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October 5, 2011

 Welcome Stanley Black & Decker

FIA is pleased to welcome Stanley Black & Decker as the association's newest forging producer member.


Located in Farmers Branch, Texas, Stanley Black & Decker is a producer of hardware and tools. Louis Streck, Productivity and Advanced Manufacturing Mgr., will serve as Official Representative (972-919-7401)



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FIA Fall Meeting, October 24-25, Houston - Still Time to Register

FIA company and supplier senior executives are encouraged to register for the 2011 FIA Fall Meeting to take place October 24-25 at The Westin Galleria, Houston, TX. The Conference will begin with a lunch at approximately 12:00 Noon on the 24th and conclude at 12:00 Noon on the 25th. Topics will include an honest look at "green" energy and the real fuels of the future. Global Insight will be reviewing the new FIA Forging Forecast and provide a short market forecast as well. The Laurin Baker Group will provide a short analysis of major labor and tax issues, as well as an update on the political climate at the commencement of a major election season.  A special session will look at "FIERF at 50 Years" with a focus on recent fundraising and scholarship efforts. An evening cocktail reception and dinner will allow for that favorite networking time sought by all attendees. Tuesday morning will look at leadership branding - and establishing your personal brand in the workplace. FIA Committee chairs will then review new efforts of the FIA committees on behalf of the membership.  A look at internship "How to's" and success stories will follow. Focused roundtables will also be included in the program.


Of note for this year's meeting, is the focus on Workforce Development. Special discount pricing is available to Human Resource professionals attending the Fall Meeting with at least one other senior-level executive. Workforce-focused sessions and roundtables will look at:


         Encouraging Interest in Math, Science and Engineering

         Recruitment Challenges and Successes

         Steps to Grow Intern/Co-op Programs

         Forging Company's Experience with Academia to Grow Workforce

         Report from Finkl Scholarship Student, Now Working in the Industry


Click here to view complete information and registration details or e-mail [email protected]. 



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The Forging Industry Association is pleased to announce a valuable new service.  In partnership with IHS Global Insight, the FIA will now provide quarterly forecasting reports to help you monitor economic trends in the industry and grow your business.  For example:

         Track current and future health of your markets

         Get summary forecast views of business drivers

         Help you to promote a balanced portfolio approach to 

        business planning

         Lets you look at different sectors

         Help you with corporate planning

         Help assess risk by product and sector

This first quarter has been sent to FIA Member forgers who have participated in the 2010 Annual FIA Orders, Shipments and End Use Markets survey. 

For more information (click here)



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2011 International Forgemasters Meeting Held in USA Breaks Attendance Records

The 18th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM) held in the United States, September 12-15, reached a sell out status of 570 total attendees - an all time record high for any IFM held since the 1950's. The IFM was sponsored by Ellwood Group, Inc.(EGI)  and chaired by IFM Steering Group US delegate Kevin Handerhan, COO- Forgings and Castings for EGI.  Attendees from 25 open die forging producing nations from across the globe participated in the event. The Meeting was held at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, and included 80 technical papers from 12 nations covering everything from steelmaking and refining to simulation and modeling. Technical Paper Review Committee Chair John Paules, Ellwood Materials Technologies,  and his committee were congratulated by many on the exceptional quality of the presentations. In addition, 10 country/regional market overviews were presented from the world's leading open die producing nations. Another 'Thank you' goes out to the 35 forging supplier companies from all over the globe who exhibited the latest technology and improvements in their respective areas.


Two plant tour options were offered to registrants -with both selling out early. Ellwood Group, Inc. opened up its steel making and milled products divisions - EQS and EMP. Also toured was North American Forgemasters - a 50/50 joint venture between Ellwood City and Scot Forge. The second tour included visits to Union Electric Steel's Burgettstown facility and Electralloy in Oil City, PA.  No international meeting can be successful without preeminent plant tours - Thanks to all !


The next IFM will be held in Tokyo, Japan, September 29 - October 2, 2014.


Photographs from the 18th IFM may be viewed by clicking here.



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Congratulations to FIA's First Two "Certificate in Forging Excellence" Graduates

Buddy Yarnall and Mark Roper, both of Lenape Forge have successfully passed all requirements for the Certificate in Forging Excellence, Forge Generalist Specialty Track, and have been awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment.

  • What is Certificate in Forging Excellence?
  • What specialty tracks are there?
  • How can you participate?

These questions and more are answered in the FIA Certificate in Forging Excellence brochure, (click here) to view/print brochure.    



