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First Line Supervisory Development Seminar April 9 -11, 2013 


Lobby Day 2013 - Mark your calendars - April 16, 2013  


 2013 FIA Annual Meeting... Come Celebrate our 100 Year Anniversary 


Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - June 10-13, 2013

  International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM2014) Website is open!


WelcomeWelcome New Members!

FIA welcomes our two newest supplier members:  


Forging Equipment Solutions services Hatebur and CEFI equipment in North America. Jeff Jones, President will serve as Official Representative (440-652-6593).



Vulcan Steel Products (www.vulc.com) produces cold finished bar and provides sawing and heat treating services to the  forging industry.  Tommy Buchanan, VP will serve as Official Representative (800-236-9814).


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ElevenForge Fair 2013-LARGEST Forge Fair Ever!!!

Forge Fair 2013, March 26-28th, in Columbus, will be the largest Forge Fair ever, with more Exhibitors, over 40% more Exhibit Booth Space, and over 35% more Exhibit Hall Time.

Register NOW to attend THE premier global showcase for forging.

Click to link to the Forge Fair 2013 Home Page.

See you at Forge Fair!




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twoFIA supports House Bill HR 803

Under the direction of FIA's Public Policy Committee, FIA has signed on as a strong supporter of HR 803 because it addresses reforming of our nation's training system.. The Laurin Baker Group continues to be our daily hands and feet in Washington.  It's not too late to register for FIA's Lobby Day where we meet face to face with our Federal Government. 


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sixFIA Members Press Releases 

Visit the FIA Members Press Releases to see what's new with your fellow members, or send us your Press Release, promotions, retirements, awards, accomplishments etc.


To Submit a Press Release:
The Members Press Release service is a Forging Industry Association, (FIA), Members Only Service. Only FIA members may submit press releases for posting. All submissions must be in a PDF format, ready for posting. Send all submissions to
info@forging.org, with "Press Release" in the subject line. Be sure to clearly indicate how you want your press release titled.

Press Releases will be posted for 60-days.




NineInternational Platform For Exchange of Knowledge And Experience in The Field of Cold Forging
An international platform for exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of cold forging offers this year again the Institute for Metal Forming Technology of the University of Stuttgart in cooperation with Forschungsgesellschaft Umformtechnik mbH by organising the international conference "New Developments in Forging Technology". 250 to 300 representatives from the fields of forging presses and plant engineering, simulation, tools, materials and processes will meet at 4th and 5th June 2013 in Fellbach near Stuttgart to discuss the conference topic "Lightweight design - is not exclusively a matter of material application!". Previously selected national and international speakers will present their own solutions and strategies with regard to this theme.

Major changes of conference concept will bring the following improvements: Well-known companies of forging will present themselves on parallel provided exhibit space, a panel discussion on the second day of the conference allows active participation in open discussion to everybody and for the first time, a series of short presentations given by assistants coming from well-known forming technology institutes in Germany reporting on their current research work is offered.

For more information please visit www.ifu-stuttgart.de/index.en.html.

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FourSafety Survey - Record Number of Participants
 A record number of forging plants, 127, participated in this year's FIA Annual Occupational Injury and Illness Survey!  This survey is mailed annually to all FIA producer member companies. 

Completed returns provide the basis for the Annual Occupational Injury & Illness Report, and the Annual Safety & Health Awards, which will be presented to award winning companies this May, at the FIA Annual Meeting of Members, in San Diego.

Results of the Survey are currently being compiled and companies that participated in the Survey will receive the full Report in mid-March. This is the only exclusively forging focused survey of its kind, offering data that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

Thanks very much for all who participated.

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TenNew Research Paper Available On the Subject Of Decarburization In High Alloy Steels. 

By Magdalene Joy Jackson - Graduate Student of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2012


The purpose of this FIERF sponsored study is to expand the current database of known decarburization depths at given temperatures and to indicate the relationship chromium (Cr) has as an alloying element in high, medium, and low quantities. The steels considered for this study were D2, A2, and O1 tool steels with high, medium, and low chromium content. Members Click here for the full thesis.


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FiveAerospace Aluminum Forging Suppliers Are Requested To Assist With Development Of Design Allowables.

Users of the MMPDS Handbook (formerly MIL-HDBK-5) have identified a need to have A- and B-basis design allowable properties for several forging alloys.  The top priorities are listed below.  Having these in the handbook allows the users to design with forgings more easily when approval of a certifying body must be met.  Battelle has been the secretariat for this Handbook since 1957 and does the data analysis.  It is requested that if you produce the forging alloys below that you contact Jana Rubadue (RubadueJ@Battelle.org) and let her know.  She will send you an Excel form for submitting the lot release or test data.  All data is held as company confidential.  References from other suppliers who routinely send data and are involved in MMPDS can be supplied if requested. 


The data will be analyzed with a report including a summary of the analysis of all suppliers and proposal for design allowables in MMPDS Handbook.  The report will include the names of the participating suppliers, but will NOT identify which data summaries go with each supplier.  Thus it does give you visibility with the MMPDS members.  It is important to acquire data from the major suppliers before doing the analysis, in order to not identify any individual data source and in order to get the minimum allowable (may vary from supplier to supplier for different thicknesses).  PLEASE let Jana know if you produce the forgings below or if you have further questions.  Your involvement is greatly appreciated.


