About turn on GMTN three-year cycle due to pressure from exhibitors

Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast to be held at the same four year interval in future and “The Bright World of Metals” exhibitions will be taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany again from 25 to 29 June 2019.


The organisers of GIFA, the International Foundry Trade Fair, have rescheduled the dates for the next staging of that event and the three related industrial expos that share the venue in Düsseldorf, Germany: GIFA, Metec, Thermprocess, and Newcast will maintain the four-year cycle that has been the custom since 2003.

The decision alters the plan Messe Düsseldorf announced last November to position the four expos on a three-year cycle, with the next staging to take place in June 2018. Of that decision, the organiser explained it was reacting to changes in the target industries (metalcasting, primary metal production, thermal processing, and engineered component design) and creating “appropriate platforms for good business and cutting-edge innovations.

The four successful technology trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast are to be held at the same four-year interval in future and will be taking place in Düsseldorf again, from 25 to 29 June 2019. In taking this decision, Messe Düsseldorf is responding to numerous requests from the industrial exhibitors.

Messe Düsseldorf Director Joachim Schäfer: “For some time now, switching to a three-year interval has appeared to us to be necessary, because the innovation cycles in the foundry technology and metallurgy sectors are shortening too. It has proved to be the case that a shortening of the interval would put too much pressure on the corporate exhibitors. Since Messe Düsseldorf always acts in line with its customers’ requirements, it has decided to maintain the four- year interval with the four leading trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast – at the request of large numbers of exhibitors.”

The 2015 staging of the same four events drew 2 214 exhibitors and 78 000 visitors from more than 120 countries to Düsseldorf.