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European Die Casting Competition

An action-packed start to the year with lucky winners announced at the EUROGUSS Studio Edition

On 18th January 2022, the winners of the first European Die Casting Competition were announced during the virtual EUROGUSS Studio Edition.

The digital format, designed to get the international diecasting community into the mood for the postponed EUROGUSS 2022 event (now 8-10th June at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg), impressed participants thanks to its professional implementation and an entertaining supporting programme in conjunction with the awards ceremony. Well over 1,000 participants from numerous European countries, but also from the USA, India and China, had registered for the event.

As part of the European Die Casting Competition, co-organised for the first time in 2022 by the VDD (Association of German Die Casting Foundries) and EUROGUSS, prizes were awarded for the three most important diecasting material categories – zinc, magnesium and aluminium. There was also an audience award.

The ten-strong jury of experts evaluated around 30 exceptional, innovative and technically sophisticated die cast parts and determined the first, second and third place winners. The live presentation of the audience award, which allowed participants in the Studio Edition to vote for their favourites, generated great excitement.

And the winners are …

Zinc diecasting

  • 1st prize: 3-part housing-cover-front panel assembly, Dipl-Ing Siegfried Müller GmbH & Co KG.
  • 2nd prize: Switch handle automotive interior, HDO Druckguss- u Oberflächentechnik GmbH.
  • 3rd prize: Clamp plate, Teilemacherei GmbH.

Magnesium diecasting

  • 1st prize: cross car beam HUD / instrument panel / right-hand carrier, GF Casting Solutions Schaffhausen.
  • 2nd prize: TKS 80 tabletop, TORUN Bark Magnesium GmbH.
  • 3rd prize: Cone holder EE0043-30-2020, Dynacast Deutschland GmbH.

Aluminium diecasting

  • 1st prize: One-piece upper shell of a die cast rear sub-frame, Albert Handtmann Metallgusswerk GmbH & Co KG.
  • 2nd prize: System carrier, Alupress AG Brixen.
  • 2nd prize: SP52 housing bottom part, BMW AG, Landshut plant.
  • 3rd prize: Case 3498 and 3D printed pattern, Matthies Druckguss GmbH & Co KG.

Audience award

  • One-piece upper shell of a die cast rear subframe, Albert Handtmann Metallgusswerk GmbH & Co KG.

For more information on the European Die Casting Competition, visit: www.guss.de/organisation/bdg/veranstaltungen/europaeischer-druckgusswettbewerb-2022

For images of the winning diecastings, refer to the printed version of the February/March 2022 edition of Foundry Trade Journal.

 

Consistently positive feedback about the EUROGUSS Studio Edition 2022

Alongside the awards ceremonies for the 1st European Die Casting Competition, Laura Therese Heinl from the Department of Corporate Sustainability Management at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg provided some preliminary insights into the EUROGUSS sustainability survey, which will subsequently be presented in full at EUROGUSS 2022. In the panel discussion on the topic ‘Diecasting under pressure? opportunities and challenges for the diecasting industry in 2022’, there was also a constructive dialogue about the future of the diecasting sector and the opportunities and challenges for 2022.

This brought the virtual EUROGUSS Studio Edition to a successful conclusion. The initial feedback from participants has been very positive: not only did they find the virtual event “interesting” and “entertaining”, but they were also impressed by this “ingenious format” and its “professional implementation”.

Those who were unable to attend on 18th January 2022 can now watch the entire EUROGUSS Studio Edition at: https://youtu.be/UV-uxBekL-o

The competition was also supported by the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry eV (BDG) and Aluminum Deutschland eV (AD) and the European Magnesium Research Association (EFM) .
This competition is intended to make the variety of applications, the innovative strength, the high level of quality and the performance of the diecasting moulding process in aluminium, magnesium and zinc clear to the public and customers in particular.
The materials in the competition entries were individually assessed and evaluated with regards to innovation, quality, cost-effectiveness, resource-efficient construction and degree of difficulty.

By 30th September 2021, almost 30 die cast parts had reached the VDD office in Düsseldorf. In the following week, the competent jury from research and practice assessed the submission.