The Casting World Meets in Dusseldorf


After five days of metalcasting trade fair exhibitions June 16-20, Messe Düsseldorf delivered a positive summary of “The Bright World of Metals.” The metal fairs quartet registered good marks from both exhibitors and visitors. In particular, the diverse international representation increased distinctly; now 56 percent of visitors and 51 percent of exhibitors hail from other countries besides Germany.

With 78,000 visitors from more than 120 countries, participation at GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST 2015 was similar to previous events. Executives traveled to Germany to invest, and the 2,214 exhibiting companies reported numerous business transactions with customers from all over the world. The Asian region in particular showed great demand for European metallurgy and foundry technology corresponding with current requirements regarding the saving of energy and resources. Two-thirds of the visitors are directly involved in investment decisions in the top and middle management of their companies. Countries sending the most international visitors included India, Italy, Turkey, France and China.

According to Messe Düsseldorf Managing Director Joachim Schäfer, “The ‘Bright World of Metals’ shines brighter than ever. The atmosphere in the fair halls was excellent every day. The trade visitors really appreciated that complete machines and systems are presented here in Düsseldorf. Accordingly, the sales talks run extremely positive.”

Global market leaders as well as companies specialized in niche technologies evaluated their fair participation as very satisfactory. Trade visitors gave best marks for GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST; up to 98 percent regarded their trade fair visit as good.

The ecoMetals campaign was performed for the second time in 2015 to give focus to the topic of energy efficiency and saving of resources.

“For the customer industries the recent technologies for the saving of resources and energy efficiency play a considerable role in placing investments,” said Director Friedrich-Georg Kehrer. “Companies distinguishing themselves in these aspects were in great demand as a visitors’ target on the four fairs.”

The “ecoMetals Trails” designations were well booked to lead interested trade visitors to the participants of the campaign. There, the companies presented their innovative technologies directly with potential customers from all over the world.