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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2007
www.metals.rala.com.au 8 BRIEFINGS Thai Foundrymen's Society -- "Collaboration for Better Casting" Attended by 70 delegates, the 3rd Thai Foundry Conference was held on 23rd November during the Metalex 2006 exhibition at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). It was again organized by the Thai Foundrymen's Society with sponsor support from MTEC -- the National Metals & Materials Technology Center and from the Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand. In keeping with the conference theme of "Collaboration for Better Casting", the keynote speaker Dr. Paritud, Director of MTEC, reviewed the history, development and current and future roles of MTEC in relation to services and technical support for the cast metals industry in Thailand. He also covered the wider aims of NSTDA -- the National Science & Development Agency in improving and expanding technical capabilities in Thai industry in general. Following the keynote address there were 11 technical papers covering a wide range of topics including Energy in Non-ferrous Melting, Alloy White Irons, Ductile Iron Production, Filtration, Production of Alloy Steel Rolls, Effects of Oxide Films in Al Alloys, Semi-solid Die-cast Technology, Refinement of Al Structures, and Environmental Hazards in Brass foundries. The conference was rounded off with an open forum discussion on technical assistance and collaboration with the foundry industry from Thai universities and from bodies such as ISIT, MTEC, and the Bureau of Supporting Industries Development. The Thai Foundrymen's Society has recently published a new 176 page guide to Thai Foundries entitled "Directory of Thai Foundry Industries 2007". The guide contains information on ferrous and non-ferrous foundries together with foundry supply companies plus foundry industry related government and other organizations. It also includes a concise English to Thai dictionary of common foundry technical terms. Further information can be obtained from www.thaifoundry.com Foseco New Agent for Capital Refractories Foseco has taken over the Capital Refractories agency for Australia and New Zealand. This allows Foseco to add Capital's range of dry rammed induction furnace linings and associated equipment to its list of products complimenting the existing products produced in Australia. Capital Refractories are a major supplier to foundries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, North Central and South America. Castalloy Technology Corp orders simulation software Castalloy in the Phillippines has ordered simulation software from Novacast for their foundry which employs 75 and produces approximately 1,000 tonnes of quality castings each year. Novacast Technologies is enjoying the expansion into Asian foundries with its dies for body components for the automotive industry as well as software for methoding, simulation and process control. GIFA 07 Update Preparations for the four international technology fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST are in high gear. Many exhibitors and visitors from around the world are expected in Düsseldorf when the latest trends in metal production and processing are presented from 12-16 June 2007. The latest figures show that more than 1,100 exhibitors from 46 countries have registered for the four trade fairs. Traditionally, most companies attend GIFA. Of the 561 registrations for GIFA, currently 285 come from overseas and there has been a significant increase in the level of interest from Chinese and Eastern European companies. Further information is available at www.gmtn.de Co-operation in R & D between Thailand and Vietnam Continues The 2nd MTEC-IMS Workshop held from 24-30th January 2007 at the Thailand Science Park near Bangkok has strengthened R & D collaboration between the National Metals & Materials Technology Center (MTEC) and the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) of Vietnam. Led by Dr. Nguyen Van Tich, Deputy Director of IMS, five IMS research staff presented papers on IMS research activities, notably in High Cr Cast Irons, Sintered Friction Materials, Sacrificial Anodes, Al-Si Alloys, and Cast Cr-Ni-Mo Corrosion Resistant Alloys. Some of the corresponding Thai work in casting of Aluminium Alloys and in powder metallurgy was reviewed by researchers from MTEC and from the MTEC supported casting center at King Mongut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). Joint research into the production of sintered brake parts has been established and it is expected that some co-operative cast metals projects will follow. Dr. Nguyen Van Tich, Deputy Director of IMS in Hanoi, presenting his paper at the MTEC-IMS workshop. He reviewed the R&D programme at IMS with particular emphasis on the corrosive wear performance of High Cr Irons in the mineral industry in Vietnam. Dr. Ruangdaj Thongsri, Manufacturing & Design Research Group at MTEC, explaining the layout of the MTEC Pilot Plant for metals & materials processing at the Thailand Science Park to Dr. Van Tich and some of the visitors from Vietnam.