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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2010
emissions, T-MAG cast magnesium products will be used locally but almost certainly manufactured overseas. "A number of factors contribute to this," said Steve Groat, "the car companies and local suppliers have limited funds to do this in a relatively small market compared to the rest of the world, particularly the emerging economies of China and India where the uptake of new technologies is seen as essential." Groat said the Federal Government's Green Car fund is not structured to support new technologies and the supplier base in Australia is under too much stress already. "Maybe if it was $3 dollars from the Government for every $1 dollar from industry you could say the Feds were serious," said Groat. A paradigm shift would be required to turn this situation METAL Casting Technologies June 2010 21 The integrated T-MAG casting machine has a small footprint with low tooling and running costs. around, according to Groat, which would include better funding for technology start up companies; more research agencies; tailored programs that include collaboration as part of the deal; and a review of the rules for introducing new materials/processes. "But I think Australia is well positioned for high end niche manufacture as the balance in cost base for high volume low margin starts to rise due environmental costs and wage conditions." T-MAG is seeking to establish commercial relationships in a number of areas: development of new casting applications; and supply of a turnkey package of machine, tooling design, manufacture and process parameters. For more information contact tel: +61 (0)8 8262 7666 or +61 (0)419 816 707 or visit: www.t-magcasting.com LIGHT METALS R&D IMAGES COURTESY OF T-MAG