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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2007
CONTRIBUTORS s we go to press with this exciting edition of Metals we are all aware that the China growth phenomenon is still leading casting production in the Asia Pacific. In this edition you will find an extremely valuable up date and profile of China's production and its market written by Gopal Padki who is an expert on "reading" and analysing the status of the metal casting industry in China. In this edition we welcome Paula Wallace, as an Associate Editor. She has a long and deep background as a business and industrial journalist and edits the major mining magazine for the Asia Pacific region. For this issue of Metals, she has been working her way through the region in gathering information and I am sure you will find her reports add value to your knowledge base. In the past year we have had GIFA as the standout event and again you will find a report inside this edition. It's interesting to note that while GIFA holds its major and historical place in the hearts and minds of the world's foundry operators, the China Exhibition, also arranged by Messe Frankfurt is fast approaching the status of GIFA. This clearly underscores the rising importance of the Asia Pacific market versus that of Europe. I also have great pleasure in reporting that this publication is also rising in importance and expanding its distribution in the Asia Pacific. Our Publisher, Barbara Cail, visited Beijing in June to meet with the China Foundry Association and is in the process of successfully negotiating a Co-operation Agreement for this magazine to be distributed to the members of the CFA. This is the reason you will find some technical articles in this edition specifically translated into Mandarin to accommodate the CFA readership plus the increased readership in China generally which has been created during the past year. And, of course, this expanded distribution for Metals increases the market reach for all the suppliers who use the magazine to reach this increasingly rich market. Importantly, it is not only China which is heavily featured in this edition. We have Dr John Pearce who has an enormous following with his very valuable reports on Thailand. This adds to us being able to grasp the overview of the extensive Asian marketplace. And as previously mentioned, Paula Wallace brings you market reports on Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. You will also find an exceptional report on the Indian EDITORIAL Ken Foulke A 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. JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant GOPAL PADKI CEO Foseco China Has 22-years experience in the foundry industry, in particular India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China 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 Foundry Growth in Asia Pacific Continues PAULA WALLACE Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer who brings extensive research skills which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. STEVEN WELBURN Steven Welburn is Metal Casting Industry Champion with Casting Technology NZInc and Business Development Manager with Light Alloy Manufacturing NZInc.