The Forging Industry Association’s (FIA) Forge Fair, North America’s largest event dedicated exclusively to the forging industry, returned to the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, May 23–25, 2023. More than 1,600 forging professionals from across the globe attended Forge Fair to learn about new products, make purchasing decisions, and network with each other. This specialized-industry event offered suppliers and forgers a platform to connect with more qualified potential customers. From material selection to the shipment of finished parts, Forge Fair showcased innovations in heating, tooling, equipment, testing, automation, conservation of resources, process and plant improvements, and technology for all types of forging operations.
In addition to a trade show floor with over 130 exhibitors from around the world, Forge Fair 2023 featured a variety of technical presentations conducted by subject matter experts.
Among the interesting presentation titles that Gear Technology readers would appreciate:
America Makes: AM for the Forging Industry
Finkl Steel: How to Do Business with the DoD
PROMAG Technologies Development
Limited: AI Robot Defect Recognition
System Application and Solution in
Magnetic Particle Inspection
Fives North American Combustion:
Decarbonization of Gas Fired Applications - A
path to lower emissions
Transparent Energy: Understanding the
Energy Market Fundamentals and How to
Capitalize on Them
The show also featured two keynote presentations, one from economic analyst Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, and the other from Ben Abbott, nine-time Forged in Fire champion and judge.
Women in Forging Luncheon
There was an engaging Luncheon and presentation, with roundtable discussions and group participation, led by JJ DiGeronimo, a woman in tech and award-winning author of The Working Woman’s GPS, Accelerate Your Impact, and SEEKING. STEM-based companies and roles create unique obstacles and opportunities, especially for women wanting more influence and impact to make their goals a reality.
Forge Fair Career Day
On the final day, students and educators explored the forging industry to learn about co-ops and internships and meet with potential employers.
The inaugural FIERF Forging Competition was a hands-on opportunity for students to learn more about forging.