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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2005
10 METAL Casting Technologies March 2005 Bradken Acquires Roche Castings Bradken Limited will acquire engineer Downer EDI's Perth based castings foundry business, Roche Castings for $28 million. Bradken's Managing Director, Mr Brian Hodges said that the business produces a range of cast consumable parts for the expanding resources industry and was a clear fit for his company's strategic direction, with the acquisition to increase sales by 10%. Mr Stephen Gilles, Managing Director of Downer ED, said that although Roche Castings was successful and well managed, it's long-term retention as a heavy engineering business, as part of Downer EDI, was inconsistent with the company's business strategy and outlook going forward. The acquisition is expected to be completed at the end of first quarter 2005 following regulatory approvals. Risk Assessment Alert Victorian foundries may not be aware that if your company stores or uses any quantity of dangerous goods, you will need to carry out a risk assessment. This is also a requirement for hazardous goods. The Victorian workcover site has some sample formats. If you are not sure of what should be included in this sort of risk assessment there is a checklist for the information required by law at http://www.workcover.vic.gov .au/dir090/vwa/home.nsf/pages/so_tools ?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=5. Productivity Goals for South Korea Faced with the challenge of boosting the stagnant productivity level, the private and public sectors in South Korea's manufacturing industry are recognising the acute need for productivity enhancing systems. The solution to the problem lies in information technology (IT), applied to traditional manufacturing processes in forms such as "e-manufacturing", Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Manufacturing Execution System (MES). An IT-based manufacturing infrastructure is expected to reduce technology development periods. It maximises use of the Internet and IT to help reduce manufacturing costs and increase the product quality. As a country with a strong IT infrastructure, South Korea is seen as a ripe environment for the implementation of such systems. E-manufacturing is seen as the key future infrastructure for supporting South Korean industries that will lead the manufacturing industry in the next ten years. E-manufacturing is expected to produce collaboration among manufacturers through increased sharing of information on efficient manufacturing and production processes. In particular, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that supply parts to large manufacturers could benefit from the system as it eliminates top-down communication and promotes active two-way lateral communication. This could be further extended to collaborative research among companies, as well as development and production of higher value products. It would give the South Korean manufacturing industry a competitive edge in the world market. CRCs - Cast Metal Winning New Way for Australia The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Association delivered its booklet "Winning New Ways for Australia - Underpinning Economic Growth" in late 2004. The booklet highlights ongoing achievements delivered over the last year for the benefit of Australia from a number of the Cooperative Research Centres in the CRC Program. All projects were entries for the Awards for Excellence in Innovation, given at the CRC Association's Annual Conference last year. Focussing on magnesium processing, one of the four winning projects was: "The CRC for CAST Metals Manufacturing has identified a low-cost and environmentally friendly gas cover for magnesium processing that could revolutionise the industry". One of the other achievements recognised for delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia which focussed on light metals education was: "Using distance education for high-level training of students in specialised areas such as the light metals industry and railway signally - allowing both students and teacher to be in diverse locations." For information & free booklets go to firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Foulke Joins Metals Magazine Metal Casting Technologies magazine is entering into serious further expansion in the Asia Pacific countries this year and we are pleased to announce that Ken Foulke who is well known in the foundry industry throughout Australia and the Asian Pacific countries is joining the editorial team as an Editorial Consultant. He will be gathering market intelligence in Asia as well as guiding the future direction of the publication. Buhler grows expansion into Asia Buhler is a global Technology Group and a system partner in the supply of plant and equipment and process know-how in the fields of Food Processing, Chemical Process Engineering, and Die Casting. The Group experienced a very successful year in 2004. However, growth of the Asian car market created BRIEFINGS Ken Foulke