Ashland’s Swartzlander Honored by Taiwan Foundry Society

Feb. 7, 2006
12th-largest market for castings shows promise for growth

At its recent annual meeting, the Taiwan Foundry Society recently presented Mike Swartzlander with an honorary TFS membership. Swartzlander was the keynote speaker for the event, which brings together foundry professionals from throughout Taiwan. Dr. Weng-Sing Hwang, TFS president, made the presentation to Swartzlander after he spoke on “The Golden Age of Castings - 2005-2050.”

Swartzlander is the general manager Ashland Casting Solutions, and vice president, Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc.

“Taiwan is a very important castings market, ranking 12th in world casting production,” said Swartzlander. “We recognize the skills and dedication the Taiwanese people bring to the global metal castings market.”

The Taiwanese government recently announced a $3-billion wind-turbine electric generation project. “The goal of this project is to install 1,000 windmills (2,000 MW) in Taiwan by 2010. The project requires multiple, large and sophisticated castings to be made in Taiwan, and that presents a tremendous growth opportunity for Ashland Casting Solutions,” said ACS’ Ken Chang, business development manager, Taiwan.