Metal Casting Technologies : MCT-MARCH-2014
Products & services SORELMETAL High Purity Pig Iron: Australian agents for SorelMetal High Purity Pig Iron. Produced by Richards Bay Iron and Titanium Pty Ltd South Africa Refractories: • CMS manufactures a selected range of premium grade Castables, Ramming Materials, Mortars and Furnace Linings etc. developed to suit the customer’s Specifications and applications. • Mayerton Refractories UK. Australasian Agent (Furnace & Ladle Refractory Bricks) • CMS manufacture a complete range of Refractories and Pre-cast shapes • Services include selection, installation auditing and supply for Foundry EAF. Induction and Heat Treatment Furnaces and Ladles. Refractory Hollowware: • Mayerton Refractories UK. - Australasian Distributors • Cooinda Ceramics - manufactures of the EZY-FLO range of first quality Ceramic Hollowware Foundry Equipment: • Omega Foundry Equipment UK. Australian Agent • A1 Roper UK. Ladles and accessories – Australian Distributors • Whiting Equipment Canada Inc. Electric Arc Furnaces & metallurgical Equipment- Australian Agent • PowerHammer Riser removal equipment – Australian Agent • Equipois Inc. manufactures of the Zero Gravity Arm - Australasian agent Ferro Alloys: • CMS can offer the largest, most comprehensive, complete range of Ferro Alloys and Metal Powders Nodulants & Inoculants: • Elkem a/s Norway. Exclusive Australian Agent • Services include Charge calculations, melting procedures etc., for Grey and Nodular Irons. Nickel: • Stocks held in all Australian states Indium: • Australian Agent for Indium Corporation of America Recarburiser: • Synthetic Graphite, Graphitised Petroeum Coke & Gas Calcined Anthracite Oxy Lance Pipes: • Shinto Japan – Australian/NZ Agent Filters: • Exclusive distributors for the SQ range of ceramic filters for all grades of ferrous and non-ferrous metals Slag Coagulant: • Castkleen range of Slag Coagulants for all applications Sands: • Southern Pacific Sands. Exclusive Foundry distribution of local Silica Moulding Sands • Premium grade Zircon Sand Australian distributors for Sibelco • Chromite Sand - CMS are distributors for Rand York Minerals Premium Foundry Grade Chromite Sand • Olivine Sand Bentonite: • CMS Superior Bond High Performance Bentonite Mould and Core Binder Systems: • CMS are the exclusive agents for the full range of SQ Resin Binders and Catalysts – including Furan, Alkaline Phenolic Co2 and liquid hardener cured, Air Setting Polyurethane Resin, Cold Box and Hot Box Resin Systems Refractory Mould Coatings: • CMS manufacture a full range of Foundry refractory Mould Coatings, in water and Solvent suspensions and dry powder blends based on Zircon, Graphite, Magnesite, Olivine and Alumina and a range of auxlilary products including adhesives, RIMS Anti Veining additive Methoding Software & Service • CMS use and recommend NovaCast Methoding Software - CMS are the exculsive agents for Australia and New Zealand for NovaCast AB Sweden • CMS services include technical support in casting methoding, gating, and riser design / selection, 3D modeling filling / solidification simulation plus general technical support FEEDING AIDS: • CMS insulating riser tiles – ISOtop hot topping and insulating compounds. Pattern Making Supplies: • Ebalta pattern resins and toolong boards Australian agents. • CB Vents, Dowels & Sockets etc., Steel Shot: • TAIWANABRATOR Steel Shot – Australian Distributors Abrasives: • CMS can offer a complete range of high quality Abrasives especially formulated for the Foundry Industry Welding wire: CMS offer a competitive range of Welding Wire Grahite Electrodes: • Graphite Electrodes 6inch to 28inch all lengths, HP, SHP, UHP CMS are exclusive agents for Fangda China HEAD OFFICE Postal: PO Box 22 Northgate Qld 4013. Offices: 275-277 Toombul Road, Northgate Qld 4013 T: +61 7 3326 4800 F: +61 7 3266 6366 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Australian Branches: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth. NZ Distributors: Metcast Services Limited. Auckland NZ Overseas Offices: UK, China & Malaysia 8 www.metals.rala.com.au Future trends of automotive metal casting in Australia By Sam Hall When Toyota announced in February that it would close its Australian car manufacturing operations in 2017 - following similar decisions by Ford and General Motors Holden – the demise of the broader components industry was considered by many as a foregone conclusion. Australia has a rich history in car making, but the sector has been in heavy decline recently with the arrival of cheaper foreign car brands, relaxed import tariffs, trade barriers, growing domestic labour wages and a decline in government support. Where once automotive manufacturing was lauded as a shining light for the Australian economy – providing one in every seven jobs as recently as 20 years ago – the looming manufacturing departure of the three remaining car makers paves a dead-end road for much of the industry’s underlying suppliers. “There are up to 50,000 direct jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector in Australia, inclusive of 33,000 across the component supply chain,” says Federation of Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ (FAPM) chief executive Richard Reilly. “We believe that the potential closure of component businesses could have severe flow-on economic and social impacts in parts of Victorian and South Australia.” At the time of Toyota’s closure announcement, market analysts and industry stakeholders warned of irreparable damage to the Australian economy due to the dependency on car makers as a source of revenue for contract component suppliers. However progress is underway in salvaging the foundational trades of the industry, including the important metal casting sector, through diversification, entry into new export markets, partnering with companies overseas and consolidating with other supply chain companies. There are about 10 different auto- specific cast manufacturing firms operating within Australia, specialising in aluminium alloy, die, iron, magnesium, polyurethane foam and zinc alloy applications. Already a good deal of those have established overseas links in place. With a three-year deadline to work with and some flexibility and assistance from car makers and the federal government, there is good cause for further optimism. Nissan Castings, a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Company Australia, is a casting plant based in the Victorian suburb of Dandenong. It is one of the enduring remnants from when Nissan ended its car manufacturing operations in Australia in 1992, and a prime example of how component suppliers can continue to survive beyond 2017. In 2011, Nissan Castings secured a $160 million contract to manufacture components for Nissan’s fully-electric Leaf small car, which is available in 35 countries. Nissan Australia managing director Peter Jones said the company had a long, prosperous future despite the broader manufacturing decline. “Nissan Casting Australia is a very important part of Nissan’s Australian operations,” he said. “With annual sales of around $65 million, Nissan Casting Australia manufactures and exports a number of components for not only the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle but a variety of other Nissan models. “The plant currently employs 143 full- time staff and 21 casual staff working three shifts, six days a week. Nissan has made a number of investments in its Australian metal casting operations, the most recent a new $1.868 million high- efficiency tower furnace.” A similar transformation is underway at the Melbourne-based Australian headquarters of Chassis Brake International. A supplier to Toyota, Holden and Ford (primarily in brakes), CBI also specialises in metal casting is now trying to diversify its business away from Australian car makers and into the international market. Globally the company is already one of the top three manufacturers of brakes and brake components. CBI is working to future-proof its operations namely by being more competitive. METAL casting Technologies March 2014 9 brIEFINGS Open for business: Nissan Australia’s casting plant in dandenong, Victoria, is prospering on a global scale. Stamp of approval: Australian-produced automotive goods are still highly sought- after on a global market, but efficiency and structural change is needed.
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