Chiara Danieli and Ignacio De la Peña

On 24 and 25 Septem­ber 2021 the annual CAEF Coun­cil meet­ing was held in Bil­bao (Spain). CAEF mem­ber asso­ci­ations from sev­eral European coun­tries joined the event hos­ted by the Span­ish Foundry Asso­ci­ation FEAF, Fed­era­ción Española Asociaciones Fun­didores. FEAF is hold­ing the pres­id­ency of CAEF, with Ignacio De la Peña as pres­id­ent, for two years. The pres­id­ency was marked mainly by the pan­demic. In these tur­bu­lent and enorm­ously chal­len­ging two years, CAEF under De la Peña has shown a high degree of flex­ib­il­ity, as have the numer­ous CAEF mem­ber asso­ci­ations and above all the foundries. Thus, apart from the pan­demic, the numer­ous other chal­lenges of our time did not pause.


The CAEF Coun­cil meet­ing took place at a chal­len­ging time. While costs for energy are skyrock­et­ing every­where in Europe, short­ages of raw mater­i­als and scrap are put­ting the foundries under pres­sure. Fur­ther­more, dur­ing the pan­demic the avail­ab­il­ity of skilled work­ers and young foundry tal­ents over­all has not changed for the bet­ter. At the same time, the foundry industry, being the most integ­rated part of the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy and an ena­bler of indus­trial trans­form­a­tion, has a cru­cial role to play in achiev­ing CO2 neut­ral­ity on our continent.

Del­eg­ates from CAEF mem­ber asso­ci­ations at the Coun­cil meet­ing in Bilbao

The CAEF Coun­cil unan­im­ously elec­ted Chiara Danieli, CEO of Groupe Bouhyer, rep­res­ent­ing the Fédéra­tion Forge Fonderie, as the new CAEF Pres­id­ent for the year 2022. Chiara Danieli car­ries the European idea in her genes and is enthu­si­astic in pro­mot­ing it. The Italian-born vis­ion­ary lives and works in France for many years and is very well con­nec­ted in Europe. Fynn-Willem Lohe, who already has been inter­ims Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral for one year, was con­firmed as Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral dur­ing the two days meet­ing. Danieli and Lohe share above all else the motiv­a­tion to emphas­ise the essen­tial role of the European foundry industry in polit­ics and soci­ety even more strongly and act­ively than before.



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