GIFA 2023, the world’s most important trade fair for the foundry sector, took place in Düsseldorf from 12 to 16 June. Covering a total area of around 67,000 square metres, GIFA together with the METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST trade fairs, brought together a total of 63,300 visitors from 114 countries and around 2,200 industry exhibitors from 56 countries, 76 % of whom came from abroad. This year, the show focused on key topics such as sustainability, digitalisation, circular economy and new production technologies, and showcased the world’s most advanced foundry equipment, measuring devices, and high-quality castings and foundry materials from the casting, foundry, metallurgy and heat treatment sectors respectively.
Weiqiao Pioneering Group (Weiqiao) successfully participated in the fair with its subsidiary Shandong Honho Lightweight Technologies Co, Ltd. As an important part of Weiqiao’s lightweight base, Hongho has intelligent production lines, comprehensive new material development capabilities, professional product and process development, and experienced design and mould development capabilities. The products are widely used in aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, construction, etc. During the exhibition, Hongho attracted many visitors and industry professionals who were interested in the company’s latest trends and solutions in lightweight technology with its extrusion process and competitive products such as lightweight structural parts for automobiles and aluminium foam. Hongho’s efforts in connection with the current global energy transition were also a topic of discussion.
The Group was able to use the fair to expand exchanges and international cooperation with leading companies in the foundry industry and further develop the market for the Weiqiao Group’s aluminium production chain. The fair helped to promote the conversion of energy-intensive industries, the will for sustainable development and innovations for manufacturing processes.