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.
The third CAEF survey clearly shows that the foundry industry will need some time to catch up. In the coming weeks and months, the most important factor will be getting the pandemic back under control. The rising numbers in large parts of Europe are particularly worrying.
After a sharp drop and its lowest level in May, the Business Climate Indicator for the euro area recovered for the third time in a row in August. However, the signs of recovery have so far not been reflected in the mood among foundries. The European Foundry Industry Sentiment, as a result, has recorded a negative sign for the sixth consecutive month since February.
CAEF calls for a stimulation of demand while complying with the CO2-emission goals of the EU Green Deal: From the 16.8 million tons of castings annually produced by CAEF member states more than half goes into new vehicles. In addition, the production of machines and other engineering components from casting adds to the share of car manufacturers. However, current customers’ restraint from purchasing new vehicles reinforces the already grave financial distress. Therefore, the main question is how to stimulate demand without jeopardizing the ambitious but crucial CO2-emission goals of the EU Green Deal.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a major shock for the European and global economies. It represents an unprecedent situation for Europe´s citizens, society and economy. Representing the European foundry industry CAEF supports the measures necessary to contain further spreading of the virus.
During a two-day workshop finalising the questionnaire for data collection in the context of the revision of the Best Available Techniques (BREF document) for foundries and smitheries, CAEF´s focus was to provide technical input as well as to avoid unnecessary enhancement of the survey.
The EUROGUSS 2020 trade fair from 14–16 January 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany, was very successful. Every two years the fair offers a platform to discuss trends as well as perspectives for the international light metal, die-casting and gravity die-casting industry. Most of the CAEF foundry member associations had a booth or visited the trade fair and took the opportunity for in-person meetings.
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Luis Filipe Villas-Boas, President of the CAEF Executive Committee, presented the current status and perspectives of the European foundry industry in the opening lecture of the 9th Foundry Forum
For the very first time, CAEF organised a lecture forum at GIFA on Friday, 28 June 2019. Many interested visitors from all around the world listened to lectures of the CAEF Forum with focus on strategy and management topics for the foundry industry.