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Metal Casting Technologies : Dec 2009
18 www.metals.rala.com.au BRIEFINGS the Thai government that is aimed at strengthening the Thai economy in the longer term. The main objectives of Strong Thailand include increasing production efficiency, establishing national energy security and raising research capability in science & technology. Dr. Somrek used examples from research work on high temperature corrosion to show how metallurgy contributed towards achieving these objectives. In the second keynote Prof. Jean-Bernard Vogt from the University of Lille in France reviewed the fatigue of metallic alloys. He said that although fatigue implies "weariness" we must not relax our research efforts into this subject since improved understanding of the mechanisms of fatigue is the key to improving durability, reliability and safety of components. Italy subsidises green auto parts The Italian government has won permission from the European Union's executive arm to grant interest rate subsidies to companies producing green products in the auto parts sector. The European Commission said the scheme, with a budget of 300 million euros ($450 million), would promote a move towards more environmentally friendly products. 'The Italian measure will help companies to shift their business model in accordance with EU environmental objectives, without unduly distorting competition,' EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement. The scheme will focus on financing investments related to early adaptation of the so-called 'Euro 6' standard, which regulates emissions for light passenger and commercial vehicles. Subsidised loans may be granted until December next year and the reduced rate will apply for up to two years, said the EU executive, which polices state aid in the 27-country bloc. The reduction will not exceed 50 percent for small and medium-sized enterprises and 25 percent for large businesses. Electric cars - Detroit Electric teams up with Dongfeng Motor China's third-largest auto maker, Dongfeng Motor Corp, and Netherlands- based Detroit Electric Holdings Ltd have reached a strategic agreement to jointly research, develop, market and sell pure electric vehicles in China. The two sides will develop electric cars based on Detroit Electric's advanced electric drive technology. Dongfeng Motor will test the electric drive technology and use it in its electric vehicles. There is a possibility that the two companies may also set up a joint venture (JV) to produce and distribute the electric drive system. The cooperation with Dongfeng Motor is expected to help Detroit Electric to explore the market in China, the world's largest automobile market. The Chinese government has been pushing the development of clean vehicles. The country is expected to become one of the major growth markets for Detroit Electric over the next five years. AFS signs Memorandum of Understanding with US EPA In an ongoing effort to help metalcasters become more energy efficient, the American Foundry Society (AFS) has formally signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at reducing energy through the ENERGY STAR Program by providing valuable shop management tools to help measure and control energy in manufacturing and document the energy savings achieved. AFS and EPA will coordinate to provide these tools to the AFS membership base and the metalcasting community. AFS and EPA believe that manufacturers seeking to manage energy more effectively may have difficulty locating and using resources. Under this MOU, AFS and the During the 3rd Thailand Metallurgy Conference Mr. Wikrom Vajragupta, Director of the Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand, was presented with the "Thailand Metallurgist of the Year 2009 Award" by Dr. Khunying Lalaya Sophonpanich, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand.
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