Every four years, the global Elkem Foundry Products Team comes together for the Global Sales Meeting and Gifa in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Global Sales Meeting of the Foundry Products division gets bigger and more and more international every time we meet, with this year just under 100 participants (both Elkem employees and distributors), with 34 different nationalities!
Global Sales Meeting
The Global Sales Meeting started on Saturday evening June 13th with a nice diner in the hotel. An excellent opportunity to meet each other in an informal setting. On Sunday and Monday we had the pleasure of seeing many good presentations by various people within the division. All in all a very interesting two days with a lot of positivity and good team spirit!
On Sunday evening there was some time for relaxation on the bowling alley. That evening three award winners were honoured for their excellent performances in the last year:
- Salesman of the Year - Mr. Sung-Bin Ahn (South Korea)
- Sales Team of the Year - Elkem International Shanghai (China)
- Continuous Improvement in Business Development - Mr. Gonzalo Basterra (Spain)
From Tuesday June 16th until Saturday June 20th it was time for Gifa 2015, a very big Foundry Exhibition, which takes place in “Messe Düsseldorf”, Germany. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet their customers, talk to potential buyers and see our colleagues in the foundry industry. This year’s focus on the stand was on Elkem’s extensive product portfolio, in which we offer over 100 grades of FeSiMg Nodularisers, Inoculants, Preconditioners, Recarburisers and (Cover) Alloys. Our main slogan was “Innovative Metal Treatment Solutions” with the subslogan “More than 100 reasons to have a partnership”.
On Friday June 19th we had the honour of receiving around 30 members of the China Foundry Association (CFA). They spent 1,5 hours of their precious time on our stand listening to some very interesting presentations of Roland Hennigfeld, Andy Plowman, Jenny Xu and Tom Liu. We were very pleased with their visit and would like to thank them very much for their time and interest.
All in all, the Gifa exhibition was a great success for Elkem Foundry Products with many, many visitors on the stand, a lot of good feedback, many interesting meetings and a large exchange of knowledge and business cards. We thank everyone for their visit, participation and contribution and already look forward to Gifa 2019!