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5th International Foundry Forum in Vienna

The 5 th IFF in Vienna closed with a lot of positive impressions. New and strong contacts, challenges, solutions and prospects in an tense situation of economy.

Basically the branch is realistic and optimistic if it´s possible to surrender the increasing changes efficiently. Further there´s high potential in China, India and Brazil. Russia is opening it´s own perspectives, while North-America is trying to catch the contraction.

The experts of the suppliers agreed on that just collective quality-scales and mainly joint solutions are good for satisfied customers, beause the branch has got good growth potential for the next ten years. The forum-members commented towards Foundry-Planet predominantly positive about the event-process.

Smooth organisation in a relaxed environment was guarantor for many inter-disciplinary conversations and new contacts. About 250 members from 26 countries, among agents from every important company except China, were looking forward to where the next IFF will take place in two years.

“Where were the Chinese?” was a frequently asked question, like the valuation that the organizer mind to keep the balance between the members, producers and companies.  


Gabriele Galante, Dr. Gutmann Habig opening the IFF 2008 with a „heurigen Event"

Guests from the Emirates

In the front: Mathys Pirk (ABB)

Devanir Brichesi (ABIFA President), Jose Aoad Raya and Fabrizio Carmagnini, Amafond

Vinod Kapur, Norbert Schrader, Pier Angelo Fantini HA

Dr. Habig, Mr. Resch, Friedrich-Georg Kehrer (Messe Düsseldorf)


participants from India

In the middle: Andrew Turner (FESA)

Al Spada moderating a panel discussion

Mr. Dibrov speaking for Russia

Atchi Nagai (President Sintokogio), Gabriele Galante (IMF), Jan Johansen ( Disa)

left: new Amafond President Piero Starita

on the right: Graham Cooper (Inductotherm)


Ionannis Ioannidis (FRECH) with retiring Mr. Baum (Föhl)

from left: Chris Cooper (Vulcan), Sofie Källgren (ABB) with Volkmar Krabb(StrikoWesthofen)


Detailed report, speeches and further picture gallery will follow.

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