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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2007
Increased circulation - Increased reputation We want you to know that Metal Casting Technologies magazine is enjoying enormous and extremely flattering feedback from our greatly increased readership throughout Asia Pacific, particularly in China. As well as from readers the flattery comes from suppliers to the foundry industry who use the pages to continuously expose their products and services to our increasing circulation. During and following GIFA this year, many suppliers said that Metals magazine was a "continuing exhibition on paper", and all our editorial contributors were seriously praised. Adam Cail, MCT's Business Development Manager, attended GIFA in June and experienced wide acclaim for his development of the publication over the last few years. "It's a must read!" and even "the best foundry magazine in the world". So forgive us for preening - just a little. Such feedback makes it extremely worthwhile to continue increasing our efforts to ensure you get the best information service and accordingly, we have just appointed Paula Wallace as Associate Editor (see Briefings) and Adjunct Professor Ralph Tobias as Research and Development Technical Contributor. China Foundry Association Co-operation Agreement I met with Executives of the China Foundry Association when I visited Beijing in June. They are increasing their supply of information services to their members. Accordingly, Metal Casting Technologies magazine together with the China Foundry Association have formed a Co-operation Agreement whereby our publication will be received by their members. CFA members can now have an expansion of their information about castings and suppliers to the industry because Metals magazine serves all of the Asia Pacific, not just China. I learned on my trip to China that the information contained in the advertisements in our publication was also considered extremely valuable. "It gives us a compendium of products and services and we see what is being offered. We need to keep informed to remain competitive." And it was also flattering to find out that the technical articles are used for learning and up-skilling. We will continue to grow our information service to you while at the same time maintaining our reputation as the major foundry magazine for the Asia Pacific Region. Please enjoy this edition. Barbara Cail From the publisher market by Dr PC Maity. As we all know India is the other rising giant in the Asia and it will be very interesting to watch as both countries compete for market share of the highly lucrative auto componetry market. With both China and India's rising middle class, there is an enormous growth in car ownership. Attracting skilled workers, however, will threaten the speed of their growth. I also have to refer to Jeff Meredith's contribution in this edition. Everywhere I travel through the Asia Pacific, his articles are always mentioned. There is such a continuing thirst for knowledge and Jeff's well written articles deliver for our readers. And as always this edition also contains valuable technical articles giving more benefits to our readers. This includes a Chinese language translation as well. Finally, in this edition, Adam Cail reports on the evening he shared with the group of Australian foundrymen who visited GIFA and who very definitely enjoyed themselves. And this leads me to remind you that the Annual Australian Foundry Institute Convention will be held in Swan Valley -- Perth, Western Australia from 21 October through to 24 October. Let me be among the first to welcome those of you attending. Perth is a great place to visit and the AFI Convention promises to be a great learning and social experience. I feel certain that this Who's Who of Metals -- our Annual edition, will provide you with valuable knowledge about the Asia Pacific market. To be competitive in today's global market place knowledge, as ever, is power. We take pride in assembling all of the knowledge contained in this edition to help you increase your productivity and profit by doing so. Please enjoy! Ken Foulke WHO'S WHO OF METALS -- ANNUAL 2007/8 5 ASIA PACIFIC casting TECHNOLOGIES