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Successfully held "Asia-Pacific Aluminium
Conference 2008" at Chennai
|11-14 December, 2008 Chennai
ALUCAST 2008 (also called "Asia-Pacific
Aluminium Conference 2008") was held successfully
at Chennai during 11-14 December, 2008.
It was inaugurated by Mr. Michael Boneham (President
and Managing Director, Ford Motors India). In
his inaugural speech he covered in detail about
the future of the industry and Ford India's plans
and strategies for Indian and global markets.
Though the industry is passing through a critical
phase, Mr. Boneham's optimistic inaugural address
gave a boost to the gathering who heard him with
rapt attention. Later he inaugurated the exhibition
Shri K. S. Sripathy (Chief Secretary,
Govt. of Tamilnadu), lighted the kuthuvilakku
and addressed the gathering. He mentioned about
various facilities and incentives offered by Tamilnadu
Government for setting up new projects, and invited
entrepreneurs to set up units in Tamilnadu.
Shri Mahesh Kodumudi (Executive - Corporate
Purchasing, Volkswagen India) detailed about his
company's plans of components procurement and
predicted India's big role in the world auto components
market. He released the Souvenir.
Mr. Roland Friedrich Herrmann (Consul
General, German Consulate, Chennai) released the Technical Papers Volume and addressed the
gathering, briefly mentioning about his country's
involvement in the growing Indian industrial scenario.
Shri Ashok Kumar Meena, IAS (Managing
Director, Industrial Promotion and Investment
Corporation of Orissa Limited, i.e. IPICOL) mentioned
about Team Orissa's action plan for growth of
industries in Orissa and invited the industrialists
to participate in the same.
Shri A. K. Taneja (President, Shriram
Pistons and Rings Ltd., Ghaziabad) delivered the
Keynote address. He gave an inspiring and thought
provoking speech covering the dos and don'ts to
come out of the present situation. He advised
the gathering to consider the current situation
as an opportunity and challenge to make necessary
corrections to face the bright future with confidence.
Earlier, Shri P. N. Sadhu (President,
Aluminium Casters' Association) welcomed the delegates,
while Shri T. Parabrahman (Chairman, Organising
Committee of this event, and Mg. Director, Kirloskar
Toyoda Textile Machinery Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore)
detailed about the objectives of the conference.
"Mr. N. Venkataramani, Managing Director,
India Pistons Ltd., Chennai, was
Awarded with H. K. Firodia Life Time Achievement
Award Instituted by ALUCAST
for the year 2008. "
At the end, Shri R. T. Kulkarni (Hon.
Secretary, Aluminium Casters' Association) proposed
Vote of Thanks.
Number of Delegates: 230
Number of participating Countries: 17
Delegates / Authors / Exhibitors from 17 countries
participated in this event. A delegation of 5
members came from China.
24 Technical Papers were presented. One Paper
by Dr. Wolfgang Kaettlitz, Foseco GmbH, Germany,
could not be presented. Shri Ravi Podila presented
the paper on behalf of Shri G. Natesh of Chemtrend
Chemicals Co. Pvt. Ltd. 22 papers are printed
in the Technical Papers Volume. (Brief Summary
of the content of these 22 papers is given in
the following pages in this issue.)
It was held on 12th December 2008, and was inaugurated
by Shri R. Maitra (Executive Director, EEPC).
He emphasised for joint work by the association
and EEPC for the development of Export and for
preparing the road map.
Shri P. N. Sadhu (President, Aluminium
Casters' Association), highlighted the role of
the Association in bringing Buyers and Sellers
to work together.
In his Keynote address, Dr. Guenter Lorenz (Sourcing Agency, Europe) expressed that India
can become the leading exporter to Europe, if
time commitment and business discipline are understood
and implemented properly.
The following persons gave presentations:
- Shri R. Maitra (Executive Director, EEPC)
- Shri P. N. Sadhu (President, ALUCAST)
- Mr. Guenter Lorenz (Mg. Director, Solutions,
- Shri P. S. Satish (Head, Global Sourcing,
- Shri Suprakash Mukherjee (Sr. G. M. - Global
Sourcing, John Deere India Pvt. Ltd.)
- Shri Madhu Venkateswar (Mg. Director, Castall
Technologies Pvt. Ltd.)
A Panel Discussion
on 'R & D - Industry Interaction'
It was held on 13th December 2008. The Panel
members were :
- Dr. P. R. Khangaonkar (Panel Chairman)
- Dr. Suresh Sundarraj (R & D Div., General
- Dr. Sanjay Arole (DGM Central Lab., Volkswagen
India Pvt. Ltd.,
- Dr. V. Raghupathi (Scientist G & Jt. Director,
Department of Science and Technology, Govt.
- Dr. V. N. Misra (Department of Energy and
Resources, Perth, Govt. of Australia)
Dr. Khangaonkar introduced the members and explained
the overall plan of the discussion. He emphasized
that if the Indian Aluminium casting industry,
particularly the die-casting industry, is to reach
a pre-eminent position in the international field,
it must have substantially higher activity in
R & D than at present. In the current period
of recession, it is necessary to use the man-hours
of expertise available for healthy long term research.
Dr. Sanjay Arole explained the need of
strategy in R & D, based on future needs and
lacunae of present practices about alloys, alloy
design, die materials etc.
Dr. Suresh Sundarraj explained some features
R & D directions adopted in General Motors
co-ordination with the company's global efforts
in R & D.
Dr. V. Raghupathy explained the present
role of Government funding of R & D in various
technical fields and priorities of financing.
He explained the need to co-operate with academic
institutions, who are considered as primary moves
in any R & D scheme, though the backing of
industry for a specific idea and its possible
use would be necessary.
With reference to the co-operative work between
the industry and the R & D institutions,
Dr. Misra explained the very positive
and encouraging experience as observed by CRCs
(Co-operative Research Centers) in Australia,
set up at several places, with good participation
by industry, in a number of fields, including
die casting technology.
Initial disccusion by the panel members was followed
by lively participation by other delegates.
It was felt in conclusion that ALUCAST should
have a 'Standing Committee on R & D', which
should take up continuous activity regarding data
collection on existing R & D efforts, facilities
at various academic and R & D institutions,
and R & D fund for sponsoring specific schemes
of R & D for the benefit of die-casting industry.
It was held on 13th December 2008. The Valedictory
Address was given by Mr. Achim Klotz (President,
Buehler Druckguss AG, Switzerland). He appreciated
the efforts put in by ALUCAST to bring all die-casters
on a common platform, and assured continuation
of full support by Buehler in future. He visualized
a bright future for Indian die casting industry
in global market.
It was held on 14th December, 2008. It was inaugurated
by Prof. S. Sathik (Former Vice Chancellor, University
of Madras). The following two projects were selected
for outstanding work.
project by Shri Jayananda (Department of
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National
Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka)
on "Investigation of Casting-Chill Interfacial
Heat Transfer during Downward Solidification".
He was felicitated with a Gold Medal and a Certificate.
A project by Shri Shivank Tandon (Department
of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur) on "Spray
Casting of Al 2024 and Al-Si Alloys". He
could not attend the function.
Shri P. N. Sadhu (Technical Advisor, Sunbeam
Auto Limited, Gurgaon) gave inspiring presentation
during this function.
Conference proceedings and event souvenir are
available at ACAI Pune office.