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Investment Casting Institute


1 Paragon Dr., Suite 110 Montvale, NJ 07645 Phone 201-573-9770 Email: incastmag@ investmentcasting.org


www.investmentcasting.org European


Investment Casters’ Federation


Holly Cottage, Gorcott Hill, Beoley, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9EW, UK


Phone: +44 (0) 1564 743077 Email: julieboyce@eicf.org


www.eicf.org


ICI BOARD OF DIRECTORS President


Timothy Sullivan, Esq., Hitchiner Mfg. Co., Inc. Vice President


John Marcin, United Technologies Past President


Frank Lysiak, Kovatch Castings, Inc. Board of Directors Brad DeSplinter, TPM, Inc. Russell Gallagher, Bescast, Inc. Michael Hascher,


Eagle Engineered Solutions


Michael Hendricks, Ransom & Randolph Julie Markee, Key Process Innovations Nipendra Singh, S&A Consulting Group LLP Al Torok, Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers, Inc.


Ty Ueland, SeaCast, Inc.


EICF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman


Virgilio Oliveira, Zollern & Comandita Vice Chairman Ingo Bitzer


Past Chairman


Steve Irwin, Rolls-Royce plc Board of Directors


Ron Williams, The Blayson Group Ltd. Dr. John Malchiese, Paramelt BV Uri Joseph, International Precision Casting Supplies Ltd. Jean Françoise Donchery, Ama Services Stephen Pilbury, Remet UK Ane Irazustabarrena,


Tecnalia Research & Innovation


Eugenio Salvaia, Imerys Refractory Minerals Michael Rünz, Deloro Group


Karl Szulakowski, Doncasters Superalloys Amadeo Torrens, Precicast SA


Dr. Pam Murrell, UK Cast Metal Federation Dr. David Ford, EICF


Inside ICI 4 Out With the “Ole” in with the New 6 Institute Board Election Results To Be Announced 6 Institute Welcomes New Member 8 ICI Member Healthcare Program


Inside EICF 12 The European Casting Industry – Where the Sector Might Be Heading and the Impact of Changes – Part 1


Member Profile 16 Intrepid Automation, A Catalyst in Investment Casting


66th Annual Technical Conference & Exposition 5 Thank you to our Sponsors 10 Institute Presents Intern Scholarship Awards 18 Top Investment Casters Take Honors 23 Casting Contest Finalists Recognized 26 66th Annual Technical Conference Agenda 32 Exhibitor Highlights 33 Exposition Exhibitor Booth Listings


Legal Ease 50 Union Organizing – A Matter of When


Departments 52 Growth Killer #6: Tactical Deficiency 54 Management Topics: Innovation Out Of An Unlikely And Uncomfortable Encounter


56 Industry News 59 Classifieds / Ad Index


INVESTMENT CASTING INSTITUTE Joseph E. Fritz


Executive Director Grayce Albanese


Senior Executive Assistant Barbara Tiseo


Meeting & Event Planner Executive Director Erin Almaleh


INCAST Editor Nora D’Ambra


Business Administrator Margureta Watson


Staff Accountant


EUROPEAN INVESTMENT CASTERS’ FEDERATION Carlos Olabe


Julie Boyce Administration Office Manager


CONTENTS


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