The Aluminium Casters' Association of India (ACAI) is conducting Alucast 2010, a three-day international conference and exhibition, between December 3 and 5 at Chennai Trade Centre here. Addressing media persons here on Thursday, Prasan Firodia, President of ACAI, who is also the Managing Director of Force Motors, said the Indian aluminium casting industry was growing at over 23 per cent year-on-year and the total capacity stood at 3.55 lakh tonnes annually. Of which, the total value of the raw casting was Rs. 710 crore and the post casting operations added an additional Rs. 270 crore to the total size of the industry. The auto industry was consuming 70 per cent of total production of aluminium castings. Besides, global markets had opened up.

R. T. Kulkarni, Secretary, said Alucast will host over 150 exhibitions and 250 delegates across the country. Around 30 international companies and 120 Indian companies would showcase their products at the event.

Mr. Kulkarni said ACAI, in association with Buhler India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Buhler Druckguss of Switzerland, was setting up an exclusive training centre in Bangalore which would be operational by March 2011.

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