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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2006
Trust your most complex cores to INCAST ®. The ideal combination of geometry, density and particle size distribution, INCAST improves critical core making and casting properties including binder utilization, permeability and dimensional stability. Higher strength cores, better surface finish and increased efficiency and yield are the INCAST advantages. These sands are engineered for the metalcaster. Optimize Core Performance Unimin Australia Limited Tel.: +613 9586 5400 Fax: +613 9586 5411 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Worldwide: www.metalcaster.com CORE AND MOULDING SANDS ® ® INCAST is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. ©2003 are not available but the Chamber of Commerce have said that for 2006 investments totaling around 65 billion baht are planned by Japanese JV manufacturing companies, an increase of 9% over 2005. Clearly longer term investments will depend on how the political situation changes. Over the last year the joint venture foundries have continued to expand their production by increasing melting capacity and improvement to moulding lines. However, in the smaller Thai owned non-automotive SME foundries investment has slowed to near standstill as owners wait for the political situation to be resolved and the economic outlook to improve. Not all investment from overseas is in the automotive sector. For example, Haco Group, who produce sanitary and bathroom fittings, moved some of their production from Germany to Rayong to double their annual production capacity in Thailand to 3 million pieces per year. The expansion involved improved melting and low pressure casting equipment for brass fittings. On the supplier side, Volclay Siam Ltd is very positive about the future expansion on metal casting in the SE Asia region and has planned for considerable expansion of its production and laboratory facilities at its existing plant in Rayong Province on the Eastern Seaboard. Volclay provides sand, blended bentonites and sand additives. Volclay and MTEC may cooperate in research into the reduction of emissions from mould materials during pouring, cooling and shakeout. Good news for the steel industry was that, during the Bangkok Steel Exhibition and Conference held from 13-15th July and organized by the Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand, it was reported that the Board of Investment in Thailand was planning to extend promotional privileges to encourage investment in key industries such as Iron & Steel, Automobile & Parts, and Electrical & Electronics. The Thai government was said to be ready to support a special industrial estate for the steel industry. The most likely site for this estate is in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in the south of Thailand where the Sahaviriya Group is planning to develop a new iron smelter and steel works with a planned investment of 700 billion baht over the next 15 years. More Cast Metals R&D and Technology Improvement The final of the 2006 Thainox Metallurgy Awards lecture competition was held during the Steel Conference. It was pleasing to see that more young Thai engineers and scientists are becoming interested in cast metals with five out of the six Thainox presentations covering research work in metal casting topics, ranging from Al Alloys to High Chromium Irons. The sixth topic was on