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Metal Casting Technologies : Whos who September 2011
28 www.metals.rala.com.au engagement between training providers and industry to ensure the provision of skills relevant to current needs. Skills that are relevant are in short supply and employers consistently seek training relevant to their skill and productivity needs. Apprentice numbers are currently at a very low level and CTNZ is working with an Industry Training Provider to create interest in foundry apprenticeships at Secondary School level. An aspect to attract young people was the need to identify with technology as a key word in the job description. Our export market has continued to be challenging due to the high exchange rate of the New Zealand dollar. Global competition is changing with the US dollar now making imports from USA competitive with imports from Asia. An advantage for the end user is that parts can be imported from the OEM and therefore seen to be of superior quality. Again this reinforces the need to become more technologically advanced in the industry as a key to sustainability. Innovation in products is necessary in a country so remote geographically from its markets and the use of our University facilities to research ideas is important to the development of products that can be competitive in the global market. The Canterbury earthquake made global headlines and the spirit of cooperation was evident throughout the area. This cooperation was seen in our industry where foundries offered their assistance and the use of their plant to others who had suffered damage. An important lesson learnt by many was the need to back up computers and at least one foundry now automatically backs up to a remote source. At the end of October CTNZ is proud to be hosting the 2011 Australasian Foundry Conference at the Millenium Hotel in the beautiful Alpine setting of Queenstown. We have planned an interesting technical program where you will be enlightened and entertained by some of the leading experts in casting technology as well as social activities encapturing the attractions of the area. Positive future emerging for Philippines By Prof. John H. D. Bautista, PEE, RMetE, MBA, CMfgE, CInstE, PMAI Consultant For a given industry (like the metalcasting industry) and for a given product (like metal castings of machine, machinery and equipment parts and components), the following factors---the seven Ms of Industrial Management---have to be carefully considered for a thorough analysis. 1. Market --- is there a market for cast metal parts and components? The domestic market exists in the production of replacement parts for the cement, sugar, mining, transport, shipping and manufacturing industries producing appliances, cars, trucks, ships and barges. There is also a market in the construction industry for the production of products used in the construction of high-rise buildings, bridges, highways, wharves, and piers. Replacement parts for power generation and transmission equipment, for the production of wood and lumber, steel long products, rods and wires, and metal extrusions. OEM parts and components for the metalworking industry if the machine-building capability of this industry is developed to locally produce machines, machinery, and equipment for all the other industries. This aspect has a possible export market. 2. Methods --- the processing methods in use today are at par with the rest of the world as the latest methods are known in the industry. I introduced the shell-molding and the silicate molding processes and the production of ductile iron way back in the 1960s. Of course, further refinements would still be possible, if product volumes would warrant.
Whos who September 2012