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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2006
20 METAL Casting Technologies December 2006 FEATURE The strongly represented business topics were well balanced with technical content updating delegates with the latest technical advances in cast metals technology along with speakers reporting trends in foundry education and training. The star speaker Dr Ian Brooks having reminded delegates that low cost manufacturing countries will remain a permanent feature of our economic future then proceeded to offer advice born of authoritative research on how to become customer driven in order to counter this economic reality. Ralph Bingham showed us the journey to becoming a world class manufacturer and Doug Harland rounded out the conference with a workshop in which delegates brainstormed how our industry could overcome a number of challenges many of which had been framed by earlier speakers. Doug's report on this session is eagerly awaited and promises to be a powerful document which will provide guidance for industry administrators and policy makers in the near future. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP The banquet speeches also honoured two of the annual convention's long term identities and regular attendees. Mr Bernie Gillies was awarded Honorary membership of Casting Technology New Zealand Inc. and Mrs Joan Gillies was presented with flowers. The couple announced that this would be their last conference and received a standing ovation from an emotional assembly as they returned to their seats. The banquet was also stirred by a tribute to the late Mr Allen Vaughan Senior who passed away recently. The conference was closed by the traditional handing over to next years host state West Australia by Mr Mike Alston to Mr Darcy Hamill. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The Monday evening social event was a visit to the Tamaki Maori village where delegates were able to appreciate a pre European Maori village and a taste of Maori culture through experiencing the Powhiri (welcome ceremony), a cultural show in the form of Haka (song and dance) and dining on a traditional Hangi meal where food is cooked beneath the ground. Kiaora. Bernie & Joan Gillies A selection of photographs from the Confernce. Photographs by Adam Cail, MCT Magazine.