A Zanardi Fonderie’s initiative to share ideas among people interested in this industry

Minerbe (Verona) – On October 6th and 7th of 2016, 88 people including managers, researchers and academics coming from 16 countries, 46 companies, 6 universities and 4 institutions reached the surroundings of Verona (Italy) to participate in “ADI Days – Austempering, a Technology for Substitution”, a workshop aimed to evaluate the potential of Austempered Ductile Iron produced by Zanardi Fonderie, located in the city of Minerbe (Verona).


The Verona-based company is a world leader in the production and research related to this material – defined by the acronym ADI (Austempered Ductile Iron) – offered as an alternative to cast and forged steel components used in the suspension mechanisms for commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery, railway cars and for mechanical transmission parts.
Major industrial players such as Fiat, Iveco, Berco, Caterpillar and Bonfiglioli have been using ADI castings from Zanardi Fonderie for years to enhance their competitive performance.


The first day of conferences and debates (October the 6th) took place in the Castle of
Bevilacqua (Verona); on October the 7th guests have taken part to a guided visit to the plant of Zanardi Fonderie, in Minerbe (Verona).


The workshop entitled “ADI Days – Austempering, a Technology for Substitution” – organized in collaboration with EIT Raw Materials – has involved contributions from industry experts such as CNH Industrial, Magneti Marelli suspension systems, Bonfiglioli Mechatronics, Industrie Cometto, and researchers at the University of Padua, the University of Cassino and RWTH Aachen.


Experience on the field and research have met in a series of debates that involved, on the one hand, customers using ADI and, on the other hand, researchers who are dedicated to the study of specific applications on the material.


To know more about our speakers and their presentation, you can have a look at our “Speakers” page.