On May 17-20, the 14th China International Foundry Expo (Metal China 2016) was held in Beijing. 2016 is the first year of the 13th five-year plan, an important year for the transformation and upgrading of China’s foundry industry. A lot of new technology, new products and orders from the world infused new vitality to this year’s session.
The total exhibition space reached 108,000m2 with 1,288 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions, as well as 83,013 visitors from more than 80 countries and regions in the world.
“Low price” is not synonymous with Chinese castings anymore. Now, more and more high-end castings have taken the large share of the market, which could be directly seen at Metal China 2016.
Among the exhibitors, KOCEL Group displayed 10 products including the new machine tool bed that produces sand molds and cores with 3D printing technology for mass production. Liaoning Fu-An Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. brought the bogies for passenger and freight dual-use locomotive to the show. FAW Jiangsu Foundry Company’s 6-cylinder head cast in vermicular graphite cast iron had controlled its vermicular graphite rate at above 90%, and the casting wall thickness is 3±0.5mm. The foundry experts were excited to see so many excellent castings on the show, such as the turbine castings from Impro Aerospace Components (Wuxi) Co., Ltd., the housing of 800KV disconnector by Fuxin Wanda Foundry Company and the 4HK1 cylinder head of Chongqing Qingling Foundry Company.
A variety of digital and smart equipment at the show attracted a large number of visitors to stop by at these stands. For example, Suzhou Hawk Foundry Equipment Company displayed its sliding-rail casting with robot servo and six axis servo core-transfer and core-remover system, WM Industry Technologies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. presented an industrial robot automatic polishing equipment, and Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology Development Co., Ltd. showed its gravity casting unmanned production line.
With a 5,000-year history, foundry industry is keeping pace with the times. Remote design, remote control, virtual production, 3D printing and all kinds of robots have extensive application now, and even a digital foundry plant has become a reality.
Foundry E-Commerce (a B2B e-commerce platform) has created an online and offline development mode integrated with “internet+foundry”. With this internet platform and multi-media technologies, the equipment suppliers will be able to improve efficiency and receive orders worldwide. It’s a useful method to implement innovation on the supply side. Foundry E-Commerce attracted wide attention during the show, which will bring profound changes to the foundry industry.
Almost 100 concurrent activities were held during the show, such as technical seminars and a sourcing fair. A robot demonstration area and 3D printing operating and experience area were two additions, with 425m2 and 210m2 respectively. These activities integrated demonstration, teaching and entertainment. In addition, the special exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of China Foundry Association, “Belt and Road” Foundry Industry Alliance Signing ceremony also was held.
The next Metal China will be held in Shanghai together with Die Casting Exhibition in 2017.