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2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference

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2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference
13-15 May 2020

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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Call for Conference Abstracts:

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) is pleased to invite abstracts of papers proposed for presentation at 77th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference, 13-15 May 2020, in Fukuoka, Japan. Abstracts are invited from around the world to address all topics related to magnesium.

Share your expertise and knowledge at the 2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference. You will be helping to advance the industry and have an unparalleled opportunity to address magnesium professionals, industry leaders, and decision-makers, who seek cutting-edge information and problem-solving resources.

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IMA Board Meeting with Chinese Magnesium Industry Leaders

The IMA Board hosted a successful dinner meeting with key Chinese magnesium industry leaders. Approximately 50 individuals attended the dinner meeting including over 30 Chinese guests at the Donghu Hotel in Shanghai, China. IMA was honored to see such a positive response from the Chinese companies.

IMA President Todd Olson and IMA Board Member Ronald Chang welcomed the honored guests. They provided a brief overview presentation of IMA and expressed IMA’s desire to build friendships and improve communications with Chinese magnesium industry leaders. Following the formal remarks, the group enjoyed a traditional Chinese meal, along with many rounds of toasts and introductions.

The dinner was a great event marking a renewed commitment from the IMA Board of Directors to engage with Chinese leaders and welcome them to become part of the IMA community. With the 77th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference scheduled for 13-15 May 2020 in Fukuoka, Japan, IMA extended a warm welcome to the Chinese leaders to attend the conference. IMA is planning to create special opportunities for Chinese attendees to meet board members and enjoy their hospitality.

2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference
Left: IMA Overview Presentation by President Olson
Right: IMA President Olson and IMA Board Member Ronald Chang

IMA China Meeting
Chinese Dinner Guests of IMA

IMA Board Meeting in Fukuoka Japan

The IMA Board of Directors met at the site of the 2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference - the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk in Fukuoka, Japan, a beautiful property overlooking the harbor. The city of Fukuoka is a welcoming destination with warm, friendly people.

The board engaged in a two-day strategic planning session and held a regular business meeting. During the strategic planning session, the board identified the following key priorities:

  1. Increase participation and membership from Chinese companies and leaders.
  2. Improve marketing efforts to enhance IMA’s visibility as a leader on magnesium to attract new members. 
  3. Expand IMA’s capacity to deliver timely information about the magnesium industry.
  4. Explore options for improving the annual conference program and session offerings.
  5. Make continued improvements to IMA’s operations and governance structure.
  6. Continue to focus on growing IMA’s membership and member engagement. 

In addition to the strategic planning session, the board discussed the following:

  1. The board renewed the contract with Ewald Consulting to provide association management services.
  2. The board approved the European Committee’s request for an updated Life Cycle Analysis Study. (Thank you to all the companies willing to help fund the study.)
  3. The Board reviewed a set of proposed bylaws changes that are intended to modernize and update the bylaws. Additionally, the proposed bylaws will update the board governance structure to reduce the size of the board and realign the executive committee in support of the board. A special meeting of the membership will be scheduled to review the bylaws and vote to approve the recommended changes.
  4. The Board appointed the 2020 IMA World Conference Planning Committee and shared their excitement about the conference location and ideas for fresh new content.  
  5. The IMA Safety Committee updated the board on the new incident reporting process and the updates to the IMA Safe Magnesium brochure. IMA remains committed to improving industry safety and sharing best practices.
  6. The Americas and European Committees provided updates on their effort to engage with members and promote the magnesium industry in their regions.  

The IMA Board of Directors is looking forward to seeing everyone in Fukuoka in May 2020.

2020 IMA World Magnesium Conference
Left: IMA Board Member Kazumasa Yamazaki
Right: Fukuoka, Japan Skyline

Lee Helgen
Lee Helgen

You can reach Lee by email at or by phone at +1 651.203.7254.

IMA Staff News

We are pleased to announce that Lee Helgen will serve as the IMA Executive Vice President.  IMA would like to thank Ralph Gervasi for his years of service to IMA.  We wish Ralph the best as he begins his new adventure in life. He is starting his own Allstate Insurance Agency in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

Lee Helgen has years of executive-level association and non-profit management experience with regional and international organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Hamline University. 

Additionally, Lee served as an elected official on the City Council in Saint Paul, MN.  He brings a depth of knowledge and skill set that will help IMA continue to provide outstanding services to the membership and help us advance the magnesium industry.

IMA Safe Magnesium Incident Reporting

The IMA Safety Committee would like to introduce you to a new IMA initiative designed to promote magnesium safety within the industry by providing critical safety information for use by our members and visitors alike. A “new” confidential Incident Reporting System has just been added where the user can share incidents or near miss occurrences (fires, explosions, etc.) with other users.

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Safe Magnesium Brochure Available

Safe Magnesium

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

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IMA Booklet Available

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) published Magnesium: The Lightest Structural Metal in December 2018. This booklet provides a concise summary of physical, chemical and mechanical properties of cast and wrought magnesium alloys for structural applications.

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IMA & Industry Calendar

77th Annual IMA
Magnesium Conference
Fukuoka, Japan
May 13-15, 2020

IMA Executive Committee

Todd Olson
Twin City Die
Casting Company

Vice President/Treasurer
Nic Andrews

Vice President
Cam Tissinton
US Magnesium LLC

Vice President
Kazumasa Yamazaki
Japan Magnesium Association

Immediate Past President
Jan Guy

IMA Staff

Lee Helgen
Executive Vice President
Phone: +1 651.203.7254

Paul Uguccioni
Americas Representative

Jason Accord

Sue Peterson

Events Manager
Amanda Beneke

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