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33rd Forging Industry Technical Conference

The Forging Industry Technical Conference will take place September 17-18, 2024, at Bayfront Landing in Erie, PA. This two-day conference is designed to showcase the best in forging technology with a diversity of presentations of interest to different processes, materials, and end-use markets. It will also include report outs on FIERF funded research projects and industry collaborative group results. The program is a great forum for students and professors to present their forging research while also providing a networking opportunity between industry, academia, and research partners.


Click here to view and download the current program agenda.

Who should attend?

Forging Industry CEOs, plant managers, technology directors and managers, plant and chief engineers, engineering managers, metallurgists, professors and principals from research and associated government agencies are encouraged to attend this conference.

Plant Tour:
The Forging Industry Technical Conference will include an optional plant tour of Ajax/CECO/Erie Press, the largest forging equipment supplier in North America. With more than 300 years of combined forging knowledge, Ajax/CECO/Erie Press boasts the longest-running and most experienced forging company in the world.

Ajax/CECO/Erie Press offers a comprehensive range of forging equipment to meet diverse needs. Their lineup includes upsetters, programmable hammers, presses, wire & bar drawers, forging rolls, and automation solutions. Each machine is meticulously designed and crafted with a focus on quality, reliability, and longevity.

Plant Tour Fees:
FIA Member:                                  $50 
Non-Member:  $100 
(Must pre-register for the plant tour)                   

Please note: The plant tour facility reserves the right to refuse admittance to their facility. The facility will have the opportunity to review the list of attendees prior to the event. If they company decides that someone on the list is not permitted to participate in the tour, they will inform FIA. The FIA staff will then contact the attendee to let them know that they may not attend the tour.

Registration Fees:
FIA Member First Attendee from Company:                           $975 
FIA Member Additional Attendee from Company:  $800 
Non-Member First Attendee from Company:  $1,400 
Non-Member Additional Attendee from Company:                  $1,100 


Table Top Fees: (Table Top registration includes 1 conference registration)*
FIA Member:                       $2,000 
Non-Member:  $2,500 

*For those wishing to exhibit: all worldwide forging equipment suppliers welcome, but only North American forging producers will be allowed.

Online registration closes September 3, 2024.

If you have questions about registration, or would like to submit a paper registration form, please contact Kathy Edwards at or call (216) 781-6260.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for the Forging Industry Technical Conference. Please click here to download the Sponsorship Brochure. If you have questions or would like to secure your sponsorship, please contact Niamh Field at or call (216) 781-6260.

Thank You Sponsor:

Hotel Accommodations:

Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 West Bay Drive 
Erie, PA 16507 

Phone: (814) 45462005

Courtyard Erie Bayfront
2 Sassafras Pier
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507
Phone: (814) 636-1005

The Forging Industry Association has arranged for a discounted room block of $174 per night at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront and the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel. Click here to make your reservation. The deadline to book at this discounted rate is Wednesday, August 28, 2024. FIA cannot guarantee reservations at this group rate after this date.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation will be permitted until September 3, 2024, and will be refunded in full. After September 3, 2024, no refunds will be given, but substitutions are permitted if submitted to the FIA in writing.

Please Note:

No registration is final until accepted by FIA. FIA reserves the right to refuse registration/attendance to any person. Any registration that is not accepted by the FIA will be refunded in full.


9/17/2024 7:30 AM - 9/18/2024 4:25 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Bayfront Landing 1 Sassafras Pier Erie, PA 16507 UNITED STATES


Tuesday, 17 September 2024

You must pre-register for the plant tour; it is not included in the regular registration cost.
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
9/17/2024 8:30 AM