CastForge celebrates its premiere in Stuttgart in 2018


Messe Stuttgart is expanding its product portfolio in the segment of industrial trade fairs with CastForge. The trade fair for castings and forgings and their processing celebrates its premiere in Stuttgart June 5-7, 2018.

The concept for the new trade fair is tuned to the needs of industrial companies, exhibitors, and visitors. With CastForge, Messe Stuttgart is offering manufacturers a platform of their own for the first time to showcase its extensive range of services and products in steel, grey, and nodular cast iron and forged parts to an international audience in one of Europe’s strongest economic regions.

Associations and industry experts confirm that demand for cast and forged products is high and future demand is strong. This is partly due to the full order book situation in classic customer industries such as automotive, mechanical engineering, and plant construction. Added to this is the growing demand in new markets such as the renewable energy sector, and the changeover process to digital in industrial production which would be inconceivable without modern cast and forged products. The demand is for flexible casting plants and forges capable of reacting quickly to individual customer requirements, including small batches.

“With CastForge, we have developed a trade-fair concept that closes a gap in the trade-fair landscape and the positive response from exhibitors confirms our decision here. In the future, the industry for cast and forged products and their processing will meet in Stuttgart,” said Ulrich Kromer, president of Messe Stuttgart.

The new trade fair will take place concurrently with the automotive shows of British events organizer UKIP, Surface Technology of Deutschen Messe AG, and LASYS, the International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing of Messe Stuttgart.

For the first time, Messe Stuttgart offers with CastForge a separate trade fair for castings and forgings with processing. (Courtesy: Bildnachweis Messe Stuttgart)

Product complexity and the demand for castings and forgings are on the increase.

“It is important for customers to obtain a high quality, ready-to-install product,” Kromer said.

CastForge presents the value-added chain extending from cast or forging blanks and processing through to the final components. “Here, we are bringing supply and demand together for the first time in the D-A-CH region,” said the managing director of Messe Stuttgart.

“Our attendance at the new event initiative of CastForge gives us the opportunity to address new target groups in our main markets, just as the Messe Stuttgart slogan states — Key to Markets. As such, southern Germany is one of the largest industrial locations in Europe and is certainly an excellent choice due to its innovative capacity. It is, therefore, of great interest to us,” said Stefan Michel, managing director of Ed. Fitscher GmbH & Co. KG.

For Sebastian Knust, branch manager of Schmiedewerk Stoss GmbH, there is a definite advantage over other trade fairs. “We have always needed a specialist trade fair with trade visitors for the segment of forged parts and ring rollers. With CastForge, we now have the opportunity to maintain contacts to our client base and win new customers in this specific segment.”

“The Feat Group is an export-based drop forging company and Germany is one of our key markets. CastForge is a unique and specialist trade fair which gives us the chance to present our product and service portfolio. Due to its excellent infrastructure and strong economic base, Stuttgart is the best location,” said Daniele Bosisio, sales director of Feat Group SPA.

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