from left: A. Turner, H. Kimura, WFO-President Dr. C. Kuhlgatz and J.Gonzalez (WFO General Secretary)
The World Foundry Organization (WFO) held a Forum at GIFA where the Young Researchers and Early Career Professionals Conference Awards and the Jozef Suchy Medal were handed out.
The opening ceremony of the WFO Forum celebrated in Düsseldorf as part of the activities of GIFA 2023 offered the attendees the possibility to see the handout of the WFO Josef Suchy medal for meritorious services to the WFO. This recognition was created in the name of Professor Jozef Suchy, who had served the WFO as both a President, Treasurer and member of the executive committee for over 20 years. His dedication to the organization, his university and the global industry was testament to the passion he had for the industry.
In this occasion, the WFO awarded Mr. Hiroyoshi Kimura from Japan with this medal.
Mr. Kimura was born in 1940 (Showa 15), he had a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University in 1964 (Showa 39) and he is nowadays the Honorary Chairman of Kimura Foundry, one of the most relevant foundry groups in Japan. Some of his major Career Highlight are among others, being the President of Kimura between 1982 and 2011 and Chairman-Representative Director between 2011 and 2014, having some Major Public Service Positions like Advisory Committee Member in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Committee Member in Fuji-no-Kuni Administrative and Financial Reform Promotion Conference, Committee Member in
Next Generation 3D Printing Technology Integrated Development Organization of the Technology Research Association, or Chairman in Japan Foundry Engineering Society and Chairman in Japan Foundry Association. He has also received some Personal Awards and Recognitions like the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the Development of Rapid Delivery and High-Quality Full Mold Casting System (November 2005) or the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays (November 2016), among others. Along with these great achievements Kimura-San served for several years on the WFO Executive Committee and travelled the world promoting the organization and its global collaborative objectives. “Taking into consideration his incredible support to the global foundry industry and the WFO, we are really honored to give him this WFO Jozef Suchy medal,” expressed the WFO General Secretary Jose Javier Gonzalez