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Welcome Stanley Black & Decker!
FIA Fall Meeting
FIA Market Forecasting
2011 IFM
Congratulations Forging Excellence Graduates
Induction Heating
The Value of Interns
Top 5 Benefits of Compensation Surveys
Safety,Health and Enviromental Committee
FIA Career Center
IFC 2011
FDMC Facilitating Participation
Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys
Lenape Bus Tour for DOD
API Spec 20C
PRI/Nadcap Committee Meeting October

Induction Heating for Forging Workshop - November 8, 2011 - Detroit

         Basics of Induction Heating

         Induction Heating Power Supplies

         Material Handling

         Induction Coil Design / Repair

         Electrical Control Systems

         Water Cooling Systems

         Preventative Maintenance

         Energy and Economics


This is the Only Induction Heating Workshop Focused Exclusively on the Forging Industry.


(Click here) to view/print Workshop Program


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"The Value of Interns to the Forging Industry" Webinar Announced for November 2nd

Join the Forging Industry Association and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education for a live webinar exploring the value of internships and co-ops to the growth and success of your business.  Join our webinar to learn how internships and co-ops can be an asset to your business, including:


         Bottom-line benefits internships and co-ops deliver,

         Programs that effectively reduce the cost of internships and co-ops, and

         Resources to help you find, manage, and maximize your ROI-"return on intern."


Shawn Brown, associate director of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education and FIA Fall Meeting of Members speaker, will lead the FIA Member-only "how to" webinar on Wednesday, November 2nd at 2:30 p.m. EDT.  The webinar will last approximately 90 minutes.


Participation will be limited to the first 25 registrants.  Cost to participate is $50, which includes a copy of "Maximize Your ROI: Return on Intern," a handbook that takes employers step-by-step through the process of starting an internship program, including:


         Identifying the need for internships

         Planning work that an intern will do,

         Finding quality intern candidates

         Working with interns, and

         Evaluating interns.


Register by Monday, October 31st by 5 p.m. EDT, to receive materials in advance of the webinar.  To register, go to http://www.noche.org/FIA-webinar.




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Top 5 benefits of participating in FIA's Compensation Surveys:

1.     2011 Hourly and Management Compensation Reports are FREE to companies completing survey questionnaires!  Survey questionnaires are due October 21, 2011.


2.     Information contained in the reports is valuable for salary reviews, contract negotiations and setting pay for new hires.


3.     Benchmark your benefit packages and pay scales against companies like your own.


4.     All information is held in the strictest of confidence; rates are reported in the aggregate only - no individual company information or participating company name is ever reported.


5.     Reports will be published electronically in December. To report results back quickly, completed survey questionnaires are due October 21, 2011.

Forms are being sent to member forging companies in early October.  To make sure your company was sent the surveys contact Mary Ann ([email protected]) at FIA 216.781.6260.  Interactive PDF surveys are also available upon request. 

To provide the best information, we need the participation of as many FIA members as possible, so we hope you will look for and encourage your company to complete the survey questionnaires.

Questions?  Would you like to see a sample report to judge for yourself how valuable this information can be?  Please contact Mary Ann Foote ([email protected]) at the FIA Office - 216.781.6260 for additional information.


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FIA Safety, Health and Environmental Committee Newsletter - September/October 2011 Issue

In this issue:

         US Department of Labor improves enforcement database

         OSHA unveils heat safety smartphone app and heat index guidance

         New comprehensive OSHA Web page on preventing work-related hearing loss

         Lean Manufacturing & Environment

         OSHA Targets Primary Metals

         Safety Star Awards

(Click here) to view/print Newsletter



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Looking for Employees?  Use the FIA Career Center! 

In your search for employees, don't forget the resources available to you on the Forging Industry Career Center.  FIA Members can post job openings and view resumes we've received from people interested in positions in the industry.


If you have questions, contact the FIA Office at 216.781.6260.




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International Forging Congress, IFC 2011



1. It is with a great feeling of pride, that I take this opportunity to inform you that The Association of Indian Forging Industries (AIFI) will be hosting the 20th International Forging Congress, IFC 2011 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre between 13th and 15th of November 2011, followed by plant visits.


2.IFC is held once in 3 years by rotation between Europe, America and Asia. The previous two IFC s were held in Nagoya, Japan and at Chicago, U.S.A. It is indeed an honor that AIFI was accorded the privilege of hosting the 20th IFC out of turn at Chicago.


3.The last time India hosted The International Forging Congress was in 1990.


4.It is expected that 1000 delegates would attend the conference making IFC 2011 the largest gathering of representatives from the Indian and the International Forging Industry ever.


5.IFC 2011 would be a mega event covering all aspects of the Forging industry including presentation of 72 technical papers by renowned experts on the best in emerging forging technologies, an exhibition with more than 60 companies showcasing the latest equipment and services used by the Forging industry.

6.IFC 2011 provides an excellent opportunity to be updated on the latest developments and best practices in the Forging industry, apart from creating a platform to network within the International Forging community, and exchange ideas with one another, towards which cocktail dinners showcasing the best in Indian culture would be held each evening.


