the European Foundry Association - is the alliance of 23 national
foundry associations from 22 European countries. The European
Foundry Association was established in 1953 and thus belongs to the
pioneers of the European unification process. The General
Secretariat is situated in Düsseldorf since 1997.
It is the statutory mission of CAEF to look into any and all
questions that are of importance to the foundry industry, be they
economic, technical, legal, or social. At the same time, CAEF
implements activities which aim at developing national foundry
industries and co-ordinating their shared international interests.
other words: CAEF is a universal organisation which covers the
entire variety of casting materials, combining the activities of an
industry federation and a technical society of foundries.
The activities of CAEF are twofold in principle:
Firstly, to endorse the interests of the foundry industry towards
European and other institutions and authorities. What is more, CAEF
is increasingly being addressed by worldwide partners in all matters
relating to the foundry industry of Europe,
which in many regions of the world is meanwhile regarded as a single
Secondly, the activities of CAEF also focus on promoting information
exchange among national foundry associations, and on co-ordinating
the activities of national associations wherever this appears
indicated to benefit the industry as a whole.
At this stage, CAEF already has its own well-developed institutional
structure of co-operation among national foundry associations. That
this is indeed so is documented by the existence of numerous
commissions, groups, and sections which handle CAEF's practical
Besides the association organs enumerated below, there is a
Committee of Managing Directors and a Secretary General's office,
both concentrate mainly on co-ordinating the activities of the
various commissions, groups, and sections as well as on representing
CAEF in contacts with EU institutions and the public.
The activities of the
commissions focus on issues of general interest, i.e. matters
concerning the entire foundry industry, independently of national
affiliations. At the moment, there are two commissions within CAEF,
of which commission no. 2 deals with environmental protection and commission no. 7 with
statistics and economic analyses.
organisation of CAEF groups is based on material categories.
Currently, there are groups for steel castings
and non-ferrous metal castings. Much of the activity in a
group consists of exchanging information about the economic
situation prevailing in member countries with regard to casting
materials, investigating market and cost developments, and
addressing specific problems.
sections of CAEF represent a category of working groups which,
however, are set apart from CAEF groups by the fact that they are
product-related. Currently, there are CAEF sections for automotive
castings, continuous casting, castings for general engineering,
rolls, precision castings and wind turbine castings.