The Aluminium Casters' Association (ALUCAST)®, India hosted the 9th edition of its biennial International Mega Event – ALUCAST 2022 on the theme GREEN & SMART DIE CASTING SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY on the 1st – 2nd – 3rd December 2022 at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai.
Organized by Aluminium Casters' Association(ALUCAST)®, India and produced by NuernbergMesse India, the three-day International Mega Event attracted a record number of Delegates, Exhibitors, and Visitors.
ALUCAST 2022 was inaugurated by Dr. Lakshmi Venu, MD, Sundaram Clayton Ltd., one of the India's largest auto components manufacturing and distribution group in the presence of Mr. Prasan Firodia, President ALUCAST & MD, Force Motors & Jaya Hind Industries Pvt. Ltd., Ms Michaela Kuchler, Consul General at the German Consulate in Chennai, Mr. Christopher Boss, Executive Director, Euroguss, NuernbergMesse, Mr Jeffry Jacob, Industry Group Leader for Automotive and a Partner with KPMG Business Consulting in India, Mr. Bharat Agarwal Trustee Alucast and President of Vishwakarma Group of Industries and Managing Director of Aakar Foundry, Mr. T. Parabrahman & Mr. Niranjan Toraskar, Trustees ALUCAST, Ms. Kirti Ramdasi, Secretary ALUCAST& several top executives & delegates from the various die casting & the allied industries.
During her inaugural address, Dr. Lakshmi reiterated India's position as the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world and a leading automobile exporter, and its ascent towards becoming a global manufacturing hub. She further added, "ALUCAST 2022 is a fantastic forum which has brought together members across the die casting value chain - be it die casters, tools manufacturers – the entire eco system, after the pandemic. We have become leaner, more productive, and have invested in future looking technologies, hence we have come out stronger than ever. The theme of the event "Green and smart die casting solutions for sustainability" is pertinent and well chosen. In today's uncertain world the one certainty is that we all are working to move towards a more sustainable future and aluminium die casting plays a very central role in it."
In his presidential address, Mr. Prasan Firodiasaid, "I am very happy to see the wholehearted participation of both domestic and international players at ALUCAST 2022. The Die casting Industry world over is going through challenging times with increasing energy costs, supply disruptions and rising cost of logistics. In comparison, the Indian die-casting industry is in a much better situation and poised for robust growth on account of the positive economic outlook projected for India in the next few years. The current global geo-political situation brings with it the strong possibility of many global customers moving business to India and the question for our die-casting industry is how well can we leverage this situation."
Mr. Jeffry Jacob presented the Key-Note Address on the Topic - "Global Economy - Impact on India & the Die Casting Industry in India".
The ALUCAST International Mega Event was organized after a gap of four years due to Covid-19 that pushed the event from December 2020 to December 2022. ALUCAST 2022 received an overwhelming response with participation from more than five thousand five hundred participants in the Conference & Exhibition combined together. Authors, Speakers, Presenters, Delegates & Exhibitors from India, China, Bahrain, Turkey, Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, UK, USA, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany participated in ALUCAST 2022.
The focus of ALUCAST 2022 was to help steer the Die Casting & the Allied Industry towards more environment-friendly, smart solutions to create a viable ecosystem for sustainable growth & development of the industry through innovation & use of latest tools & technology.
The Mega Event comprised of the 3-day Technical Conference & Exhibition.
The Technical Conference had thirty-two Research Paper Presentations & Technical Presentations from the leading Die Casting Experts around the globe on Smart & Green Die Casting Solutions and the state-of-the-art developments & improvements in the Aluminium Casting Technology. More than two hundred delegates from the die casting industry & the allied industry attended the Conference. The Conference was inaugurated with the Key-Note Address on the topic - Green & Smart Die Casting Solutions for Sustainability by Mr. Vivek Joshi, President & CEO, Sundaram Clayton Ltd.
The Exhibition had several leading global Aluminium Castings manufacturers, equipment & allied product manufacturers who showcased their latest, technically advanced products, tools, equipment and consumables. The Exhibition was the most coveted opportunity for the Die Casters and the manufacturers and the suppliers from the Allied Industry to showcase their products and services and connect with their prospective clients and customers to revive and enhance business opportunities at the local as well as global level. ALUCAST 2022 had more than 148 companies and 175 brands for display at the Exhibition. More than five thousand visitors visited the Exhibition.
The special highlight at the event was the "SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION" aptly supported by the expertise of Tata Motors and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials, highlighted the latest trends and developments in the realm of green, advanced and sustainable die casting solutions.
The ALUCAST 2022 Technical Volume, ALUCAST Technical Journal December 2022 Special Issue & the ALUCAST 2022 Exhibitors Directory were released during the inaugural.
The Best Foundry and the Best Casting Awards honoured the best in the business.
The Best Foundry Award was bagged by MAP ALLOYS, Pune (small scale category), ALUBEE Die Casters, Hosur, Tamil Nadu & Dimo Castings,Bengaluru, Karnataka (medium scale category) and Jaya Hind Industries Private Limited, Pune & Sundaram Clayton Ltd., Chennai (large scale category).
The BEST CASTING AWARD was bagged by UNO Minda, Hosur & Sundaram Clayton Ltd., Chennai. Appreciation & motivation was accorded to the casting from Shagun Industries, Pune.
Special Appreciation & Recognition for Long & Outstanding Contribution to The Field of Die Casting was accorded to Mr. S. Sivalingam, Founder & Promotor, Dolphin Die Casting, Bangalore.
ALUCAST 2022 – the biennial International Conference and Exhibition on Die Casting Technology, concluded on a successful note on 3rd December, 2022.