Sofia, Bulgaria — CAEF is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of its annual Council Meeting, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting, attended by representatives from leading foundry associations across Europe, sees the adoption of critical decisions made to reshape the association’s future.
Foremost among the significant developments is the decision to rebrand the association, which will be from 2024 onwards be known as the European Foundry Federation (EFF). This change reflects the federation’s renewed commitment to fortifying its presence and influence within the European foundry industry.
Underpinning this transformation is a newly established governance structure. A president has been elected to lead the federation for a three-year term, supported by a board composed of the presidents of major European foundry associations. Chiara Danieli (France) is elected president of the EFF; her experience and knowledge of the industry are vital for the challenges ahead.
The newly formed board comprises esteemed members, each serving as the president of their respective federations in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, and Turkey. They guarantee wealth of expertise and leadership to the EFF. This dynamic leadership team is poised to steer the federation towards new horizons and unprecedented accomplishments.
The primary objective behind these changes is to bolster the organisation’s visibility and establish it as a reliable, authoritative voice for the European foundry industry. In a climate marked by evolving challenges and formidable competition from multiple counterparts, coupled with the imperative to augment industrial capacity, the foundry sector recognizes the urgent need for amplified representation in the political arena of Brussels.
The European Foundry Federation (EFF) is ready to rise to the occasion, leveraging its renewed structure to navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing industry landscape. By becoming a unifying force, the federation aims to galvanize the foundry sector towards greater innovation, sustainability, and competitiveness on the European stage.
Background information on CAEF:
CAEF is the umbrella organisation of the national European foundry associations. The organisation, founded in 1953, has 22 European member states and works to promote the economical, technical, legal and social interests of the European foundry industry. At the same time, CAEF implements activities which aim at developing national foundry industries and co-ordinating their shared international interests. The General Secretariat is situated in Düsseldorf since 1997.
CAEF represents 4 400 European foundries. Nearly 260 000 employees are generating a turnover of 39 billion Euro. European foundries are recruiting 20 000 workers and engineers per year. The main customer industries are e.g. the automotive, the general engineering and the building industries as well as the electrical engineering industry. No industrial sector exists without using casted components.
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