Forum Gießerei-Industrie 2020 Exogenous Crises and Transformation in Foundries
The foundry industry has been turned upside down more than ever before by the Corona pandemic. Can the massive challenges be overcome and if so, how? The industry experts Prof. Dr. Sven Roeren and Johannes Messer provide relevant insights and point out an initial scale for the German foundry industry.
It is only 12 years since the financial crisis shook the foundry industry. In the meantime, many companies have regained their courage, reconsidered their corporate strategies or strengthened their core competencies. New technologies and new drive concepts of the automotive industry have also led to changes in the business fields. In 2020, everything is now to be reviewed once again: The corona pandemic has not only turned society upside down but above all Germany as an industrial location. The automotive industry and the mechanical and plant engineering sector are facing massive challenges. Thus, the foundry industry is also affected to a large extent.
Many entrepreneurs still feel "left alone" in dealing with the crisis, because there are no patent remedies for such a pandemic, Prof. Dr. Sven Roeren knows. This makes it all the more important to have an open exchange and lively discussion between experts and those in positions of responsibility. The Forum Gießerei-Industrie 2020 (Foundry Industry Forum 2020) from November 4 to 5, 2020 in Wuerzburg (Germany) is intended to provide the foundry industry with precisely this space for exchange and discussion. In his lecture, Prof. Roeren will explain why exogenous crises affect foundries in a special way. A multitude of field reports of concrete situations in foundries will enable Prof. Roeren to give a precise description of the situation. Roeren would like to bring and concretise general statements into practical and foundry-specific contexts. Because "many politicians and futurologists do not seem to be aware of the differences between a foundry and an assembly area, so that it is necessary here to explain the specifics which again trigger a completely different impact by the current situation", says Roeren.
The situation is also already clear for the independent management consultant Johannes Messer: "The German die casting industry is at an epoch-making milestone". The current, particularly complex field of tension would, however, offer enormous opportunities in addition to the major risks. To take advantage of these chances, he said, it is crucial not only to rely on proven one-dimensional crisis levers but also to work together in partnership along the entire value chain. Only in this way can the right impulses from the crisis be identified, and individual measures be derived.
The transformation will take place. Where the journey will lead is open to many. The future should be shaped now at the latest.
At this year's Forum Gießerei-Industrie, Messer will give a presentation on a successful transformation in the multidimensional field of tension in aluminum die casting foundries. "Overcoming the crisis can only be done together. At the end of the day, all those involved have a huge responsibility for one of the most important and successful supplier industries in Germany," says Messer.
About the Speakers
Prof. Dr. Sven Roeren is dean / vice dean and professor for production systems at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut. In personal union, he is managing director of the Technology Center Dingolfing, supports and advises companies with his consulting company roeren GmbH around questions of production technology.
Johannes Messer has been working as an independent management consultant for almost ten years, focusing on strategy development, management consulting and business analysis. Prior to this, Mr. Messer worked for about 20 years in various management positions at Honsel AG and was a member of the board of directors until 2009.