1988-1999 Various management positions at Honsel AG
1999-2009 Member of Executive Board of Honsel AG (Light metal foundry, sand- permanent mold- and die casting, approx. 1 billion € annual sales, 12 locations Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, France and Germany
2014-2017 CEO of pressmetall GDC group GmbH
From 2018 Consultant with focus on:
- Strategy development
- Management consulting, Interim management
- Networking (Aluminum casting industry)
- Company analysis
KS Huayu AluTech GmbH is producing its first all-aluminum four-cylinder diesel engine for a widely used passenger car diesel engine series from a major German automobile manufacturer. This is the transverse version of the engine series that is now in volume production.
In this ever-changing world, research and innovation is essential to address the different global challenges the world faces nowadays. The work presented here demonstrates that improvements in the mechanical properties of the alloy are achieved due to the incorporation of nanometric ceramic particles in the aluminum matrix.
With a volume of 42,160 tons delivered last year, the 45 companies belonging to the Swiss Foundry Association (GVS) produced a total of around nine percent less than in the previous year. For the current year, the industry association expects stabilisation at this lower level.
Martinrea International Inc., a diversified and global automotive supplier announced it reached an agreement to acquire the Structural Components for Passenger Cars operations of Metalsa S.A. de C.V. The purchase price for the transaction was expected to be approximately USD $19.5 million in cash, inclusive of working capital and on a debt free basis.
Thanks to their inexpensive and efficient processes, companies offering die cast products are in a good position to gain new market share in the coming years. However, the journey is not an easy one - there are five challenges for companies to overcome.
Hot and dirty is his favorite: Kuka presents a new special version of the KR Quantec robot. A total of 14 new foundry variants of the KR Quantec industrial robot series are available for use under extreme conditions.
DGS Druckguss Systeme AG, an internationally operating specialist for aluminium and magnesium die casting, has opened a new production hall in Switzerland. In the new hall, capacities for large components are to be created.
Föhl proves that even an energy-intensive company such as a foundry for zinc die casting and plastic injection molding may be climate neutral. Since 2020, all German plants have been operating without CO2 emissions.
The German company Vacucast, a business of Link Holding GmbH, casts implants that are used for joint replacement in operating theaters worldwide. Managing Director Tonguc Sahin guides a group of doctors through his investment foundry and shows them the manufacturing process of these sophisticated products - which can sometimes even save lives.
At an information conference held on February 11th, the employees of Kurtz GmbH were informed by Managing Director Uwe Rothaug about the future reorientation of the company. Due to serious changes in the traditional areas of "foam machines" and "foundry machines", the group management has decided to realign the company.
After 40 years of experience and applied research, the die casting industry is ready for a fully automated digital 21st century casting factory, using fully automated data feedback from the x-ray machine. The unified and patented process control, together with semisolid casting machine and fully automated real-time inline x-ray inspection machine results in high integrity parts with minimal casting defects
In addition to conversion processes, Henkel is also developing new Bonderite products for the three main steps of the anodizing process - degreasing, pickling and hot or cold sealing - one of the most common technologies for aluminum finishing.
Canceled events and closed foundries - the metal industry is not spared the rising coronavirus infections in China. Due to the cancellation of an international trade fair, the infectious disease also has a global impact. Read here about the current developments.
In early February the fourth symposium on the casting of chassis and body components took place in Germany. In addition to specialist presentations with a broad range of topics, the programme included a discussion round on the current challenges facing the industry.
Apparently Tesla has developed a new aluminium alloy for die casting of car parts, which besides a high yield strength can also maintain a high conductivity - this is supported by a new patent application submitted by the car manufacturer.
At EUROGUSS 2020, Nemak - a supplier of tailor-made solutions for complex chassis applications - presented a subframe prototype. A product that Nemak developed from scratch for these demonstration purposes.
The four semisolid metal casting processes thixomolding, thixocasting, rheocasting and stress induced melt activation, as well as the cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting, did not fulfill end user expectations for quality, simplicity, energy savings, people safety, economy and environmental cleanliness. This is where we step in to develop a new semisolid casting machine.
Sales, market shares, export growth and declines: Between 2017 and 2018, the market of CEMAFON die casting and permanent mold machine manufacturers has seen some developments. Read in this article what exactly these trends look like.
The worldwide aluminum die casting industry has been in permanent growth since the 1980s. Since then, there have been new developments that shape the future of the German industry. What are the current trends and can the outcome be influenced?
