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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
t the last National Council meeting held in Brisbane on the 1st of July, the Council discussed changing the name of the Institute from the Australian Foundry Institute to the Australian Cast Metals Institute. You may ask why there is a need to change the name! Doug Harland, who also attended the National Council meeting as President of the Cast Metals Council, talked about a meeting he recently had with politicians from Government. When talking about the cast metal industry, the numbers employed, how much money is put into local economy in terms of wages, materials and services, it had the politicians listening. However, as soon as the word foundry was mentioned a politician waved his arms and said that foundries are old world technology and from the dark ages! This comment has made the AFI Council think about the name of the Institute. If we are to look at Government funding for training, research and export marketing we should all look at what's in the name and how we should, as an industry, promote ourselves. Not as a black, dirty, third world industry, but as a very modern, up-to-date industry, using cutting edge technology in a clean and safe environment, producing castings not only for the Australian market but for the world. So please, have a think about the name and pass on any comments you have to your local AFI Council. I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest welcome to all delegates and exhibitors from around Australia and from overseas, to the 36th AFI National Conference. For the first time the Institute of Refractory Engineers, along with the Australian Ductile Iron Producers Association will be holding technical sessions concurrently with the AFI. Delegates will have a choice of attending one of two streams. On Monday the IRE and AFI will both host lectures concurrently. Tuesday the AFI will host ferrous and non-ferrous streams. The morning ferrous session will be dedicated to steel castings with the afternoon reserved for ADIPA papers dedicated to the production of ductile iron. Wednesday will consist of the one stream hosted by the AFI with papers of general interest. Please enjoy all aspects of the 36th AFI National Conference. I hope that delegates enjoy and learn from the technical sessions, exhibitors have great rewards from showcasing their products and that everyone has the opportunity to visit some of the breathtaking sights around Sydney. I look forward to seeing you all. Tod Morgan National AFI President AUSTRALIAN FOUNDRY INSTITUTE -- NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Presenting a 21st Century Image -- Changing the label By Tod Morgan, AFI President Tod Morgan A 8 www.metals.rala.com.au