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                                                    February 2014


FIA News
FIA Events




Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop - March 19-20, 2014 


Lobby Day 2014 - Mark Your Calendars - April 2-3, 2014



FIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & Global Petro Show in 2014


IFC 2014 Update 


Five1 Welcome Cross Technologies Group Inc. 

FIA is pleased to welcome Cross Technologies Group Inc. as the association's newest supplier member

Located in Westland, MI. Cross Technologies Group Inc. provides polymeric lubricants to the forging industry.  Joseph A. Star, Sales Manager, will serve as Official Representative.  


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ElevenForge Fair Exhibitors - 2015 Floor Plan Has Been Posted

Forge Fair Exhibitors and Potential Exhibitors, the Forge Fair Floor Plan has been posted on the Forge Fair Home Page.  Register early and chose your booth size and location.


Why Register Early?

         Receive the special discounted rate

         Receive preferred booth location

         Reserve an Exhibitor Presentation slot

         Be viewed on the Forge Fair Floor Plan, (company name, booth location, product description, etc.)

         Be included in Forge Fair Attendee brochure mailings


Click here to:

         Search for Exhibitors by Name

         Search for Exhibitors by Product

         Start Building Your Show Planner

         To View/Print Floor Plan


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TwoPlan to Attend the FIA Annual Meeting, May 3-5, Marco Island, FL
FIA producer and supplier company senior executives are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2014 FIA Annual Meeting to take place at the Marriott Marco Island, Florida. The meeting will open the evening of May 3 with an informal beach reception and dinner. It will close the evening of May 5 with the Annual Meeting Reception and Banquet. The agenda will target issues of interest and concern to all members, but will feature Mr. Mark King, current CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, who led the company's turnaround from a $300 million company to over $1 billion in just a few short years. The Meeting will also include a presentation from Jerry Jasinowski, former CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, on the future of manufacturing. Other topics of interest:

         Attracting and Retaining Young Workers

         Making Innovative Talent Management Solutions Pay Off

         Updates on Washington and the Impact on Manufacturing

         Succession Planning for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

         Strategic Planning: Getting from Vision to Execution

         Update on Potentially Disruptive Technologies


In addition, the annual FIA Safety Awards will be presented. We look forward to seeing you on Marco Island this May!

Look for more information and registration materials to come later this month.  



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Fifteen Lobby Day 2014 - Mark your calendars - April 2-3, 2014


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).


 Click here to download registration form. 


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CDEllwood's Handerhan Elected as Chair of IFM Steering Group 

Kevin Handerhan, President & COO Forging & Casting for Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI), was elected Chairman of the International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM) Steering Group effective with the 19th IFM to be held this September/October in Tokyo, Japan. (see http://www.ifm2014.com. for more information.) The last IFM (18th) was held in Pittsburgh in September 2011, and was co-hosted by EGI and FIA.

In the late 1950's, several of the world's major open die forgers began discussing the idea of formally getting together every three years in order to give an overview of the industry in their respective countries and provide a forum for presenting technical papers on a variety of topics important to the open die forging industry. Today's IFM Steering Group is comprised of members from the U.S., Germany, Japan, Italy, the U.K., France and Korea.


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SixTech Days on April 7 & 8, 2014 in Canton, Ohio - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany, FIA and FIERF are hosting a two day forum to identify collaborative research projects related to Resource Efficient Manufacturing & Increasing Productivity. 
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is one of Europe's largest and most pristine applied research organization with over 20,000 employees worldwide. Their annual research budget exceeds $ 1.8 billion per year. Objective of the work shop is to initiate collaboration and international benchmarking on technology advancements. Who should attend? Senior engineering staff, continuous improvement personnel, research staff and academia. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about new capabilities and potential threats to your business.(Click here) to see brochure.
Eight8International Forging Congress 2014 Update

June 29-July 4, 2014  


Berlin Germany 


InterContinental Berlin


We hear from the organizers of IFC 2014 that registration is picking up!  At the moment, all plant tours are still available with Turkey being particularly popular.  In our experience here in North America, tours do sell out and are closed so register as early as possible to increase the likelihood of receiving your tour of choice.

Register now to pay Early Bird Fees - Early bird registration rates are in effect until April 7th via on-line registration. See http://www.ifc2014.org/. 

FIA is aware of over 20 executives interested to participating in this event.  Join us!  For further information or to be added to the IFC2014 mailing list, please contact Karen Lewis(Karen@forging.org) or 216-781-6260.


