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Metal Casting Technologies : Whos who September 2011
and works visits. Around 70 TFA members visited GIFA in Germany. The TFA has established official co-operation with three Thai universities to facilitate technology transfer particularly into the Thai owned SME foundries and several Thai foundries have encouraged their graduate engineers to undertake part- time Masters Studies in Manufacturing Technologies. In the "InterMold" sessions at the June Bangkok "Manufacturing Expo 2011" Dr. Chaowalit Limmaneevichitr and Dr. Sombun Charoenvilaisiri from the Dept. of Production Engineering at King Mongkut's University of Technology gave seminars on "Quality Index in Al Castings" and "Iron Castings" to around 50 TFA delegates. At the June annual general meeting Mr. Wiboolyos Amatyakul, who is Managing Director at Okamoto (Thai) Co. Ltd., was elected as the new President of the Thai Foundry Association for a two year term from August 2011. He has a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, North Bangkok and has worked at Okamoto Thailand for 22 years. He has served the Thai Foundry Association for 16 years as a committee member and as Vice-president. Okamoto (Thai) provides an example of a successful joint venture operation in the non-automotive sector. The company, situated in Ayutthaya province about 70 km from Bangkok, is a subsidiary of Okamoto Machine Tool Works Japan. First established in 1988, Okamoto (Thai) produces precision surface grinding machines and has its own foundry facilities to produce grey and ductile iron and aluminium castings for the machine tool industry. Each month the company produces around 1500 tonnes of castings and assembles 200 grinding machines. Around 30% of the castings are used for in house assembly with 70% going as finished machined castings to other machine tool companies including export to Australia, Japan and US. TFA group arrives at GIFA Value added casting -- a newly assembled grinding machine at Okamoto Thailand. Khun Wiboolos Amatyakul -- the newly elected TFA President. 36 www.metals.rala.com.au
Whos who September 2012