The 71st World Foundry Congress will take place in the city of Bilbao, Spain, between 19th and 21st May 2014 under the theme “Advanced Sustainable Foundry”.
The premier international foundry event is a highly renowned and prestigious technical Congress attracting experts, leading professionals and researchers from the global cast metal industry. It represents a major opportunity for companies, technical centres, universities and individuals to network on an international scale.
Held every two years, this long established event consists of a three-day technical programme with exceptional Keynote Lectures in which worldwide recognised professionals will present four keynote speeches in highlighted areas (environment, energy, innovation and market trends and demands).
The Technical Sessions represent the roots and identity of the Congress, which was founded in order to exchange and disseminate technical knowledge from and for the foundry industry. This aim has always been reflected in all previous editions and will continue on in Bilbao, where the latest developments and innovations will be presented in a number of highly relevant topics for the industry.
For the first time, the 71st World Foundry Congress will also see the participation of young researchers and PhD students in the technical programme, with them assuming an active role and presenting their research work. Alongside, the Organising Committee will also coordinate a Young Students Seminar enabling interaction between young students from different countries.
International Foundry Exhibition
The International Foundry Exhibition will feature the latest technologies and applications of worldwide companies from different sectors of the casting industry, offering them a unique occasion to showcase to an international audience. The Inbound Commercial Missions -presence of global buyers - will act as a meeting point for companies and key figures from the industry. In addition, the Industrial Visits will allow the attendees to obtain a deep insight and understanding of the country’s industrial structure and capabilities.
We must also highlight an interesting Social Programme including the opening and closing ceremonies, the Gala Dinner and the Foundrymen’s Night at the Guggenheim Museum, with a full Accompanying Persons Programme.
Finally, the Post Congress Tours will offer participants a closer cultural approach to the heritage of the country. Specially selected itineraries are included in the programme with different alternatives that cover the most attractive areas, such as the Basque Country, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona and Canary Islands, among others.
The provisional at-a-glance programme for the 71st World Foundry Congress is featured below.