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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2006
FEATURE he Australasian Foundry Convention was held in Rotorua, New Zealand between 15 and 18 October 2006. Dubbed Extreme Thermal Activity the conference name not only reflected the overall theme objective of the conference of working towards the future prosperity of the Australasian cast metals industry but also refers to the geological nature of the location of the event. The conference venue was the Royal Lakeside Hotel in the heart of Rotorua and delegates staying in the hotel would have been treated to a great view of either the lake or the town itself which is one of New Zealand's premiere tourist destinations. Famed for its geothermal boiling mud pools and geysers the area is also know for the many extreme adventure tourism activities on offer to visitors and for its cultural heritage. The conference and trade show was officially opened at the Sunday evening cocktail hour by Mr Mike Alston the Chairman of Casting Technology New Zealand Inc after being introduced to the assembled delegates by MC Mr Les Johnson. THE SPEAKER PROGRAM This year's speaker program was aimed at offering business management inspiration to delegates in the face of declining local manufacturing due to globalisation. 37th Australian Foundry Convention a great success T 18 METAL Casting Technologies December 2006 A selection of photographs from the Confernce. Photographs by Adam Cail, MCT Magazine.