About us

CAEF — The European Foundry Asso­ci­ation
Umbrella organ­isa­tion of the European foundry industry, estab­lished in 1953. CAEF deals with eco­nomic, tech­nical, legal, and social issues. Its mem­ber­ship includes the national foundry asso­ci­ations from 22 European coun­tries.

Focus On

CAEF — the European Foundry Asso­ci­ation — is the alli­ance of 23 national foundry asso­ci­ations from 22 European coun­tries. The European Foundry Asso­ci­ation was estab­lished in 1953 and thus belongs to the pion­eers of the European uni­fic­a­tion pro­cess. The Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat is situ­ated in Düs­sel­dorf since 1997.
It is the stat­utory mis­sion of CAEF to look into any and all ques­tions that are of import­ance to the foundry industry, be they eco­nomic, tech­nical, legal, or social. At the same time, CAEF imple­ments activ­it­ies which aim at devel­op­ing national foundry indus­tries and co-ordin­at­ing their shared inter­na­tional interests.
In other words: CAEF is a uni­ver­sal organ­isa­tion which cov­ers the entire vari­ety of cast­ing mater­i­als, com­bin­ing the activ­it­ies of an industry fed­er­a­tion and a tech­nical soci­ety of foundries.

Activ­it­ies

The activ­it­ies of the com­mis­sions focus on issues of gen­eral interest, i.e. mat­ters con­cern­ing the entire foundry industry, inde­pend­ently of national affil­i­ations.
At the moment, there are two com­mis­sions within CAEF, com­mis­sion for envir­on­ment, health & safety and com­mis­sion for eco­nom­ics & stat­ist­ics.
The organ­isa­tion of CAEF groups is based on mater­ial cat­egor­ies. Cur­rently, there are groups for steel cast­ings and non-fer­rous metal cast­ings.
The sec­tions of CAEF rep­res­ent a cat­egory of work­ing groups which, how­ever, are set apart from CAEF groups by the fact that they are product-related. Cur­rently, there are CAEF sec­tions for auto­mot­ive cast­ings, con­tinu­ous cast­ing, cast­ings for gen­eral engin­eer­ing, rolls, pre­ci­sion cast­ings and wind tur­bine cast­ings.

The activ­it­ies of CAEF are two­fold in prin­ciple

Firstly, to endorse the interests of the foundry industry towards European and other insti­tu­tions and author­it­ies. What is more, CAEF is increas­ingly being addressed by world­wide part­ners in all mat­ters relat­ing to the foundry industry of Europe, which in many regions of the world is mean­while regarded as a single unit.
Secondly, the activ­it­ies of CAEF also focus on pro­mot­ing inform­a­tion exchange among national foundry asso­ci­ations, and on coordin­at­ing the activ­it­ies of national asso­ci­ations wherever this appears indic­ated to bene­fit the industry, as a whole.
At this stage, CAEF already has its own well developed insti­tu­tional struc­ture of cooper­a­tion among national foundry asso­ci­ations. That this is indeed so is doc­u­mented by the exist­ence of add com­mis­sions, groups, and sec­tions which handle CAEF’s prac­tical work.
Besides the asso­ci­ation organs enu­mer­ated, there is a Com­mit­tee of Man­aging Dir­ect­ors and a Sec­ret­ary General’s office, both con­cen­trate mainly on coordin­at­ing the activ­it­ies of the vari­ous com­mis­sions, groups, and sec­tions as well as on rep­res­ent­ing CAEF in con­tacts with CAEF insti­tu­tions and the pub­lic.

Coun­cil

2018 — SOMMAROY / NO

The Coun­cil assembled in Som­maroy on 15–16 June 2018. Mr Oddb­jörn Maurdalen of Norsk Indus­tri chaired the Coun­cil.

2017 — LJUBLJANA / SI

The Coun­cil assembled in Ljubljana on 9–10 June 2017. Mr Borut TRIPLAT of Metals Asso­ci­ation — Cham­ber of Com­merce and Industry of Slov­e­nia chaired the Coun­cil.

