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The mood in the exhibition halls was almost euphoric. Exactly 8415 trade visitors – 18 % more than at the previous event – came to EUROGUSS in Nürnberg/DE from 17–19 January 2012. The Trade Fair for Die Casting also excelled with a new record for net space, which was up 15 % on 2010. The presentations at the International Die Casting Congress organized by the Verband Deutscher Druckgießereien (VDD – Association of German Die Casting Foundries) were extremely well attended. The new special show Research for Knowledge attracted lively interest among the visitors. The delighted winners of the International Aluminium Die Casting and Zinc Die Casting Competitions were presented with their awards at the opening ceremony. Insiders know that the success of the exhibition and the good mood in the sector is mainly attributed to the present boom in the automotive industry. The die casting foundries profit from this, because three-quarters of their orders come from the automotive sector. The exhibitors at EUROGUSS were die casting foundries and their suppliers, equipment suppliers and service providers. 383 exhibitors, including 42 % international firms, presented their products on their stands at the exhibition this year, including machines, plants, furnaces, moulds, alloys, measuring equipment, quality control and graphic software. The exhibitors travelled from altogether 28 countries, after Germany (223) mainly from Italy (65), Switzerland (11), Austria (11), Sweden (10) and France (9). An independent market and opinion research institute conducted a representative survey of exhibitors and visitors during the exhibition. 93 % of the exhibitors made new contacts at EUROGUSS, 90 % expect follow-up business from the talks held at the exhibition and 98 % were satisfied with the overall success of EUROGUSS. 89 % are already sure they want to exhibit again in 2014. Every fourth visitor travelled from abroad, largely from European countries. The share of visitors working in automotive engineering or for automotive component suppliers rose appreciably to 45 % (2010: 38 %). Other visitors came from die casting foundries (13 %), machinery and plant manufacturers (11 %), mould makers (6 %), the electronics industry (4 %) and other branches. The exhibitors praised the high quality of the professional audience. 65 % of the visitors have a decisive influence on procurement decisions in their companies. The next EUROGUSS takes place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg/DE from 14–16 January 2014 (2/2012).

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