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                               No. 12

             Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, December 2002.

           The Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES)
           The Institution of Engineers, Indonesia (PII)
           The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
           The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME)


About the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP)

    On August 29, 2001, presidents of four engineering societies
gathered in Japan to pave the way for stepped-up collaboration. They
are Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Institution of Engineers
Indonesia, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Korean Society of
Mechanical Engineers.

    They agreed to establish the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP), which is a
voluntary body and open to any Asian engineering society and
institution. At the first meeting, they decided to issue monthly E-mail
newsletter which you are reading now. It will carry short technical
news of Asian countries, and be distributed to all individual members
of the ATOP societies and institutions.

    ATOP will meet every two years. The next meeting will be held in
Korea in 2003.



(1) Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting 2002 Held in Beijing (Source:CMES).
(2) China's Machine Tool Market Draws Worldwide Manufacturers
(3) China to Promote Environment-friendly Motors (Source: CMES).
(4) Sponsored or Joint Conferences & Symposiums in 2003 by JSME
    (Source: JSME).


(1) Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting 2002 Held in Beijing (Source:CMES).

    The 7th Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting Fair was held grandly in
Beijing Exhibition Centre on November 5-8, 2002. With a floor space of
28000 m2, the show attracted 417 exhibitors from 20 countries and
regions and 25000 visitors from 40 countries. This show was sponsored
by the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, the largest engineering
organization in China, German Welding Society and Messe Essen GmbH with
strong and sincere cooperation for 15 years. It has become the largest
welding show in Asia. The world welding fields pay much attention to
the event. It also obtained support from Sino-German government
departments concerned, American Welding Society, Korea Welding Industry
Cooperative and the Japan Welding Engineering Society (JWES).
    Compared with the last show, the floor space is increased one
fourth, the number of exhibitors is 100 more, and the countries and
regions of the visitor coming from has increased from 25 to 40 this
year. It has jumped to the third position becoming the third largest
welding show in the world. It is now much better known than before.


(2) China's Machine Tool Market Draws Worldwide Manufacturers

    China's growing demand for machine tools has impressed worldwide
manufacturers, in Shanghai to attend an international fair on metal
processing industries. Known as Metal Working China 2002, the event is
a gathering of world-renowned machine tool manufacturers and their
state-of-the-art technologies and products. Among the exhibitors are
leading machine tool manufacturers such as U.S.-based Kennametal,
Trumpf and Ferrostahl AG from Germany, Gasparini from Italy and
Hankwang based in the Republic of Korea.
    Meanwhile, the Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers
(AGMTM) and the Federal Ministry for Industry and Technology have
co-sponsored 35 German enterprises to attend the fair. Against the
backdrop of an economic downturn in the United States and many other
countries, China's growing demand offered rosy prospects to German
machine tool manufacturers, said Gerhard Hein, a marketing executive
from AGMTM. Figures provided by Hein's organization show that China
ordered183 million US dollars worth of machine tools from German
manufacturers during the first half of this year, an 81 percent rise
year-on-year. The two countries had maintained close technological
cooperation in machine tools and related metal industries and agreed to
step up economic cooperation and trade ties in diverse areas, said
Hein. He was confident that China's sustained economic growth and its
membership of the World Trade Organization offered a good opportunity
for the further development of Germany's machine tool industry.


(3) China to Promote Environment-friendly Motors (Source: CMES).

    A national project on environmentally friendlier motor vehicles
will invest more than 1 billion yuan (US$120 million) by the end of
2004 on further developing the cleaner technology in China, experts
discussing the project said on Nov.12. The promotion of vehicles with
low exhaust emissions is a solution to air pollution in China,
especially in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Of the
investment needed by the project, 43 million yuan (US$5.2 million) will
come from the central government, said Wang Binggang, the chief expert
on the taskforce's experts group, who presented details of the project.
Through the project, motor manufacturers and local governments in China
are expected to continue to invest further in the development of
cleaner vehicles. Wang said that, by the end of 2004, between 10 and 13
pilot projects will be established for the use of cleaner automobiles
driven by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied
petroleum gas, substitute fuels such as methanol, and electric engines.
Such demonstration projects will involve at least 900 vehicles, which
will meet the European Union's Euro II emission standard or even Euro
III, Wang said. About 10 to 15 cities around the country will be
selected to concentrate on the application of cleaner vehicles, he
said. In those cities, more than 50 per cent of taxis and buses will
use cleaner technology. According to Wang, 37 experimental bases for
cleaner automobiles and five production bases for gas-fuelled vehicles
have already been established in China.


(4) Sponsored or Joint Conferences & Symposiums in 2003 by JSME
    (Source: JSME).

The 6th ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference (AJTEC2003)
Hawaii, U.S.A.

The 11th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-11)
Tokyo, JAPAN

2003 JSME-IIP/ASME-ISPS Joint Conference on Micromechatronics for
 Information and Precision Equipment (IIP/ISPS Joint MIPE)
Yokohama, JAPAN

4th ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
Hawaii, U.S.A.

International Symposium on Speed-up and Service Technology for Railway
 and MAGLEV Systems (STECH2003)
Tokyo, JAPAN

 MECHANICS 2003 (ATEM '03)
Nagoya, JAPAN

International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century
Niigata, JAPAN

International Conference on Power Engineering-2003 (ICOPE-03)

International Symposium on Micro-Mechanical Engineering -Heat Transfer,
 Fluid Dynamics, Reliability and Mechatronics- (ISMME 2003)
Tsukuba, JAPAN


Editor: Yukio YAMADA, International Affairs Committee
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