Forum Gießerei-Industrie 2021 How German Foundries Can Contribute to Innovations
In times of the corona pandemic, nothing is for sure. While good news is overshadowed by bad news, initial hope quickly swings back into helplessness. Dr. Miriam Leis, Think Tank Manager at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft analyzes the situation and points out innovation potentials for foundries.
Since the early beginning of the corona pandemic, the foundry industry has been facing its effects on a daily basis. In order to tackle these problems together, the Forum Gießerei-Industrie has been set up, which will take place in Wuerzburg from June 14 to 15, 2021. In addition to renowned speakers such as Prof. Dr. Sven Roeren and Johannes Messer, there will also be Dr. Miriam Leis, who will take an analytical look at current developments and evaluate them from the perspective of application-oriented research.
According to Leis, topics such as digitization, artificial intelligence, new drive technologies and new materials are of particular interest. For her, the context in which these buzzwords need to be integrated into foundry processes is obvious: The automotive industry is the most important customer for the foundry industry, which is why the challenges for foundrymen are closely linked to this sector. This connection becomes apparent with regard to the disruption of supply chains, production stoppages and the decline in exports as well as new purchases due to the Corona pandemic, says Leis. Mobility trends are another factor here. And this is exactly where foundries should seize their chance.
In the fields of electromobility, digitalization and lightweight design, foundry processes can make an important contribution to realization and innovation, for example in the production of complex geometries and the use of new materials. However, the foundry industry must make adjustments here, especially with digitization offensives.
Insights From an Industrial and Technological-Sociological Perspective
In the course of a presentation at the Forum Gießerei-Industrie, Leis will highlight topics such as resilience and dealing with unexpected events, digitalization, the effects of technological changes and the growing influence of China in the high-tech sector from an industrial and technological-sociological perspective. Specifically, she will address the following two questions:
- How do socio-economic factors and complex systemic interrelationships affect technological development and competitiveness - for example, in the automotive and foundry industries?
- Which technologies - especially in the digital field - offer great opportunities for German production-related companies?
About the Speaker
Dr. Miriam Leis is Think Tank Manager at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since 2013 and is mainly concerned with digitization topics and knowledge management. As a sociologist of technology, she previously worked in the field of technology analysis and consulting services for politics and companies.