U.S. Reps Participate in Global Metalcasting Forum
March 9, 2007
AFS recently sent representatives to Cascais, Portugal, to participate in the 2006 International Foundry Forum (IFF). The event, hosted by the European Foundry Association and the European Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association, was held Sept. 28-29 and drew more than 200 casting leaders from 23 different countries.
On the first day, Alfred Spada, AFS director of marketing, communications and public relations, led two panel discussions on casting supply in the global market. The second day, Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president, was one of several representatives from major metalcasting nations to share their forecast and trends for casting production. The countries represented included the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Japan, Russia and several in Europe.
AFS Disappointed With California Legislation
Despite efforts by AFS to delay the passage of AB 1953, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill in late September, which limits the amount of lead used in potable water systems. In a letter to the Governor, AFS addressed several points of concern, including insufficient evidence showing no-lead materials are sustainable, the continued availability of currently accepted substitute materials such as bismuth, and the belief that no-lead materials in potable water applications are the only solution.
On Sept. 20, the AFS Copper Alloy Div. held a roundtable meeting at which several of the issues surrounding no-lead copper piping were discussed. Following the meeting, division chairman Mike Jones, Ford Meter Box Co., helped organize a consortium to investigate some of the concerns regarding no-lead materials and to develop potential answers.