Rheinmetall Automotive AG, an automotive-industry supplier belonging to the Rheinmetall Group, is expanding its activities to include new product categories. Through its Chinese joint venture HASCO KSPG Nonferrous Components Co., Ltd. (KPSNC), the company has recently been awarded a contract to manufacture aluminum housings for the 5G network.
Altair, a global technology provider of solutions for product development, high-performance computing and data analytics, is pleased to announce that entries are invited to the 2020 Altair Enlighten Awards. The 8th Annual Enlighten Awards are presented jointly with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).
At the 3rd Molding Materials Forum of the Association of German Foundrymen (VDG), the latest developments in the foundry industry will be discussed. ASK Chemicals will present how new, lithium-free additives can be used in iron and aluminum casting in a resource-saving manner while maintaining the same casting quality.
Battery housings play a central role in the electrification of vehicles. In addition to the classic aluminum cast solution for a battery housing, Nemak also offers assembly solutions that require know-how in the field of joining techniques. At EUROGUSS 2020, Nemak highlighted typical problem areas in BEV battery housings and demonstrated approaches to delivering tailor-made solutions.
When it comes to human health, no compromises are allowed. In many cases, zinc die casting - either built into the interior of medical precision instruments or provided with a galvanic surface - ensures that the doctor can concentrate fully on his patient. Examples of applications include defibrillators and blood pressure monitors.
The cold chamber die casting, hot chamber die casting and other processes such as vacuum die casting described in Part 2 cannot solve the safety and environmental problems in the die casting industry. Read about semi-solid metal forming in this section - a near-net shape variant with excellent part integrity.
At EUROGUSS 2020 in Nuremberg, numerous companies presented innovative technologies and products all around the die casting industry. Also Aulbach Automation GmbH abk Pressenbau presented a novelty and took the trade fair as an occasion for an anniversary event as well.
The lost foam technique offers numerous advantages in the production of castings. The book "Lost Foam Inside", published by Lost Foam Council e. V. (LFC), provides users and newcomers with practical experience and in-depth insights into the process.
In the course of EUROGUSS 2020 in Nuremberg the winners of the 8th Zinc Die Casting Award of the Initiative Zink were announced. A jury of 8 experts selected the winners from the categories sanitary engineering, locking technology, medical technology, lifestyle, electrical engineering and automotive.
Northern Bavarian manufacturing companies have made significant progress in the Industry 4.0 area. This is the result of the study "Industry 4.0 in Northern Bavaria - Maturity Measurement 2019", which IW Consult has carried out on behalf of the Northern Bavarian Chambers of Industry and Commerce as in 2016.
The winners of the International Aluminum Die Casting Award 2020 have been announced. In all, four castings were awarded prizes at EUROGUSS in Nuremberg, while two others received special commendations.
Norican Global A/S, a leading metallic parts enhancement company, has entered an industry-exclusive partnership with DataProphet, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) for manufacturing, to bring meaningful AI applications into real-life foundry environments.
The most common method of casting magnesium alloys is die casting. In the second part of the article series two types of die casting processes are described: Hot chamber die casting and cold chamber die casting. What is the difference between the two methods? Find the answers in this section.
Nemak, one of the leading providers of innovative lightweighting solutions for the global automotive industry, announced it will supply battery housings for the new Ford Mustang Mach-E to be produced in North America.
Four packed halls, enthusiastic visitors and satisfied exhibitors – this was EUROGUSS 2020. A total of 754 exhibitors from 36 countries showcased the latest trends in technology, innovative processes and new products for the entire die casting supply chain to around 15,000 trade visitors. The 20th International German Die Casting Congress was also very well attended.
According to a recent study, two out of ten German companies with more than 100 employees is already using 3D printing and another 23 % are planning to do so. Germany's leading industries, i.e. automotive, mechanical engineering and chemicals, are pioneers in 3D printing.
On 14th January 2020, the winners of the Die Casting Competitions were announced at the award ceremony during EUROGUSS. The contests are held for the most important casting materials aluminum, zinc and magnesium and are conducted by the respective professional associations.
Any company that uses molds and tools in its production process needs cleaning services, that is to say, companies that produce parts made with molds. This applies not only to the plastics and rubber industries, but also to metal casting.
The University of Augsburg, the bifa Environmental Institute, four Bavarian foundries and two specialists for processing technologies have started a joint research project to close the material cycles in metalworking.