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Pain in the Ash

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 @ 10:48 AM

Photo: AP

Iceland is 1,500 miles away from Germany, yet presently the ash-cloud from the erupting Eyjafjallajoekull volcano has spread even further over northern Europe and shut down virtually all air traffic and closed airports everywhere.

Photo: AP

Coincidentally, the wire & Tube Düsseldorf trade fair closed its doors today to industry accolades.  Around 69,200 trade visitors from over 100 nations paid a visit to Düsseldorf this past week to see the very latest advancements in wire, cable, tube, and pipe manufacturing on display by 2,400 exhibitors from around the world.  The mood at the show was downright positive as a consensus emerged that perhaps the lousy economic situation that has prevailed over the past two years has been left behind and that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.

But as today dawned, a mad scramble began to take shape in Düsseldorf and elsewhere as the realization set in that it wouldn’t be possible to get from “here” to “there” very easily, if at all.  Many visitors to the show from overseas are essentially stuck and have to wait to find out when the next flights will start get out and return home them from their endeavors.  Others undoubtedly will try and catch a train, or rent a car – and the crowds at the ticket and rental counters will be huge.

It’s just an unwelcome reminder that despite all of mankind’s technological and economic advancements, we’re still subject to the whims of Mother Nature.

Were you at wire & Tube?  Share your travel tale with us!

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, wire, Travel, tube

International Outlook for the Foundry Industry

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:46 PM

Exhibitor registration opened this past week for one of Messe Düsseldorf’s most long-running and renowned trade shows, GIFA 2011 – International Foundry Trade Fair.  Since 1956 the city of Düsseldorf has played host in convenient proximity to Germany’s industrial heart in the neighboring Ruhr region, which developed rapidly during the industrial revolution with the development of several iron works and to this day remains the crucible of the country’s foundry output.

Perhaps more so than other industries over the past couple of years, the iron and steel industries have been particularly hard hit due to drop in demand for everything from automobiles to household appliances.  Stock markets plunged, financial sources and lending seized up, and capital expenditures and investments tanked.

Astutely reported recently in a leading U.S. foundry industry trade journal, the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 made it readily apparent that finance and capital were indeed global in nature, and by extension – so has become economic competition. (“2010 Outlook.” Foundry Management & Technology December 2009: 17-20. Print.)

And within the industry there appears to be a growing consensus that to stay competitive and achieve growth, the playing field has now changed.  Surely domestic consumption no longer can be counted on as the solely reliable source for sustainable long-term growth.

The growth opportunities are increasingly in international markets.

GIFA will continue to offer US companies a platform to maintain their prominence and global competitiveness.  Every four years, nearly 800 exhibitors from all over the world present the very latest foundry machinery, plant construction technologies, foundry-related materials, engineering innovations and measurement and testing devices for quality assurance to over 70,000 trade visitors.

GIFA is an international technology forum focusing on the needs of the customers and represents a marketplace for sustainable innovations.  Contact Messe Düsseldorf North America and see the possibilities!

Topics: Germany, international business, Düsseldorf, Exports, International Trade Shows, foundry