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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2011
18 www.metals.rala.com.au BRIEFINGS covered shared research experiences and preparation for the 4th WMRIF General Assembly meeting on "Materials Challenges for Safety and Reliability" which is due to be held in Shenyang, China from 22-26 May 2011. This event is being organized by the Institute of Materials Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Further details at http://english. www.imr.cas.cn The conference was held during the Thai Loy Krathong festival in which, under the light of a full moon, small lotus shaped floats (krathongs) made of banana leaves decorated with flowers, incense sticks and candles are set afloat along waterways to honour the water spirits and to cleanse the mind of the previous year's thoughts. The congress dinner was held on board a converted rice barge as it cruised on the river at Ayutthaya so that delegates could take part in this tradition. Ayutthaya was a fitting location since it was the capital of Thailand from 1350 to 1767 and was the first city in Thailand to develop as a centre for international exchange and trade, notably with Holland, Portugal, France and England. $3.5M Green Car grant for cleaner LPG fuel system An innovative Melbourne company is developing a hi-tech new LPG liquid injection system for vehicles, thanks to a $3.54 million grant from the Australian Government. The LPG Liquajet system will boost LPG power performance to match that of petrol-powered engines, whilst cutting average fuel costs by up to 50 per cent. It will lower the greenhouse gas emissions of individual vehicles by a minimum 10 per cent. Liquajet's developers, Alternative Fuel Innovations (AFI) Pty Ltd, will be supported through the Australian Government's Green Car Innovation Fund. Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Fund was equipping the Australian auto industry to compete in the carbon-constrained economy of the twenty-first century. "Consumers in Australia and overseas are clearly looking for vehicles that are easier on the hip pocket and the environment. The Australian Government is enabling firms like AFI to capitalise on that demand,'' Senator Carr said. "We are building high-wage, high- skill jobs in Australia, and making our manufacturers leading players in the global response to climate change." Senator Carr noted that the AFI project would facilitate wider uptake of the more environmentally friendly LPG as a fuel option. "It is not only the big auto companies that are funded to achieve the objectives of A New Car Plan for a Greener Future," he said. "Our smaller companies and component producers have a role to play in making the world a more sustainable place for future generations. "The Green Car Innovation Fund has already supported projects involving light-weight mirrors, more efficient batteries and better engine systems. Liquajet is another example of the incredible potential in our automotive sector." For more information on the Green Car Innovation Fund, visit www. ausindustry.gov.au, phone 13 28 46, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thailand Metallurgy Conference enjoys continued growth The 4th Thailand Metallurgy Conference (TMETC4) was held from 17-19 November 2010 at the Greenery Resort in the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province. The conference was organized by the School of Metallurgical Engineering, Suranaree University of Technology with support from the Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand and MTEC - the National Metals & Materials Technology Centre plus a number of industrial sponsors. Seventy five oral papers were presented together with poster sessions. The main invited paper by Professors Gudenau and Senk from the Department of Ferrous Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University, Germany Representatives of Asia-Oceania Research Institutes at the Thailand Science Park