FourteenExhibitors Wanted: 2014 International Forgemasters Meeting

The 19th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM 2014) will be held this September 29-October 3 in Tokyo, Japan. The IFM traditionally brings together hundreds of open die forging and supplier executives representing leading manufacturing companies from across the globe. This extraordinary event will showcase the best in forging technical presentations for the worldwide forging community.


Organized by The Steel Castings and Forgings Association of Japan (JSCFA), the 19th IFM will include an open exhibition of products and services of interest to the worldwide open die forging community. An Exhibitor Prospectus is now available. If you wish to exhibit at the IFM, please visit the JSCFA website at http://www.ifm2014.com/exhibition.html. Applications to exhibit will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Completed applications should be faxed or e-mailed to the Secretariat no later than May 31, 2014.  


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ThreeFIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & Global Petro Show in 2014
FIA is an exhibitor and Official Supporting Organization for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. This is the

tradeshow for what's new in construction and will be the meeting place for construction industry professionals.  The show will take place March 4-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.




The Expo will showcase:

  • New products and technologies - Get close and size-up the newest in equipment and technology available anywhere in the construction industry.  See in person where your products or services fit in these assemblies and end products.
  • Meet today's top technical experts - Tap construction experts in person for applicable ideas useful to your business now and in the future.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG will co-locate with IFPE(fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries). Together, these organizations will be the complete resource for the construction industry. Advanced registration is now open. Register before January 17, 2014 to receive discounted pricing. For more information, visit www.conexpoconagg.com.


This summer, FIA will exhibit at the Global Petroleum Show (GPS), June 10-12, 2014 in Calgary, Canada. One of the largest energy exhibitions in the world, GPS unites 63,000+ attendees from over 100 countries with 2,000 exhibiting companies. GPS offers governments, national oil companies, independent oil companies, attendees and industry suppliers from around the world opportunities to build relationships, source new markets and network within the international energy community. This extensive exhibition of technology driving the industry will feature rigs, drives, casings, muds, fracturing and perforating, downhole, measurements and more. For more information, visit http://globalpetroleumshow.com.

SixteenBest Practices for Workplace Safety Workshop

April 9, 2014 - Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel


Safety professionals from FIA member forge shops will share their best safety practices with you in this one-day Best Practices Workshop.

Workplace safety requires providing a safe work environment for your employees. An injured worker is an unproductive employee, costing your business the services of a valued employee as well as driving up your insurance costs. While catchy slogans posted on signs can be effective cautionary reminders, responding to safety issues immediately can reduce the number of incidences of workplace mishaps.


Topics to be covered:

Overview of Forging University Safety Courses
Arch Flash Standards

What is a Recordable? Are You Over Recording Your Incidences?

OSHA Hot Buttons and Targeted Areas

Reducing the Risk of Hand Injuries

Overview of Environmental Regulations, Permits and Reports

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Safety Training

Improving Your Return-to-Work and Illness and Injury Preventive Programs

Round Table and Open Discussion


Click to view/print Workshop Brochure


Contact George Layne at: glayne@forging.org for additional information.


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SevenFinkl Scholarship Applications Available On-Line

Do you know a university engineering student entering their junior year in the Fall?  Have interns or co-ops 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, more than 150 students have received scholarship.  Many of them are now working for end-use customers, forging or supplier companies.

Download information to post on bulletin boards or share with students.  For additional information contact the Foundation Office at 216.781.5040.



TwelveForging University 2014 Catalog

The 2014 forging University Catalog has been posted on the Forging University Site.


The Catalog Contains:

         Courses at a Glance

         Course Descriptions

         Instructor Bios

         Course Rated Durations

         Course Objectives

         Frequently Asked Questions About the University

         What People are Saying About the University


Click to view/print the Catalog  


For additional information about the Forging University and how you may participate, contact George Layne at: glayne@forging.org 


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ThirteenMechanical Press Maintenance Workshop

March 19-20, 2014 - Cleveland, OH


This 1 day workshop will act to introduce participants to the different types of mechanical presses. It will provide an explanation of the various elements of the press to provide an understanding of how they work and their influence on other parts of the press and forging process.


The emphasis of the Workshop is predictive and preventative maintenance of the elements of the press, and things to be taken into account when planning a repair. While questions will be welcomed at any time, after each half day, there will be a 20-minute open forum round table discussion, where the attendees will be able to ask the presenters questions on the topics covered up to that point.


This Workshop will not be delivered again for two years, so don't miss it! Class size is limited, so don't wait to register.


Click to Register online and save time 


Click to view/print program brochure 


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