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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2007
BRIEFINGS consisting of industry representatives, educational infrastructure members and teaching staff, has provided invaluable advice and facilitated the establishment of industry partnerships and sponsorship. Construction is expected to be complete by April/May 2008, and with Queensland being the only TAFE in the country to be expanding both its facility and program in the areas of Foundry and Patternmaking. SkillsTech Australia is well positioned to become the lead Foundry and Patternmaking centre for training in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Region. Time out for Ken Foulke Unfortunately for Metals magazine, an increasing work load for Ken Foulke has caused him to resign his Consultant Editor's role. Ken has been extremely valuable in helping the Metal's editorial team provide high quality editorial content and technical features for our readers. However, depending on his time availability he will remain a contributor. His resignation is effective with this edition. On behalf of all of our readers, Metals magazine wishes to thank him and wish him well. ThyssenKrupp increases investment in China Germany's largest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG has decided to add Euro-500-million investments in China. The investments will fund the company's expansion in elevator, automobile components, industrial services and steel plate manufacturing industries. The steelmaker is also considering to launch another galvanized steel plate manufacturing plant with Anshan Steel & Iron Group, a leading steel producer in China, in March next year. ThyssenKrupp will invest Euro 150 million into the new plant, which has annual production capacity for galvanized steel plates of 430,000 tons, to meet the surging demand in automobile sectors. Bradken sets up in China To take advantage of the eventual shift to rely more on China's cheaper labour and materials, Bradken is setting up its own manufacturing workshop in China to allow it to increase its long-term capacity. This will enable the company to build much larger sub-components and ultimately build complete rail cars. Besides rail wagons, Bradken also produces steel cast products used in mining processing and equipment. The Newcastle based Bradken group in Australia is still in top operating mode having recently gained an order with Queensland Rail and they remain lead suppliers to the multi billion dollar expansion of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto's iron ore operations in West Australia. Foundry machinery industry to be developed by Pakistani Government The Engineering Development Board (EDB) of Pakistan will prepare a long- term plan for growth in the production of foundry machinery in Pakistan which includes the development of the foundry industry and related expansions and the necessary up-grading in the industry to meet global standards. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Imtiaz Rastgar, vice chairman, advisory committee, Ministry of Industries and Production. The EDB delegation was led by Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry, chief executive officer, EDB. A six-member delegation of the Pakistan Foundry Association also took part led by the secretary general Asim Qadri. The meeting underlined the need for preparing a long-term, 10-year, plan to be implemented jointly by the EDB and foundry industry and that a task force was needed to finalise the details. Both sides agreed that the task force would have 50 per cent representation from the private sector and would also be headed by the Pakistan Foundry Association. For more information visit: www.pfa.org.pk Bradken acquires 75% of Cast Metal Services Pty Limited Two Australian companies merge with Bradken Resources Pty Limited acquiring 75% of the shares in Cast Metal Services Pty Limited. Commenting on the acquisition, Brian Hodges, Managing Director of Bradken said, "Bradken is a major user of foundry consumable products and a large customer of CMS. This acquisition will provide a significant opportunity to leverage the combined skills of both Bradken and CMS to the benefit of all current and future customers of CMS." Likewise Glenn Pearcy, Managing Director of CMS is very positive about the acquisition and sees it as an excellent opportunity for the business to grow by benefiting from Bradken's corporate synergies with Bradken in turn benefiting from the foundry expertise of CMS. CMS was started by Glenn Pearcy in Brisbane in August 1991 and has grown from humble beginnings to a $40m company employing around 50 people with technical, sales and support staff and warehouses in six states. "We look forward to growing and METAL Casting Technologies December 2007 10 Ken Foulke