2nd GFF and 3rd Belt & Road Forum Held in Beijing

On May 16, 2018, the global foundry elites gathered in Beijing to participate in the 2nd Global Foundry Forum and the 3rd “Belt & Road” Foundry Industry Cooperation and Development Forum. More than 60 international representatives from BRICS countries, Asian Foundry Forum members, countries along the Belt and Road, and developed foundry nations of Germany, the United States, France, Japan, Norway, Denmark and Spain, as well as another 100 more well-known Chinese foundry entrepreneurs attended the forum, discussing how to make good use of the global foundry market, creating opportunities for the global foundry industry with “Belt and Road” initiative, and calling on all members to jointly promote high-quality cooperation and achieve win-win development.

“Belt and Road” initiative has brought new opportunities for the development of the world and provided new modes of cooperation and development. The wave of globalization has expanded the field of mutual exchange and cooperation between the foundry industries of various countries. The Global Foundry Forum is to integrate global foundry resources, achieve mutual benefits and information sharing, build a convenient dialogue platform and create a solid and comprehensive communication mechanism. Mr. Zhang Libo, president of China Foundry Association, proposed in his speech: “In the face of the new trend of global economic and technological development with ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative, we need to plan mechanisms and strategies for in-depth cooperation and enhance the quality of international cooperation to achieve the sustainable development of the global foundry industry." Mr. Zhu Jianxun, vice president of SQ Group, put forward with the initiative to create a "world foundry alliance."

He believes that the world foundry industry faces many common challenges: green development requires joint response, weak growth in the casting market requires joint response, the challenge posed by new technology revolution requires cooperation, and human resources challenge needs complementary flows. These challenges have motivated global foundry industry to seek an organization such as the “alliance of the foundry organizations” to lead the continuous, healthy and orderly development of the foundry industry in the world. At the same time, different countries have different market potentials for casting, different levels in areas of demand, industry support, resources and disadvantages, human resources, funding requirements, industrial policies and environmental protection...If these differences cannot be timely, well-analyzed, and dealt with, the world foundry alliance can assist and promote the better development of the foundry industry throughout the world.

With the theme of "promote the sustainable development of foundry industry with innovation", Dr. Carsten Kuhlgatz from Germany introduced HA; the president of Institute of Indian Foundrymen Mr. Amish Panchal introduced the development of the foundry industry in India and also introduced BRICS foundry industry on behalf of BRICS Foundry Association. Russian Association of Foundrymen President Mr. Dibrov introduced the status and prospects of Russian foundry industry and analyzed possible cooperation areas. After the keynote reports, the forum also held a “Belt and Road” foundry market dialogue session. Participants shared their remarkable achievements and valuable experiences, worked together for the scientific and better development of the global foundry industry.