Luis Filipe Villas-Boas, President of the CAEF Executive Committee, represented CAEF The European Foundry Association at the International BRICS Foundry Forum, which took place on 18 September 2019 in São Paulo City, Brazil. At the same time ABIFA, the Brazilian Foundry Association, celebrated their 50th anniversary and organised FENAF 2019 – the Latin American Foundry Fair. During the forum information on the foundry industry´s situation, such as the economic scenario, industry sustainability pollution control, new technologies and implementation of industry 4.0, and other trends were shared among the BRICS nations (delegations from China, Russia and Brazil were present).
This year, Mr Villas-Boas was invited to give the opening lecture of the 9th Foundry Forum. He presented the current status and perspectives of the European foundry industry. In addition, he explained the economic situation in Europe and reported on the latest figures. Finally, Luis Filipe Villas-Boas presented the foundries’ expectations based on the Foundry Industry Sentiment (FISI) and pointed out future challenges as well as political fields of action.
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