18 Jul CMF Showcases Liquid Metal Engineering in the UK Casting Industry at Subcon
Following a break last year to attend the Automechanika show, the Cast Metals Federation, CMF, had a stand at the Subcon event, held at the NEC in June, to promote the UK castings industry to those attending the event.
Held over 3 days the event bought a steady number of visitors to the CMF stand with the greatest level of people seeking information about UK foundries since 2014. Visitors to the stand were looking to source engineered components for a number of sectors including heavy plant and machinery, precision investment near net shape components for turbines and medical applications, as well large scale high volumes for the automotive and aerospace sectors. A good number of visitors were also seeking foundries with additional capabilities such as machining, painting and assembly.
The small number of UK foundries that had stands at the event all reported 3 good days of business with the quality of enquiries being up on previous shows. CMF Members were not alone in reporting good levels of enquiries, as engineering companies and machining specialists all reported good numbers of visitors to their stands and a high level of serious enquiries with many being confident that many of these would convert into orders.
Given the ongoing political uncertainty in the UK presently, the fact that manufacturers are seeking to source work from or relocate work to UK businesses must be considered a positive for the industry.
At the same time, the CMF were promoting the new National Foundry Training Centre, part of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, and the range of ICME technical short courses to illustrate to prospective end users and castings buyers, as well as visiting foundry representatives, that the industry is taking strides in developing the next generation of foundry employees to help continue the strong casting tradition in the UK.