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61st International Foundry Conference Foundry Industry Needs Face-to-Face Contact

Editor: Nicole Kareta

The Slovenian Foundrymen Society together with co-organizers University of Ljubljana and University of Maribor organized in Portoroz between 15 and 17 September the 61st International Foundry Conference (IFC) with a Foundry Exhibition under the motto, “Innovative solutions for the future of foundry”.

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The foundry exhibition was attended by 44 exhibitors and was well received by the participants due to the live format.
The foundry exhibition was attended by 44 exhibitors and was well received by the participants due to the live format.
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Chair of the Organizing Committee, M.Sc. Ing. Mirjam Jan-Blažić, and the Chair of the Program and Scientific Committee, Prof. Em. Dr. Alojz Križman, reported that this year's conference and exhibition were attended by 240 participants from 19 countries. The conference featured 43 lectures and five poster presentations. The foundry exhibition was attended by 44 exhibitors. On the first day an official reception for the participants was organized in the garden of Georgius Cultural Center in Piran with the welcome address by the representative of the Piran municipality.

The first day was dedicated to plenary presentations and the second to four sections: Cast iron and Casting technology; Non-ferrous alloys; Technique and Technology for Foundry; Young PhD students.

The 61st IFC Portoroz 2021 with its Foundry Exhibition has once again confirmed that the foundry event is needed and desired. After a year of imprisonment due to the coronavirus, participants agreed that what is required is face-to-face social and professional contact since it cannot be replaced by video or online communication. That is why the Slovenian Foundrymen Society will be ecstatic to make Portoroz the meeting place of international foundry science and professionals again next year with the 62nd IFC between 14 and 16 September 2022.

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