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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2007
10 BRIEFINGS Pollution Prevention Efforts The American Foundry Society has established a special committee as a technical resource for the metal casting industry on low emission binders, products and pollution prevention technology and practices. The committee also will increase activity in the area of new and existing low emission core sand binders, other low emission sand additives and pollution control methods employed in sand molding, recycling and preparation processes. The committee will provide good information to help reduce the environmental impact of metal casting operations. It readily accepts the challenge of helping metal casters identify and understand pollution prevention options that will reduce their environmental impact and keep their operations competitive in the global market. More information: AFS - Steve Robison, firstname.lastname@example.org Thai Industry Ministry Announces Master Plan for R&D Last year Thailand was ranked near the bottom of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) league for R & D spending. A new long term plan has been proposed by the Industry Ministry to promote locally based research and development with the aim of improving national competitiveness, developing intellectual property, and reducing dependency on overseas technology. The ministry wants industry and the research/educational institutions in Thailand to work more closely together in evolving new technology and products. The Industry Ministry plan is to be considered by the National Economic and Social development Board and the Federation of Thai Industries in a future public debate on R & D. Frontiers in Mining and Materials Conference Three leading Thai universities, Prince of Songkla, Chulalongkorn and Chiang Mai, have joined together to organize an international conference on Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering. Their international partners are the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Japan and the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, I Serbia and Montenegro. The conference, ICFT- 2007 "Frontiers of Technology", will be held in Phuket, Thailand from 10-12 May 2007 and will include papers on the extraction and casting of metallic materials. It will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering at Prince of Songkla University and the 100th anniversary of Tohoku University. Further details can be found at http://icft2007.coe.psu.ac.th Volclay Siam and MTEC sign MOU for Greensand Research Project A memorandum of understanding has been recently signed by Volclay Siam Ltd and the National Metals & Materials Technology Centre (MTEC) for a research project fully funded by Volclay into improving the performance of greensands in the Thai foundry industry. The work will pay particular attention to the reduction of emissions during the production of iron castings. Volclay Siam was established in 1998 and is based in Rayong on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. The company is a subsidiary of AMCOL and Volclay International whose headquarters are in Chicago, USA. Volclay Siam supplies bentonite and bentonite related products to a range of industries including foundries across Southeast and East Asia. At the signing ceremony Mr. Hugh Parker, Managing Director of Volclay Siam, said that AMCOL (Volclay) International was increasing its investment in Thailand with the construction of a new coal milling and clay activation & blending facility. He said that Volclay's original investment in the Rayong plant and laboratories some ten years ago was around 5 million USD but the new investment involved a much higher figure. He added that Volclay International was very much committed to the long haul both in China and in South Asia with new www.metals.rala.com.au Dr. Pramote Dechaumphai, Deputy Director of MTEC, and Mr. Hugh Parker, Managing Director of Volclay Siam after agreement on greensands research contract. The Sands & Minerals Service Laboratory facilities at Volclay Siam's plant in Rayong Province. Room for expansion at the Volclay plant in Rayong Province, Thailand.