CAEF (The European Foundry Association) steel castings group meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz

On 7-8 April, CAEF Steel Castings Group meeting was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain).

The meeting participants included 21 European foundries, FEAF (Spanish Federation of Foundry Associations and the Forge Foundry Federation of France.  The foundry industries representatives came from countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey and Romania.

During the meeting each attendant assessed the current situation, relevant facts and their expectations in the near future. CAEF provided full information about current European economic situation and the foundry industry scenario, focused on steel castings manufacturers. There was also a discussion on the European global steel manufacturing industry in the face of Chinese competition, on issues like fair competition, the quality and reliability of European products, European brand product, etc.

Besides work meetings, we enjoyed a guided visit to old-town of Vitoria-Gasteiz, visit the restoration works that have being carried out in “la Catedral Vieja” and enjoyed and excellent dinner in Portalon Restaurant.

During the second day of work the attendants visited Castmetal Vitoria foundry, located in Jundiz Industrial area (Vitoria-Gasteiz).

CAEF (The European Foundry Association), established in 1953, is an umbrella organisation of European foundry industry. Its membership includes the national foundry associations from more than 20 countries.

We wish to thank and congratulate the organizers for such interesting work days for our industry as well as for the nice visit to the city.