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New GIFA And METEC Southeast Asia 2021 Trade Fairs Announced

technology and metallurgy sectors, Messe Düsseldorf Asia will introduce two new specialist exhibitions for the Southeast Asian market - GIFA and METEC Southeast Asia - dedicated to these industries and catering to the region. The biennial exhibitions will take place from September 22 – 24, 2021 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, concurrently with the well- established wire and Tube Southeast Asia trade fairs. GIFA and METEC Southeast Asia have the support of the

“The Bright World of Metals” trade fair portfolio of Messe Düsseldorf in Germany which includes the leading metal trade fair quartet GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST held in Düsseldorf, Germany. GIFA and METEC Southeast Asia 2021 will present

a comprehensive spectrum of products and solutions ranging from additive manufacturing, casting machines and processing equipment to new technology for the user industries (automotive, building and construction, energy and gas, users from metal and steel plants). Forums and presentations are also planned. A total of 110 foundry and metallurgy companies are expected to exhibit at the two trade fairs. The visitors will come from Thailand and the region to interact with international and regional producers, processors and technology companies. The move to introduce GIFA and METEC to Southeast Asia

come against the backdrop of a revitalized steel industry in 2021 with V-shape recoveries in economy growth expected – as well as steel consumption - together with demand for foundry solutions and metallurgical technologies in the region. According to the World Steel Association, steel demand in 2021 is expected to recover to 1,717 Mt, an increase of 3.8 % over 2020 with Southeast Asia steel consumption forecast to rebound strongly to 83.2 Mt and renewed focus in infrastructure investment making the decline in steel demand less critical. Capital projects and priority infrastructure expansions in

the region are predicted to stay on schedule. “GIFA and METEC Southeast Asia are ideally timed and will stimulate investment decisions in the region, which is exactly what the industry needs, as economies make progress and pent-up demand is expected to gain momentum next year,” said Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia. He added, “Thailand has a strong and resilient market

particularly for the automotive sector. Even though recovery to pre-crisis levels may take some time, safety concerns could boost demand for passenger cars and the move to electric vehicles is likely to continue post-pandemic - consequently the die casting technology market has significant growth potential, and the same is the case for emerging economies such as Vietnam and Indonesia with major infrastructure projects underway.” The conditions are favorable: Neighboring country

Vietnam continues to be important for Asian steel supply growth, helped by new capacity start-ups. Following a 30%

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rise in 2019, the first four months of this year saw crude steel output advance by 4.7% year over year. While Southeast Asian steel supply growth is expected to remain broadly flat in 2020, with lower output forecast in Malaysia and Indonesia. This will be offset by increases in Vietnam and Thailand according to the World Steel Association. The most important sectors contributing to the region’s steel consumption are energy generation, transport, construction/civil engineering and steel/metal packaging, making the demand for metallurgy and casting technology particularly strong in Southeast Asia. “Held alongside wire and Tube Southeast Asia who have

taken place in Thailand since 2007, we believe that the synergies with GIFA and METEC Southeast Asia will give the industries in the construction and the automotive production the impetus to grow. These added segments will offer a more complete showing of technology for these industries which will rebound after 2020, explained Gerrit Nawracala, Project Director of GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST at Messe Düsseldorf. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at GIFA

and METEC Southeast Asia 2021, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: info@; Visit, www.metec- and; Follow us on twitter at

About GIFA Southeast Asia GIFA Southeast Asia, 1st International Foundry Trade Fair

and Forum for Southeast Asia, will be an innovation platform for foundry systems, casting machinery and technologies and pouring equipment.

About METEC Southeast Asia METEC Southeast Asia, 1st International Metallurgical

Trade Fair and Forum for Southeast Asia, will focus on metallurgy, steel castings and steel products. A high-quality ancillary program will address trends in the steel industry as well as innovations in the energy and resource efficiency fields.

About “The Bright World of Metals” GIFA (International Foundry Trade Fair), METEC

(International Metallurgical Trade Fair), THERMPROCESS (International Trade Fair and Symposium for Thermo Process Technology) and NEWCAST (International Trade Fair for Castings) will be held concurrently from June 12 – 16, 2023 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. About 2,300 exhibitors and 78,000 visitors will participate. The trade fairs will be complemented by a wide ranging ancillary program including seminars, international congresses and lecture series.

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