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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
24 Hour Pattern Repair and Storage Centre in the US US Company, Whitman Castings Inc has opened a pattern refurbishing, storage, and transfer centre in Worcester, MA. Staffed by experienced foundry workers and professional patternmakers, the facility will be available around the clock to refurbish and or repair any pattern including re-gating, re-rigging, adding risers, and replacing missing core boxes. The concept for the venture is to help OEMs address their pattern-storage problems. According to Whitman's Martin A. Carrigan, because so many foundries have closed in recent years manufacturers have difficulty finding a secure location for their patterns. "Buyers are sick of moving patterns," Carrigan says. "The costs associated with the moves and lost patterns are phenomenal." The new centre features separate loading docks, alarm and sprinkler systems, and camera surveillance. Truckloads of patterns will be sorted, inspected, and catalogued by experienced staff, and stored and released according to the OEM's instructions. Taiwan's TEMC ... distributor for Ashland Casting Solutions Ashland Casting Solutions' presence in the Asian foundry marketplace continues to increase following an agreement with TEMC, Metal and Chemical Corporation of Taiwan. The agreement gives TEMC exclusive distributor rights to distribute Ashland Casting Solutions' binders and Exactcast® sleeve technologies to Taiwanese foundries. Ashland Casting Solutions is a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical and is a supplier of products, processes and technologies to the global metal casting marketplace. TEMC is a leading sleeve and coating supplier for the metal casting industry in Taiwan. Abaqus opens Direct Office in Australia A global provider of software for advanced finite element analysis, Abaqus®, has responded to Australian sales growth by opening a direct sales and service office in Melbourne. This establishes a local business contact and support base for Australian customers and further strengthens the company's worldwide network of direct offices. The customer base in the Australian aerospace, defence, automotive, and advanced manufacturing industries has grown significantly. The new operation is well equipped to respond to the growing demand for finite element analysis software and engineering services solutions in Australia. Gerd Diegelmann, general manager, Abaqus Australia, said: "Establishing Abaqus Australia demonstrates our long term commitment to Australia. We look forward to supporting our customers' product development needs and helping to solve their engineering problems." New Export Portal makes it easier for Australian Companies to Trade Overseas Australian firms can now facilitate export sales simply and efficiently, thanks to an innovative payment portal developed by an Australian company. This new service provides businesses wishing to export their goods, with a simple, secure and flexible online payment solution. The newly developed trading portal, allows businesses to establish or to increase their global trade by eliminating obstacles such as lengthy and complicated payment processes. It enables firms to trade globally without the need to open a bank account in the foreign country. Australian exporters will be able to bill and collect payments in foreign currencies, and order and track shipments through a dedicated shipping service. The service leverages a global logistics system that enables firms to place orders, pay for shipping, and track the shipment online. This method enables traders to transact at lower cost and time for both parties. It has been developed specifically for small exporters, and enables overseas buyers to pay online in their own currency with the same ease and convenience as they would when purchasing a local product. Ultimately, this will enhance Australian exporter's ability to trade internationally, leading to greater sales, increased revenues and better efficiencies of scale. If you are about to embark on overseas trade, Industry TechLink can assist with advice regarding this technical innovation, and can put you in contact with the relevant Government Officers who can facilitate your trade requirements. For further information, please call 1800 111 485. ED: See Part 2 of Austrade's Tips for Australian Exporters on page 70. Plibrico and Lafarge Merge ... to become Caldery's Under the impetus of their parent company Imerys, Plibrico and Lafarge Refractories have merged to create Caldery's, an organisation for monolithic refractory solutions. The merger will allow Plibrico and Lafarge Refractories to draw on considerable synergies created by complementary businesses and geographical locations. Calderys will be present on five continents and will combine Plibrico's specific know-how in petrochemicals and Lafarge Refractories iron, steel and foundry skills. Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing When AINDT Certification Board was accredited in 2002 by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), the only available standard was the European Standard EN 45013. This has since been superseded by Gerd Diegelmann BRIEFINGS 14 www.metals.rala.com.au