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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2007
www.metals.rala.com.au Adam Cail, Business Development Manager of Metal Casting Technologies magazine, was impressed with the success of GIFA 2007. He organised for copies of Metals Magazine to be distributed to the attendees. He found that this year there were more visitors from Europe and Asia and altogether 793 companies showcased their machinery, systems and products. More than 51,000 experts from 43 countries attended and the number of visitors from Germany tied with foreign visitors for the first time. The share of European visitors was leading the field at 59 percent, as expected. As previously, the largest group of non-European visitors came from Asia (22 percent). GIFA attracted the attendance because it showcased the latest technologies and products for the foundry industry. The trade visitors, 59 percent of whom work in the foundry sector, were particularly interested in foundry technology (70%), raw, auxiliary and resource materials (24%), die-casting technology (23%), foundry chemistry (23%), supplier industry (22%) and treatment and processing technology (19%). GIFA 2007 was accompanied by the WFO Technical Forum, organised by the World Foundrymen Organisation and the VDG association. The Technical Forum included topics from all areas of process engineering for foundries and provided information on the latest developments in the business sector. Adam Cail reported that GIFA is still very much a stand- out Exhibition for foundrymen but commented that Metal + Metallurgy Exhibition, held in Beijing last year, is starting to gain an important focus for the world's foundry people and in the future may take the main focus from Europe. 16 GIFA 2007 Copies of MCT Magazine displayed at GIFA A selection of photos taken at GIFA by Adam Cail -- MCT Magazine