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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2007
www.metals.rala.com.au 6 BRIEFINGS Paula Wallace appointed Associate Editor Because of the increasing expansion of Metals Casting Technologies magazine into China, Paula Wallace has been appointed Associate Editor. Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer, particularly in the mining industry where she has been Editor of the leading Mining Magazine in Australia. She also brings extensive research skills to the role which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. Paula now joins an increasing group of specialised Contributors to Metals magazine which ensures its content is the highest quality information and continues to retain the status of being the primary Foundry magazine serving the Asia Pacific market. To contact Paula with any information email firstname.lastname@example.org MCT Asia Pacific Magazine - China Foundry Association Barbara Cail, publisher of Metal Casting Technologies Asia Pacific magazine, met with the China Foundry Association in Beijing during June to further discuss the co-operative agreement which has been on the table for several months. The plan is to publish the technical articles within Metals in Mandarin to ensure this information becomes a knowledge bank for Chinese foundries. The membership of the China Foundry Association is 1800 and it is anticipated that each member will receive a copy of Metals magazine. Metals magazine has enjoyed a long relationship with the China Foundry Association and this agreement is an extension of the association. Driving changes for the car of the future Casting technology developed by the Light Metals Flagship has given the Australian automotive industry a technical boost in the move to make lighter, more fuel-efficient cars. The technology, T-Mag(tm), enables super-light magnesium alloys to be cast into high-integrity, high-strength automotive components. Low production costs make T- Mag castings cost-competitive with aluminium and steel automotive components. "With T-Mag you can make a magnesium alloy engine block that is two-thirds the weight of an aluminium alloy engine block," CSIRO business development manager Sam Tartaglia says. "The result is an improved power/ weight ratio and increased fuel efficiency and performance, which are much sought-after by premium car makers. "The technology is being assessed by a group of major North American car makers. If successful, this validation will open the door to key markets. It's a fast-track entry into the market." T-Mag is being taken to market by a partnership between CSIRO and three South Australian companies, Alloy Technologies International, SAGE Automation, and FLOTEK. The partnership has attracted a $1.95 million grant under AusIndustry's Commercial Ready Program. T-Mag excited commercial interest when it was exhibited at GIFA, the World Foundry Congress, held in June in Dusseldorf, Germany. "T-Mag is designed to be simple," CSIRO casting team leader Dr Thang Nguyen says. "We've integrated melting and casting operations in a single compact unit which uses gravity rather than high pressure or vacuum to make sure the die fills smoothly from the bottom. This minimises turbulence and formation of oxides in the casting." The result is strong, lightweight castings which do not have flow lines or internal porosity; defects which have hampered uptake of magnesium alloy castings made using existing technology. In addition, T-Mag provides large savings in recycling and energy costs by reducing the metal needed for casting. T-Mag needs only 3.7kg of alloy to cast a 3.5kg component, compared with the 6kg to 7kg required by conventional processes. The Light Metals Flagship's portfolio of material and process technologies focuses on transforming light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium, into products. A number of Flagship technologies are relevant to the automotive industry. Further Information: Sam Tartaglia, CSIRO Manufacturing and Materials Technology, email@example.com Paula Wallace China Foundry Association, Executive Vice President, Zhang Shufan Lightweight magnesium alloy wheels from the T-Mag process in as-cast condition, before machine finishing. CSIRO IMAGE