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Shift in European Foundry Association’s Leadership

Autor: Birgit Schmunk

Datum: 25. Jan. 2024

25 January 2024 | The European Foundry Association (CAEF) officially announces the departure of Fynn-Willem Lohe from his role as Secretary General with effect from 31 December 2023. Mr Lohe will be moving on to a new leadership role within the foundry industry, marking the end of his tenure as Secretary General.

Fynn-Willem Lohe has played a pivotal role in driving CAEF’s initiatives since assuming the position in October 2020. His tenure was marked by a number of enduring challenges, ranging from the impact of CoVid-19 and the outbreak of war in Ukraine, to the subsequent energy crisis and the first signs of economic turmoil.

Throughout this period, CAEF has achieved notable milestones, including improved collaboration between members, active advocacy of the industry’s interests on the European stage, and a dedicated effort to promote sustainability within the sector to member associations, foundries and policy makers. One of the major initiatives during Mr Lohe’s tenure has been the comprehensive redevelopment of CAEF’s governance structure (constitution) and the reframing of CAEF’s mission and strategy.

As it bids farewell to Mr Lohe, the Board expresses its confidence in the resilience and strength of CAEF. The Association is going to undertake a thorough search for a new Secretary General who will continue the work of promoting the interests of the European foundry industry.

The association’s president Chiara Danieli expressed her gratitude on behalf of CAEF to its members, partners, and stakeholders for their support for Mr Lohe and the General Secretariat. Regular updates on the recruitment process for the new Secretary General will be provided to ensure transparency and engagement.

Background information

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. At the same time, CAEF implements activities which aim at developing national foundry industries and co-ordinating their shared international interests. The General Secretariat is situated in Düsseldorf since 1997.

CAEF represents 4 400 European foundries. Nearly 260 000 employees are generating a turnover of 39 billion Euro. European foundries are recruiting 20 000 workers and engineers per year. The main customer industries are e.g. the automotive, the general engineering and the building industries as well as the electrical engineering industry. No industrial sector exists without using casted components.

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(Source: CAEF/2024)