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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
Updated Metal Manufacturing Safety Chart Released Based on the successful launch of last year's chart, the newly updated Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety has been released for 2005/06. The Chart features all new topics and details the responsibilities of both the employer and employee in regards to health and safety. It includes the three essential steps for safely managing hazards -- hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control. The information has been compiled in consultation with the Australian Industry Group to ensure that all prevalent safety issues were addressed. To receive your free copy or additional copies of the Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety contact Pro- Visual Publishing +61 2 8272 2611 or email email@example.com Hunter, Space Agree to Global Marketing, Manufacturing Alliance A licensing agreement has been signed by two foundry technology and equipment manufacturing companies, Hunter Automated Machinery Corporation in the US and Italy's Space Srl. The collaboration grants Hunter exclusive global manufacturing and sales rights for Space green sand plant equipment outside of Europe, and Space will now be Hunter's agent for sales and service of Hunter equipment across Europe. The Hunter Corporation design and manufacture horizontal matchplate molding and mold handling equipment and have over 1,600 installations in more the forty countries. The Space Company supplies green sand processing, preparation and control equipment with numerous worldwide installations, including many major automotive casting producers. Australian Registrations for GIFA 2007 Preparation is already underway for accommodation requirements for Australian representatives planning on attending GIFA 2007 in Düsseldorf, Germany -- 11-17 June 2007. Tod Morgan and Ian Mountford will be the tour liaison officers and arrangements include accommodation on the MS Rhine Emerald with a buffet breakfast, happy hour each day and the Great Australian BBQ Night. To register your interest in attending GIFA 2007 please contact Tod Morgan on +61 2 4272 2543 or email tod.morgan @calderys.com to obtain a form. Chinese Foundry Company Funded by Western Taxpayers Asimco Technologies Limited has embarked on a corporate investment and capital expenditure program for its subsidiaries in China. The key source of this new funding is the World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC), a Washington DC based investor/lender which was established by Western governments to fund private sector initiatives in the developing world. Included within the overall scope of this new IFC-funded investment are ongoing capital expenditure programs to support the expansion and modernisation of four of Asimco's operating companies as follows: -- camshaft operations in Yizheng, China (Asimco Yizheng) -- ferrous foundry and machining operations in Gu'an, China (Asimco Gu'an) -- machining and assembly operations at Langfang, China (Asimco Brake Technologies (Langfang) -- aluminium casting operations in Beijing, China (Asimco Casting). The new project's implementation has already started and is expected to be completed within the next two years. Asimco consists of 13 majority-owned manufacturing entities or subsidiaries and 36 sales offices located throughout China, and two factories and a sales presence in the US. It supplies both Chinese and the international automotive markets with automotive components. Its main product lines are divided into four main categories -- powertrain components -- diesel fuel systems -- chassis components -- Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) components. Its product range includes foundry products, brake systems, diesel fuel injection systems, electrical products and engine parts and accessories Asimco's investment is classified as a "Category B project" according to IFC's "Procedure for Environmental and Social Review of Projects" because a limited number of specific environmental and social impacts may result which can be avoided or mitigated by adhering to generally recognised performance standards, guidelines or design criteria. The review of this project consisted of visiting the four sites scheduled for investment and appraising technical, environmental and social information submitted by the project sponsor. The following potential environmental, health and safety and social impacts of the projects were analysed: -- land acquisition procedures for the new sites -- environmental management and occupational health and safety management -- emissions to air -- solid and hazardous wastes -- resource efficiency. Asimco has presented plans to address these impacts to ensure that the proposed project will upon implementation of the specific agreed measures, comply with the environmental and social requirements -- the host country laws and regulations and the World Bank/IFC environment and social policies and the environmental, health and safety guidelines. The information about how these potential impacts will be addressed is summarised in the paragraphs that follow. Land Acquisition The project at Beijing Castings does not require further land acquisition. The Gu'an factory has been established on a 70,000 m2 site which Asimco rents from the local government. This site, which was formerly an apple orchard is in a designated industrial area, and was acquired by local government after payments to the former farmers to compensate for loss of land, crops and land-use rights. Land was converted from agricultural use in 2003, although orchards remain around the site. An environmental impact assessment for the project was prepared, meeting local planning requirements, and applications for appropriate local permits have been made. The Yizheng Camshaft factory is to be built on a 60,000 m2 site which forms BRIEFINGS 16 www.metals.rala.com.au