71st World Foundry Congress 2014, Bilbao
Photos from the celebration of the 71st World Foundry Congress in the city of Bilbao (Spain) on May 18 to 22, 2014
The 71st World Foundry Congress was held in the city of Bilbao (Spain) on May 2014. It turned out to be a remarkable support for the casting industry, both in terms of the high quality of the various activities organized during an intensive week as well as by the considerable attendance of technicians and specialists.
Under the theme of “Advanced Sustainable Foundry”, international experts have made Bilbao a worldwide reference for the casting industry. Around 1,100 professionals from more than 45 countries have taken part in this extraordinary event to share the latest advances and technological developments from the sector, in a specialized environment which reveals the real needs, demands and trends of the global foundry industry.
The World Foundry Congress is a technical event promoted by the World Foundry Organization which takes place on a bi-annual basis in different locations around the world, being a real privilege for Bilbao to host this year’s edition.
Nagoya (Japan), Krakow-Warsaw (Poland), Sao Paulo (Brazil), South Korea, and Australia will be the next countries to host this relevant technical event.
Organized by the Tabira Foundry Institute (Spanish representative of the WFO) and by the Metallurgical Research Centre IK4-AZTERLAN, the Congress has counted with an outstanding programme of activities.
Highlights included four keynote lectures in significant areas for the sector, technical sessions in six simultaneous rooms, working sessions with young researchers, industrial visits to national companies and universities, the International Foundry Exhibition, an International Casting Buyers’ Forum and several B2B meetings between important European multinational companies and Spanish foundry suppliers, in addition to the participation of casting buyers and technicians from key sectors and international business delegations, among others.
This global networking frame allowed attendees to interact and to have access to the latest developments and innovations associated to foundry technology, with the opportunity to have a direct contact as well with the industrial and technological capabilities of the hosting country.
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