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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2007
GIFA 2007 Issue CONTRIBUTORS reetings to all MCT readers. Once again, it's time for me to sit down and try to give the magazine a reasonable editorial jump start. It's two years now since I began this job for MCT. I hope that everyone is finding the magazine more and more informative. We've come a long way in those two years, I think. I hope you've had a chance to check out our online magazine in its new digital format. Of course, there's nothing like having hard copy in front of you that is easily referenced. But the online version is "way cool" as they say these days. (Funny, I remember saying that when I was young! I guess history really does repeat itself.) We are always endeavouring to expand our distribution throughout the Asia Pacific marketplace, to the point where we regularly include Chinese language articles in the magazine. If you were to ask me the biggest change I have seen in this part of the world since I first came here in 1981 (relating to the foundry industry), it would be the development and even prominence of the Asian foundries. Now, Japan and Korea have been strong for quite some time (predating my first time in Australia and Asia), but the development of China and India in particular has been quite staggering. Have I said this before? Probably. Will I say it again? Undoubtedly. It is our mission here at MCT to keep pace with the changes as best we can, and continue to address the needs of the region. We still would like to hear more from our Asian readers. I know I continually talk about this in my editorials, but we would really like to get input from everyone. Send us your ideas, your requests, your articles. We get a certain technical input from India and China, but let's hear from others of you such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam. This brings up another area of interest that is on everyone's agenda at the moment. EDITORIAL Ken Foulke G www.metals.rala.com.au 4 ELIUS LEVIN is a native-born Australian business journalist who has lived in China for 12 years. He has worked as an editor and writer throughout the past 20+ years, and professionally since 1989. GORDON FELLER writes regularly about the metals industry. He is based in China and travels throughout Asia JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant DR PC MAITY Professor in the Foundry Technology Department of the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi India JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd