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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2007
2007 OVERVIEW AsianFoundry www.metals.rala.com.au 40 company in the Siam Cement Group. In 1999 Aisin Takaoka, the major casting supplier for Toyota Cars and Trucks began to take the leading role in the Siam Cement Group Foundry and Machining Business as a managing partner. During the 3rd quarter of 2006 Aisin Takaoka started to integrate the management of all the companies in which they held the majority share in Thailand under the name of Aisin Takaoka Thailand Group - ATTG. The group consists of Aisin Takaoka Thailand (ATT) the company that takes care of marketing, sales and all the integrated management under the name of Function Center, and 3 iron-foundry plants (The Siam Nawaloha Foundry Co. Ltd. - SNF, Nawaloha Industry Co. Ltd. - NIC, Aisin Takaoka Foundry Bangpakong - ATFB), a machining plant -Siam AT Industry Co. Ltd. - SATI, and an aluminium die-casting plant - Thai Engineering Products - TEP. In her new role Khun Narissa manages the Production Function Center to drive and support all the main Production Management Functions - TQM, TPM, TPS (Toyota Production System), Safety and Environmental Management of all the ATTG companies. New President of Volclay International In May 2007 Mr. Hugh Parker was appointed president of Volclay International. He was managing director of the Thai operation (Volclay Siam Ltd) which was started in 1997, and he has contributed towards the business development of both Volclay Siam and Volclay International over the last ten years. Volclay International is specifically the Asian operations division of US based AMCOL International. Volclay has operations in China, Korea, Thailand and Australia with Joint Ventures in Japan and India. The operations include mining, processing, marketing and sales in several industries. These industries include the foundry and metal casting industry, Detergent granulation, paper intermediates as well as cosmetics, pharmaceutical and several other ancillary markets. PHILIPPINES By Prof. J. Hermes D. Bautista, Technical Consultant, PMAI The 2007 Philippine Metalcasting Industry Almost every metal product processed by the Metal Engineering Industry invariably starts from the Metalcasting Sector being upstream in the Metal Engineering Industry hierarchy -- the downstream being Metalworking, Metalfinishing and Assembly. All the progressive and industrialized countries in the world have good metalcasting industries from where their manufacturing processes start. It is an axiom of manufacturing that no amount of sophisticated or state- of-the-art subsequent processing can produce a product that is of better quality than its raw material _ meaning that, taking all other things as being equal, the quality of the final products depends largely on the quality of the metal castings produced by the Metalcasting Sector, the "raw materials." This is literally what is meant by the phrase, "Garbage in, garbage out!" Since that is the case, the downstream Metalworking Sector could and would buy their "raw materials" from foreign foundries if that is the more advantageous course of action for them -- quality-wise or price-wise. However, the inherent advantage of the local foundries over foreign foundries is their more speedy delivery, possible product consultations, and easier payment terms. Were it not for these, the local Metalcasting Industry would be in much more serious trouble. Trends, Problems, and Hopes I have been able to gather a few old statistics on the industry -- these are the latest available as the Metals Industry Research and Development Center which publishes these data has not come out with any updates. A review of the statistics from 1996 to 2002, gives the following tabulated data showing trends, for whatever they are worth. A persistent dip in cast iron and cast aluminum production happened during the seven years in question; in bronze, there was a dip in 1998 that recovered in 2000 but dipped again in 2002; only steel showed a consistent growth over the seven- year period: From the tabulation below, note the following: (a) In 1996, the total production was 82% only of the total demand or domestic consumption. (b) In 1998, total production increased to 84% of total demand; the CGR from 1996-1998 was - 15.9% (negative). (c) In 2000, total production went up to 88% of total demand; the CGR from 1998-2000 was - 4.3%. Mr. Hugh Parker - newly appointed head of Volclay International