7.Registration of Delegates would be done online at www.ifc2011.com. For offline registration, please fill in the enclosed registration form and send to [email protected].


8.I request you to register at an early date to enable you to avail the best rates. In case you need any assistance for completing the registration process, please contact [email protected].


9.(Click here) to view/print IFC!!  2nd Announcement (Click Here) to view/printRegistration Form for your information.


10. I look forward to your support by deputing delegates from your Organization in order to make IFC 2011 a grand success.



Deven Doshi

President - AIFI




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FORGExpo - An International Virtual Event


Join Forge Magazine, www.forgemag.comfor the industry's first virtual event! Virtual events are gatherings of people sharing a common environment on the Web to create an interactive experience. John Tirpak, Executive FDMC Director will be the Events key note speaker.


In addition to FIA exhibiting at FORGExpo, Carola Sekreter, FIA Technical Director, will be giving a presentation on "Research Activities Within the North American Forging Industry".


For additional information contact Doug Glenn at: [email protected]


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FDMC Facilitating Participation by Forges to Assess US Industrial Base

FDMC is facilitating participation by forges to assess the US Industrial Base.  Forges providing parts to US weapon systems are alerted about this assessment, which is being conducted by the U.S Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Technology Evaluation, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy.  The principal goal is to produce a sector-by-sector, tier-by-tier evaluation of the defense industrial base with a specific focus on the aircraft, ground systems, missiles, missile defense, services and shipbuilding sectors.  The results will provide DOD with a comprehensive understanding of the defense supply chain network as a benchmark to plan for future technological, market, and budget challenges that could impact U.S. military capabilities and readiness.  Forges can review the survey by clicking on http://www.bis.doc.gov/s2t2_survey/



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Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys

The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys is set to launch at an initial meeting, October 27-28, at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. Are you forging non-ferrous alloys? Do you want to be part of the research to advance these alloys? Are companies like Boeing, GE Aviation or Honeywell your customers? Are companies like Carpenter, Timet or Plansee your suppliers? Are you interested in where they are willing to put research funds, and how that may affect your future business? The North American Die Casting Association thinks a membership is valuable, maybe you should too. Visit http://canfsa.unt.edu/home to learn more about the Cooperative Research Center.


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LenapeForged Products Hosted a Bus Tour for DOD

Lenape Forged Products hosted a Bus Tour for DOD personnel on September 20, 2011.  As part of the Bus Trip and Tour which was aimed at logistics officers, videotaping occurred which will ultimately wind its way into the Pentagon Channel!   This is one of the many ways FDMC is assisting with Work Force Development and promoting forging as the metalworking process of choice.  For examples of other Forging Videos click on http://fdmc.ati.org/videos/media-video.html A future Bus Trip is anticipated to occur with Canton Drop Forge this autumn!



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API Spec 20C, 'Closed Die Forgings for Use in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry'


As you know, API published API Spec 20C, 'Closed Die Forgings for Use in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry' in October 2009.   We are pleased to announce that forging companies complying with this specification may now apply for certification through API's Monogram Program.     


In order to apply for API's Monogram Program, a forging company must implement and maintain a quality management system compliant with API Spec Q1, 'Specification for Quality Programs for the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industry'.  This specification is similar to ISO 9001, but includes additional requirements deemed valuable to our industry.  In addition, the forging company must possess the technical capability to meet API Spec 20C.  Upon successful completion of the application process, including an on-site audit, API awards the right to apply the Monogram mark to compliant forgings.


For a free quotation and complimentary copies of API Spec Q1 and API Spec 20C, please visit http://qp.api.org/quoterequest/QuoteMgtSys.asp


If you would like to learn more about API's Monogram Program, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We look forward to working with you.


Best regards,


Chip Evans

Global Services Manager, API

Global Industry Services

4801 Woodway Drive, Suite 300 East

Houston, Texas 77056



Telephone:  +1 713 964 2662

E-mail:  [email protected]



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PRI/Nadcap Supplier Support Committee Meeting October 17-21, Pittsburgh 

At a July 21st meeting at FIA offices, Jim Borczyk, from PRI, noted that only 8% of eligible suppliers ever attend a Nadcap Supplier Support Committee Meeting, and strongly encouraged forgers to participate in the meeting in Pittsburgh.  Jim offered to come back to FIA to field comments after the meeting if the group wanted to follow up (note the agenda for the meeting is online at: http://www.pri-network.org/October-17-21-2011-Nadcap-Meeting-Agendas.id.1200.htm ) 


In response to Jim's invitation, two members of FIA's Aerospace Committee, along with an FIA staff person, will be participating in the upcoming Nadcap Supplier Support Committee Meeting in Pittsburgh. If you would also like to participate, please contact George Layne at: [email protected]




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