After a longer-than-normal, COVID-19-related hiatus, FIA will resume its Forge Fair cycle. Forge Fair 2021 will be held at Detroit’s TCF Center starting October 26 and ending on October 28. This article will give you all the pertinent information to start planning your Forge Fair experience.

On October 26-28, the Forging Industry Association (FIA) will, after months of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, present Forge Fair 2021. The last few Forge Fairs were held in Cleveland, Ohio, but this time the Motor City – Motown, to some – will be the host.

The event will be held at Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center), the 17th largest convention center in the United States. The vision of TCF Center is to make each event the most important of the year. It originally opened in 1960 and was named Cobo Hall in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. Venue naming rights were awarded to TCF Bank in 2019. Today, TCF Center hosts conferences, conventions and trade shows that bring 1.5 million visitors a year to Detroit.


Who should attend?

Forge Fair 2021 is North America’s largest event dedicated exclusively to the forging industry. If the past is any indication, more than 1,600 forging professionals from here and abroad will come to this event to learn about new products, make purchasing decisions and network with each other in a unique event platform that offers forgers and their suppliers the opportunity to connect with each other.

Is it worth your time and travel to hear about the latest forging trends and technologies at more than 60 exhibitor presentations? Would it help you and your organization to learn about advancements in the forging industry that can help you lead your company into the future? Would it help you to meet with numerous leading suppliers of equipment, consumables and services to the forging industry? Do you enjoy networking with industry professionals, meeting with old friends and making new ones?

If you answered “yes” to any or all these questions, then give serious thought to visit Detroit this October. All you have to do to register for Forge Fair 2021 is visit FIA’s website at to get your experience started.

Forging professionals attend to see new products, make purchasing decisions and network with each other. Forging producers from across the globe using any forging process for any end-use application are encouraged to attend. Many come for the entire program and take advantage of the reduced three-day fee structure. Single-day attendance is also an option for those who can make it a day trip. Many forging producers send teams of attendees from their management, engineering, production and sales staffs. Based on historical figures, attendees from forging management and engineering functions comprise about 75% of total attendees.

Those who come will have an excellent opportunity to see the most recent and advanced products and technologies brought to bear on modern forging design, production and finishing. From material selection to shipment of finished parts to consulting services, the product offerings on the expo floor will be the largest assembled in North America under one roof. Exhibitor displays will feature innovations in heating, tooling, equipment, testing, automation, conservation of resources, process and plant improvements, and technology gains adaptable to all types of forging operations.


What to Expect

Walk-on registration for Forge Fair 2021 will commence on Tuesday morning, October 26, at 7:00 a.m. The exhibit floor will formally open at 11:00 a.m. on that day.

Registered attendees can attend the show-floor expo during exhibit hours. More than 150 industry suppliers are expected to display their products and services in a walk-through, trade-show format. Exhibit booths will include presentations of equipment, operating models, AV demonstrations and product and literature samples. In addition, one-on-one, question-and-answer opportunities with vendor representatives will be available. The expo hall will remain open to general customer traffic while technical paper presentations are in session.

Technical papers will be presented in 25-minute program slots, each of which will consist of multiple concurrently running presentations that the attendee can select according to his/her individual interests. Up to 60 technical presentations will be made. Additional technical program information will be posted on the Forge Fair website as it becomes available.

Two group breakfasts, two buffet lunches and two evening cocktail receptions in the exhibit hall will increase time for attendees to speak with vendors one-on-one. The exhibit-floor meals are included in the registration fee for all attendees, either on a daily or full conference basis. Attendee registration includes access to the exhibitor presentations, complimentary continental breakfasts, hot buffet lunches and evening receptions.


Forge Fair Career Day

Forge Fair 2021’s final day, October 28, has been designated Forge Fair Career Day. Students may register for the discounted student rate of $25 and explore the forging industry, learn about co-ops and internships, and meet with potential employers. Students are encouraged to bring their resumes to hand out to potential employers during their time at the show. FIA will provide a list of students with contact information to all FIA member exhibitors following the event.

There will also be a Workforce Development Center (room 321), where prospective employers can arrange to meet with students in a quieter setting and discuss what a career in the forging industry looks like and what their company has to offer.

Forge Fair Career Day is a one-day pass only for Thursday, October 28. This pass is for students who must be enrolled in a technical school, college or university. Your registration is not reserved until payment is received in full by FIA. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.

For questions concerning registration, please contact Kathy Edwards at or 216-781-6260.


Exhibitor Information

If you are a supplier to the industry, there is still time to reserve booth space and connect with industry attendees. All details on booth specifications, floor plan and pricing are available at the FIA website. Forge Fair 2021 is expected to attract more than 1,500 forging professionals representing 20 countries. Among these attendees are forging company CEOs and senior executives; plant managers; engineering and maintenance supervisors; and energy, technical and operations managers. These attendees represent approximately 200 custom, captive and catalog forging producers involved in the complete range of forging processes and materials.

Forging industry suppliers (both FIA members and non-members) are eligible to exhibit at Forge Fair 2021. Producers of forgings (FIA members only) may also exhibit. If you are interested in registering as an exhibitor, visit to fill out a registration form. You can click on the current floor plan to review space available here.


Do you need more information?

Those interested in attending Forge Fair 2021 can get current information and their questions answered by visiting By doing so, you can get a current list of exhibitors, descriptions of company products and services, links to exhibitor websites, contact information, booth floor plans and synopses/times of technical papers to be presented when they become available. COVID waivers for attendees and exhibitors, as well as the cancellation policy, are also available on the website.

Be sure to stop by FORGE magazine’s booth (657) to visit. See you in Detroit!


About FIA

The Forging Industry Association (FIA), with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, is comprised of North American producers of forged-metal components that account for 75% of the custom forging volume produced annually. FIA, along with its predecessor organizations, has served the metal forging industry since 1913.


Kuehl to Keynote Forge Fair 2021

Dr. Christopher Kuehl, managing director and co-founder of Armada Corporate Intelligence, will deliver a keynote address – “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Challenges of Growth” – to Forge Fair attendees on Wednesday, October 27 at 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Kuehl is the author of Quick Read Economic Update and a frequent speaker at industry events. He has served as Armada’s economic analyst and worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations over the last 18 years. Dr. Kuehl is the chief economist for the National Association for Credit Management (NACM) and prepares NACM’s monthly Credit Managers Index.

Dr. Kuehl makes approximately 100 presentations each year to business and industry associations in the United States and overseas and is available to speak at FIA member company events for a reduced rate. He has a doctorate in political economics, advanced degrees in Soviet studies and Asian studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years before starting Armada.


Hotel Accommodations


FIA is proud to be partnering with the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center to offer Forge Fair 2021 attendees room nights at a special rate of $199/night.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

400 Renaissance Drive

Detroit, Michigan 48243

Phone: 313-568-8000