Dr Fynn-Willem Lohe was elec­ted Interim Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral at the CAEF Coun­cil meet­ing. He suc­ceeds Mr Heiko Lick­fett, who has served as Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral since early 2019 and steps back for health reas­ons.

Dr Fynn-Willem Lohe has been work­ing for the Fed­eral Asso­ci­ation of the Ger­man Foundry Industry (BDG) in Düs­sel­dorf for around two years and is head of the Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion Depart­ment. Dr Lohe, who holds a doc­tor­ate in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, has spe­cial­ised in his research activ­it­ies and in his pre­vi­ous career as a con­sult­ant in the field of small and medium-sized enter­prises, which are char­ac­ter­istic of the European foundry industry. Through research stays in other European coun­tries, the Ger­man-born eco­nom­ist acquired an inter­na­tional per­spect­ive at an early stage.


Dr Fynn-Will Lohe (left) Heiko Lick­fett (right)

The new Sec­ret­ary Gen­er­al’s pri­or­it­ies are to enhance vis­ib­il­ity of the European foundry industry by liv­ing an act­ive com­mu­nic­a­tion and to accom­pany the branch through the crisis in close inter­na­tional unity. After all, one thing has become impress­ively clear in recent months: Major global chal­lenges can only be mastered within the com­munity. The fatal con­sequences of the Covid-19 pan­demic there­fore were the focus of this year’s Coun­cil meet­ing. Like many sec­tors of industry and eco­nomy in Europe, the European foundries and their 300,000 employ­ees are strongly affected by the con­sequences of the pan­demic. It is grat­i­fy­ing that CAEF is bring­ing the national asso­ci­ations together, espe­cially in these dif­fi­cult times. Due to the Covid-19 pan­demic, this year’s Coun­cil meet­ing and the elec­tion of the Interim Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral did not take place as a face-to-face meet­ing. Instead, the rep­res­ent­at­ives of the CAEF mem­ber asso­ci­ations held a vir­tual meeting.

CAEF Con­tact:

Till­man van de Sand
phone: +49 211 68 71 — 301

General Secretariat
CAEF - The European Foundry Association

Hansaallee 203
40549 Düsseldorf

tel: +49 (0)211 6871 217
fax: +49 (0)211 6871 40217
e-mail: info@caef.eu