Ioannis Ioannidis – new president of Gifa and Newcast

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Preparations for the world’s biggest technology trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast have started.

In February the Advisory Board of the Düsseldorf quartet of trade fairs was established at its first meeting. The new president of the foundry trade fair Gifa as well as of the leading global trade fair for cast products Newcast is Ioannis Ioannidis, CEO and spokesman of the board at Oskar Frech GmbH + Co. KG from Schorndorf. Burkhard Dahmen, chairman of the board at SMS group in Düsseldorf, was confirmed as president of Metec, the International Metallurgy Trade Fair. The new president of Thermprocess is Till Schreiter, CEO and president of ABP Induction Systems GmbH in Dortmund. All three candidates were elected unanimously.  

Quotes from the Advisory Board

Ioannis Ioannidis: “It is with great joy that we can now anticipate the leading global trade fairs Gifa and Newcast and being able to meet again in person on an international level in June 2023 in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf. Our trend-setting industry – Metallurgy – will again give proof of its great innovative strength and impressively demonstrate its ongoing pioneering work in sustainability. With this it makes a clear statement about the sector’s strong appeal.”

Burkhard Dahmen emphasised the significance of the trade fair for the industry: “It has never before been so important to highlight and discuss the comprehensive changes introduced by our industry towards climate-neutral production and the careful use of resources. I look forward to the personal encounters and expert exchange.”

Till Schreiter explained: “For whoever wants to actively invest in a sustainable, future-oriented and prosperity-securing design of Europe, a visit to Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast is an absolutely must. There is no other event in our sector that offers you this opportunity for personal exchange with the global experts and decision-makers. Especially after this low-contact pandemic period, Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast will be sources of inspiration.”

Decarbonisation, innovation and sustainability in the focus of the fairs

With the first meeting of the Advisory Board the strategic course for the quartet of trade fairs has been charted. Messe Düsseldorf and its conceptual sponsors and partners will use the coming months until June 2023 to further drive the successful development of the ‘Bright World of Metals’. Here, the dialogue with experts and multipliers on the manufacturers and users side plays a pivotal role especially in challenging times of industry change.

The leading global trade fairs focus on mega trends such as decarbonisation in the metal industry as well as innovative processes in steel and metal working such as additive manufacturing. Also, AI and digital processes in foundries and the ‘Industry 4.0 steel mill’ are much discussed focal topics. The Ecometals Campaign by Messe Düsseldorf refers to the industries’ ecological path and promotes exhibiting companies that invest in innovative, environment-saving and sustainable technologies.

The trade fair quartet Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast will be held from 12 to 16 June 2023 in Düsseldorf.

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