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TopMarch 19, 2009 

New Members

NewMemFIA Welcomes Two Supplier Members
Hariton Machinery Co., Inc. (www.haritonmachinery.com), located in Bridgeport, CT, supplies used hot, warm and cold forming machinery and ancillary equipment to the forging industry. President Mark Hariton will serve as FIA Official Representative. (203-367-6777)
 
Siempelkamp L.P. (www.siempelkamp-usa.com) supplies open die, close die, upset and isothermal forging presses as well as service and parts to the forging industry.  The company is headquartered in Krefeld Germany with a North American Office in Marietta, GA.  Dirk Koltze, EVP, will serve as Official Representative to FIA. (704-522-0234)  
 

publicPublic Policy

HillForgers Take Their Story to Capitol Hill
On March 12, a record number of forgers and suppliers took to Capitol Hill to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (HR 1409 and S 560), introduced in the Senate and the House just 48-hours prior to FIA's 6th Annual Lobby Day. (Click here) for participation metrics.
 
In addition to opposing the Employee Free Choice Act, FIA Lobby Day participants urged support for tax and energy policies that support the competitiveness of US forgers.  For copies of FIA's position papers on these 3 issues, (click here).
 
FIA visited a total of 33 Congressional offices on March 12, representing the following states:  California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
 
Thanks to all of our participants from the Board, the Public Policy Committee, and the Membership that helped make this the most successful Lobby Day ever!
 

StimulusWho Gets What Under the Stimulus Package?

If you're like the rest of the USA, you are a bit confused as to what's in the Stimulus Package. The following are two websites to help sort it out. The first allows you to search the Package by city/state, program type or keyword. Visit http://www.stimuluswatch.org/project/by_state to view. For a complete definition of the Plan, updates and a ever changing timeline of current and future Plan milestones, see the US Government's official website at http://www.recovery.gov/. 
 
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Annual Meeting

AnMtAnnual Meeting to Focus on What's Ahead for 2009 and Beyond 
 
Wall Street record lows, automotive industry bailouts, bank failures, the credit squeeze, stimulus packages, green companies going gold, President Obama... for the most part, all non-existent entities at the last FIA Annual Meeting in May, 2008 - just a few short months ago. North America and the world are changing at a rapid pace. To help keep up, please plan on attending the 2009 FIA Annual Meeting of Members where we will confront and dissect most of these issues head on.
 
Scheduled for May 2-5, 2009 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, the meeting is packed with useful presentations. We'll look at the first 100 Days of the Obama Administration and how it has and will impact us personally and professionally. We'll take an extensive look at the world and domestic economic conditions and focus on the issues and countries likely to have the largest impact on us. And the largest market segment for the forging industry and one in great turmoil, we will pay special attention to the automotive industry and its present and future conditions.  Finally, a look at how more and more companies of every size are finding out that eco-efficiency can actual give your company a strategic advantage. All these topics and more will be discussed amongst attendees personally at the four general business roundtables - always a popular session.
As we realize all companies are watching their bottom lines, we have kept attendee fees to 2007 levels, in spite of increase in costs.
 
Please click here for full meeting information and registration materials.
 

Conferences

AutomationForge Shop Automation Conference - April 14-16  Room Still Available
Forge Shop Automation Conference - Plant Tour - Table Top Exhibits - April 14-16 - Cleveland - Room Still Available
 
A Tool for Global Competitive Survival.  Successful companies always strive to achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Today's forging manufacturing leaders know that optimized production is the path to survival and increased profitability. Successful companies are continuously seeking new ways to leverage the potential of their manufacturing operations.

With presentations from industry leaders, and a wide array of table top exhibits, Conference attendees will be introduced to the latest and best advances in Automation, Quick Die Change, and Lubrication Application technologies that the industry has to offer.
 
Who should attend? Forging industry CEOs, plant managers, technology directors and managers, plant and chief engineers, engineering managers, and plant maintenance managers are encouraged to attend this conference.

Table Top Exhibits - Space Available
 
(Click here) to view/print Conference Program and Registration Form, or contact George Layne at [email protected].

 
MktWMarketing Workshop 2009 Scheduled for Lake Geneva, WI
The 2009 FIA Marketing Workshop date and location have been finalized. Both Member and Non-member forging and supplier sales and marketing executives and their sales representatives (when attending with principal) are encouraged to reserve September 28-29, 2009 for a business-packed agenda covering sales training and a comprehensive end use forging market outlook. The Workshop will take place at the Grand Geneva Resort about half way between Chicago and Milwaukee. Details to come this Summer. 
 
