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President's Corner

By Todd Olson, IMA President

The 2018 World Conference in New Orleans was a milestone event celebrating IMA’s 75th anniversary. While some Visa issues caused attendance to be lower than the previous conference in Singapore, the overwhelming feedback to those in attendance was that the conference was ranked as one of the best in recent memory. The event was held at the Monteleone Hotel, in New Orleans, which scored high marks by conference goers.  Attendees were treated to a city rich in history with great food and great entertainment. The keynote session by Bob Brown reciting the history of IMA and magnesium use in the last century and was a delightful walk through our industry’s past. Other well received presentations included Alan Clark’s Global Magnesium Supply and Demand, Roberval Brito sharing the technology behind a magnesium light aircraft engine, two updates on new Canadian primary production plants, and many more too numerous to list. The event ended on a high note with a gala dinner celebrating IMA’s 75th anniversary.

In September, IMA held our Fall board meeting in Budapest, the site of the upcoming 76th IMA World Magnesium Conference. The city was beautiful and welcoming. Our host hotel, the Kempinski Corvinus, is a wonderful venue in a central location within easy walking distance to many of the magnificent sights of the city. The scenic riverfront, local markets, and a vast array of restaurants impressed the meeting attendees alike.

I look forward to seeing you on 15-17 May 2019 at the 76th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference.  I guarantee it will be a memorable and enlightening event.  In the span of a few days, you will network with industry leaders, gain exclusive access into market trends, and get early insight on the leading technology within the industry.  I can’t wait!

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76th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference
15-17 May 2019
Budapest, Hungary

The IMA World Magnesium Conference is the premier international magnesium industry conference highlighting technological advances, innovative applications, and emerging developments in the global marketplace. This valuable conference will provide magnesium industry professionals with the latest information and advances on magnesium processes, applications, technology and environmental concerns.

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Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
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1051 Budapest
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IMA at Aluminum 2018

9-11 October 2018, Düsseldorf - Aluminum fair is organized every two years in Europe. Magnesium is the main alloying element for Aluminum and is also in competition with for light weighting applications. The presence of IMA at this fair was important and has been facilitated by the co-operation with EFM. The IMA booth was located between the Magontec booth and the TU Berlin booth, which delimited an IMA area. EFM members were installed just in front of IMA. IMA and EFM locations were called the Magnesium area.

IMA at Aluminum 2018
From left to right: Christoph Klein-Scmeink (Magontec),
Christian Payn (IMA), Armin Buschhausen (Magontec)

IMA at Aluminum 2018
From left to right: Sören Müller (TU Berlin),
Martin Tauber (IMA), Christian Payn (IMA)

The two first days were relatively busy. The third day was more quiet. We have had around 25 contacts with different interests (extrusion, corrosion, recycling, magnesium supply …). Extrusion has been the main interest confirmed by the significant attendance at TU Berlin booth. Magontec booth has also been well visited. Following the fair, nine e-mails about the Budapest Conference, Call for Abstracts and IMA membership have been sent.

European Committee meeting attached to Mg Symposium in Birmingham

23.11.2019, Birmingham. The IMA European Committee meeting took place at Birmingham City University (BCU) followed by a Mg Symposium. The two highlights, the launch of the “blue book” and the introduction of the MagBird were already presented at the V.I.P. dinner on the evening before. 17 IMA members from Europe participated.

IMA European Committee in Birmingham

IMA European Committee members during the Mg Symposium)

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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (Aug/Sept)

The Japan Magnesium Association-


  1. Fuji Keizai predicts world market of all-solid-state lithium ion battery to be 2.7 trillion yen in 2035..
  2. Audi new A8, full model changed for the first time in 8 years.
  3. Kikukawa Kogyo develops new components for land transportation using dissimilar-metal joining technology..
  4. New RIMOWA with renovated logo released new models for 4 collections.

