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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2010
METAL Casting Technologies March 2010 5 the US recently bought 9 foundries and "bundled" them into one operation. These were the unfortunate foundries that either went bankrupt or came close to near collapse during the financial downturn. This purchase clearly signals that the battered manufacturing sector is regaining pace. The investors are obviously aware that foundries are the linchpin of manufacturing and the early part of the supply chain for many products. Nearly 90% of manmade products in the U.S. contain a part made in one of the country's roughly 2,100 foundries. For these investors they clearly see the market potential and will upgrade technology within the newly acquired foundries and move into a high tech environment to produce higher- end castings. Quality will attract higher prices. China and India have not yet perfected enough critical mass in high end casting technologies. The automotive castings industry is a competitive one and is the benchmark for innovation and technology. It will continue to be highly competitive and while China's metal castings market is continuing to grow to support the expansion of motor vehicle manufacture, it is likely that India will emerge as the major centre worldwide. It has an advantage of being supported by cluster development programs instigated by various institutions to assist medium and small enterprises with quality concerns for technological advancement. There is no doubt that upgrading foundries to a more high tech environment in the next ten years will result in high end outcomes -- both in product quality and profits. Perhaps there will be an escalation of more convergence through mergers and partnerships with shared technology, but there is no doubt that the old image of a foundry as the benchmark for going forward was devastated in the global financial crises. This edition is about casting technologies and we hope you enjoy it. We will look forward to serving your information needs into 2010. Look at the magazine in digital format on www. metals.rala.com. If you have information you wish to share with our readers, please email me at email@example.com Barbara Cail CASTAL DESIGN ZINC CASTERS By the end of 2008 three zinc alloy strip casters have been commissioned in two European countries CASTAL ENGINEERING Continous casting technologies 18 Hippocrates Street, 145 63 Kifisssia, Greece Phone: + 30 210 8073088 Fax: +30 210 8070367 Mobile: +30 697 2022162 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: w w w.castal.gr
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