ExhibitFIA to Exhibit at Auto Steel Show
For the sixth year in a row, FIA has been invited to exhibit at Great Designs in Steel, to be held May 13  in Livonia, MI. The one-day show is packed with technical/business sessions focusing on new and emerging automotive steel technologies. Over 1000 automotive engineering and production personnel are expected to attend. See www.autosteel.org for a complete list if presentations and registration information. 
 

Benchmarking

ProfitMembers Look for FIA's Annual 2008 Profit Questionnaire

 
All FIA Member Custom Forging Companies in North America should have received their 2008 Annual Confidential Survey of Profits. 

NO COST to participate.  REQUIREMENT:  complete the FIA Annual Orders, Shipments & End-Use Markets survey sent to you in January.  If you have not yet completed that survey, contact FIA to receive the forms or download the PDF forms you need by clicking the link below:
 
    Impression Die (Closed Die) Form [click here] 
    Open Die Form [click here]   
    Rolled Ring Form [click here] 

The deadline to participate is April 8, 2009.  If you have not received the questionnaire, call FIA  - 216.781.6260 - and ask for Diane or Mary Ann.

Reports

Global Global Insight Forecast Flash...Gloomy

 FIA's economic forecast firm, Global Insight, has revised their market forecast...downward for several markets. FIA Members may Click Here to see the one page quick reference Forecast Flash for March. Included in the downward projections are trucks, trailers, rail equipment and other types of capital goods. 
  

I-IFIA Annual Injury & Illness Report Mailed

 

There were a record number of member company locations participating in the 2008 FIA Annual Injury and Illness Survey, 112 in all. Participating companies will receive the Summary Injury and Illness Report, listingthe forging industry's DART, (Days Away from work or job Transfer), and Recordable Incidence Rates, at no cost - the only source of such specific information. 
 
Reporting companies recorded an industry average DART Rate of 5.18, the lowest Group DART/Severity Rate since FIA started recording data in 1991. Group IV, (company size: over 326 employees), led the industry in having the lowest Recordable Incidence Rate, and also lowering their Group DART Rate. GOOD JOB EVERYONE!"
 
Plaques will be presented to companies with the lowest Recordable Incidence Rates and greatest Improvements, in each of the four size groups, during the May 2 - 5, 2009 Annual Meeting of Members, Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa, in Palm Springs, CA.
 
Again this year, Safety Award Winners will be highlighted in the May/June issue of FORGING Magazine and on FIA's website, www.forging.org.           
 

MktB2008-09 Marketing Benchmarking Study Results Released

FIA is pleased to announce the release of aggregate results from the 2008-2009 FIA Marketing Benchmarking Survey. This survey is only distributed once every three years. Responses are broken down by forging process to help you compare as closely as possible with your North American competitors. In addition, the impression die results had enough participation to further refine the results by company sales dollars -- small, medium and large (defined in study). In all, 41 custom forging companies submitted usable questionnaires. Participants received results at no charge.  Non-participating members interested in buying the study results may do so by contacting [email protected].
 

WebFIA Website, Portal to the International Forging Community

FIA Website again sets a new record. This February, the FIA Website attracted over 54,000 Visits, with 383,922 Individual Pages Viewed, (a 25% increase over February 2008). 19% of the visits were from international visitors, making the FIA Website truly the Portal to the International Forging Community.
 
(Click here) to view/print full tracking report.
  
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University Outreach

PressFIA and FIERF Supports Press Monitoring Research at the University of Michigan

One of the major research programs, supported by FIERF and FIA, is the accurate analysis of press tonnage signals in order to improve process operations as well as monitoring and detecting abnormalities in individual dies. This research goes beyond traditional statistical control charts development by monitoring whether the process is under the normal operation condition and automatically telling the operator which station has a fault if the process is abnormal.  This expedites the process correction decision and reduces the process downtime and manufacturing cost. To access the updated report on the project, click on the following link: http://www.forging.org/members/docs/pdf/FIA_fellowship_report%20_2_.pdf information.
 

Forge Fair 2010

FFForge Fair 2010 Sponsorship Opportunities

 
For the first time ever, FIA is offering sponsorship opportunities for Forge Fair. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, suitable for small, as well as large companies. 
 
Sponsors of Forge Fair 2010 will gain added visibility for their companies, demonstrating their support for the forging industry, as well as making it possible for FIA to lower Attendee Registration Fees for the second Forge Fair in a row!

Click here to view/print Program Outline