GIFA 2019 – Metal works in Dusseldorf

The extended grounds of Messe Dusseldorf will host once again four trade fairs at the same time, dealing all with metal and its processing. Additive Manufacturing will play a great role this year on the riverbanks of the Rhine. For the foundry industry th


The “Bright World of Metals” from 25. to 29. June 2019 will be featuring a wide range of international congresses, symposiums, forums and special shows. The four trade fairs GIFA, NEWCAST, METEC and THERMPROCESS will be providing a high-quality programme focussing on the entire spectrum of foundry technology, castings, metallurgy and thermo process technology – including additive manufacturing, metallurgical issues, trends in the steel industry, current aspects of thermo process technology or innovations in the energy and resource efficiency fields. Some of the events will be taking place for the first time, such as the two-day thermal energy storage forum, the one-day congress about metal 3D printing or the special “additive manufacturing” and “digitisation & climate protection” shows. For the first time, experts from the research, development and industrial communities will be meeting nearby at the Rheinhotel “Vier Jahreszeiten” in Meerbusch (Düsseldorf) for the thermal energy storage forum. The two-day programme (24. and 25. June) revolves around topics as material development and the role thermal storage equipment will be playing in future energy systems in relation to metal manufacturing and processing.

Additive manufacturing
Two events about additive manufacturing will be experiencing their premiere: the special show in Hall 13 and the “Metal 3D Printing” conference. Additive manufacturing is creating new potential for foundries and their suppliers in model and mould production, in core manufacturing or in direct metal printing. The presentations at the conference on 26. June will be covering the following central topics:

  • How foundries benefit from 3D printing 
  • 3D printing in tool and mould production
  • Processing of zinc die-casting materials in 3D printing 
  • New hybrid manufacturing chains – casting/generation 

The congress speakers include such 3D specialists as Christoph Dörr of Trumpf, Matthias Steinbusch of Voxeljet or Ralf Frohwerk of SLM Solutions Group. The conference manager and host will be Sebastian Bremen, head of the 3D Printing Centre in Aachen and Group Manager Laser Powder Bed Fusion at Fraunhofer ILT. The conference will be rounded off by a guided tour of GIFA Hall 13, including the special Additive Manufacturing show.

Foundry cluster
The international foundry industry is concentrated in the GIFA and NEWCAST Halls 10 to 17 – not least of all because of the wide-ranging activities of the Association of German Foundry Experts and the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry. The special “digitisation & climate protection” show will be holding its premiere, for example. The potential for using waste heat, most of which is still not utilised, provides foundries with particularly large opportunities to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions – another reason to tackle this issue. The meeting point for foundries in Hall 13 (Stand D 04) has also been redesigned, with its sections devoted to different subjects being the main attractions (e.g. “Technology in casting”, “World of castings”).

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Visitors from the foundry industry might also be interested in the metallurgical activities taking place in Dusseldorf: METEC fair with the associated congresses EMC (European Metallurgical Conference) and ESTAD (European Steel Technology and Application Days). From 24. to 28. June, everything at ESTAD will focus on steel as a material, its production and applications as well as environmental engineering and energy aspects. The 4th ESTAD is being organised by the steel institute VDEh in co-operation with its partners “Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials“ and “Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia“.

EMC is the most important conference for non-ferrous metallurgy in Europe and starts two days before METEC. The main issue on which it focusses is optimum utilisation of resources and recycling for a sustainable solution. The conference is being held exclusively in English, is organised by GDMB – Society of Metallurgists and Miners and is aimed at metal producers, plant manufacturers, service providers, universities and engineering firms.

Thermo process in focus
Theory and practice also go hand in hand at the two THERMPROCESS events, the special FOGI show organised by the VDMA Industrial Furnace Manufacturing Research Association and the THERMPROCESS Symposium, for which VDMA Metallurgy is responsible. The Symposium deals with current aspects of thermo process technology in numerous lectures. In addition to the lectures, prominent research institutes from the thermo process technology field are presenting their areas of operation and latest research projects in the special FOGI show in Hall 10.

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