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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2011
engineering professionals who will gain experience in developing and commercialising advanced automotive technologies. While all this visionary activity is gathering pace in the US, and boosted by tax incentives and other favorable policies, China's auto market grew rapidly in the past two years and overtook United States to become the world's largest auto market by selling 13.65 million vehicles, up 46 percent year-on-year. When the figures are finally analysed, China's auto sales are expected to hit 18 million units for the year ended 2010 because the January to November sales reached 16.4 million. And China's vision is firmly focused on the EV market for their own as well as the export market. As always, critical mass provides impetus and China is showing no signs of easing off in achieving full traction on the global EV market. In our news section in this edition you will read about the fast emerging battery technology and, of course, the speed of its development will underpin and reinforce the race to the production of EV's. However, all this news is about the manufacture of electric cars. There doesn't seem to be too much real market analysis of who is going to buy them. Many reports claim that consumers are ready for a change. The rationale being that high and rising oil prices have made them increasingly aware of the negative consequences of dependence on imported oil: economic instability at home and threats to global security (oil supply) abroad. This is combined with growing awareness of the environmental damage of oil dependency, including oil spills, air pollution and increased CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change. And to further enhance the consumer's case, the clear indication is that battery technology has improved dramatically, with significantly increased life spans and at the same time the cost is falling. The new lithium-ion battery chemistries are environmentally friendly, safe and more than 95% recyclable. And a further claim to consumer's likely take up of the EV's is the emerging market for electric car infrastructure companies. They have emerged to ensure that electric cars can stay charged and on the road. And there is no doubt that governments around the world have got behind the transition to electric cars. They have set targets for production of electric cars and batteries, funded research and trials and are offering significant consumer incentives for early adopters. Capital markets have followed, investing billions of dollars in existing and new car, battery and infrastructure companies, creating thousands of jobs and new growth opportunities. So, the electric car is becoming inevitable. What will metal caster's role be in this rapidly emerging world? I would welcome some feedback on how the development of the electric vehicle impacts the market for metal casting technologies. I invite a discussion paper/s on this topic to be published in the next edition? Please enjoy this edition. Barbara Cail www.gifa.com www.newcast.com GIFA and NEWCAST 2011 are global presentations of the technical networking and performance of the entire supply chain in the castings sector. GIFA: Casting technologies from machines through to optimised production methods. NEWCAST: From precision castings for medical technology to a large, complex, ready-to-install castings. Welcome to Düsseldorf! The Bright World of Metals. D sseldorf, Germany 28 June -- 02 July 2011 METAL Casting Technologies March 2011 7