【DE】EUROGUSS 2022: Great reunion of the die casting industry

The anticipation of the international trade fair for die casting was great after the forced break. The atmosphere in the four full halls of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center was also very good. At the stands of the 641 exhibitors from 36 countries, current topics such as mega-casting, sustainable production methods, the continuous transformation of drive to e-mobility, digitization in manufacturing and additive manufacturing processes were discussed. Parallel to the trade fair, the 21st Die casting day, organized by the Association of German Printing Foundries, which offered the participants the usual high quality of lectures.

 

 

 

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“The die casting family was noticeably looking forward to the exchange and the personal meeting at EUROGUSS 2022,” Christopher Boss, head of EUROGUSS at NürnbergMesse, summarizes the mood in the halls. “Finally! was the word that one could hear from almost every exhibitor and visitor and that the joy of personal exchange expressed.”

 

The comprehensive application possibilities of die casting caused a clash between different customer industries, which did not run out of conversation after a two-year break due to a large number of current topics. The fair provided new impetus and business with manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and developers: “The pandemic and thus the break has not reduced the quality of EUROGUSS and its audience,” says Koen Beckers, Managing Director of ae group ag, expert for green, ready-to-install light metal die-cast components. “It is a trade fair for customers, where the exchange of colleagues is still in the foreground.”

 

Diverse program for a diverse audience

The numerous exhibitors and the top-class trade audience once again gave EUROGUSS 2022 its international character. “At EUROGUSS, all players from casters to processors in the die-casting industry meet. Competitors, customers and colleagues sit at the same table and discuss various procedures to achieve common goals such as climate neutrality. Ultimately, we will carry out the change ourselves, even if politics must first give us a fair, constant and resilient framework for it,” says Hartmut Fischer, President of the VDD (Association of German Printing Foundries) and Managing Director of STIHL Magnesium Die Casting, who at the start of EUROGUSS 2022 together with Roland Weigert, State Secretary in the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, and Dr. Timo Würz, General Secretary CEMAFON, discussed the economic situation of the industry.

 

“We are not omniscient in politics, so we need an industry dialogue like at EUROGUSS,” says Weigert. Industrial policy is always energy policy and together we must launch the Green Deal open to technology. However, this also means taxonomy, which ensures an efficient and predictable result in the market.”

 

In addition to innovative die-casting products, new machines and systems, processes as well as developments in tool and mold making, accompanying technologies could be experienced up close. This made EUROGUSS the ideal meeting place to exchange ideas about the future of technology, processes and products in the industry and to maintain the network. A total of around 10,707 visitors from 61 countries came to Nuremberg this year on the three days of the fair. The exhibitors highlighted the large proportion of decision-makers and the high quality of the discussions.

 

One of the highlights was the 21st. Die casting day, at which speakers from die foundries, the automotive industry, universities and company representatives presented concrete solutions, the latest developments and ideas. Special shows on topics such as additive manufacturing and surface technology, guided tours on various current topics, panel discussions and the Buyer’s Day were very well received by the audience, which once again awarded very good marks for the visit to EUROGUSS.

 

Young talents were also honored with the EUROGUSS Talent Award on the first day of the fair. The award honors graduates and outstanding theses in the field of die casting. Julia Dölling from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart won the award this year, who had prevailed with her work among the last five best candidates and also won the audience prize.

 

Sustainability – a central topic at EUROGUSS 2022

Topics that particularly moved the die casting industry this year are sustainable business models and the path to climate neutrality. The quintessence is that no one can avoid the topic of sustainability anymore. It’s not just about electricity, but also about the social component,” says Prof. Dr. Matthias Fifka, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg and explained this further in his lecture on sustainable business models.

 

The presentation of the study on the status quo of sustainability in the die casting industry caused nice surprises: The energy-intensive die casting industry is already much greener than its reputation. In production itself, but also in material procurement, the industry often shows its own initiative, as the independent sustainability survey among exhibitors on behalf of EUROGUSS reveals.

 

Laura Therese Heinl from the Chair of Corporate Sustainability at FAU presented the results, addressed climate change, supply chain security, the shortage of skilled workers and summarized: “A lot is already happening on a voluntary basis, for example in the direction of recycling and circular economy, which is sometimes not so aware of the die casting industry itself. That is why the communication of sustainability goals and the exchange of sustainable know-how is so important.”

 

High satisfaction with old and new exhibitors

The exchange on an equal footing, the maintenance of existing connections and the initiation of new business contacts is and remains particularly attractive for exhibitors and trade visitors. “It shows once again: The entire die-casting family meets at EUROGUSS and the visitors are therefore bursting with joy,” says Martin Lagler, Director Product Management at Bühler AG. “Our national and international customers, colleagues, suppliers and competitors are on site. This is a unique opportunity to meet many acquaintances and have personal conversations in a short time.”

 

Anna-Lena Sutter, Marketing at GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG, is already looking to the future: “We are exhibiting at EUROGUSS for the first time and feel just right here. Our customers are on site, the quality and quantity of the visitors is great and the internationality can be clearly felt. We will be happy to come back.” At the trade fair premiere, the company showcased probably the largest exhibit of this year: The “G520F” for processing frame structural components had to be transported in two parts through the gates of the exhibition hall.

 

Next EUROGUSS in January 2024

The next EUROGUSS will take place from 16th to 18th. January 2024 again on the usual date in Nuremberg. “This year’s EUROGUSS did not quenched the urge for personal exchange in the die casting industry, but emphasized the importance once again,” says Boss. “We are pleased that EUROGUSS brings together a community within the industry that considers itself a family and also easily integrates newcomers into the discourse.”

 

About the EUROGUSS trade fair family:

THE LEADING DIE CASTING SHOWS

In all even years, the European die casting industry meets at the EUROGUSS trade fair in the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, Germany. Over three days, everything revolves around the latest technology, processes and products. EUROGUSS is the only event that maps the entire die-casting process chain: from high-tech machines to new materials to efficient services. In addition, the NürnbergMesse Group is active in terms of die casting at CHINA DIECASTING (annually in Shanghai), ALUCAST, which takes place in India at changing locations in all even years, and EUROGUSS MEXICO, which is organized in Guadalajara.

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