After world trade in die casting and low-pressure die casting machinery declined in 2016 and 2017, exports increased by 6.5% in 2018. Due to increasing demands on die casting cells and the need for efficient information exchange, experts are working on a standardised open communication interface.
Obstacles to approval under the WLPT standard, which substantially reduced call-off figures were typical problems, the German die casting industry had to face in 2018. New demands on alloy developments and process technologies promise opportunities for foundries.
From 14th to 16th January 2020 the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will once more become the meeting place for the die casting industry. In 2020 the international trade fair will offer the Die Casting Conference with a top quality lecture programme, special shows, the Additive Manufacturing pavilion and the EUROGUSS Talent Award.
Pyrotek Inc. is scheduled to complete construction in November of a new manufacturing facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to serve and supply the rapidly growing aluminium smelting operations of the region.
The current economic turbulences prompted us to talk to José Javier Gonzalez of the Executive Secretariat of the World Foundry Organization (WFO) about the current economic situation. The focus was once again on the effects of a possible Brexit on all foundry nations.
The German aluminum industry is posting subdued expectations during the first half of 2019. The trade conflict between the USA and China gives cause for concern, but the industry is on a solid growth path in the medium to long term.
Industry 4.0 means the intelligent networking of people, machines and industrial processes, by peripheral devices communicating independently with die casting machines. The interface standard OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) is intended to enable comprehensive data exchange between products from different manufacturers.