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Foundry and Metallurgy Technology Trend Topics: 3D Printing and Resource Efficiency Dominate Bright World of Metals

Editor: Alexander Stark

2360 exhibitors, around 72,500 visitors from 118 countries - this is the summary of the trade fair organizers of Bright World of Metals, the trade fair for metallurgy and casting technology. These were the highlights.

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The foundry, steel and aluminum industries have also recognized the potential of 3D printing.
The foundry, steel and aluminum industries have also recognized the potential of 3D printing.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann)

In the twelve exhibition halls of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds, the internationality of both exhibitors and visitors at Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess & Newcast has increased compared to previous events: On the exhibitor side, international companies had a share of 70 % (2015: 65 %), and 66 % of the visitors came from abroad (2015: 62 %). According to Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director Metals and Flow Technologies Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, the demand for European metallurgy and foundry technology is particularly high overseas, especially in the Asian region. This is also reflected in the international country ranking: India and China are ahead in this respect - followed by Italy, Turkey, Japan, France and Russia.

"Digitalization, automation, additive manufacturing and resource efficiency were the main topics of the discussions. One thing has become apparent: Gifa has clearly confirmed the status as the world's leading trade fair", emphasizes Dipl.-Ing. Heinz Nelissen, President of Gifa & Newcast and Managing Director of Vesuvius GmbH Foseco Foundry Division.

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Additive Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Attracted Wide Interest

In particular, the topics of "Additive Manufacturing" and "Industry 4.0" have were present throughout the exhibition halls and have attracted wide interest among the trade visitors. But the topics of energy efficiency and resource conservation have also shaped events - as was the case with the Eco-Metals Trails, for instance. The conclusion drawn by Burkhard Dahmen, President of Metec and Chairman of the Management Board of the SMS Group, is thus positive: "This year's Metec is a clear statement and signal for the future of metallurgy and steel production. The exhibitors presented solutions that primarily reflect the future highlight topics of the industry: Eco-metals, additive manufacturing, sustainability and digitalization. Now, we need to embrace this spirit and implement it to ensure a successful future. I'm looking forward to the results of Metec 2023."

The next Bright World of Metals with the leading trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess & Newcast is scheduled for June 2023; the exact date will be determined in the next few months.

This article was first published by konstruktionspraxis.

Original by Juliana Pfeiffer / Translation by Alexander Stark

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