2018. június 06., szerda, 10:39
Today is the start of the first CastForge, the trade fair for castings and forgings with machining. Staged in the Oskar Lapp Hall (Hall 6) until 7 June 2018, it presents the entire value-added chain from cast or forging blanks and their machining through to the final component. CastForge offers visitors the opportunity to discover the latest information about castings and forgings made of steel, grey cast iron, spheroid cast iron and non-ferrous metals. With this line-up the trade fair closes a gap in the trade fair landscape.
"In the past, there was no suitable presentation and information platform for exhibitors and buyers," explained Gunnar Mey, Industry Division Director at Messe Stuttgart, during the opening press conference. He continued, "At CastForge, manufacturers and highly experienced machining specialists of castings and forgings receive their own platform for the first time. They can present their portfolios in one of the strongest economic regions of Europe which is home to many buying companies from industries such as mechanical engineering, plant construction, vehicle and drive technology, construction machinery, pumps and hydraulic systems as well as the supply industry."
The concept for the new trade fair is tuned to the needs of industrial companies, exhibitors and visitors. The response to the première of CastForge was accordingly large. More than 150 German and international companies were convinced about the trade fair taking place in the heart of Europe and expectations regarding the number of exhibitors and the exhibition space occupied were exceeded at this first event. Thomas Laue, Purchasing Manager at the HEUNISCH GmbH foundry, explained, "The birth of CastForge is a genuine stroke of luck for HEUNISCH GUSS. We really look forward to our company's presentation at a trade fair that really focuses on our products. We give visitors an overview of our wide range of production and of course we would like to win new customers. But at CastForge we also have the great opportunity to talk to our existing partners and consolidate existing business relationships." Sebastian Knust, Sales and Marketing Manager at Schmiedewerk Stooss AG, added: "CastForge is a specialist trade fair with interesting visitors from the fields of forgings and ring rolls. We look forward to making many contacts with new and existing customers."
Frank Rösch, Head of Press and Communication Economy and Raw Materials Monitoring at the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), also stressed the significance of the trade fair: "CastForge brings industrial purchasers together with new high-performance suppliers from the field of castings and forgings. Among the 9,600 BME members there are also companies from the metal-working industry and manufacturers of castings and forgings. This is why CastForge is of great importance for BME." BME is one of the promoters of CastForge and is organising a purchasers' day on 6 June.
Supply and demand in the D-A-CH (German-speaking) region come together in concentrated form in Stuttgart. Exhibitors and especially "trade fair newcomers" benefit from the experience of Messe Stuttgart, ranging ranges from consulting and stand construction through to delivery ready for installation. Messe Stuttgart also convinced exhibitors with its well-conceived advertising concept which brought the right trade visitors to Stuttgart. Exhibitors made extensive use of the wide range of support advertising materials, most of which are free of charge. The modern fairgrounds also offer visitors short walking distances as well as excellent transport connections for an efficient stay. This is where Messe Stuttgart also scores points with additional services such as a special app that supplies visitors key information on CastForge "to go".
Events taking place in parallel with the latest industrial trade fair newcomer provide insights beyond the industry's borders. They include LASYS, the International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing, Surface Technology Germany and the UKIP Automotive events. "CastForge is in the best company here at Messe Stuttgart and has excellent prospects for the future," said Gunnar Mey, putting it in a nutshell.