18 - 20 January 2022 // Nuremberg, Germany
EUROGUSS 2020 Talent Award

Talent wanted!

EUROGUSS Talent Award

For the first time at EUROGUSS 2020, International Trade Fair for Die Casting, attractive prizes will be awarded to the best young talents. All Bachelor‘s and Master‘s graduates who had already finished their thesis were eligible to take part. The content and result of the work should relate to an innovation, improvement or new applications in die casting including its entire value chain. A total of 16 final degree papers from five countries were submitted for scrutiny and evaluation by a five-strong jury of researchers and industry experts.

The presentation of the EUROGUSS Young Talent Awards took place during the EUROGUSS 2020 in Nuremberg. The winners had the opportunity to present their work to interested trade visitors at the EUROGUSS trade fair forum.

The package for the winners of the EUROGUSS Talent Award included:

  • Travel package (including flight, if applicable) and hotel accommodation for EUROGUSS 2020
  • Lecture at the EUROGUSS 2020 Speakers’ Corner
  • Publication of an article about the presentation at www.spotlightmetal.com
  • iPad (32 GB) incl. Apple Pencil

The Winners

EUROGUSS 2020 Talent Award Winners

  • Marvin Emde, University Kassel, „Potentials for die casting components through wall thickness optimization“
  • Marius Kohlhepp, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, „Influence of the alloy composition on the mould bonding behaviour of an AlSi7Mg die casting alloy“
  • Ane Jimenez Zabaleta, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, “New HPDC alloys to address automotive industries requirements for the vehicle of the future”
  • Denis Ariel Ávila Salgado, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, “Influence of B, Nb and Zr on hardness and wear resistance in copper alloys for the manufacture of plunger tips used in Die Casting”

Marvin Emde:
Potentials for HPDC Components through Wall Thickness Optimization

Marius Kohlhepp:
Improved Prevention of Die Soldering for for Aluminium HPDC

Ane Jimenez Zabaleta:
New HPDC Alloys to Address Automotive Industry Requirements

Denis Ariel Avila Salgado:
Copper Alloys - Plunger Tips for HPDC Industry

The Jury

Chairman of the Jury:

Franz-Josef Wöstmann

Franz-Josef Wöstmann, Fraunhofer IFAM, Head of Department Casting Technology and Lightweight Construction

Franz-Josef Wöstmann has been working in the foundry industry for more than twenty years and is an internationally recognized expert in this field. Since 2004 he has been leading the Foundry Technology department at the Fraunhofer IFAM, which has been continuously expanded under his professional guidance. The appointment as chairman of the expert jury is an expression of his reputation in the professional world. At the same time, this honorary commitment reflects his personal convictions: "International networking is an essential motor for progress. This applies not only at the level of companies and research institutions, but also at the level of students. The award is intended to make an important contribution to this," says Franz-Josef Wöstmann, underlining the importance of this competition.

Jury Members:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier

Martin Fehlbier, Professor of Foundry Technology at Kassel University since 2012

Before moving to the University of Kassel, Prof. Fehlbier was Head of the Technology Centre at the Volkswagen plant in Kassel, where he was responsible for casting development, series optimisation and Al/Mg structural parts production in cold chamber die casting. Under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier, the new Chair of Foundry Technology at the University of Kassel - GTK has established itself as the "Centre for Lightweight Castings and Design" and sees itself as a link between university research and industrial practice.

Dr. TVL Narasimha Rao, Vice President, Research & Development

Dr. TVL Narasimha Rao, Vice President, Research & Development

Casting professional with 25 years’ experience, currently working with Sundaram Clayton Limited. Worked in area of casting: steels, titanium, superalloys, Al & Mg alloys. Published 70 papers, filed 6 patents. Awarded, Young Engineer of year- 1997 and R&D innovation-2003. Member for preparation of technology forecast documents on “Materials – Vision 2035” and “Manufacturing – Vision 2035” for India.

Professor Lothar H. Kallien, Professor of Foundry Technology at Aalen University since 2004

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar H. Kallien, Professor of Foundry Technology at Aalen University since 2004

After his studies at the RWTH Aachen he worked in different positions at MAGMA Gießereitechnologie GmbH in Germany and abroad, and he founded SIGMA Engineering GmbH. He also heads the Steinbeis Transferzentrum Gießereitechnologie Aalen - GTA and is a member of the scientific advisory board of several conferences and events.

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hördler, Volkswagen AG Leitung Entwicklung, Geschäftsfeld Gießerei (HUE)

Currently responsible for the development of the foundry in the engine and foundry division at Volkswagen. Casting is his passion. During his time at the University of Erlangen, he was already got in contact with casting processes. Due to his over 20 years of experience in the production, he has had to deal with many difficulties and knows the challenges on the hall floor. Die casting is an absolutely interesting field of work for him.


Photo: Header © iStock.com / skynesher; Article Marvin Emde © Pixabay; Article Marius Kohlhepp © Marius Kohlhepp; Article Ane Jimenez Zabaleta © Pixabay; Article Denis Ariel Avila Salgado © Pixabay || Video: © iStock.com / Yuri_Arcurs