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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2006
Launching our Chinese edition Adam Cail attended the Metal + Metallurgy 2006 exhibition in Beijing in April this year and distributed many thousands of copies of Metals Magazine with great success judging by the feedback and the 100% increase of hits to the Metals website www.metals.rala.com. It is because of this success and the growing influence we have gained in China that this edition is the launch of the publication containing Chinese language content. From the responses in Beijing we were able to easily decide that our regular articles Back to Basics and Back to the Floor are considered extremely valuable and kept on file. Therefore, we have published Back to Basics and Back to the Floor in this edition in both English and Chinese as well as our regular calendar of Forthcoming Events. We will continue to increase the Chinese content which will parallel our increasing circulation in China. While this publication is distributed to the major foundries throughout China and other Asian countries, it is staggering to realise that 1 million people are employed in the Chinese foundry industry. And there is a skill shortage! We have also brought you the overviews of the major Asian countries and this obviously includes the second biggest participant, India. All of the countries reported in the Asian Overview will serve to provide you with the information on their various market positions. It therefore has the capacity to indicate information to evaluate competitive market positions - whether you are a supplier to the industry or a competitor in the production and manufacture of castings. Finally, you will be able to access this edition as a digital edition on line at http://metalsonline.rala.com.au. To ensure we protect the paid subscribers to the publication, the site is read only but you can access a subscription form to have your own copy to keep on file. The publication is a valuable learning and information reference - a "tutorial" - a transfer of knowledge and a solution to some of the skills shortages described in this edition. Barbara Cail Publisher From the publisher China's role in the casting industry is not examined, referred to or just plain envied. So I guess my message to all of our readers is to embrace the changes the industry is experiencing, think of what you can do to "improve" your presence within the industry and keep moving toward the future. That is certainly what we will be achieving here at MCT. As well as this edition being The Annual Asian Overview with the major emphasis on what is happening in China, there are also technical features, news, new products and our usual important contributors. We welcome Elius Levin as a contributor in this edition and he comprehensively writes about the foundry market in China. Also contributing from China is Gopal Padki whose company operates as a supplier to Chinese foundries which represents another view of the Chinese foundry market. We would welcome your contributions to our Forum after reading this edition. Sending us your comments can serve to cross fertilise ideas and maybe solve problems within the industry. We are considering an addition to our website to capture some of your industry comments. We would like to hear from you. In particular we would like to hear from our Asian readers. It does not have to be on a subject raised in the "forum", it can be on anything at all relating to foundries, supply of castings, etc. If you are worried about how your English might come across in anything you write, we have people who can help in the editing of any articles. We accept all forms of communication, letters, faxes or e-mails. Finally, I would like to welcome everyone to the 37th Australasian Foundry Conference. The New Zealanders have been working long and hard at putting together a quality conference with a good dose of fun thrown in. Enjoy. Ken Foulke WHO'S WHO OF METALS -- ANNUAL 2006/7 5