South African Metal casting conference 15th to 19th March 2017 in conjunction with :
SAIF (South African Institute of Foundrymen), WFO (World Foundry Organisation), MCTC (Materials Castings Technology Centre), NFTN (National Foundry Technology Network), AFSA (Aluminium Federation South Africa).
The conference was well organised in a hotel complex close to Johannesburg Airport, and it was estimated that more than 200 visitors attended the event.
As with similar conferences there was a small gathering area where informal and networking meetings could be held between conference papers. This area also included several booths by foundry service and supply companies from around the globe.
Insertec Refractory Solutions had an attendance by Mr. Victor Mendoza, Andrew Fowler and Mark Preece to evaluate the market conditions, potential future development strategies and several key contacts were made in connection with this during the event as well as information gathering from select conference papers.
It was evident that the South African Foundry market was looking forward to expansion with Government backed policies for investment and localisation meaning a determined effort for existing and investing companies to source all of their needs within South Africa as opposed to imports. This being said the market has some real potential for Insertec Refractory Solutions as an importer and following this initial visit work is on-going to establish a working structure to exploit these potentials and develop a local service supply route.
IFEX 2017 .- 13th INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ON FOUNDRY TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPMENT SERVICES & SUPLIES. 3rd to 5th February 2017 in conjunction with: 65th Indian Foundry Congress, IIF (Institute of Indian Foundrymen)
The event was held at the Eco Park, Kolkata where there was high investments being made to change the traditional image of India and portray a new ecological image with many green areas, lakes and social family gathering zones. The IFEX had in excess of 150 exhibitors across 2 halls and the IIF Congress present 44 technical papers.
Although Kolkata as an event venue for the IFEX historically has not been considered the best due to its westerly position, it was decided by Insertec Refractory Solutions that a suitable opportunity to join with Nickunj Eximp Entp Pvt Ltd existed to promote their new relations to the market and so a booth was taken. Insertec Refractory Solutions had an attendance by Mr. Andrew Fowler and for Nickunj Mr. Manohar Pai, Sameer Parekh. K. P. Chandrabose. The decision was a good one since all of our main competition were present (booth and visitors) as well as key OEM’s and they all took the time to investigate Insertec’s presence and focus into the Indian market.
The booth yielded over 60 recorded visit and potential enquiries most of which requested follow-up visits to their sites for further discussions.
India is a key foundry centre for Insertec Refractory Solutions and is considered the second largest metal producing market Globally and although entering later than most some great opportunities exists and
Insertec are now looking forward to the coming year’s developments.