Despite presently being sheltered from significant competition in light of the smaller size of the shipments, foundries
that have been able to carve out a niche are still aware that it is only a matter of time before greater attention is turned toward many of these smaller markets.
In fact, instead of helping jobbing foundries
become more successful, such misguided capital investments typically have the opposite effect--they force the business to become bigger, to compete in market segments management is unfamiliar with and to suffer dramatic reductions in profit margins.
Jim Simonelli, managing director for the California Cast Metal Association (CCMA), an El Dorado Hills-based association of California nonferrous foundries
, says that the number of foundries
in California has also declined sharply over the past few decades.
It's infuriating that foundries
overseas are not held to the same standards as foundries
in the U.
Session 4: Automation and Process Control in Foundries
As many foundries
have discovered, when a change is made to one element of a sand system it usually has an affect on other elements.
A high-production investment casting process would be an abrupt technology change that could impact many foundries
Atiq Raza, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raza Foundries
and Chairman of Pacific Broadband Communications.
Customers used to expect 5-10% annual cost reductions from foundries
," said Monroe.
Since the company was established in October 1999, Raza Foundries
has invested in 14 Partner Companies, including YuniNetworks, which was acquired earlier this year by AMCC.
Given the recent events, the general state of the economy and a dwindling local customer base, many domestic foundries
just did not have the money to attend.
Siu will guide Raza Foundries
Partner Companies and Raza Foundries
in the most promising and innovative areas of optical and wireless networking technology.
When the economy is slow, patterns travel as fast and frequently as airplanes, both from customers intent on achieving lower prices and from foundries
that just couldn't survive.
As fab manager for UMC, and later as president of USC, Peter Chang's contributions have been instrumental in the phenomenal growth of semiconductor technology in Taiwan and in UMC Group's development as one of the world's largest semiconductor foundries
His experience in improving process controls and casting quality at several steel foundries
propelled him to oversee research projects through collaboration with several universities.