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The 14th China International Foundry Expo (Metal China 2016) was held in Beijing. 2016 is the first year of the 13th five-year plan, an important year for the transformation and upgrading for China’s foundry industry. A lot of new technology, new products and orders from the world infused new vitality to this year’s session.
The total exhibition space reached 108,000m2. There were 1,288 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions, as well as 83,013 visitors from more than 80 countries and regions in the world attended the exhibition.
Middle and high-end castings featured the exhibition
“Low price” is not synonymous with Chinese castings already, now more and more high-end castings have taken the large share of the market, which can be directly seen from Metal China 2016, the products are not only elegant and most are high-tech.
Among the exhibitors, KOCEL Group displays 10 products including the new machine tool bed that the exterior and sand core are produced with 3D printing technology with mass production. Liaoning Fu-An Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. brings the bogies for passenger and freight dual-use locomotive on the show. FAW Jiangsu Foundry Company’s 6 cylinder head casted by vermicular graphite cast iron has controlled its vermicular graphite rate at above 90%, and the casting wall thickness is 3±0.5㎜. The foundry experts are excited to see so many excellent castings on the show, such as the turbine castings from Impro Aerospace Components (Wuxi) Co., Ltd., the housing of 800KV disconnector by Fuxin Wanda Foundry Company and the 4HK1 cylinder head of Chongqing Qingling Foundry Company.
Domestic intelligent foundry machinery
A variety of digital and intelligent equipment on the show attracted a large number of visitors to stop by at these stands. For example, Suzhou Hawk Foundry Equipment Company displays its sliding-rail casting with robot servo and six axis servo core-transfer and core-remover system, WM Industry Technologies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. presents the industrial robot automatic polishing equipment, Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology Development Co., Ltd. shows its gravity casting unmanned production line.
“Internet+” highlighted the show
With 5000 years history, foundry industry is keeping pace with the times. Remote design, remote control, virtual production, 3D printing and all kinds of robots have extensive application now, and even digital foundry plant has become a reality.
Foundry E-Commerce (a B2B e-commerce platform) has been online successfully, creating an online and offline development mode integrated with “internet+foundry”. By this internet platform and multi-media technologies, the equipment suppliers will be able to improve efficiency and receive orders worldwide. It’s a useful method to implement the supply side innovation and realize transformation and upgrading. Foundry E-Commerce attracted wide attention during the show, which will bring profound changes to the foundry industry.
Concurrent activities continued to innovate
There were almost 100 concurrent activities during the show, such as technical seminars, sourcing fair, and “robot demonstration area” and “3D printing operating and experience area” were two additions, with 425m2 and 210m2 respectively. Visitors would have good interaction and get impressed during these activities integrated with demonstration, teaching and entertainment. Besides, the special exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of China Foundry Association, “Belt and Road” Foundry Industry Alliance Signing ceremony were also held.
The 4-day exhibition achieved a big success in 2016 and many thanks should be given to all foundry friends and partners worldwide. The next Metal China will be held in Shanghai together with Die Casting Exhibition in 2017.
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