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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2006
www.metals.rala.com.au 12 BRIEFINGS and timely way. The next generation of manufacturing technologies and concepts enable developed countries to compete by speeding up the design and engineering of new products, making them and getting them to the customers. And, of course, it is necessary to build global market niches. The present mineral boom will pass as did the last one in the early 70's and 80's. We can't keep on using our quarry mentality when thinking growth. Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, quoted on May 5, "Manufacturing has always been at the heart of our economic experience, and our economic outlook. I do not believe in an Australia with a steady diminishing contribution from manufacturing industry to the nation's future and the nation's wealth." He pointed to the opportunities the economic growth of China and India opens up to a "clever, technologically proficient manufacturing industry in Australia". Mr Howard's government, therefore, should be creating conditions for a turnaround in manufacturing to enable Australia to compete globally. The policies needed are more R&D, innovation, investment attraction, international marketing, skills programs and best practise management. Australian Metal casters, with the appropriate government policy backing, will soon illustrate to the world how competitive and world class performers they can be. ICME's Oliver Stubbs Medal The 67th World Foundry Congress (WFC) hosted by the UK at Harrogate, England in June was the setting for the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME) annual awards ceremony. At the ceremony, Dr Philip Ramsell was awarded the Oliver Stubbs Medal for achievement in the UK casting industry. The citation especially referred to his effort and commitment for imparting knowledge to his fellow members of the institute and the casting industry. Dr Ramsell is a Fellow of the IMCE and has served as Chairman of the institute's Technical Board since 2001 helping to develop the technical content of the journal and raising the profile of ICME in industry and academia. He also served on the technical and steering committees for the planning and finance of this year's WFC. Educated and trained as an electrical and mechanical engineer, Phil Ramsell specialised in the design and application of thermal processing equipment mainly for melting and heat treatment of metals. He has a Master's Degree in Manufacturing: Design and Technology, and was awarded a doctorate for his work on the environmental impacts of the foundry industry, especially aluminium casting -- a field with which he has been particularly active for many years. When interviewed recently on the topic of industry's environmental impacts, he said, "Sustainability is the key to the potential problem of global warming and the threat of climate change, and advanced industrial nations must develop and promote innovative and energy efficient manufacturing technologies to achieve sustainability. This would mean that the developing world could reap the benefits by having sufficient energy to meet the expectations of their populations without an undue burden on the Earth's ecosystems". ● Keeping a Focus on Australia's Future I have noted that there have been some letters to the editor of this magazine which debate issues relating to the Australian Foundry Institute. Debate is a very healthy and democratic process to provide information and expand ideas. However, I would like to urge letter writers to focus on positive outcomes and solutions. This publication serves as a showcase of Metal Casting Technology to the Asia Pacific region enjoying a wide circulation. Accordingly, I am sure that we all recognise the need to use this opportunity to illustrate that Australia is at the forefront of casting technologies. We need to remain competitive and this involves facing many challenges as the China factor has raised the stakes dramatically in this regard. So I urge my fellow foundrymen to remain focused on our future success and expend energy and time in exploration of innovative processes to keep Australia at the leading edge in the Asia Pacific region. GIFA 2007 Good news is that the GIFA boat is now fully booked and we have people on a waiting list for cabins. People that will be attending GIFA should contact Rudolf Barth who is the foreign representative for the Messe in Düsseldorf hear in Australia. You can ring Rudolf on 02 896 69159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Prepaid entry tickets can be purchased as well as catalogues for GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST a real must for any die hard foundryman. We would like to have a stand out logo to identify the Australian contingent on the GIFA 07 boat. We would welcome artistic contributions for this special occasion. Finally, I would to thank Wayne Day on behalf of the National Councillors for the work and time he has invested over many years as an AFI National Council member and past national president. We also welcome Simon Kay as Wayne's replacement Tod Morgan National AFI President Dr Philip Ramsell was awarded the Oliver Stubbs Medal for achievement in the UK casting industry.