The quadrennial metal casting exhibition, GIFA, was held in Dusseldorf, Germany June 21 through July 2. Coincident shows included NEWCAST, THERMPROCESS and METEC. This massive show covered 12 convention halls with 900 exhibitors (54 from North America) and 53,000 visitors from all over the world. The European technical organization CIATF sponsored 54 technical papers. Applied Process Inc. and its affiliates ADI Treatments, ADI Engineering, HighTemp, AP Suzhou and Jilin ADI sponsored a booth in the NEWCAST pavilion. Hundreds of visitors stopped by our stand to discuss potential applications of Austempering, with specific interest in ADI and CADI™. (They’re discovering that Ausferrite is AWESOME).
The worldwide mood in metal casting and related manufacturing is one of cautious optimism. European markets have recovered to over 80% of their pre-recession business levels, the US and India are experiencing best ever business levels. Australian manufacturing is suffering. Chinese manufacturing has recovered fully in sales levels but is being hit with a high currency valuation, high energy prices and double-digit wage inflation.
We were pleased to announce at NEWCAST the upcoming commissioning of the production Austempering line at Hightemp’s Pune facility. Pune is the automotive manufacturing capital of India and scores of Indian visitors to our booth expressed unvarnished optimism for the near-term growth of manufacturing in India.
ADI Treatments (UK) hinted at the commissioning of their planned German sister operation, ADI Technik, perhaps in 2012. This would put leading edge Austempering technology in the heart of Europe where demand remains strong for high-tech conversions to ADI from steel and aluminum castings, weldments and forgings.
The feedback from Washington this week was grim, with very few new jobs being created (overall) and national unemployment rising to 9.2%. In contrast, since the recession, US manufacturers have added hundreds of thousands of jobs and all the feedback from North American manufacturers points to growth at least through the middle of 2013. That’s good news for Austempering, which is already breaking new records. We are fulfilling our mission to “Grow the Pie” for Austempering…..and we’ll continue to do so.
On another note: Hat’s off to our Australian friends for another fantastic Aussie Boat adventure on the Rhine River near Dusseldorf’s Alt Stadt (Old City). They sure know how to work and play hard. They are now even more familiar with Hostile Duck Iron and our www.appliedprocess.com website. Several Australian foundries have, in fact, joined the US-based Ductile Iron Society (www.ductile.org ). They include: Graham Campbell Ferrum (parent company of ADI Engineering), Intercast & Forge and Trigg Brothers Foundry.