Jan 19, 2018

Industry welcomes concept of new trade fair with CastForge

A meeting of interested parties in Stuttgart provided valuable ideas as Messe Stuttgart presented the concept of CastForge, the new trade fair for castings and forgings as well as their machining, to interested companies within the framework of several rounds of talks. There was good feedback from the participants who unanimously welcomed the concept, date, and venue. Since its launch in 2017, CastForge has developed positively with about 60 registrations and more than 30 more commitments. The trade fair is June 5-7, 2018, at the Stuttgart trade fair center.

Gunnar Mey, department director for industrial solutions at Messe Stuttgart, is impressed with the high level of acceptance from the participants.

“After the presentations each time there was a dialogue which gave us, the event organizers, lots of valuable ideas,” he said. “However, what we found most encouraging was the concept, date, and venue of CastForge were unanimously accepted.”

One participant was Timo Richter, head of sales and marketing at Richter Formteile GmbH. “In our opinion, to date there has not been such a specific trade fair which addresses our products and services precisely — especially not in our catchment area. For us, it is a must-attend event in order to be present on the market. We expect to meet a customer base which is specifically looking for our services and wants to establish new contacts in the industry,” he said.

In addition to the current registrations and commitments, mainly manufacturers from Germany and Italy, international industrial associations already have confirmed support for CastForge. The Czech Foundry Association Svaz Sléváren is also planning a joint stand for its members as is the Italian industrial association Confartigianato Imprese Varese.

In addition, Messe Stuttgart is in talks with ASMET (Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials) about an involvement in the presentation program.

With CastForge, Messe Stuttgart showcases the entire value-added chain from the cast or forging blank to machining through to the final component and, for the first time, offers manufacturers an opportunity to present their range of cast iron, grey cast iron, and spheroidal graphite iron as well as non-ferrous castings and forgings to a wide audience.

For Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, president of Messe Stuttgart, the validation from the industry is not surprising: "With CastForge, we have launched a trade fair topic at the right time which strikes a chord with companies. Up to now for many companies there was only the opportunity to showcase products and services within the framework of industry and user trade fairs. Now, for the first time, their castings and forgings as well as their skills as processors take center stage at a trade fair."