The course of a new era in die casting

images5 OKE-mobility, hybrid components, lightweight construction, environmental sustainability and many more other long-term trends will change the future of foundries. Increasingly complex casting geometries and rising raw material prices are also major current issues which drive developments surrounding the die casting value chain. Here, GIFA, in conjunction with NEWCAST, offers excellent options for orientation, as the leading trade fair. The entire field of innovation along this value creation chain is present at GIFA and NEWCAST. The latter covers the whole range of the latest precision casting products. They are the visible result of high-quality casting technology. Under high pressure to good results Sheet steel structures are increasingly being replaced by structural components made of light alloys. This trend gives the die casting process a signifi cant boost. This is because the die cast parts produced are light, delicate and can be produced economically in large numbers and with high precision. The range of customers extends from vehicle construction and the electrical and electronic industry to mechanical and plant engineering. In addition, aluminium and magnesium die casting offer excellent potential for lightweight construction due to the extremely thin wall thicknesses and delicate structures they can produce – a solid foundation for sustainable value creation. This means that today, many foundries are facing the task of bringing hybrid components on the market. These include die cast components which are overmoulded, back-moulded or edgemoulded with plastic and mounted to an assembly. These developments are not only a challenge – they open up new business models to foundries which have signifi cant growth potential. Here, GIFA and NEWCAST present technical solutions which are becoming economically viable.

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