Domestic Magnesium Market (from July 2018)
(Source: July issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI - Compiled by The Japan Magnesium Associationn)

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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (Sept/Oct)

The Japan Magnesium Association-


  1. Entry to EV battery from different industry such as pharmaceutical and machinery.
  2. Kyoei Die Casting Co. ltd is planning to acquire new plant site.
  3. Sharp releases organic EL panel smartphone using magnesium for structural parts.
  4. Sankyo Tateyama is developing lightweight and fire-resistant magnesium alloy extrusion.
  5. Okayama Prefecture Industrial Promotion Foundation launched committee to promote.
  6. Ishikawa Energy Research released magnesium alloy body drone for agriculture.
  7. JMC Corporation plans to construct new post-process factory in Hamamatsu-shi.

Domestic Magnesium Market (from August 2018)
(Source: August issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI - Compiled by The Japan Magnesium Associationn)

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CRM Alliance Quarterly Newsletter –
Autumn & Winter 2018 Editions

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IMA members have access to all past webinar recordings:

  • Environmental Benefits of Magnesium in Transport Applications (March 9, 2017)
  • Magnesium as an Engineering Material (Sept. 14, 2017)
  • Magnesium Extrusions for Automotive Engineers (Nov. 14, 2017)
  • Corrosion Protection of Magnesium Structures (Dec. 6, 2017)

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The Crucible

The magazine of the Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA)

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Explore the Earth's Wealth

Credit: The SCRREEN Project (Solutions for CRitical Raw material – a European Expert Network)


Magnesium, tantalum, silicon: various industries are crazy about these metals used to build cars, solar panels and computers. As demand booms, the reserves are declining. Since 2011, the European Commission has been committed to publish a list of the most critical raw materials – there are 27 materials listed today.

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Fly in Complete Safety

Credit: The SCRREEN Project (Solutions for CRitical Raw material – a European Expert Network)

Fly In Safety

In civil and military aviation, critical raw materials allow for the design of safer lightweight aircrafts that are also quieter and less polluting. In engines, cobalt, tantalum and tungsten are prized for their heat and corrosion resistance. Magnesium-based super-alloys can be found in the cabin. Coveted for being lightweight, they reduce fuel consumption. In the cockpit, the instruments for flight monitoring and pilot assistance function thanks to the electro-optical properties of neodymium and yttrium.

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Smarter Mobile Phones

Credit: The SCRREEN Project (Solutions for CRitical Raw material –
a European Expert Network)


Smartphones possess multiple features that would not exist without critical raw materials. For example, indium enables your screens to be tactile. The performance of the microphone and loudspeaker relies on magnets (a mixture of iron, boron and neodymium). Tantalum and silicon are the perfect allies for electronic chips. Be it metal (magnesium alloy) or plastic, the casing of your device contains a rechargeable battery made of eight grams of cobalt.

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20-21 February 2019
Stuttgart, Germany

9th Symposium for New Vehicle and Material Concepts

Experts, decision-makers and exhibitors from industry, research and universities – who are aiming to advance new solutions for materials and materials technology at the interface between fundamental research
and application – will be meeting for this purpose on at the Alte Reithalle, Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart

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6th Automotive Lightweight Materials Joining, Forming & Manufacturing
Innovation Summit

February 19-20, 2019
Detroit, Michigan, US

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November/December 2018

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Happy Holidays
from IMA
On behalf of the International Magnesium Association we send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season. May your celebrations be safe, peaceful and joyous.
And, best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.


IMA & Industry Calendar

WerksoffPlus Auto Conference
February 20-21, 2019

6th Automotive Lightweight Materials Joining, Forming
& Manufacturing
Innovation Summit
February 19-20, 2019

76th Annual IMA
Magnesium Conferenc
May 15-17, 2019

IMA Executive

Todd Olson
Twin City Die
Casting Company

Nic Andrews

Vice Presidents

Chris Barnes
Luxfer Group

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

Event Coordinator
Amanda Beneke

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