The “Bright World of Metals” has started to take shape

Heavy loads are arriving

Furnace is being transported to Saudi Arabia after the event

Record number of exhibitors: 2,200 companies with almost 87,000 square metres of stand space

The “Bright World of Metals” started to take shape in Düsseldorf on schedule at the beginning of the month. The first heavy loads are arriving, so that the trade fair logistics experts in Düsseldorf face tough assignments and plenty of hard work. One of the first exhibits last Friday was an induction furnace from the Dortmund furnace manufacturer ABP Induction that weighed 50 tonnes and was more than 5 metres high. The heavy furnace, which was lying on its side, had to be picked up with the help of three cranes in order to be moved into a standing position on a low loader semi-trailer. Not an impossible task for Kay Lohe from the logistic company Kuehne + Nagel, but certainly a real challenge: “Although it goes without saying that we are unloading and loading professionals, exhibits of this size and weight are still particular challenges. Due to extensive construction work, it has not in addition become any simpler to manoeuvre behind the exhibition halls.” For example, scaffolding had to be dismantled to enable the low loader semi-trailer to drive into Hall 10 and then needed to be assembled again. It took four hours just to transport the furnace into the hall on Friday, while it was almost child’s play for the logistics specialists to set it up there afterwards. It is being presented to the international public here at GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST from 16. to 20. June and will then be shipped to Rabigh in Saudi Arabia. There it will be able to produce about 35 tonnes of steel in 40 minutes as part of a plant for manufacturing construction steel.

This is, however, only one of the heavy exhibits at the four metal trade fairs, which are one of the most successful events in the Düsseldorf portfolio and have a history going back about 60 years now. The four trade fairs with the joint motto “The Bright World of Metals” can boast particularly impressive statistics this year: with a total of 2,202 exhibitors and almost 87,000 square metres of stand space, they are bigger than ever before and are presenting a comprehensive picture of the entire world market. All the international global players in the relevant industries are in Düsseldorf in 2015 and will be presenting the latest foundry and metallurgy technologies here. Director Friedrich-Georg Kehrer: “Our exhibitors’ customers come from just about all manufacturing industries. During the five days of the event, we will be welcoming representatives of the automotive and aerospace industries in Düsseldorf, in addition to the whole of the machine manufacturing sector. For example, many car manufacturers have their own foundries, which need to be kept up to date, so they take advantage of GIFA, for instance, to take a look at state-of-the-art foundry equipment.”

With 940 exhibitors, an increase of 20.5 per cent over 2011, GIFA – the International Foundry Trade Fair – in Halls 10 to 13 and 15 to 17 is the biggest of the four trade fairs. METEC – the International Metallurgical Trade Fair – is 8 per cent larger than last time and has 525 participants in Halls 3 to 5. THERMPROCESS – the International Trade Fair for Thermo Process Technology – is also reporting small growth of 2.3 per cent and is filling Hall 9 and part of Hall 10 with its 312 exhibitors. NEWCAST – the International Trade Fair for Precision Castings – has also recorded a substantial increase of almost 15 per cent, setting a new record for the number of exhibitors with 429 participants.

The trade fairs are focussing on the issues of resource minimisation and energy efficiency this year. One of the reasons for this is of course that foundries and steel / non-ferrous metal production are energy-intensive industries. What are being presented are new developments and key technologies that lead to maximisation of the degree of efficiency and lower CO2 emissions and thus make an active contribution to climate protection. These technologies are helping the companies to stand out on the market and to create a strong competitive edge. The exhibitors that are participating in the Messe Düsseldorf ecoMetals campaign are attracting particular attention again in 2015. This is where companies can present their innovations in the areas of low-energy production, material and resource efficiency, the climate-friendly use of renewable energy sources and optimised energy controlling. Messe Düsseldorf is providing guided highlight tours to the ecoMetals participants for visitors that are being held in German and English.

The recruitment of young people is another central issue at the trade fairs in 2015. With the school programme “Metals4you”, Messe Düsseldorf is helping companies in their search for apprentices or budding engineers. Where else is it possible except at trade fairs to experience such diverse companies that are presenting their latest technical developments while providing information about training opportunities at the same time? As a result, young people have the chance to get to know both the companies themselves and their technical know-how. In co-operation with the agency Planet 4 and the industry associations bdguss, VDEh Steel Institute, the German Engineering Association VDMA and the Industrial Association of Foundry Chemistry IVG, Messe Düsseldorf has therefore developed a special programme for visits by students over the age of 15, who are currently planning their future careers. With the help of innovative computer-based technologies such as 3D printing, students are given an interesting demonstration at the trade fairs of how clean operations in these high-tech industries are nowadays.

Director Friedrich-Georg Kehrer is convinced that GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST are a major economic factor for the city and region too: “If the exhibitors, visitors and trade fair stand personnel are added together, around 100,000 people will be involved in the trade fairs from 16. to 20. June and will thus be spending time in Düsseldorf as well.”

The trade fairs are open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 from 16. to 20. June. Everyone who is interested in visiting them should make sure they obtain their admission tickets from the websites in advance and print them out at home before they leave for the trade fairs. The advantages are obvious: the online day ticket costs EUR 45.00 (on site: EUR 60.00), while the saving is even larger with the five-day ticket: EUR 98.00 online and EUR 130.00 at the exhibition site. In addition to this, the online ticket can already be used for free travel to Messe Düsseldorf on buses and trains in the Rhine-Ruhr public transport system (VRR).

All the information about the trade fairs and the additional events taking place alongside them can be found in the Internet at (“The Bright World of Metals“, English) and (German).

Tania Vellen
Tel.: +49 211/4560-518
Brigitte Küppers
Tel.: +49 211/4560-929