The German Foundry Industry Association (BDG) regularly organizes committee meetings on current topics in the foundry industry. The investment casting committee was hosted by the BLANK-Group in Riedlingen on 23 November 2022. Within a varied programme, interesting expert contributions were presented and topics from research and development were discussed. The current topic of energy savings was also an important part of the discussions. "Foundries have a very high energy consumption," says Alexander Lenert, Managing Director of the BLANK-Group, "Therefore it is particularly important to talk about the current gas price issue and to draw attention to the associated problems which the foundries have to face." Alexander Lenert also showed that the association's work is close to his heart by his willingness to stand for election as chairman of the committee. During the meeting Mr. Lenert and Mr. Tonguc Sahin, Managing Director of VACUCAST Feinguss GmbH & Co. Metall KG, were officially elected for this function. After the meeting, visitors had the opportunity to get to know the BLANK company and see the casting in the investment foundry. "We are pleased to be able to support the association by hosting the meeting and by our work on the committee," Lenert explains, "It is important for the foundry industry to make its voice heard in the present situation and to point out current challenges."