The new year 2022 will be an import­ant one for the European foundry industry. On the one hand, Covid-19 infec­tion fig­ures, sup­ply bot­tle­necks and energy costs determ­ine daily busi­ness and affect the import­ant recov­ery of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. On the other hand, decis­ive European and global para­met­ers are being set for the future of the industry. Chiara Danieli’s CAEF pres­id­ency, which began at the turn of the year, is focus­ing on these fun­da­mental and for­ward-look­ing aspects.

At the turn of the year, the CAEF pres­id­ency passed from Ignacio De la Peña to Chiara Danieli. Ms Danieli has already set ground-break­ing accents in the pre­par­a­tion for her pres­id­ency. In addi­tion to the cur­rent chal­lenges regard­ing the avail­ab­il­ity of raw mater­i­als and costs of energy, there is no lack of stra­tegic demands she will have to push for­ward together with the CAEF Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat and in close align­ment with other European foundry asso­ci­ations. The trans­form­a­tion of the entire European industry with regards to cli­mate change is man­i­fold and affects our industry dir­ectly as well as indir­ectly. Recent poli­cy­mak­ing demands our involve­ment and hence CAEF opens the dia­logue with cor­res­pond­ing decision-makers as top-pri­or­ity in 2022. Look­ing at the upcom­ing foundry-tal­ents gen­er­a­tion, it is also cru­cial to sub­stan­tially increase our recog­ni­tion as pion­eers of cir­cu­lar eco­nomy in polit­ics and soci­ety at large.

Chiara Danieli, Italian by birth, gen­eral dir­ector of the French Bouhyer Group, is European through and through with heart and mind. With numer­ous chal­lenges ahead, the CAEF Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat looks for­ward to a close and robust col­lab­or­a­tion bey­ond the bor­ders of the European Union. Moreover, CAEF thanks Ignacio De la Peña and the Span­ish foundry asso­ci­ation FEAF for the pres­id­ency 2020 / 2021. Dur­ing this extraordin­ary period, De la Peña has agreed to con­tinue as pres­id­ent through­out the year 2021, giv­ing CAEF sta­bil­ity in these dif­fi­cult times. The recent Coun­cil meet­ing in Bil­bao last Septem­ber was another import­ant mile­stone to intensify the exchange between the national foundry asso­ci­ations. De la Peña will remain with CAEF as a mem­ber of the Exec­ut­ive Com­mit­tee and will thus con­tinue to play a key role in shap­ing the activ­it­ies of the association.


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