Initial Meeting of the Steering Committee of GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST (GMTN)

The four trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST (all taking place in Germany) are in the process of starting. Invitations have been sent to exhibitors, companies from all over the world can register for The Bright World of Metals and reserve the best stand locations with immediate effect. From 25–29 June 2019, everything will be focussing on foundry technology and castings, metallurgy and thermoprocess technology in Halls 3–5 and 9–17 on the exhibition site, where the joint motto will be The Bright World of Metals. About 78 000 visitors and more than 2200 exhibitors from all over the world will be turning Düsseldorf into the global capital of The Bright World of Metals again in June 2019.

The individual trade fair Presidents have been elected. The President of GIFA and NEWCAST is Heinz Nelissen (Director of Vesuvius GmbH/DE), the current President of METEC is Marcel Fasswald (member of the Management Board of SMS Group GmbH/DE) and the President of THERMPROCESS is Dr Joachim G. Wünning (Director of WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH/DE).

GIFA, the International Foundry Trade Fair and Technical Forum, has been a traditional member of the Düsseldorf trade fair portfolio for a long time now. GIFA has played a major role since 1956 and succeeded at its last event in 2015 not only in producing outstanding results (942 exhibitors from 47 different countries, 48 783 trade visitors – 54 % of them from outside Germany) but also in presenting countless innovations to the trade visitors from all around the world. In 2019, GIFA will once again be presenting almost the entire range of products available anywhere in the world in the following areas: foundry and melting plants, refractories technology, moulding and core making plants and equipment, moulding sands and moulding auxiliaries, sand preparation and reclamation, gating and feeding, casting machines, knock-out, fettling and finishing, pattern and die making, process control technology and automation, environmental protection and waste removal as well as information technology.

METEC, the International Metallurgical Trade Fair and Congresses, has been an established member of the four trade fairs since as long ago as 1979. The exhibits at the tenth trade fair will include plant and equipment for iron, steel or non-ferrous metal production, plant and equipment for casting, pouring and shaping steel, equipment for metallurgical plants and rolling mills or steel mills. With over 17 700 visitors (53 % of them from outside Germany) and 525 exhibitors from 35 different countries, METEC again set records for the best performance in its roughly 40-year history last time.

THERMPROCESS has an even longer tradition: the International Trade Fair and Symposium has been the place to find innovative thermoprocess technology since as long ago as 1974. Information about state-of-the-art technological trends for solutions relating to the production and use of industrial furnaces and heat generation plants makes sure that visitors enjoy the best possible competitive edge. The exhibits include industrial furnaces, industrial heat treatment plants and thermal processes, equipment for special applications, components, equipment and other supplies, occupational safety and ergonomics. The trade fair attracted more than 7100 trade visitors, every second one of whom came from outside Germany, and 314 exhibitors from 30 different countries.

NEWCAST, which joined the quartet of trade fairs as its 4th member in 2003, is the most recent addition to The Bright World of Metals. As the world’s leading trade fair for precision castings, it is the highlight of its industry every four years and has recorded excellent growth rates – like last time in 2015: (4000 visitors, 66 % of them from outside Germany, and 434 exhibitors from 33 different countries). The application areas for castings range from vehicle manufacturing and the aerospace industry to machine and plant engineering and medical technology.

Preparations for The Bright World of Metals started with the registration period in January 2018; the official deadline for registration is 30 April 2018. The fastest way to register is online via the following links – this applies not only to companies that have already participated in the trade fairs before but also to new exhibitors:

www.gifa.com, www.metec.com, www.thermprocess.com and www.newcast.com

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