CastForge records strong growth among exhibitors / casting and forging industry is highly relevant in all industries
After CastForge opened its doors in Stuttgart for the first time in June 2018, the trade fair for casting and forging parts and their processing is now entering its second round. An important success factor of the fair is the close cooperation with the associations of the industry – nationally and internationally. Together with the Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V., the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry e. V. (BDG) and FUNDIGEX, the Spanish association of foundry exporters, Messe Stuttgart welcomed the media partners at the opening press conference on Tuesday, 21. June, the first day of the fair.
“After 153 exhibitors in a hall in 2018, we can welcome more than 320 exhibitors to two halls this year,” says Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart. “We hope that we can also receive such a positive response from visitors.” A total of 104 national and 219 international exhibitors fill the two exhibition halls. “This is an impressive international interest in the trade fair,” says Gunnar Mey, Director of Fairs & Events at Messe Stuttgart. “By the way, we also feel impressive and above all appreciative about the high loyalty of our exhibitors.” In exhibition halls 3 (Jacques Lanners Halle) and 5 on the northern clasp of the Stuttgart exhibition center, casting and forging parts and the employees are presented in a new dimension on a net area of around 6,000 square meters.
Casting and forging industry are highly relevant for all industries
“Nothing works without casting. The casting industry accounts for only one percent of German economic power. However, the other 99 percent do not run without them,” emphasizes Max Schumacher, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry (BDG), the relevance of the industry for Germany as an industrial location. Schumacher also emphasizes the importance of CastForge for the industry: “The experience of the last issue was that exactly the right customers can be found at CastForge. The trade fair is an important hotspot for us.”
The forging industry is popular in a wide variety of industries and is indispensable. For example, electric vehicles without massively shaped components are inconceivable and aviation is not possible. “Everyone uses at least one forged part every day,” emphasizes Tobias Hain, Managing Director Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V., the cross-industry importance of forges. CastForge stands for a trade fair that gives a compact insight into two industries over three days. It is characterized by its internationality and its down-to-earth approach, which fits exactly to the industry,” Hain adds.
Marina Giacopinelli underlines the importance of export for foundries, not only in Spain. There, Giacopinelli is managing director of the export association FUNDIGEX. “Spanish foundries export around 72 percent of their products. The most important challenges for us are also the currently rising energy prices and the shortage of raw materials,” says Giacopinelli. CastForge found and filled a gap in 2018. After the great first event, we are looking forward to the new edition.”
“The industry is behind the fair and we notice that,” said the final words of Gunnar Mey, Director of Fairs & Events at Messe Stuttgart. Until Thursday, the CastForge in Stuttgart will be the meeting place for the casting and forging industry. Together with the partners, an attractive supporting program was set up. Practical and impulse lectures of the exhibitors as well as some specialist carriers, guided tours of the BDGus, the annual meeting of the Industrieverband Massivumformung, the GlobalFlow and the Buyers’ Day of the Bundesverband Material Purchasing and Logistics (BME) complete the fair.