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New president for European Foundry Association

While in 2022 the crisis management of the European foundry industry was once again put to the test, in 2023 it is still a matter of finding strategic answers for the long-term perspective of Europe as a business location and the role of the foundry industry. The European Foundry Association (CAEF) is facing this with Milko Milanov as its new president.

After the coronavirus pandemic and the supply chain crisis, the signs at the beginning of last year were of hope for a fundamental recovery and easing of the situation. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, things proved to be different. Momentarily, the uncertainties of the overall economic development driven by inflation and geo-economic questions could hardly be greater. For the European foundry industry, the question of energy availability at competitive prices is top of a long list. In these challenging times, Milko Milanov, who looks back on several decades of experience in the foundry industry, starts his CAEF presidency.

Graduate engineer Milanov has spent his entire life in the foundry industry, having started as a mould maker and later becoming manager in the largest foundries in Bulgaria. Today, he runs a jobbing foundry as well as a training and consulting centre for the Bulgarian metal foundry sector. With his calm and reflective manner, the Bulgarian entrepreneur succeeds Chiara Danieli in rotation. The CAEF general secretariat expresses its “sincere gratitude for the extraordinary commitment of Chiara Danieli over the past year. She has taken important initiatives to increase CAEF’s impact in the long term.” Danieli will continue to represent the French foundries on the CAEF council and thus will remain an important cornerstone for the association. At the same time, secretary general Fynn-Willem Lohe welcomed Milko Milanov as the new president.

CAEF is the umbrella organisation of the national European foundry associations. The organisation, founded in 1953, has 22 European member states and works to promote the economical, technical, legal and social interests of the European foundry industry. CAEF represents 4,400 European foundries. Nearly 260,000 employees are generating a turnover of €39 billion. European foundries recruit 20,000 workers and engineers per year.