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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
for North American automotive and gas- utility distribution markets. Dan Harness, Sensus Metering Systems president and CEO, said that the joint-venture was a significant step forward for their diecasting business allowing them to pursue the fast growing Chinese automotive market and other opportunities in China on a worldwide basis. Making Steel from Recycled Plastic -- Major Scientific Prize Professor Veena Sahajwalla, a former writer for MCT, has won Australia's premier science award -- The Eureka Prize for Scientific Research -- for her groundbreaking research on the use of waste plastics in steelmaking. The gifted materials engineer uses waste plastic bottles to make steel with the plastic replacing coal as a source of carbon in the steel-making process. Professor Sahajwalla says that steel makers around the world are now picking up her ideas and she expects to see the technology being used in Australia and the United States within two years. Australian Museum Director Frank Howarth said Veena's worked solved two environmental problems at once. The Eureka Prize for Scientific Research is awarded for outstanding curiosity- driven scientific research undertaken in Australia by an Australian scientist under the age of 40. Veena can be contacted on +61 2 9385 4426. Investor Group buys DISA Holding AG DISA Holding AG has been purchased, by an investor group based in Denmark, with DISA's management listed as co-owners of the new organisation. DISA Holding AG is the parent company of DISA Industrie AG and a series of other operating units supplying foundry and metal-surface finishing equipment and processes worldwide. Its foundry products include moulding, shot-blasting, and fettling equipment. Procurators Capital Investors III is a private equity fund focused on midsized companies in the Nordic countries. Senior partner of Procurators Partners A/S, Lars Krogsgaard says "We are impressed with the strong position DISA has in its markets, as well as the strength of the DISA brand name". We see many opportunities to grow the company and it is our intention to do that based on a long term strategy. We have the capital to entertain value-enhancing investments in DISA and we will build on the current strong order pipeline and the market leading position in the global foundry and shot blast market. We especially see the potential in the Asian market." DISA CEO Peter P. Sørenson said, "It is good for us to get as strong an owner, with a long-term perspective, as Procurators Capital Investors III, which is prepared to continue to support the company. The resources and the competences that our new owner can provide us with will give us the possibility to continue to improve our market position." Laempe & Mössner Strategic Partnership Joachim Laempe and Werner Mössner have formed a partnership and will jointly run the Laempe Group under a new name, Laempe & Mössner GmBH. Werner Mössner directed the German foundry Mössner AG up to 1999 when he sold his business to the Swiss George Fischer group, to which he stayed committed as a consultant for five years. The Laempe Group is a market leader in the supply of turn-key solutions for foundries, manufacturing core production machines and equipment and the young and dynamic workforce and innovative potential appealed to Mössner, who had been looking for a new entrepreneurial task for some time. Mössner is taking over the shares of Dr Reinhold Gies who has withdrawn from the group. Equal Opportunity's for Women in Manufacturing Following a recent report released by the Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), Metal Casting Technologies Magazine asked Jo McKeown, a leading woman in the metals industry and Team Leader in Body Build at Ford Australia, to comment. She said, "Ford is proactive in employing women and has real insight in to the different benefits and style of work women can offer. Ford realise the effective role women play in a traditional white collar, male dominated industry and as such ensure that at least 50 percent of their graduate intake is female". The report spotlighted the issues faced by the metal product manufacturing sector in maximising women's workforce participation and provided a comprehensive picture of the status of women in the manufacturing industry. "Despite being the most male dominated of all manufacturing sectors, metal product manufacturers are actively engaged in initiatives to advance women. Seventy nine percent of organisations in this sector are actioning four or more employment matters which is higher than the manufacturing industry average of 75%", said Anna McPhee, Director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. Women comprise just 12% of the Metal Product Manufacturing sector, the least of all manufacturing sectors, and yet 25% of organisations have part time managers which are in line with manufacturing industry average. EOWA Employers of Choice for Women: Autoliv Australia, Basell Australia, Ford, GM Holden, IGT, Motorola Australia, Saint-Gobain Abrasives Australia, Sara Lee Household & Body Care, SC Johnson & Son and Southcorp, are leading the way in the manufacturing sector. Professor Veena Sahajwalla BRIEFINGS 12 www.metals.rala.com.au