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February Technical Meeting

Date: 2/7/2011
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Date: Monday, February 7

Location: Pere Marquette Hotel, Peoria, IL

4:30 Social Hour

5:30 Dinner

Announcements & Break

6:30 Technical Talk - See below

7:30 Dismiss

Parking is available on the street or in the hotel parking deck. ASM/AFS members that park in the hotel deck can bring their parking ticket to the meeting to be validated. The cost of dinner is subsidized and will be $18 at the door ($5 students). ASM/AFS members may purchase a ticket for $40 that will cover four dinners during the 2010-2011 season.

For reservations, please contact CG at 309-578-3339 or Garud_Chirayu_V@cat.com.




North American Metalcasting: Surviving and Thriving in a Global Marketplace

Al Spada

Editor/Publisher, Modern Casting

Editor/Publisher, Metal Casting Design & Purchasing

Publisher, IJMC

AFS Director of Marketing, PR & Communications





Spada entered the metalcasting industry in 1997 as an editor for Modern Casting. His previous experience was in journalism and communications as an editor for Pro Football Weekly magazine. Spada has spent his 13 plus years in metalcasting visiting metalcasting facilities across the globe and writing about the industry from both a technical and management perspective.

In addition to his role with AFS and its magazines, Spada serves as Publisher for the International Journal of Metalcasting and has edited two books on metalcasting!the Iron Casting Engineering Handbook and the soon-to-be-published Metal Casting Design & Purchasing.

Spada regularly speaks to both metalcasters and casting buyers about the present and future of the global metalcasting industry, casting applications and casting design. Spada has a wife, Beth, and three daughters, Alyssa, Abigail and Audrey.

Alfred Spada is Editor/Publisher of Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines and AFS Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. Spada is a graduate of Northwestern Univ. and has an MBA from the Univ. of Colorado.
After a deep economic recession, metalcasting, like all of manufacturing, is in the midst of a recovery. This presentation takes a look at that recovery and how our U.S. metalcasting industry is forecast to compete over the next few years. The presentation also looks at the state of the global metalcasting industry and where its future is going. With global competition and government regulation, more hurdles are coming our way. But the future does look bright as growth for global metalcasting is forecast through 2015.

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