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.
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