Against a backdrop of rapid price rises for electricity and gas plus price increases for steel and aluminium, industry and the casting and forging sector in particular are facing significant challenges as a result of the war in Ukraine, raw material shortages and logistics problems. Nevertheless, anticipation for CastForge, the Trade Fair for Castings and Forgings with Processing to be held from 21 to 23 June 2022, is continuing to build across the industry. “With around 320 exhibitors, registration figures have far exceeded even our optimistic forecasts,” says Sebastian Schmid, Vice President of Messe Stuttgart. “We are delighted with this positive response and are building on this momentum right up until the event takes place.”
In addition to the large number of exhibitors and the comprehensive accompanying programme, major German industry associations including the German Foundry Association (BDG) and the German Forging Association will be hosting events to complement the activities at the trade fair.
Forging annual conference: important networking event in Stuttgart
The forging annual conference provides a meeting point for industry suppliers and a broad trade audience. On 23 and 24 June, the networking event will be held alongside CastForge. The first day will begin with the “Partner der Massivumformung” (forging partners) special exhibition which will showcase the latest developments and trends. The “massiveFORSCHUNG” highlight topic on research in forging will present a compact overview of the latest technological developments in the sector. The keynote on the requirements for the transformation of supply chains will open the evening event and will be followed by a welcome reception and networking opportunities for attendees to enjoy.
The second day will start with the official general meeting followed by a ceremony in which the industry’s best young talent from both an academic and commercial perspective will be honoured with grants and awards. A guest presentation and a discussion panel on the second focal point – “massiveTRANSFORMATION” (transformation within forging) – will bring the event to a close.
Guided tours by the BDG focusing on innovative cast components
Guided tours led by the German Foundry Association (BDG) under the motto “Casting Design Highlights” will take designers and casting users directly to selected stands. Awaiting them will be short presentations and hands-on demonstrations of complex components, which will enable attendees to better understand individual casting processes, lightweight construction methods and energy efficiency. The casting companies will discuss design matters with their customers and explain key details about the cast components on display. The examples will illustrate that casting can be used for any geometry – from load-optimised to bionic forms. And the tours will highlight that casting is an energy-efficient and cost-effective process and that casting companies are addressing cutting-edge topics such as decarbonisation and digitalisation. What’s more, experts at the stands will be on hand to share tips on recycling-focused design for customers to implement on their next new parts.
CastForge is the Trade Fair for Castings and Forgings with Processing. From 21 to 23 June 2022, industry representatives will meet at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition site to showcase their range of services. International manufacturers of castings and forgings, as well as highly specialised processors, showcase themselves to industrial purchasers from machinery and plant engineering, drive engineering, the pump and hydraulics industry and utility vehicles construction.
Further information at https://www.messe-stuttgart.de/castforge/en