23 - 25 September 2008, Messe Essen, Germany
• ALUMINIUM on a record course
• Casting segment steadily growing
Currently, the metal industry is thriving worldwide. Aluminium is also experiencing a veritable boom. The continuing strong demand for aluminium and aluminium products is a boost for the entire industry. The optimistic mood is also felt at the specialised trade fair ALUMINIUM 2008, which will open its gates from 23 to 25 September in Essen (Germany).
ALUMINIUM 2008: The Number One in the Industry
ALUMINIUM is the leading trade fair for the aluminium industry worldwide. It shows the entire value creation chain in the aluminium industry and supplies innovative solutions for all fields of application. Essen is the meeting place for aluminium producers, aluminium processors, suppliers of technologies and equipment for aluminium production, processing and refining.
Since the first ALUMINIUM in 1997, the trade fair has experienced a steady upward trend. On an exhibition surface that has meanwhile grown to 55,000 sqm in eight halls, ALUMINIUM offers everything to do with the innovative material of the future. The number of exhibitors has nearly tripled since the first ALUMINIUM. With over 15,270 trade visitors from 97 countries at the last event, ALUMINIUM is the world’s biggest trade fair for the aluminium industry today. With the help of its patron, Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V. (GDA), and the European partner association EAA European Aluminium Association, the fair has developed into a central feature of the aluminium community. The fact that exhibitors and visitors travel to Essen from all over the world is proof of this. Today, every third trade visitor comes from abroad.
ALUMINIUM breaks all records
ALUMINIUM 2008 will break previous records in all areas - exhibitors, visitors, surface. So far, more than 760 exhibitors have registered to take part. Among these are also the international key players of the industry. The trade fair is also becoming significantly more international. Over half of the companies come from abroad; the list of exhibitors meanwhile features 41 countries.
By setting up special exhibitions and highlighting particular themes, ALUMINIUM has added new emphases in the past few years. Among these are the theme pavilions on topics such as casting, surface treatments, welding, primary production or rapid prototyping. The Foundry Pavilion has been launched already in 2004 and has established as an important meeting platform for the industry within the exhibition. Due to the strong demand the space for the pavilion was almost doubled for 2008. The Pavilions is again supported by the GDM (General Association of German Metal Foundries).
Casting segment steadily growing
The international casting and diecasting sector is very well represented at ALUMINIUM 2008. 230 exhibitors in total will present the latest know-how from foundries and casting technology suppliers, among them ALCOA, Wagstaff, SMS, Honsel, Pyrotek and ae light metal casting. The entire process chain of casting and pressure diecasting will be shown at ALUMINIUM. The range of exhibits spans sand and mould casting, pressure diecasting, moulds and accessories, alloys, finishing, transport and handling technology as well as complete solutions.
Pressure diecasting is the casting process most frequently used in the aluminium industry, with more than 50 percent of all products manufactured with this technique. Mould and sand casting take second and third place respectively.
By far the largest customer of cast aluminium products is the transport sector. The automotive industry in particular uses cast products in areas requiring a high degree of safety such as, for instance, chassis components.