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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2010
4 www.metals.rala.com.au Time to make foundries more technology efficient he world financial crises cut a swathe of destruction through the western foundry markets. It is now slowly receding in intensity with only a hint to a possible double recession. However, like all such devastating happenings, it provides an impetus, and enough time, to forensically evaluate how the comeback can be a more effective business. This, we believe is the time to take advantage of upgrading to smarter technologies to produce higher-end metal castings more cost effectively. Returning to business as usual will not cut it in this very fast moving competitive world; particularly when it includes China and India. In 2002 The US Cast Metals Coalition created a report with a goal for the year 2020. "By 2020 society will recognise the metal caster as a desirable neighbor, a vital player in the US economy and a supplier of high performance components. Metal Casters will solve challenging performance problems in high technology products and regularly demonstrate outstanding value in common applications. In the next ten years, which will then be 2020 - supported by renewed visions and new technology the US and the Western foundry markets can move into addressing the new world order of energy efficiency, particularly as it relates to auto components for "green" car growth. American businesses have remained cautious in the recession's wake. However, investment and private equity organisations are starting to buy small foundries that fell on hard times during the GFC, which indicates that the future vision is positive. Private investors are very astute when parting with investment funds. One private investor organisation in Barbara Cail CONTRIBUTORS JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant GOPAL PADKI Mr.Padki holds several official positions within Foundry Society of China, import and export working committee, and China Foundry Association DR. P. C. MAITY Professor and Head, Mechanical Engineering Department DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar, India E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.mainnotech.com JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd PAULA WALLACE Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer who brings extensive research skills which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. EDITORIAL T
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