Exhibits by about 2,000 companies at the trade-fair quartet GIFA, NEWCAST, METEC and THERMPROCESS 2019 will be complemented by a varied ancillary program consisting of international conferences, symposiums and special shows. With the slogan “The Bright World of Metals,” the four events will cover the entire spectrum of foundry technology, casting products, metallurgy and thermal-processing technology. Around 78,000 international visitors are expected to attend the trade fairs June 25-29 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.


THERMPROCESS with Symposium and Special Show

Theory and practice will be united at two THERMPROCESS events: the FOGI special show, organized by FOGI, the Research Association for Industrial Furnace Engineering in the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), and the THERMPROCESS symposium managed by VDMA Metallurgy. The symposium speeches will deal with up-to-date topics such as:

  • New combustion technology
  • Resource conservation and energy efficiency, with particular attention to CO2 and NOx emission reduction
  • Challenges posed by variation in gas quality, specifically when alternative fuels are fed in
  • Current and future requirements for thermally treated automotive materials
  • Heat-treatment concepts in thermal-processing technology
  • Industry 4.0 and implementing it in thermal-processing technology

In addition to these speeches, renowned research institutes from the thermal-processing sector will present their subject areas and current research work in the FOGI special show in Hall 10.


GIFA and NEWCAST: A Hotspot for the Foundry Industry

The redesigned Foundry Meeting in Hall 13 (Stand D 04) of the VDG (German Foundrymen’s Association) and the BDG (Confederation of German Foundry Industry) will be a highlight at GIFA and NEWCAST 2019. It will be held on all show days with different themed areas. In the “Technology in Casting” area, BDG member companies will present the entire range of foundry working materials, while cast components will be shown in the “World of Castings.”


The Foundry Industry: Caught Between Tradition and Modernity

The VDG celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. Accordingly, the BDG Forum on June 29 will be devoted to the foundry industry’s development over the last 150 years. To provide a contrast, the Next Generation area (Hall 13, Stand C 38) will provide a glimpse into the future on all show days, focusing on the following aspects:

  • What can school kids, apprentices and students expect to find in the foundries of the future?
  • What do the various universities and foundry institutes have to offer in the affiliated Institute Show?
  • Where can one find training locations for foundry mechanics?


Premiere: Conference and Special Show on Additive Manufacturing

The special show in Hall 13 and the trade conference on additive manufacturing will have their premiere at GIFA 2019. The “3D metal printing” trade conference on June 26 will focus on the following topics:

  • How foundries are profiting from 3D printing
  • Innovations in 3D metal printing
  • Digital process chain
  • Quality assurance
  • Looking deeper and further into the possibilities 



METEC and its accompanying conferences, the EMC (European Metallurgical Conference) and the ESTAD (European Steel Technology and Application Days), form a successful combination. The ESTAD, held June 24-28, will focus on the raw material steel, along with its manufacturing, applications and steel within the context of environmental engineering and energy. This English-language conference is divided into five topic areas: iron production; steel production; rolling and forging; steel materials and their applications, additive-manufacturing techniques and surface technology; and environmental protection and energy.

Like METEC, the EMC will celebrate its 10th edition next year. The European Metallurgical Conference is the most important conference for nonferrous metallurgy in Europe and starts two days before METEC 2019. Its main theme will be the optimal use of resources and recycling to provide a sustainable solution. This exclusively English-speaking conference is an invitation from the GDMB (Society of Metallurgists and Miners) and is oriented toward metal producers, equipment manufacturers and service providers, as well as universities and engineering firms.


For further information on visiting or exhibiting at GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS or NEWCAST 2019, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America and info@mdna.com or visit www.gifa.com, www.metec-tradefair.com, www.thermprocess-online.comwww.newcast.com or www.mdna.com.