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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
et me be one of the first to welcome you to the 36th Australian Foundry Institute National Conference. To those of you that made it here, I hope you are able to learn from the excellent technical programme that has been organised for you. There are two separate streams of technical presentations on offer. I further hope that you can gain benefit from the products and services being offered by the 26 exhibitors on hand. And lastly, I hope that you enjoy the social programme laid on for you. If you did not make it here, why not? If you live in India, and the boss won't let you get away for the duration, OK. That's a valid reason to stay home. However, if you are based in Australia and are not attending (especially those of you in the Sydney area), you are missing out. One of the many great things about the AFI conferences is that you can pick and choose what you want to do within the conference. Can't justify spending good company money for the social programme? No need to do so. If you want, you can check out the technical programme and book for what you think is the best day on offer. This would cost you $99.00. With that type of registration, you still have a chance to meet old friends, make new friends and browse the exhibition. I have some friends from Southeast Asia who will book into the conference and travel to Australia in numbers just to get the chance to participate in the plant visits held the day after the conference's close. An AFI Conference generally winds up being what ever you can make of it. If your goal is just to learn, the numerous papers on offer should fill that roll very nicely. If your goal is to broaden your contact and marketing networks, this conference offers an excellent opportunity to do just that. If your goal is simply to catch up with old friends and have a quiet drink, well... I know that the organising committee has been working hard to develop the conference's programme. This is not a simple task, and I will again be one of the first to congratulate them on their efforts. How can I congratulate them when the conference has not begun at the time I write this? I can do so because I've done my share of participating in the organization of these things, and I know how difficult it can be. From my standpoint, all of the papers for the conference appear to be top-notch. I do take special note of the first two papers of the conference by Doug Harland and Jimmy Loke. Plus, I'm really looking forward to the Adventure Golf Night. I'm not referring to my participation in this event, but I think that some of the other participants may be fun to watch! EDITORIAL Convention package Ken Foulke L CONTRIBUTORS JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd GORDON FELLER writes regularly about the metals industry. He is based in China and travels throughout Asia JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant NEV MURRAY Secretary of the Australian Ductile Iron Producers Association Inc. GOPAL PADKI CEO Foseco China Has 22-years experience in the foundry industry, in particular India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China DR PC MAITY Professor in the Foundry Technology Department of the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi India TOM RUSSELL Recently appointed Metal Casting Industry Champion for Casting Technologies in NZ and has been associated with the foundry industry since 1974 4 www.metals.rala.com.au