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On Thursday, September 14, 2017, Trevor Abbott will present the webinar, Magnesium as an Engineering Material. Read more and register»

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Nes Abdulrahman will present the webinar, Magnesium Extrusions for Automotive Engineers. Read more and register»

IMA members also have access to past webinar recordings where you can find the March 9, 2017 webinar Environmental Benefits of Magnesium in Transport Applications. Webinar Archive»

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The International Magnesium Association (IMA) announces the findings of a comprehensive material flow analysis of magnesium (metal) in the EU for the year 2012. The report was prepared during the first half of 2017 by Oakdene Hollins on behalf of the IMA. Valuable inputs were received from both industrial and academic stakeholders as part of the research during the three months of the study.

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75th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference

The World’s Leading Magnesium Conference Returns for its 75th Year!

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May 16-18, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

The IMA conference is the premier conference for all magnesium industry leaders, with unparalleled opportunities to connect and network with other IMA members, expand and strengthen skill sets via technical sessions, learn from the best of the best in the industry, and refresh your perspective and reinvigorate your business with new methodologies, tools, and partners.

IMA Promotes the Use of Magnesium at GALM Detroit Summit

IMA again promoted the use of Magnesium at the recently held 6th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit in Detroit, Michigan, USA. GALM Detroit 2017 is the world's leading automotive lightweight materials conference. IMA maintained a booth in the expo and helped educate conference participates on the benefits of Magnesium use.

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Pictured are (left to right) IMA members: Jeff Rivers, Pace Industries, Product-Tech Division; Nes Abdulrahman, Mag Specialties; and Tom Kurilich, US Magnesium.

IMA’s participation in this event is part of the global campaign to promote the use of Magnesium at national and international trade shows. Through IMA’s Americas and European committees, a number of trade shows are selected each year to increase awareness of Magnesium use in key industries. 

For more information on other events IMA will participate in, please contact Ralph Gervasi at (847) 447-1702 or by email at

Fire Strikes Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG)

A German research institution and valuable friend of the magnesium industry suffered a serious fire on July 27. HZG, a government research laboratory near Hamburg, had a fire in a 400-square-meter hall where metal alloys for the automotive and aircraft industries are researched. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not related to magnesium.

“Magnesium stored in the hall was not affected by the fire,” said HZG-Pressesprecher Torsten Fischer.

While the damage to the building and research facilities is likely to run into the millions, the overall impact on the work done there is manageable.

“The fire will affect only a small part of our research,” said Dr. Karl Kainer, Director of the Magnesium Innovation Centre. “Basic research is not affected and the activities of only five of our 70 colleagues are impacted.”

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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (June-July)

The Japan Magnesium Association-

  1. NIMS and Nagaoka University of Technology -Developed high strength magnesium sheet with excellent formability at room temperature
  2. AUDEZE - Driving plate type ”LCDi4” in-ears premium model
  3. Yamaha Motor - Actively adopts Magnesium diecast parts to motorcycle
  4. “Japan manufacturing world 2017” report
  5. Wako kinzoku - New product line of plate processing – Domestic and overseas.

Domestic Magnesium Market - May, 2017
(Source: May issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI – Compiled by the Japan Magnesium Association)

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August 2017

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IMA & Industry Calendar

Magnesium as an
Engineering Material
September 14, 2017

Magnesium Extrusions for Automotive Engineers
November 14, 2017

75th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference
May 16-18, 2018

IMA Executive

Todd Olson
Twin City Die
Casting Company

Ken White
Magnesium Elektron

Anthony LoCoco
Chicago White
Metal Casting, Inc.

Vice Presidents
Nic Andrews

Cam Tissinton
US Magnesium LLC

Kazumasa Yamazaki
Japan Magnesium Association

Immediate Past President
Jan Guy

IMA Staff

Ralph Gervasi
Executive Vice President
Phone: +1 (847) 447-1702

Christian Payn
European Representative
343 Chemin de Durban
84190 Beaumes de Venise
Phone: +33 (0) 679914437

Jason Accord

Sue Peterson

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