2016 — BIRMINGHAM / UK

On 25 Novem­ber 2016 the CAEF Coun­cil assembled for an extraordin­ary work­ing meet­ing. Mr Niyazi AKDAS chaired the meet­ing.

2016 — HELSINKI / FI

The Coun­cil assembled in Hel­sinki on 10–11 June. Mr Pasi MÄKİNEN from the Fed­er­a­tion of Finnish Tech­no­logy Indus­tries Asso­ci­ation of Finnish Foundry Product Indus­tries chaired the Coun­cil.

2015 — ISTANBUL / TR

The Coun­cil gathered in Istan­bul on 29–30 May. Mr Niyazi AKDAS from TUDOKSAD The Turk­ish Foundrymen’s Asso­ci­ation chaired the Coun­cil.

2014 — GUIMARÃES / PT

The CAEF Coun­cil gathered in Guimarães on 13–14 June. Mr Luis Filipe VILLAS-BOAS from Asso­ciação Por­tuguesa de Fun­dição (APF) chaired the Coun­cil.

Exec­ut­ive Com­mit­tee

Luis Filipe Villas-Boas

Luis Filipe Vil­las-Boas

Pres­id­ent of Exec­ut­ive Com­mit­tee
Por­tugal

Josip Martišković

Josip Mar­tišković

Chair­man of CAEF
Croa­tia

Heiko Lickfett

Heiko Lick­fett

Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral
Ger­many

Max Schumacher

Max Schu­macher

Ger­many
Dr. Roberto Ariotti

Dr. Roberto Ariotti

Italy

Witold Dobosz

Wit­old Dobosz

Poland
M. Niyazi Akdaş

M. Niyazi Akdaş

Tur­key
Dr. Pamela Murrell

Dr. Pamela Mur­rell

United King­dom

Com­mit­tee of Man­aging Dir­ect­ors

The mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee of Man­aging Dir­ect­ors con­sists of the Man­aging Dir­ect­ors of the CAEF national mem­ber asso­ci­ations

Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat

Marion Harris

Marion Har­ris

Assist­ant to the
Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral

Heiko Lickfett

Heiko Lick­fett

Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral

Sophie Steffen

Sophie Stef­fen

Sec­ret­ary Com­mis­sion for Eco­nom­ics & Stat­ist­ics

Com­mis­sions / Groups / Sec­tions

Com­mit­tee of Man­aging Dir­ect­ors

CAEF The European
Foundry Asso­ci­ation

Heiko Lick­fett

T: (+49 211) 68 71 214
E: info@caef.eu

Com­mis­sion for Envir­on­ment, Health & Safety

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Dr. Chris­tian Schi­mansky (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 200
E: christian.schimansky@caef.eu

Com­mis­sion for Eco­nom­ics & Stat­ist­ics

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Heiko Lick­fett (Chair­man)
Sophie Stef­fen (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 214
E: info@caef.eu

Non-Fer­rous Metal Cast­ings Group

ASSOFOND

HPDC Group

Steel Cast­ings Group

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Marthe Prunier (Chair­wo­man)
Heiko Lick­fett (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu

Auto­mot­ive Cast­ings Sec­tion

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Heiko Lick­fett (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu

Con­tinu­ous Cast­ing Sec­tion

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Dormand Status

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu

Invest­ment Cast­ing Sec­tion

Cast Metals Fed­er­a­tion

Dr. Pamela Mur­rell

T: (+44 121) 601 6397
E: admin@cmfed.co.uk

Rolls Sec­tion

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Dr. Georg Hemets­ber­ger (Chair­man)
Heiko Lick­fett (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu

Wind Tur­bine Cast­ings Sec­tion

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Dr. Roberto Ariotti (Chair­man)
Heiko Lick­fett (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu

Gen­eral Engin­eer­ing Sec­tion

Bundes­verb­and der Deutschen
Gießerei-Indus­trie (BDG)

Heiko Lick­fett (Sec­ret­ary)

T: (+49 211) 68 71 217
E: info@caef.eu