In 2018, exports of die-casting and low-pressure die-casting machinery increased on average by 6.5 per cent in all reporting countries – from just under EUR 866 million to EUR 922 million – following the decline in international trade in 2016 and 2017. Whereas China, Japan and the USA reported a single-digit decline in exports in 2018, exports from the CEMAFON countries (European Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association) increased on average by 11 per cent. Last year, exports from Austria and South Korea enjoyed significant growth with exports of around EUR 27 million and 28.5 million respectively, values roughly equivalent to exports from the USA.
For shipbuilding and other maritime applications, thick metal sheet welding is interesting. The Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. (LZH) wants to establish robust, pure laser welding processes for steel sheet thicknesses of up to 30 millimetres using diode laser beam sources.
Manufacturers must offer high-quality products at low prices in order to remain competitive. Three Fraunhofer Institutes are therefore working on the next generation of industrial robots by developing a new kinematics for milling lightweight materials, metals, and steels.
There is an established tradition of young entrepreneurs presenting their new business models at EMO Hannover. For example, a start-up's business model is based on biomimetic engineering in which highly efficient natural structures, optimised by evolution over millions of years, are imitated (mimesis).
Whether it be through new 3D printers, innovative materials, or intelligent software solutions; the novel and sustainable business ideas of innovative, young companies are shaking up the additive manufacturing (AM) market. The international Formnext Start-up Challenge, now in its fifth year, aims to recognize this.
Networking is a key element of Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast as the leading international trade fairs for foundry and metallurgical technology. What is the easiest way for exhibitors and visitors to find each other in the digital age? The new smart Matchmaking Tool provides the ideal platform to make new contacts and network fast and easily.
The highly specialised occupation of a tool, pattern and mould maker will find a perfect platform at Moulding Expo which will be staged at Messe Stuttgart from 21 to 24 May 2019. The trade fair will become involved directly in advanced training and education of young people.
Having taken off to become the world’s leading exhibition for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production in recent years, Formnext continues this development at a record pace in 2019. 518 exhibitors have already registered for Formnext this year. This is another significant increase compared to the same time the year before.
Some 2,100 exhibitors from all over the world will be showcasing their achievements at the "Bright World of Metals" - the leading international trade fairs for foundry and metallurgical technology GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST from 25-29 June, 2019.
In June 2019, Düsseldorf turns into the hotspot for international foundry and metallurgy technology: Some 2,000 international exhibitors will take part in the world’s leading trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST from June 25 to 29.