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President's Corner

By Todd Olson, IMA President

I am returning from the Detroit Auto show and I am convinced that the future is bright for magnesium.

The worldwide automotive market will continue to grow for the near future. Light weighting efforts will continue as fuel economy will continue to improve, whether it’s driven by fuel prices or a reduction in the carbon footprint. Electric and hybrid vehicles will continue to gain market share, which will bring opportunities for magnesium to offset the weight of the batteries. Body panels, electronic housings, structural and interior parts will all see increased opportunities for magnesium use.

The IMA can help drive the use of magnesium by helping educate engineers on the designing in magnesium, by helping prove the material is safe along with the supply being reliable and cost effective. Stable, safe processes and handling of material along with a supply chain that reliably supply product in a cost effective manner will be keys to our future success.

I invite our members to get active in our committees that help advance our industry. Our newly activated Safety Committee will help develop and share best practices to make our industry safer. Our Americas’ and European Committees are active in marketing the wonders of magnesium and helping end users design products that utilize the many benefits of the material.

The World Magnesium Conference May 15th - 17th in Budapest, Hungary will be an excellent forum for all of us to learn where the industry is heading and to connect with the leaders who set the course. Magnesium’s future is bright and it is up to us to make sure ours is too!

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76th Annual IMA
World Magnesium Conference

15-17 May 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Special Year-End Savings!

Save $200 USD off the regular registration rates
if your register by 22 April 2019!

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.

Conference Hotel
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Erzsébet tér 7-8
1051 Budapest
Hotel & Room Reservation Information

Exhibit and Sponsorship
Opportunities Available!

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Call for 2019 Awards of Excellence &
Environmental Responsibility Award Entries

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) annually honors several organizations through its awards program. The IMA awards program features the Awards of Excellence and Environmental Responsibility Award.

Deadline to enter is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Awards of Excellence
The Showcase for Magnesium Products & Technology
Receive international and industry-wide recognition for your accomplishments. The IMA Awards of Excellence are a wonderful opportunity for participants in the magnesium industry to showcase outstanding magnesium products and innovative manufacturing technologies. A popular tradition now in its 57th consecutive year, the annual program is open to all companies demonstrating outstanding examples of magnesium's use. Nominations are judged by a peer review panel of international experts. Winners are recognized worldwide and receive considerable publicity throughout IMA and the metals industry.

Environmental Responsibility Award
The IMA International Environmental Responsibility Award was created to recognize companies that are playing an active role in reducing the magnesium industry's carbon footprint and that exemplify the industry's commitment to environmental responsibility. The Award is open to all companies within the global magnesium industry.

Please visit the IMA Awards web page for more information and to submit your entry.

The 2019 winning entries will be recognized during the 76th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference, May 15-17, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Winners will receive plaques and have their entry prominently displayed throughout the conference.

IMA Safety Committee

In January the IMA international safety committee convened for the first time since its initiation by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  The committee has three primary objectives:

  1. Promote the Safety awareness of Magnesium across all industries.
  2. Develop processes and procedures to gather and communicate safety information.
  3. Develop materials for clearly communicating accurate safety information.

The committee began by reviewing the most recent safety brochure created by IMA.  They suggested that it be more widely distributed to all members.  More details on this will be presented in future newsletters.

The committee also reviewed a draft of an incident reporting system proposed by the IMA European committee.  The idea is to gather industry data with the purpose to share lessons learned and promote improvements within our industry.  The draft was modeled around similar reporting systems in other metals industries and the committee hopes to finalize something in the next meeting.

The committee welcomes additional participants!
If interested, please contact committee Chairman Rick McQueary at

Safe Magnesium

The flammability of magnesium alloys, and associated fire hazards with its use, are often exaggerated.

Safe Magnesium

Safe Magnesium (PDF) - download informational flyer.

Remember to Renew Your IMA Membership for 2019

Thank you for your continued investment with the International Magnesium Association (IMA).

You can renew your membership online at: Please follow these three simple steps:

  • Log into your Member Profile:
    Your username is @@username@@ ; for password assistance please call the IMA office at 800-830-2777.
  • Select Manage Profile
  • Click on "Renew Your Membership Now”

IMA is the global magnesium organization exclusively representing producers, die casters, extruders, recyclers, and end users in all corners of the world. Our members are dedicated to promoting the use of magnesium in material selection and encourage innovative applications of such a versatile metal.

By aligning our industry, and developing cutting edge educational programing, resources and networking opportunities, IMA is the premier organization for all members of the magnesium industry. 

With your continued support, IMA is pleased to highlight just some of the benefits listed below:

  • 76th Annual World Magnesium Conference: 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. Members receive discounted member rates to attend the annual World Magnesium Conference.  The next World Magnesium Conference will take place at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary on 15-17 May 2019. 
  • Webinars: IMA offers a number of complimentary webinars to members on pertinent industry topics throughout the year.  These webinars are also archived for future viewing. 
  • IMA Members' On-Line Buyers’ Guide: The On-Line Buyers’ Guide provides an excellent opportunity for member companies to inform potential global customers of their company's capabilities, products, services, locations and valuable contact information.
  • Discounted rates for select GALM (Global Automotive Lightweight Materials) events. 
  • IMA News: IMA distributes, via e-mail, a timely newsletter containing Magnesium-industry-related news items, industry articles and press releases from around the world.
  • EFM (European Association for Magnesium - EFM e.V.) Partnership: By affiliation, members of the IMA are entitled to enjoy partner association rates when booking for EFM e.V. events.
  • Minor Metals Trade Association Partnership: By affiliation, members of the IMA are entitled to enjoy Partner Association rates when booking for MMTA events (excluding MMTA's conference).

More benefits and initiatives can be found online at

If you have any questions regarding your current membership status or any of the benefits referenced above, please contact Jason Acord, IMA Membership Director via email at:

We look forward to serving you again this upcoming year and beyond!

SCRREEN Expert Group Meetings
Berlin, Germany

SCRREEN Event in Berlin, Germany

CRREEN Event in Berlin, Germany

From 10-12 December 2018, SCRREEN organized four expert group meetings respectively dedicated to Production, Market, Policy and Circular Economy. The expert group meetings took place in Berlin, Germany. The CRM Alliance Secretariat (Rebecca Lentini) attended all four expert group meetings. Martin Tauber, IMA European Committee Chairman, attended 3 sessions.

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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (Oct/Nov)

The Japan Magnesium Association-


  1. Suncast receives steady magnesium diecast orders.
  2. Macrw, Magnesium bar and pipe manufacturer, strengthens internet sales.
  3. Toshiba Machine released new injection system enabling higher speed and filling power.
  4. SIGMA Corporation launched new facility exclusive for magnesium in Aizu. .
  5. Gohsyu Corporation plans mass production of magnesium pipe.
  6. Hashimoto Engineering goes forward on magnesium wheelchair with lightweight and rigidity.
  7. Hibiki Seiki enters Aerospace market with precision technique eyeing as new business pillar.
  8. STAYER Holdings released disaster goods “Magnesium battery charger” generating by
    magnesium and salt water..

Domestic Magnesium Market (from September 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 - EU Projects concerning Critical Raw Materials – December 2018

Read the 2018 Dwecember Edition»


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

Find out more»

January 2019

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Industry News

Magnesium Implants: Prospects and Challenges

Magnesium Outlook 2019: Expect Steady Demand as China Squeezes Supply

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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