17. November 2017 | Industry

VDMA Metallurgy – metallurgical equipment and plant sectors join forces in new Specialist Association

At their joint general meeting in Frankfurt am Main, the VDMA Specialist Associations – Foundry Machinery, Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills, and Thermo Process Technology –announced the formation of a new joint group: the VDMA Metallurgy Specialist Association. The previous specialist associations are to be specialist sections of the new body. The overall board of VDMA Metallurgy will comprise the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the previous specialist associations. The designated chairman of the board is Ioannis Ioannidis, president & CEO of the Oskar Frech company. Designated deputy chairmen are Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, president of the Küttner Group, and Joachim G. Wünning, managing director of WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH.

Board VDMA Specialist Association Metallurgy, from left: Johann Rinnhofer, SMS Elotherm; Joachim G. Wünning, WS Wärmeprozesstechnik; Axel E. Barten, Achenbach Buschhütten; Ioannis Ioannidis, Oskar Frech; Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, Küttner; (not present: Rudolf Wintgens, Laempe Mössner Sinto).

VDMA Metallurgy represents 180 member companies. The total sales of the metallurgical plant and equipment sectors amount to more than €4.6bn (2016), with a total workforce of about 24,000 people. The sectors represented by the Specialist Association sold equipment with a total value of €2.3bn throughout the world, also in 2016. The share of exports is more than 70 percent on average.

“The newly created platform expresses the joint commitment of companies in the metallurgical plant and equipment sectors to the further development of technologies for the metal production and processing value streams,” said Timo Würz, managing director of VDMA Metallurgy, at the inaugural meeting.