CAMM and WE EDC Host Association of German Tool and Moldmakers (VDWF)
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Seven days, two countries, one continent: In mid-September, an 18-member VDWF delegation set out for a one-week trip to explore North America. In Canada and the USA, company representatives of German tool and mold makers gathered fascinating impressions with their overseas colleagues.
The VDWF delegation was headed by its association president, Professor Thomas Seul. To start, his conclusion about the North America trip:
“We encountered colleagues who not only received us with a warm and very friendly welcome, they proceeded to impress us with their high production standards and entrepreneurial spirit.” At many of their company visits, the “tour group” from Germany was treated to in-depth insights into the production of goods and tools. In the process, they discovered how they were different, along with all they had in common with the North Americans. Such as the issue of a shortage of skilled specialists: “In Canada as in the USA, the younger generation shows little interest in the toolmaker profession. At the same time, machines are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to operate there as well,” reports Thomas Seul.