The Forging Foundation’s mission to support the forging industry through technology development and education – and specifically to transfer technology to the industry and users – doesn’t stop at the borders of North America. 

This year both the International Forgemasters (open-die- and rolled-ring-focused) and the International Forging Congress (impression-die-focused) will convene. Both events are held triennially to gather the global forging community for technical presentations, exhibits and plant tours. The Forging Industry Association (FIA) and the North American forging industry hosted the International Forgemasters in 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the International Forging Congress in Chicago in 2008. 

Asked to describe the benefit of participating in international conferences of this nature, Kevin Handerhan, chairman of IFM 2011, summed up his experience. “The information obtained over the years by attending this conference contributed a great deal to solving a number of quality problems that our company faced as we branched into more technically demanding product lines. In addition, this conference provided the opportunity to meet other executives and scientists from around the world, enabling me to build relationships that led to excellent benchmarking opportunities for all parties involved. ” 

International Forgemasters

The 20th meeting of the International Forgemasters (IFM) will take place Sept. 11-14 in Graz, Austria. Hosted by The Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials, presentations will address recent developments in the forging industry around the world, advanced and new materials and production technologies, testing and quality management, plant engineering and equipment, numerical analysis, simulation, and environmental management. Keynote speakers include:

  • Harald Holzgruber, INTECO Melting and Casting Technologies GmbH, “Melting and Casting Technologies for the Production of 9-12% Chromium Steels for the Power Generation Industry”
  • Robert Bauer, voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH, “Open-Die Forging Activities in the voestalpine Special Steel Division”
  • Benedikt Blitz, SMR Premium GmbH, “Update on Forged Special Steels, Remelting and Powder Metallurgy”
  • Zhang Jin, Chinaforge, “Introduction to China Forging Industry”

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available. Early bird registration is available until May 31, and that includes access to exhibition and presentations, welcome reception, guided city tour, conference dinner, breaks, lunches and conference proceedings. See for additional information.

International Forging Congress

The 22nd International Forging Congress (IFC), hosted by the Confederation of Chinese Metalforming Industry and the Chinese forging industry, is scheduled for Sept. 17-22 in Hangzhou, China. Congress topics will include cyber-physical systems (IoT), big data and forging, forging process and technology, heat treatment, inspection, quality assurance, die manufacturing, process simulation, environmental protection, equipment development and more.

Tabletop displays and sponsorship opportunities are available. There will be several plant tour options at the conclusion of the Congress.

Registration is open at The registration fee covers participation in plenary sessions, coffee breaks, luncheons, proceedings for delegates and excursions, as well as lunches included for spouses, welcome cocktail party, banquet, cultural events and sightseeing in Hangzhou.

North American Delegations to Austria and China

FIA will be leading a delegation of forging producers and suppliers from North America to both events. If you’d like to be a part of that delegation or if you’d like to receive additional information about either event as it becomes available, contact FIA President Roy Hardy at or 216-781-6260.