Planners of GIFA and its companion trade shows acknowledge that the global industrial marketplace has changed in the four years since the last staging of the International Foundry Trade Fair, but they’re counting on that fact to heighten interest. Exhibitors have ideas and information to convey, and metalcasters have a pent-up need to invest in and improve their operations.
Early data suggest this may be true. Bookings for GIFA 2011, the 12th International Foundry Trade Fair, along with Metec, Thermprocess, and Newcast 2011, are on track to set new records. There is a trend towards larger booths, according to organizer Messe Düsseldorf: 831,300 ft2 of net exhibit space has been reserved, compared to 782,500 ft2 at the last staging in 2007.
“We did n’t expect this,” according to project director Friedrich- Georg Kehrer. “Everyone in our industry thought that the exhibitors would come, but with substantially smaller stands. However, the bookings to date reveal that the trade fairs have grown considerably, by almost 50,000 square feet.”
Previews of GIFA exhibitors follow here, but note that the weeklong event is more than a commercial opportunity. Energy and resource efficiency will be highlighted thanks to a presentation — “ecoMetals – Efficient Process Solutions” — that will emphasize a variety of industrial innovations. Visitors will find details about specific products, machines and systems, as well as solutions and services. The campaign will be supported by a numerous GIFA exhibitors, who will be highlighted by the ecoMetals logo.
And, for metallurgists and metalcasters with an academic outlook, the World Foundry Organization’s Technical Forum will be a four-day series of presentations documenting recent progress in metallurgy and metalcasting processes.
The WFO is a global consortium of more than 30 national foundry trade associations, that coordinates and documents information as a resource for metalcasting research and activity.
The preliminary program for 2011 lists over 40 30-minute presentations on topics ranging from metallurgy to molding methods, as well as casting processes, diecasting techniques, heating, and finishing.Acetarc Engineering Co.
www.ajaxtocco.comAllied Mineral Products Inc.
www.alliedmineral.comAmerican Colloid Co.
www.ceramcoceramics.comCMI Novacast Inc
www.cminovacast.comDIDION International, Inc.
www.ervinindustries.comFlow Science Inc.
www.ha-international.comHunter Automated Machinery
www.inductotherm.comJAI Engineers UK/ JAI Pumping Technologies
www.meltech.co.ukMorgan Molten Metal Systems
www.omspresse.com Premier Magnesia
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