The 15th China International Foundry Expo (Metal China 2017), together with the biennial Die Casting Industry Exhibition (CIDC), as well as Metallurgical Industry Expo, Industrial Furnace Exhibition and Refractories and Industrial Ceramics Exhibition once again made a big success, June 13-16 at Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong, Shanghai, the heart of one of China’s business and industry hubs. 1263 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions as well as 97,422 visitors came to the show.
This event is jointly organized by China Foundry Association, China Iron and Steel Association, Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES), Metallurgical Council of CCPIT, Industrial Furnace Institution of CMES and Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd. The exhibiting space reaches 90,000 square meters.
CIDC develops quickly and blossoms in June
More than 100 die casting enterprises, including Faw Foundry, CITIC Dicastal, German Metal Automotive Accessories, Kashui Group, Suzhou Chunxing, Yadelin, Dalian Yaming, Chongqing Dajiang Millison, Guangdong Hongtu, and Guangdong Hongtai, as well as famous die casting machine and peripheral equipment manufacturers including Buhler, Frech, L.K. Group, Yizumi, Suzhou Sanji, Idra, Yanhing Group, Chit Shun, Wenjie, and HYDEB showed their high-end and competitive products and machines at CIDC. The die casting products are applied in a variety of sectors, such as automobile, motorcycle, electronics, communications, aerospace, construction, etc.
To set examples for the die casting industry, the results of “Top 50 Die Casting Enterprises,”, “Top 20 Die Manufacturers” and “Best-in-class Die Casting” appraising activities were released and the grand award ceremony was held during the reception dinner.
Foundry equipment becomes more efficient and intelligent
The Foundry sector focuses on the high-efficiency and intelligence of the foundry equipment. Both domestic and international exhibitors including ABB, ABP, Changzhou Fondarc, MAGMA, STRIKOWESTOFEN, Sinto, Inductotherm, Baoding Well, Changzhou Hidea, Hebei Ounai, LIST, Tianjin Ziheng, Wuxi Xinan, Qinhuangdao Chunguang, Zhejiang Wanfeng, Beijing Tinder, Shandong Kaitai, Suzhou Mingzhi, Suzhou Hawk, and Guangdong Zosan, displayed their latest equipment and technology at the show. Intelligent die casting island, semi-solid die casting machine, high-efficient moulding line, energy-saving melting equipment, online inspection equipment, sand reclamation equipment and other new equipment marked the achievements of Chinese foundry industry’s transformation.
Digital foundry is accelerating its steps
MAGMA, Anycasting and Huazhong University of Science and Technology showed the latest digital and simulation technology in the foundry industry.
The Advanced Manufacture Technology Center of China Academy of Machinery Science and Technology, Beijing TenYoun 3D Technology Co., Ltd showed the advanced 3-D printing and rapid prototyping technologies. Furthermore, the exhibitors also demonstrated how to print various complex sand cores and samples with unbelievable speed on the show place.
Digital simulation technology, rapid prototyping technology, robot and bid data are four magic weapons for the digitalized workshop. KUKA, ABB, Grenzebach, Reis Robotics, Fanuc Robotics, Zhejiang Wanfeng, Logen Robotics and Wolong SIR Robot brought their advanced products to the show: handling robot, grinding robot, feeding robot, extractor, cleaning machine, and others. Visitors were excited at the precision of digital simulation technology and the speed of 3-D printing. The China National Intelligent Foundry Center displayed itself to all visitors. The big data service-based Foundry E-Commerce (Beijing) Network Co., Ltd. opened the era of “IT+foundry.”
Environmental and safety are hot topics
In recent years, environmental protection and safety has become hot topics for the foundry industry. To increase environmental and safety awareness of foundry enterprises and help enterprises to avoid detours in the facilities upgrading, a special area was set up in hall W5 to allow visitors to know more about the dust handling system, explosion protection system, noise reduction system, waste water treatment system and other products. ■