Heiko Lickfett succeeds Max Schumacher as Secretary General of CAEF The European Foundry Association as of 01.01.2019. The 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 economic, technical, legal and social interests of the European foundry industry.
Heiko Lickfett and Max Schumacher are from the German Foundry Association (BDG) based in Düsseldorf. Lickfett is also head of the Economics Department of BDG, while Schumacher is the association’s Managing Director. Heiko Lickfett studied economics and political science, starting his career as an economic advisor at the German Steel Federation followed by his position as economist at the Association of German Foundries (DGV) in 1991 – which was later to become BDG. He has also been active in CAEF in various functions for more than a decade.
The start of the year was also marked by the relaunch of the CAEF’s internet presence. The umbrella organization’s completely redesigned website at www.caef.eu offers comprehensive information in English on the association and its organisational structure. Also on foundry technology and its applications, statistical data, a dedicated members’ access page, and a download area (e.g. for general contractual conditions). A picture database for media representatives is also in preparation.