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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
BRIEFINGS Metal Casting Technologies Magazine -- Official Agent for Metal+Metallurgy China 2006 MCT is the official agent for Metal+Metallurgy China 2006 for Australia and New Zealand. The 8th China International Foundry, Metalforming and Industrial Furnaces and the 10th China International Metallurgical Industry Expo is the largest event in Asia and one of the most important shows in the world. It is being held from 18-21 April 2006 at the International Exhibition Center (CIEC), Beijing -- China. In 2004, the show had a total number of 910 exhibitors, with 21,469 visitors. The Chinese sponsors of Metal + Metallurgy China are China Foundry Association, China Iron and Steel Association, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Industrial Furnace Institution of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Metallurgical Council of CCPIT and China International Exhibition Group Corp. Bookings for exhibition space can be made directly through MCT. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org Ashland and Cometals Strategic Alliance Ashland Casting Solutions has entered into a strategic alliance with Cometals to better focus on both human and materials resources and to address customers' challenges in the rapidly changing global castings market. Cometals Australia will become the exclusive distributor of Ashland's comprehensive selection of casting products and consumables in Australia. Cometals Australia specialise in the supply of Metals, Ferro Alloys and Minerals to the Aluminium, Steel and Foundry Industries. Australian Senate Inquiry into Workplace Exposure to Toxic Dusts Convenor of the Australian Sandblasting Diseases Coalition (ASDC), Richard White said that additional people have registered with the Coalition since the Senate opened the inquiry into workplace exposure to toxic dust. Victims are suffering from various forms of lung disease caused by air borne particulates along with other medical complications. The Community Affairs Reference Committee will report to the Senate on the first sitting day in December 2005 based on the following terms of reference: a. The health impacts of workplace exposure to toxic dust including exposure to silica in sandblasting and other occupations. b. The adequacy and timeliness of regulation governing workplace exposure, safety precautions and the effectiveness of techniques used to assess airborne dust concentrations and toxicity. c. The extent to which employers and employees are informed of the risk of workplace dust inhalation. d. The availability of accurate diagnosis and medical services for those affected and the financial and social burden of such conditions. e. The availability of accurate records on the nature and extent of illness, disability and death, diagnosis, morbidity and treatment. f. Access to compensation, limitations in seeking legal redress and alternative models of financial support for affected individuals and their families. g. The potential of emerging technologies, including nanoparticles, to result in workplace related harm. Submissions to the Senate have formally closed, however the Senate has advised that late submissions will still be accepted if placed promptly with the Parliament. For further information please contact Richard White on +61 2 6281 0094 or 0412 959 026. Alternatively, submissions can be lodged directly to Australian Senate, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600, www.aph.gov/au/senate_ca or telephone +61 2 6227 3515. New Aussie Alloy Shines Worldwide Mag mobile phones and laptops, mag taps, mag door handles, mag car trim, even mag power tools are set to transform the look, performance, feel and durability of hundreds of familiar items, thanks to a discovery by Australian scientists. A new Australian magnesium alloy featuring mirror finish, strength and lightness is exciting huge interest among manufacturers and designers around the world. AM-lite is a magnesium high- pressure die casting alloy developed by an international research team led by Australian firm Advanced Magnesium Technologies (AMT) and the CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC). The first magnesium alloy that can be readily electroplated, AM-lite is lighter, more affordable, stronger and more suitable for decorative applications than most of its competitors, including zinc, plastics, aluminium and existing magnesium alloys. In the best traditions of science, the development of AM-lite began with a serendipitous discovery. "We were actually trying to develop a low-cost magnesium alloy that resisted deformation for use in engine blocks," explains CAST CRC chief executive Professor David StJohn. "This particular one didn't work out for that purpose, but we noticed that castings of the alloy gave a beautiful surface finish." The discovery was made by researcher Dr Trevor Abbott, of Monash University, who now heads the AMT research team which is helping commercialise the new technology. Compared with zinc, the alloy is 70 per cent less dense, produces three times more parts per unit weight of metal and diecast parts cost 10-30 per cent less. Compared with standard magnesium alloys it is cheaper, easier to cast and carries a much better finish, including the ability to be electroplated. Compared to plastics AM-lite is stronger and stiffer, conducts heat, provides electromagnetic shielding and has the quality look and feel of metal rather than plastic. For more information visit www.am- technologies.com.au or www.cast.crc.org.au Chinese Joint Venture for US Die Casting Firm China's Yangzhou Runlin Investment Co. Ltd and Sensus Precision Die Casting in the US, have formed a joint venture to acquire Yangzhou Rongtai Industrial Development Co Ltd. Sensus PDC produces complex, high-quality diecastings 10 www.metals.rala.com.au