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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2007
It's time for another GIFA! Those of our regulars who are reading the magazine at GIFA, I hope you are enjoying the show. I confess to being a little bit envious of you, but I've been to three of these massive exhibitions, so I cannot be too down about not going this year. The GIFA is truly a colossus of an exhibition. It's almost too big. The risk for the first GIFA attendee is to get overwhelmed by the whole spectacle. Those who are experienced at it usually have a good plan of action mapped out ahead of time, so that they cover everything that they need to cover, while not wasting time unduly. I recommend that you approach the GIFA in as organised a fashion as you can. That way you can get the most out of the event. Try to stay away from the night life on the aldstadt, and leave those great pork knuckles to the foolhardy people. (No, don't listen to me, that is just my envy coming through.) You should try to enjoy the whole thing, days, nights, work and socializing. The GIFA events really are special. As we go to print, I see that we are once again crammed full of good technical information. Our regular writers have come up with fresh material of interest to foundrymen everywhere, and we hope that some of the new slants are meaningful for you. I would also like to take a moment to thank our advertisers who are with us each and every issue. You are the life blood of any magazine, and we appreciate your participation in our publications. This year's AFI convention in Perth is gearing up for next October. Make your plans to be there. You can check out what is happening with the conference on their web-site at www.keynotewa.com. Click on upcoming conferences and then the AFI Convention link. Last, but not least, I heard a rumor that Fred the Foundryman was semi-retiring. Fred has been a source of news, discussion points and perhaps a little bit of controversy over the past several years. However, I was able to speak to Fred, and he indicated that he might have to keep his hand in the magazine's forums in the coming months. I certainly hope so... See you soon. Ken Foulke METAL Casting Technologies June 2007 5 FORTHCOMING EVENTS CASTING TECHNOLOGY NEW ZEALAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE When: 27-29 July 2007 Where: Portland Hotel - Wellington, New Zealand Contact: T: +6444966555 F:+6444966550 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.castingtechnologynz.org ALUMINIUM CAST HOUSE TECHNOLOGY - 10TH AUSTRALASIAN CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 2007 When: 5-8 August 2007 Where: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre - Darling Harbour NSW, Australia Contact: E: email@example.com W: www.aluminiumcasthouse.com ALUMINIUM CHINA 2007 When: 28-30 August 2007 Where: Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai - China Contact: E: Fei Dai, firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.aluminiumchina.com NON-FERROUS & SPECIAL CASTING 2007 - THE 6TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL NON-FERROUS, DIE CASTING, PRECISION & LOST FORM CASTING EXHIBITION When: 5-7 September 2007 Where: Shanghai International Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China Contact: E: email@example.com W: www. foundry-exhibition.com, www.metal-china.com.cn METARICICLO 2007 - SECOND RUN When: 13-15 September 2007 Where: Garda Exhibition Centre in Montichiari - Brescia, Italy Contact: E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.metalririclo.com EMO 2007 - WORLD TRADE FAIR FOR MACHINE TOOLS When: 17-22 September 2007 Where: Hannover, Germany Contact: E: email@example.com W: www.emo-hannover.de 11TH ANNUAL MET COKE WORLD SUMMIT When: 1-3 October 2007 Where: Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront - Chicago, USA Contact: T:+12077819618 F:+12077812150 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.intertechusa.com/coke ALUMOTIVE 2007 When: 18-20 October 2007 Where: Modena Exhibition Centre, Modena Italy Contact: E: email@example.com W: www.aluminiumdays.com CORROSION CONTROL 007 When: 25-28 November 2007 Where: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour - Sydney, Australia Contact: E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.corrosion.com.au