CAEF (The European Foundry Asso­ci­ation) announces a change within the CAEF Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat as Johannes Kappes takes the role as Sec­ret­ary of Com­mis­sion for Eco­nom­ics and Stat­ist­ics. Kappes suc­ceeds Till­man van de Sand, who is start­ing a new jour­ney within BDG. Till­man van de Sand has been an integ­ral part of CAEF for the past three years. We extend our heart­felt thanks to him for his work and wish him the very best for his new pos­i­tion within BDG.

Johannes Kappes, has a strong aca­demic found­a­tion, hav­ing pur­sued stud­ies at both Albert Lud­wig Uni­ver­sity in Freiburg and Hein­rich Heine Uni­ver­sity in Düs­sel­dorf. His pro­fes­sional jour­ney includes pos­i­tions with Deutsche Bank in Lux­em­bourg, as well as Ernst & Young in Switzer­land and Ger­many. Kappes joined CAEF in August 2023, bring­ing with him a fresh per­spect­ive and a determ­in­a­tion to drive the association’s mis­sion for­ward. One pri­or­ity of the new Sec­ret­ary Com­mis­sion for Eco­nom­ics and Stat­ist­ics is to enhance vis­ib­il­ity of the European foundry industry.

Stay tuned for excit­ing devel­op­ments as we con­tinue to work tire­lessly to sup­port and advoc­ate for our mem­bers in an ever-chan­ging eco­nomic landscape.


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.

Fur­ther inform­a­tion at and CAEF LinkedIn.

CAEF Con­tact:

Johannes Kappes
phone: +49 211 68 71 — 291

General Secretariat
CAEF - The European Foundry Association

Hansaallee 203
40549 Düsseldorf

tel: +49 (0)211 6871 217
fax: +49 (0)211 6871 40217