One year on from the global pandemic announcement

It continues to be difficult time in the global castings field, covid and its variants are still affecting the world stage with Ankiros, the Turkish Foundry Show being postponed again until October 2022 and the Indian show IFEX moving both its date and venue in response to the growing levels of infections in major cities in India. This combined with other influences on the automotive sector like the shortage of microchips and additional weak sales is making for a confusing time. The global financial markers are not consistent with the results in stock markets and currency trends all leading to a level of nervousness that is concerning. But remember the WFO is your one stop for support and information, linking industry and academia in 30 plus countries.

On a positive note, the AFS held its virtual congress and it was well attended with some great papers being presented over the extended registration period, congratulations to Doug and the whole team on this event within the new normal.

It certainly appears as if a return to physical meetings and shows will not be a standard until 2022 and so we look forward to these events when we can all meet up and exchange news, stories and enjoy some social time together. Not least at the World Foundry Summit on the 8th,9th and 10th May 2022 in New York and at the World Foundry Congress in Busan, Korea in October 2022