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India Fed Up As Well

Apparently, there is some dissention among the countries we tend to think of, sometimes stereotypically, as low cost manufacturers.

In an article that recently ran on the website of India’s Business Standard (one of the largest daily newspapers in the country), columnist Dilip Kumar Jha complained that China is “too cheap.” 

Does this finally lend credence to the many years of complaints from North American metalcasters saying the exact same thing?

Let’s be honest. When a casting is made, several fixed costs don’t change no matter where in the world the part is made: metal prices, energy costs, shipping. The biggest variable is human costs. When you compare the cost of labor between China and North America, the difference is obvious. But comparing India to China? Add the cost of shipping, and you should have a wash. Apparently not, according to Jha.

Even with the lower labor costs, something is missing. What if we un-pegged the Yuan from the dollar? Then, China’s ongoing program of deflating its currency to ensure its exports remain competitive might make the economic water level rise—globally. That would be interesting.


Metalcasting Helps Haiti

There’s been no shortage of media coverage of the earthquake that recently rocked Haiti. And as touching and heart wrenching as much of it is, it can become a little repetitive and go unnoticed.

But when the news involves metalcasting, our attentions are always aroused.

Apparently, the metalcasting process recently helped Alfred Univ., Alfred, N.Y., earn more than $5,000 for the Haitian relief effort. According to an article in the school’s newspaper, the Alfred Univ. Foundry Guild sold $10 sand molds to locals, allowed them to scratch designs into the molds and poured them off, producing original sculptures for all of the would-be philanthropists. The funds, augmented by a silent auction of artwork, were donated to a Haitian family with ties to the school and Doctors Without Borders.

It may seem incongruous, metalcasting for charity, but to us it makes perfect sense. The industry that has been rebuilding things for hundreds of years—taking what has been scrapped and reforming it into something useful—is now helping to rebuild a nation.

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