The new year 2022 will be an important one for the European foundry industry. On the one hand, Covid-19 infection figures, supply bottlenecks and energy costs determine daily business and affect the important recovery of the manufacturing sector. On the other hand, decisive European and global parameters are being set for the future of the industry. Chiara Danieli's CAEF presidency, which began at the turn of the year, is focusing on these fundamental and forward-looking aspects.
At the turn of the year, the CAEF presidency passed from Ignacio De la Peña to Chiara Danieli. Ms Danieli has already set ground-breaking accents in the preparation for her presidency. In addition to the current challenges regarding the availability of raw materials and costs of energy, there is no lack of strategic demands she will have to push forward together with the CAEF General Secretariat and in close alignment with other European foundry associations. The transformation of the entire European industry with regards to climate change is manifold and affects our industry directly as well as indirectly. Recent policymaking demands our involvement and hence CAEF opens the dialogue with corresponding decision-makers as top-priority in 2022. Looking at the upcoming foundry-talents generation, it is also crucial to substantially increase our recognition as pioneers of circular economy in politics and society at large.
Chiara Danieli, Italian by birth, general director of the French Bouhyer Group, is European through and through with heart and mind. With numerous challenges ahead, the CAEF General Secretariat looks forward to a close and robust collaboration beyond the borders of the European Union. Moreover, CAEF thanks Ignacio De la Peña and the Spanish foundry association FEAF for the presidency 2020 / 2021. During this extraordinary period, De la Peña has agreed to continue as president throughout the year 2021, giving CAEF stability in these difficult times. The recent Council meeting in Bilbao last September was another important milestone to intensify the exchange between the national foundry associations. De la Peña will remain with CAEF as a member of the Executive Committee and will thus continue to play a key role in shaping the activities of the association.