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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
MALAYSIA Malaysia is a rapidly developing, and relatively diverse country with regard to the metal casting industry. As an original member of ASEAN, more of Malaysia's exports are sent to other ASEAN members than any other trading partner, (USA, Europe, Japan and China represent the Malaysia's other major trading partners). Malaysia is the 18th largest trading nation in the world. Some statistics: GDP Growth 7% Per Capita Income USD4,500 per annum Inflation 1.1% Unemployment 3.5% Labour Force 10.9 Million Manufactured Exports to Total Exports 82.8% Source; Economy Report 2004/2005, Malaysia Ministry of Finance. In the metal casting industry, The Malaysian foundry industry developed mainly on servicing the traditional tin, rubber and palm oil industries. According to statistics, there are about 70 sand casting foundries in operation, although probably more than 50% are of the "backyard variety". (One of the interesting things encountered by first time visitors to Malaysia is the seemingly endless number of foundries in certain areas, most especially in Ipoh. Alas, the Chinese characters for foundry and for metal engineering works often "cross over". Hence, there are not nearly so many foundries as it may appear.) There are about 60 die casters in Malaysia, servicing mainly the electrical and automotive industries. Much of the foundry industry in Malaysia is fairly sophisticated, in terms of casting production, degree of automation employed and the like. One fairly unusual aspect of the Malaysian foundry industry is the existence of a reasonably "mature" local automotive industry. The Proton castings have been produced in Malaysia for more than 15 years now, and this sector continues to grow. However, the larger castings nowadays are targeted at the international mining industry. A number of Malaysia's large, jobbing steel foundries have developed nicely in this area and are seen to be exporting to all parts of the world. Malaysia is perhaps one of the two easiest places in Southeast Asia in which to do business, given the maturity of the industry, the lack of a language barrier and it is easy and inexpensive to get around. By Ken Foulke Pacific Rim Foundry Services Pacific Rim Safety Products Pacific Rim Foundry Equipment Tel: 61 2 9639 6677 Fax: 61 2 9639 6560 Mobile 0419 433 238 Email: email@example.com PACIFIC RIM FOUNDRY SERVICES Exclusive Representative for Mancuso Chemicals (Canada) in Australia and Southeast Asia Chemical Binder Systems State of the Art Technology at Competitive Prices Furane Resins and Catalysts Phenolic Urethane No-Bake Binders Phenolic Urethane Cold-Box Binders Queensland Representation -- Metal Culture Photo courtesy of John Heine & Son Foundry PACIFIC RIM SAFETY PRODUCTS Marketing safety products from: Paramount Safety, Elliott Australia, Protective Industrial Products, Defender Safety Safety Equipment Leather Gloves, Cotton Gloves, Terry Cord Gloves, Welding Gloves & Aprons, Ear plugs, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Masks, Furnace Clothing, High Visibility Clothing, Disposable Overalls, Work Jackets PACIFIC RIM FOUNDRY EQUIPMENT Buying and Selling Second Hand Foundry Equipment Foundry Equipment Asset Liquidations Who's Who of Metals 2005/2006 43