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73rd World Foundry Congress


23rd to 27th September 2018: Krakow Congress Center – Krakow, POLAND

The prestigious World Foundry Congress is to be held in the beautiful city of Krakow in Poland, surrounded by a vibrant cast metals industry. In addition to the world-class research facilities in the city there are also a number of foundries in easy travelling distance, operating state-of-the-art facilities.

There has been ongoing investment in the Polish foundry industry in recent years and participants at the 73rd World Foundry Congress will have the opportunity to participate in works visits to foundries in the area.

Message from the organisers

It’s been a quarter of a century since we last had the privilege of hosting members of the World Foundry Organization in Poland. This has been a crucial period in the history of our country and our industry. So, it comes as no surprise that we are thrilled that in September 2018 we will once again have the pleasure of greeting World Foundry Congress delegates and participants in Krakow and other Polish cities. This time, congress sessions will take place in a modern convention centre with a view of the Royal Castle in Krakow. They will be accompanied by fascinating exhibitions, including international trade fairs, and Polish industry and research centres will also be represented. We are certain that the congress will also be a time for cultural and aesthetic experiences.

Polish Foundrymen’s Association and the Organisational Committee of the 73rd World Foundry Congress


23rd September

  • Registration
  • City Tours
  • Welcome Party
  • Welcome Reception (for WFO executive members and official delegates)

24th September

  • Registration
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote Lecture
  • Technical Sessions
  • Young Researchers’ Seminar
  • Poster Session
  • WFO Executive Committee Meeting
  • Exhibition: ‘Creative Foundry’
  • Gala Dinner

25th September

  • Technical Sessions
  • WFO Commission Meetings
  • Exhibition: ‘Creative Foundry’
  • Cocktail Party

26th September 

  • Visit to the METAL Fair in Kielce
  • WFO General Assembly
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Foundrymen’s Night

27th September

  • Work Visits  

28th September

  • Post-Congress Tours  


Works Visits

One-day technical excursions will be organised on the last day of the Congress to showcase Polish foundry engineering. Participants will be able to visit foundry plants of various production profiles as well as the most important scientific-research foundry centres and universities of technology.

Seven technical excursions are planned as follows:


production of large, small-serial and unitary ferrous castings

TOUR 2 – ODLEWNIE POLSKIE SA plus Museum of nature and Technology, Starachowice 

TOUR 3 – WULKAN SA plus Jasna Gora Monastery, Czestochowa 

TOUR 4 – METALPOL, Wegierska Gorka

highly mechanised and automated production of ferrous castings

TOUR 5 – WSK RZESZOW plus Lancut Castle and Palace Complex, Rzeszow

production of ferrous alloy investment castings plus the production of non-ferrous diecastings

TOUR 6 – NEMAK Poland, Bielsko-Biala 

production of non-ferrous pressure and gravity diecastings

TOUR 7 – AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Foundry Engineering and Foundry Research Institute, Krakow

scientific-research and scientific-didactic foundry Centres

TOUR 8 – VESUVIUS (Foseco), Skawina 

production of stoppers and nozzles for iron and steel foundries

Technical Programme

A full technical programme is to be presented. At the time of going to press 225 technical papers had been accepted, supported by 185 poster sessions and also papers for an accompanying Young Researchers Seminar.

Papers will be presented on a range of topics under the following themes:

  • Materials
  • Technology
  • Digitalisation
  • Management
  • Ecology

To view the full technical programme visit:


To emphasise the main motto of the Congress – ‘Creative Foundry’ – the special exhibition will be organised in the ICE Krakow Congress Centre on 24-25th September. The co-organiser of the exhibition will be the Poznan International Fair. Its aim is to show the leading role of scientific and research centres, universities and enterprises in Poland and around the world. The exhibition will present creative and innovative solutions in foundry engineering technologies, castings, materials, casting productions, instrumentations, equipment and consumables as well as in management solutions.

The 22nd International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL at Kielce will be an accompanying event of the 73rd WFC. It will present the most important companies from the foundry sector, suppliers of raw materials, machines and components for foundry plants from more than 20 countries. The participants of the congress will have the opportunity to participate in this event, on the fourth day of the congress.

City Tours

See all the highlights of the Old Town area that made Krakow so famous

  • Starting with Barbican – the remaining fragments of city fortifications, the masterpiece of medieval military structures built in the 15th century.
  • The spectacular Main Market Square with the Renaissance Cloth Hall – a perfect place to buy local souvenirs, the Town Hall Tower and St Mary’s Basilica with unique wooden masterpiece of Veit Stoss.
  • Don’t miss the buildings of Poland’s oldest university, Jagiellonian University, where Nicolaus Copernicus studied.
  • Wawel Hill that is dominated by the Cathedral, the Castle and the defence towers.
  • Wawel Cathedral used to be the scene of coronations and is the eternal resting place of the kings of Poland.

Social Programme

Welcome Party – 23rd September

The Welcome Party will be held at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, the home of the 73rd World Foundry Congress, a modern world-class building, the business and cultural flagship of the city. Located in the very heart of Krakow, it is a convenient place for the organisation of diverse events.

Gala Dinner – 24th September

The Gala Dinner will be held at Folwark Zalesie, which offers an interesting form of traditional Polish architecture, with a 200-year history.
It is 25km from the centre of Krakow, located on the hill around with forests, fields and meadows, with wonderful views of Beskidy Mountains, Dobczynski Dam and Tatra Mountains.

Cocktail Party – 25th September

A Cocktail Party will be held in the main building of AGH University of Science and Technology – one of the best and most renowned modern Polish universities. For many years it has been ranked in the top of the list of institutions of higher education. AGH UST is a leading Polish university in modern technologies, and belongs to a group of prestigious international educational centres.

Foundrymen’s Night and Closing Ceremony – 26th September

This fun evening will be held in the renovated building of Stara Zajezdnia (Old Tram Depot) – a unique facility. The hall is an example of wooden framework architecture with brick filling, very rare in Krakow, commonly called the ‘Prussian Wall’. The hall front is decorated with a picturesque top bearing a clock with Art Nouveau finish. The main hall belongs to an architectural and construction complex, which is under legal protection – entered into the register of monuments in 1985 and the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List UNESCO, and known as a historical monument.

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