Heike Slotta, Director Exhibitions at
1. Ms Slotta, die casting specialists from all over Europe come to you in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in January to update on new products and trends at EUROGUSS. What is the current level of applications? How many exhibitors do you expect?
Heike Slotta: The acquisition of exhibitors is going very well and we have already reached the level of applications for the previous event. Many companies have enlarged their stand spaces because EUROGUSS offers them a major platform for cultivating contacts and establishing new business relationships. I expect around 400 exhibitors at the exhibition in January. The number of international exhibitors is also developing very encouragingly, in some cases also from countries that have not previously sent so many firms, such as Turkey. Companies from Italy and Sweden, each present with a pavilion, are particularly strongly represented.
2. What product segments will be on show at EUROGUSS?
Heike Slotta: The product spectrum at EUROGUSS reflects the whole die casting value chain: from technology and processes through to products. The exhibitors are die casting foundries, i.e. the manufacturers of castings and components, and their component suppliers, equipment suppliers and service providers. They show die casting technology, products for after-treatment of castings, parting agents and operating materials that are necessary in the manufacturing process, quality control facilities, control systems, drive technology and the broad field of software.
3. What are the highlights at the 2014 exhibition?
Heike Slotta: You’ve certainly already heard or read about it: EUROGUSS takes place next year for the tenth time. We would like to celebrate this anniversary with all exhibitors and visitors and are organizing a special show to mark the occasion. This will examine the development of die casting and span the period from the past to the future. The show takes place in the entrance area during the exhibition. The occasion obviously calls for a real birthday party and we are also planning a few more anniversary specials. In addition, the popular special show “Research for Knowledge”, the International German Die Casting Congress with interesting presentations by experts for experts, and the presentation of awards for both the International Aluminium and Zinc Die Casting Competitions are naturally on the programme again.