, electrical ceramics & insulators and as components for solid oxide fuel cells. HIL will transfer its production base from Stafford in the U.K. to Thailand and plans to start production by October 2009. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of NSTDA, said: “The objective of this joint-venture is to provide an effective means of technology transfer. We believe that the true value of materials is in their use, so we make our researchers, technology, facilities and equipment available for venture companies. Therefore, this partnership is a testament of how a government body such as NSTDA can collaborate with a wellestablished U.K. manufacturer to fast track their development in advanced ceramic products. The main mission of