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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2007
of how many GIFAS they have attended. In the USA, it may be AFS Conventions; in Australia, it is the AFI Annual Conventions attended. And as the numbers of conventions/ exhibitions/conferences attended increase, it gives pause to reflect on what has been happening over the years. Having just attended the AFI Convention held in Perth, I was impressed by the focus being given to where the Australian foundry industry is going, and where it needs to go in the future. I would like to direct your attention to Simon Kay's (AFI National President) column in this issue of the magazine. He puts it all very nicely. I was especially impressed at the convention with the report on the foundry survey done in Queensland. The AFI is encouraging that a national survey be conducted, and everyone is hoping for foundries around Australia to embrace this survey. Now I don't believe that this activity is one that should only apply to the Australians. Asian Foundry organizations should make note and think about how they could similarly approach a survey such as this one. In order to plan for your future, it is important to first know exactly where you are at present. Without this knowledge, you cannot possibly set the proper parameters for future planning. This will be my last editorial as the Consulting Editor of Metal Casting Technologies. Like most of you, I am very busy these days, and need to focus more on my business activities in the industry, so I have been compelled to resign. I will likely be contributing to the magazine in the future, but must curtail my activities in this regard for now. I would like to thank those of you who have communicated with me regarding my role on the magazine, those of you who have come up to me to talk about the magazine and its role in the industry, and also those of you who reacted to my opinions (pro or con!). Lastly, wherever you live, and whatever your beliefs, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Ken Foulke METAL Casting Technologies December 2007 5 Bridging the gap between Foundry Supplier and Foundry SUBSCRIBE NOW To organise your subscription complete the form on page 77 of this issue, or visit us at www.metals.rala.com.au For advertising enquiries contact Adam Cail on +61 2 9555 1944 or email email@example.com ASIA PACIFIC casting TECHNOLOGIES Vo l 53, No 3 September 2007 CHINA •INDIA •TAIWAN •SINGAPOREINDONESIA • PHILIPPINES• MALAYSIA •HONGKONG •JAPAN • EUROPE• USA •AUSTRALIA •KOREA • NEWZEALAND AUTOMATE RO TIC MLTSHOS AUTOMATED ROBOTIC MELT SHOPS ASIAN OVERVIEW COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE OF FOUNDRY SUPPLIERS WHO'S WHO OF METALS ANNUAL BUYER'S GUIDE