CITNM present at Euroguss 2018, Germany

The thirteenth edition of the International Casting Fair for non-ferrous alloys was held once again at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany, from January 16 to 18, with more than 600 companies from 33 countries, which occupied 3 pavilions with product presentation and services demonstrations.

During the 3 days of the event, some of the industry benchmark companies made several presentations to show the latest innovations in aluminium, magnesium and zinc smelting.

Because it is seen as a challenging subject for the foundry industry, components for electric and hybrid vehicles were one of the main themes of the event. Nemak predicts a strong growth in sales of this type of vehicle after 2025, and presented an insight into the impact this strong growth can have on smelters. The company believes that suppliers of aluminium parts should focus on the manufacture of new parts such as electric motor housings and medium/large size battery boxes with low thickness, high tightness for leaking and mechanical strength. It also points out that fuel cells for industry will be a more common reality by the year 2050, which will result in a new technological revolution for the sector.

Industry 4.0 was also a widely discussed topic. Companies such as Oskar Frech GmbH and Bühler AG presented their views on the subject, always referring to the importance of acquiring and processing data to improve production processes and product quality. Bühler AG also stated that one of the great current challenges is software development that allows to relate process data of different stages.

Some new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, were also discussed. Böhler-Uddeholm defended the importance of this new process for the industry, as well as the necessity of the development of new powders with better mechanical properties.

In terms of materials, Rheinfelden Alloys GmbH presented a new aluminium alloy, Castaduct 42 [AlMg4Fe2], with a low silicon content and developed for the production of large parts by high pressure casting (High Pressure Die Casting). Rio Tinto presented a study on aging thermal treatment, highlighting the great range of mechanical properties that can be achieved this way. However, the lead was not exclusive to aluminium alloys, but also magnesium alloys that have been increasingly applicable over the last few years. The IMA (International Magnesium Association) presented new opportunities for magnesium application in the automotive industry through a study that allows magnesium alloys to maintain their mechanical properties above 120 ° C.

During the event, topics such as new equipment for liquid metal control, repair of minor surface defects in parts, x-ray machines for 100% production control or the development of new simulation software were also discussed.

In this event, attended by more than 15,000 visitors, it is important to highlight the participation of 10 Portuguese companies - foundries and service providers for the industry - who seek to assert themselves internationally for quality and innovation.

The following edition will be held on 14-16 January of 2020.