Isabelle Dejardin, Manager, Arcelor Mittal, Luxemburg, Luxemburg Ms. Dejardin is the first envoy of the steel group Arcelor Mittal. Other colleagues should follow in the next few days. She states: "METEC is very important to our company, which is why people from different backgrounds come here, and I'm mainly responsible for purchasing." All about product innovation is handled by parts of the other team." Above all, the Luxembourger wants to track down new suppliers and has many fixed dates. Overall, she sees the industry stable. In her opinion, most of the innovative power lies in the process optimization caused by the omnipresent digitization.
Benoni Stefano, CEO, Benoni s.r.l., Brescia, Italy We meet Mr. Stefano while he is taking a break. His first impression is that there are more visitors this year compared to the last trade fair: "On my first day I visited many booths and had some interesting discussions. People confirmed my impression that the opening of the trade fair was extremely good." The family-owned company has been around since the 1940's and started with the production of bicycles and is now specialized in nickel. Mr. Stefano adds: "If our growth forecasts are right, it's only a matter of time before we come to Düsseldorf as an exhibitor."
Alexander Küll, Student RWTH Aachen University, Material Engineering Mr. Küll visits the fairs GMTN together with twenty other students of the University RWTH Aachen. First of all, it's about getting a first impression of the extensive offer. He states:"Of course everyone in our circles knows the event, because the fair takes place only once every four years, so it is really great to be here. Everyone knows that the exhibitors and the audience are mixed internationally and we see it as an opportunity. On the one hand, we can learn a lot, on the other hand, it is also a way to get contacts for internships or jobs."
Thomas Bajer, Sales Director Marek Kinc, Manger Jiri Sasen, Manager Sand Team, Holubice, Czech Republic All three work for the company SAND TEAM and work in the fielss of sales, production and trade. Their main activities include the production of sand cores and molds. The SAND TEAM supplies inorganic binders for the production of molding compounds. Mr. Bajer has a busy schedule and says:"We get a lot of news from personal discussions with suppliers and customers, what has changed in the company and what are the requirements for us?" Mr. Kinc adds: "I'll be watching everything around 3D production, a highly interesting topic with a lot of potential for our workspace."
Ichwan Zadeli, Trader, PT. Delidharma Anugrah, Jakarta, Indonesia Mr. Zadeli visits METEC for the second time. He works as a Trader for spare parts and primarily wants to meet business partners at the show. He is also interested in product innovation and industry evolution since his last visit four years ago. He stays only here in Düsseldorf for two days: "I also want to look at the other halls, too. Unfortunately two days is really too short. But with good planning and a bit of discipline that can be done well."
Geert Paulussen, Principal Researcher Thermal Processes / Research & Development, TATA STEEL, Ijmuiden, Netherlands His first impressions are summarized by Mr. Paulussen:"The trade fair has changed a bit compared to the past and the topic of automation is much more in the spotlight, technical aspects have taken a back seat." The market researcher is ambiguous:"Some problems can be solved through the automation, but not all, which is why I do not share this trend in the euphoria, like many others." Allegedly, some of the former exhibitors are no longer on the GMTN due to the changed topic, Mr. Paulussen regretted.
Stephen Turner, Business Development and Sales Manager for Industrial Markets, Shinagawa Refractories Australia Pty Ltd, Unanderra, Australia After a long journey, Mr. Turner is looking forward to the next days of the trade fair: "THERMPROCESS provides comprehensive market insights, especially in global thermo-process technology. Our economy in Australia is relatively small. Theoretically, globalization and digitization, even in places away from large industrial centers, lead to a good connection to information. But an international meeting place with personal conversations like here is essential and can not be replaced by anything. "
Andrea Adorisio, Production Manager, Gadda Group, Colleretto Giacosa, Italy Mr Adorisio is in a hurry, because his flight will return to Italy in just a few hours. He is on the show for the Gadda Group. For more than forty years the international company has been developing, producing and installing industrial furnaces and machinery. Integrated heat-treatment and reheating systems for ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Looking to the future, Mr. Adorisio is optimistic: "In Europe in particular, we have had good growth in recent years, which we want to continue. The challenge is to provide the most tailor-made solutions. I have received a lot of input at THERMPROCESS to achieve our goal concrete."