The alloys of interest are:



2219-T6, AMS 4143 Die, Hand, and Ring Forgings


2219-T851 & T852, AMS 4144, Ring and Hand Forgings


6061-T651 & T652, AMS 4312, Ring and Hand Forgings


7050-T74, AMS 4107, Die Forgings


7050-T7452, AMS 4108 Hand Forgings only


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threeFinkl Scholarship Applications Open
Do you know a university engineering student entering their junior year in the Fall?  Have summer interns that you'd like to help with tuition?  Have employees with children or grandchildren interested in the forging industry?

Applications for the Charles W. Finkl Scholarships are now available on the FIA website.  College sophomores who are full-time students majoring in chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering at an accredited four-year college or university who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above are encouraged to apply.

All application materials must be received by April 15th.  Awards are $2000 in the junior year and an additional $2000 in the senior year if the student remains eligible.  Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded in June.

Since the program's inception honoring the legacy of Charles W. Finkl, nearly 150 students have received scholarships.

For additional information contact the Foundation Office at 216.781.5040.

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FirstLineFirst Line Supervisory Development Seminar April 9 -11, 2013

Chicago Midway Marriott

This three-day Seminar focuses on the continued development of your organization's first line supervisors by enhancing their skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership and Relationship-building;
  • Effective Communication (verbal and non-verbal);
  • Use of Interpersonal Problem-solving Tools;
  • Coaching for Performance Improvement;
  • Personal Development and Self-actualization;
  • and much more.


This class is limited to 30 students, the last Seminar filled up quickly, so please register early.

Click for more information.


EightLobby Day 2013 - Mark your calendars - April 16, 2013

FIA members are invited to join with FIA's Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee members who form the core group of FIA's "Fly In" Lobbying efforts.This event consists of face-to-face visits with our elected officials and their key staffers in their Washington offices.

Talking points are developed by FIA's Public Policy Committee and all meetings are arranged by The Laurin Baker Group, FIA's Lobbying Group.

For additional information contact Roy Hardy (roy@forging.org).


AnnualFIA Annual Meeting - Come Celebrate 100 years of History

Celebrate FIA's Centennial at this year's Annual Meeting of Members to be held May 4-6 at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in our historical journey through the past 100 years by way of our displays, videos and recognition of key individuals and companies that have guided our industry from the beginning.


We also have a great line up of speakers. In addition to our economic and legislative updates, other meeting topics will include:

IT'S OUR SHIP - CREATING A HIGH PERFORMANCE BUSINESS CULTURE with former Navy Commander and Author Mike Abrashoff.  An inspiring story of innovative leadership and organizational transformation, Mike Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing ship in the fleet and made it #1 by changing his leadership style and the culture ... not the crew.


LEADING THROUGH TIMES OF CHANGE with Rich Teerlink, Former Chairman and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.The lessons from Harley-Davidson's turnaround prove how great things happen when management and labor work together in a climate of trust.

PIRATES IN NECKTIES: GOVERNMENT  VS. THE FREE MARKET, WHICH IS WORSE? with P.J. O'Rourke, Best-Selling Author & leading Political Satirist, will wrap up the business portion of our meeting. O'Rourke combines the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian's sense of the absurd and the stupid. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he, in fact, bashes all political persuasions.


The perfect climate in San Diego will serve as the ideal environment for listening to these speakers, and catching up with old friends and making new ones - not only during the formal sessions, but also at social events like the opening reception, golf, tours, spouse programs and the Monday night Dinner Dance.

So please join us in San Diego this year, to celebrate 100 years of our history and maximize the value of your membership in Forging Industry Association.

Members are asked to make their own hotel reservations by April 12. For more information on the hotel, meeting and registration, click here or contact FIA for a printed brochure.



TheoryTheory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - June 10-13, 2013
The "Theory and Applications of Forging & Die Design" school continues to evolve, reflecting new insights into forging technology and the wide availability of metal flow simulation software. This four-day school is taught by a team of industry experts and engineering professors who work together to carefully explain principles and practice. We urge you to join the 1300+ forging employees who have already attended this course.

This will be the only offering of this program in 2013. Class size is limited, (last year's class filled up early, leaving many closed out), please don't wait to register.

Click to view/print course Program and Registration Form

sevenInternational Forgemasters Meeting (IFM2014) Website is open!
We are pleased to inform you that the 19th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM2014) will be held on September 29 to October 3, 2014, at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in the greater Tokyo area, Japan.
Congress website is now available at:
We hope that you will take the time to take a look at the website.
Abstract submission will be available in June 2013.
*Deadline: October 2013.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat (details below).
We look forward to seeing you in Japan in 2014!

IFM2014 Secretariat Office
c/o ICS Convention Design, Inc.
Chiyoda Bldg., 1-5-18 Sarugakucho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8449, Japan

Tel: +81-3-3219-3541   Fax: +81-3-3219-3577

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