Applauding a Premiere
CastForge in Stuttgart, Germany, which recently ended after a three-day stint on 7 June, celebrated a successful premiere, the organisers, Messe Stuttgart reports. The trade fair grounds was the new meeting place for the industry of castings and forgings in the D-A-CH region.
The first trade fair for castings and forgings and their processes attracted some 3,700 visitors and 153 exhibitors. CastForge noted an impressive international participation with 61% of the exhibitors coming from abroad. Companies showcased the entire value-added chain from cast or forging blanks and machining through to final components. Having conducted qualitatively in-depth discussions with visitors at the event, the exhibitors said they were also happy with the good response, the organisers noted.
"With a clear commitment to the industry, we managed to develop a convincing concept and close a gap in the trade fair landscape," Department Director of Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart, Gunnar Mey, stated in the opening press conference.
According to the organisers, international visitors accounted for 21% of the total number, having come from 32 countries. After Germany, the highest international interest were visitors from Italy, followed by Switzerland, Austria and France. According to records, 32% of the visitors are involved in procurement, 13% in general/corporate/operational management and 12% in manufacturing/production/quality assurance. Over 80% expressed a specific intention to invest or purchase. Overall, 70% of the visitors summed up that Cast Forge offered the correct portfolio with its unique focus on castings and forgings and their processes and would return for the next edition.
An impressed Dirk Howe, Managing Director of Siempelkamp Giesserei, commented on the event : "Messe Stuttgart organised CastForge professionally and for the first time it succeeded in representing the industry for castings and forgings in a condensed format. Some 70% of the interested parties who exchanged information with us are potential customers."
Joining Howe with positive feedback were MD Massimiliano Grimoldi from Giva, Martina Deul, Sales Assistant from Dirostahl–Karl Diederichs, MD Fonderia Vigevanese from Gianluigi Trabucchi, Josef Hlavinka, MD of the Association of Foundries of the Czech Republic and Leszek Szwalbe, Head of R&D of Odlewnia Żeliwa Śrem, speaking on behalf of the PGO Group - the amalgamation of Polish companies for castings and forging - all saying the show concept and visitor quality were good as well as the fine support from Messe Stuttgart and its location, making all favouring a return to the next CastForge edition.
The organiser said it is looking to further develop its concept together with the industry. Apart from dates and the event frequency, future accompanying programmes and appropriate parallel events will also be considered. CastForge will become a permanent feature in Messe Stuttgart's portfolio, the organisers added. About 80% of the event's visitors say they consider trade fairs very important when researching suitable suppliers and over two thirds note that the search for new business partners are at shows.
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