Die Casting: Welcome to 2011

Welcome to 2011.

With the year 2010 fading in the rear view mirror, it is a good time to take a look at a few of the major things that occurred at North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) in 2010. These items will set the direction for 2011 and beyond for NADCA and its membership.

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NADCA and the International Foundry Forum

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the International Foundry Forum that was held in Barcelona, Spain this past September. The Forum is held every two years and is billed as the “summit of the foundry world.” The intent of the Forum is to inform attendees on essential market and business trends related to the foundry industry. The Forum organizers are The European Foundry Association and The European Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association.

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NADCA Members Join Forces in Washington, DC

In April, I was invited to attend the Metef Exposition in Brescia, Italy, for a week and provide an interview on how the die casting industry is doing in North America. It was quite interesting to see how different the European aluminum industry operates a show versus expositions held in the U.S.

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What a way to go! CastExpo‘10 was held in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center from March 20 to March 23. The exposition is the largest single trade show in North America for metalcasters and was co-sponsored by NADCA and AFS for the third time as a collaborative effort.

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A Great Way to Make Your Voice Heard

Small businesses, like many of us in the die casting industry, are undoubtedly the great engine of prosperity in the United States. We have brought the economy out of the last seven recessions and are responsible for nearly 80% of new jobs created during an upturn.

However, a recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (WSJ 1-12-10) found that “continued weak sales and threatening domestic policies from Washington have left small business owners with little to be optimistic about in the coming year.”

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