GIFA 2019 - It's time to connect

25 - 29 June, Hall 11, Messe Düsseldorf


Greater than the sum of its parts:
demonstrating the ‘Complete Connected Foundry’ at GIFA 2019 in:

Experience our ‘Complete Connected Foundry’ for diecasting and green sand foundries at GIFA 2019 from 25 to 29 June. You can find us and our 4 technologies: DISA, Italpresse Gauss, StrikoWestofen and Wheelabrator, powered by Norican Digital in Hall 11, stand A74-A78. 

The range of innovation, technology and expertise across our group, and on show at GIFA, covers every aspect of foundry operation, from melting, dosing and green sand moulding, through to die casting, surface preparation and finishing.

With a complete focus on metal forming and preparation technologies, and with the additional proposition of being able to connect machinery, services and processes using dedicated data gathering hardware, and sophisticated IoT software solutions - powered by Norican Digital, we will be displaying innovations that deliver results addressing three fundamental themes; how to boost foundry productivity, optimise quality and control resources in line with current manufacturing demands.

GIFA provides the perfect opportunity for our industry to interact, share latest technical thinking and discuss emerging needs – for example around aluminium and new materials so come and join the conversation. You will also be able to hear from our team of experts, who will be delivering a range of special technical lectures and workshopsGeared at helping customers address key challenges and maximise opportunities at every point of their foundry process, the talks will take place as part of the official GIFA Technical Forum programme and as a series of on-stand events (Hall 11, stand A74-A78).

From taking a close look at how new technologies and services can support major industry trends such as sector shifts towards aluminium and metal alloys, to exploring how foundries can achieve their Industry 4.0 ambitions to boost productivity, quality and sustainability, the expert sessions will run throughout the show. Details on all timings and specific topics will be posted here, but to give you a flavour of the range of insights, experiences and expertise we’ll be sharing throughout the show - here are two of preview examples - both of which you will be able to attend as part of the Technical Forum.

Speaker: Per Larsen, Product Portfolio & Innovation Manager, DISA

Subject: The foundry of tomorrow

What to expect: This presentation will give an overview of developments that will play an important role in green sand foundries of the future.


Speaker: Dr. Theodoor van der Hoeven, VP Product Development, StrikoWestofen

Subject: The application of ‘Big Data Analysis’ on dosing accuracy

What to expect: Focussed on the principles of Industry 4.0, this presentation will draw on real-life lessons learned from monitoring dosing furnace data, in order to explore the positive value of ‘Big Data Analysis’ and to highlight practical limitations of current technologies.

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Meet our foundry experts and speakers

Our people are integral to our business, which is why experts from across Norican will be attending GIFA to answer questions, deliver insightful seminars, present technologies and support your business. Here’s a first quick summary of who’s who, and what their specialisms are.

Meet Per Larsen

Product Portfolio and Innovation Manager, DISA

An alumnus of the Technical University of Denmark, where he graduated as a Master of Science, Per joined DISA back in 1996 as a foundry application engineer. 

Tasked with solving casting-related problems on-site for customers, Per’s love of innovative solutions and years of foundry-floor experience saw him become Innovation Manager for DISA in 2006, before assuming his current role in 2017.



Speaking at GIFA Forum: Per will be delivering a lecture on the Green Sand Foundry of tomorrow. This will take place on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 13:00h.

Talk to Per about: Casting challenges, improving efficiency, sustainability and quality through innovation, working with aluminium

Languages spoken: Danish, English, German

Meet Theodoor van der Hoeven

VP Product Development, StrikoWestofen

As head of research and product development, Theodoor van der Hoeven is passionate about driving digitisation across StrikoWestofen, Norican and the foundry industry as a whole.

His role, which he had held since 2016, places Theodoor at the heart of trend identification, development processes and all  projects for new StrikoWestofen products. Prior to working at StrikoWestofen, Theodoor held positions at AVL SCHRICK GmbH and DAF Trucks NV. He gained his doctorate in Energy Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology.




Speaking at GIFA Forum: Theodoor will be delivering a lecture on the application of ‘Big Data Analysis’ on dosing accuracy. This will take place on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 15:30h.

Talk to Theodoor about: Digitisation, Industry 4.0, Big Data, furnace technology for light metal casting, process optimisation, automation and connectivity.

Languages spoken: English, German, Dutch.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our foundry experts or find out more about our ‘Complete Connected Foundry’, fill in our contact form below: