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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2007
CONTRIBUTORS ELIUS LEVIN is a native-born Australian business journalist who has lived in China for 12 years. He has worked as an editor and writer throughout the past 20+ years, and professionally since 1989. JOHN HERMES D. BAUTISTA PMAI Technical Consultant GOPAL PADKI Gopal Padki heads up Sinocast, a new venture set up to supply cost effective solutions to foundry and metal technology industries. It forms a complimentary bridge between industrial consumables, equipment and instrument suppliers. DR PC MAITY Professor in the Foundry Technology Department of the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi India JOHN PEARCE Metals Specialist, MTEC National Metals and Materials Technology Centre, Thailand JEFF F. MEREDITH Casting Solutions Pty Ltd PAULA WALLACE Paula is an experienced industrial and business writer who brings extensive research skills which she will apply to reporting on the trends of the booming Asian foundry scene. Where In The Future? ou have read in previous editorials my references to the changing landscape of the metal casting industry over the years. Life is always changing, be it in a personal way, or in business. It is up to us to keep up with the changes, and to adjust our activities and actions to reflect those changes. My involvement with the foundry industry began in 1979 in the US. In 1981, I moved to Australia to become involved in the Australasian area. That area encompassed Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1984, I returned to the US to work even more internationally, adding Europe and East Asia to my areas of involvement. I finally saw the light and came back to Australia in 1989, continuing to work heavily in Southeast Asia as well as Northeast Asia. Having first traveled to East Asia in 1981, I have been privileged to see so many changes over the years that I could not possibly document them here in the time and space that I have at my disposal. But it is clear that East Asia has been the hot spot for many years now. My first visit to Asia in mid-1981 was principally to Japan, although this was also my first exposure to Australia and Singapore. The foundry industry in Japan was, and remains, a very highly technology driven industry. Subsequent visits to Korea and Taiwan indicated similarly. But it was my first visit to China in 1985 that was the eye opener. It revealed a foundry industry that was well behind most of the developed nations of the world, but the hunger and thirst for technology made it very clear early on, that this was one place that was going to be "happening". And boy, has it happened. China is clearly the most influential country in the foundry industry today. As China has become more and more influential, much of Asia has followed along, most significantly India. There is no question that these two countries are the two heavy weights in the region today. It is for these reasons that this magazine has directed a great deal of focus lately to Asia. We are trying to lead the way regarding the sharing of technology, activity in the world casting market, keeping you up to date with the news of the area, and so on.. If you have heard me say all of the above things before, I am repeating myself because it is important for everyone to be aware of where they are and where they are heading in today's ultra-competitive world. As time passes in a foundryman's career, he or she tends to begin to use certain yardsticks to measure the length and impact of that career. Internationally, many foundrymen will measure their careers in terms EDITORIAL Ken Foulke Y METAL Casting Technologies December 2007 4