An excellent programme of speakers set out to address the conference theme – ‘What the future holds’ – with insights into the use of automation and digitalisation in the manufacturing industry. This was combined with an opportunity to visit facilities of ASK Romein and VDL VDS who are leaders in advanced technology in steel fabrication and component manufacturing, respectively.
The important role that galvanizing can play in the topical concept of the circular economy was the subject of a special session headed by a keynote speech by Professor Jacqueline Cramer on the fundamental concepts of circular thinking for business and the consumer.
This was reinforced by presentations by Prof Markus Kuhnhenne on the PROGRESS project on re-use of steel structures and by Koen Vandewalle on Kaseco’s approach to circular and sustainable building using galvanized steel.
New technical and market developments were also reported - including updates on the fire resistance of galvanized steel, design considerations for galvanized steel bridges, galvanized reinforcement for concrete and the successful promotion of galvanizing for architectural facades.
The next EGGA Assembly will be held in Salzburg, 8-10 June 2020.