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Metal Casting Technologies : June 2007
www.metals.rala.com.au 12 BRIEFINGS Efficiency Standards for electric motors - Australia The Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (AEEMA) and the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Committee have joined forces to launch an awareness campaign of mandatory efficiency standards for electric motors. The centrepiece of the campaign is a brochure directed at motor suppliers - titled Motor Torque: Information for industry on mandatory efficiency requirements for electric motors. Using an FAQ format it explains the legal obligations of suppliers and users to ensure that their equipment conforms with government regulations. For an electronic copy of the brochure email email@example.com Customs Duty on Aluminium Imported into Europe Reduced The Council of the EU member states approved unanimously the regulation for the reduction from 6% to 3% effective at the end of May of the customs duty on non-alloyed primary aluminium imported into Europe. This is the very first important result obtained by aluminium processing companies and users in Europe in order to work under the same competitiveness conditions as the large downstream integrated producers of metal without suffering the consequences of the customs duty. The credit of this success goes to the long and painstaking work carried out by Face, the European Federation of Aluminium Consumers: since 1999, this association has turned the struggle over the aluminium customs duty into its own point of reference. These are the first comments on what happened: Peter Mandelson, European Commissary for Trade who realized the customs duty reduction personally, said that this provision is the first important result of the attention that the European Union is paying to the EU small and medium enterprises; Mario Conserva, Face's Secretary General, expressed his satisfaction for the result obtained which confirms the international credibility enjoyed by the association, and underlined that the final result is yet to be reached that is the total abolition of the customs duty on all types of primary aluminium; Mario Bertoli, president of Alfin -- Edimet and member of the EAA (European Aluminium Association) Executive Committee, maintained that this is a crucial success to enhance the competitiveness of the small and medium industrial enterprises within the European system as well as a good signal for the future of the metals system in Europe. DISA - Strengthening the ties with India through R&D The DISA Group is on a major expansion drive, worldwide. The group has recognized the importance of India's potential in the global liberalised scenario. Providing fresh impetus to growth plans is the group's new company in Bangalore; DISA Technologies Private Limited (DTPL), a fully fledged R&D facility in India and owned by DISA Holding A/S, Denmark. The current workforce of 10 engineers will grow up to 25 over the next 12 months. The R&D Centre is set up in the Peenya Industrial Area, Bangalore and will cater to the development needs of group companies, worldwide. Currently, high-end machines are supplied and serviced by DISA Denmark. A dedicated parts network, which will be operated by DTPL, will facilitate this. The existing DISA customers in India will benefit by this move, as the parts will be made available in their own backyard. Emissions Must Decline -- Bangkok Summit on Climate Change The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented their third report this year on "Climate Change Mitigation" after a summit at the UN Building in Bangkok during the first week of May. The IPCC which is a UN network of some 2000 scientists from 120 countries had concluded earlier in 2007 that there is more than a 90% chance that climate change is caused by human activities and that without action global temperatures could rise by up to 6oC by the year 2100. The IPCC said that emissions must start declining before 2015 if global warming is to be limited to 2oC which is said to be the levels at which the impacts of climate change will become extreme. The report from the summit will be discussed at ministerial level in Indonesia this coming November to prepare the way for a new UN Framework on Climate Change to follow on from the Kyoto Protocol which is due to end in 2012. Inauguration of DISA Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Left to Right - Mr. Viraj Naidu, President, DISA India Ltd., Mr. Kent Arentoft, CEO & President, DISA Group and Mr. Jan Johansen, Exe. Vice President, DISA Denmark.