After Prague, Barcelona, Vienna and Paris, CEMAFON President Gabriele Galante’s organizers called the International Foundry Forum (IFF) to order in Venice, Italy, this year, within the surroundings of the Venice Lido beach.
Under the motto “Where the CEOs meet,” more than 250 participants from 26 countries came together to network and exchange views on the state of the international metalcasting industry and its future prospects. Judging by the number of participants in Venice, this was one of the strongest IFF events of all time.
The topics were appealing, but did not convince anyone completely in terms of depth of content. The attractiveness of the IFF is undisputed, yet the guests yearned for a sharper and more defined content of presentations in which all participants in the chain of economic value, economic advisers and the speakers of the BRICS countries would have their say. The international challenges are complex, technological development is rapid and markets do not always react as desired. There should even be an internationally accredited researcher with a vision into the future to take a specific look at the foundry industry.
What remains from Venice? The greatest IFF of all time doesn’t have to follow an Olympic spirit or grow even bigger in number. Nevertheless, there is no alternative for major players in the industry to meet every two years to intensely exchange thoughts and ideas. The IFF has once again impressively demonstrated and accomplished this capability; therefore the organizers and the operating forces of CEMAFON deserve the highest recognition.