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IMA Executive Networking Session
& Request for Information

IMA President Todd Olson and the IMA Board of Directors invite the executive leadership of the IMA member organizations to join them for an Executive Networking Session via video conference to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and share information about how member organizations are responding. 

This video conference will be an informal discussion designed to allow for providing updates, sharing information, and connecting with your colleagues across the globe.

Event: IMA Executive Networking Session
Date: 30 March 2020
Time: 09:00 AM Central Daylight Time U.S. (GMT -05:00) 

Session Registration

Please take a few minutes to complete a brief and confidential survey to share more information about how your organization is impacted and the actions you are taking to respond. Please complete the survey if you are or if you are not attending the Networking Session - we want to hear from you.


IMA Member Twin City Die Castings joins GM, Ford and 3M in plans to retool to make ventilators for healthcare workers

GM and Ford have dedicated production expertise to build ventilators to help the COVID-19 recovery process. To that end, they require parts from suppliers, like Twin City Die Casting to respond to the increased demand for typically low volume components. For more information please refer to the following articles:

Twin City Die Castings

Above: Parts are machined at Twin City Die Castings, an employee-owned company making aluminum and magnesium parts for ventilator compressors and housings, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Picture taken February 12, 2014. Twin City Die Castings Co/Handout via REUTERS

IMA's Magnesium Automotive Applications Demonstrator

IMA's automotive demonstrator provides an interactive tool for visualizing magnesium parts used in serial production. As automakers strive to improve fuel efficiency and improve performance by reducing overall vehicle weight, the use of lightweight magnesium parts in vehicles is increasing. Currently, models in production use between 5kg and 30kg in magnesium parts. Given that magnesium is 33% lighter than aluminum and 75% lighter than steel, there is significantly more potential for lightweight magnesium applications across a broad range of product types.

The demonstrator was recently featured in SpotLightMetal.

IMA 3D Demonstrator

3D Demonstrator

IMA Exhibits at TMS2020

The International Magnesium Association exhibited at the TMS event in San Diego, Feb 24-26. In addition to IMA Americas Representative Paul Uguccioni, the booth was manned by volunteers from IMA member companies Magretech and Allite.

A number of current and former IMA members and directors were in attendance. It was a great to see them and to share in their conference experiences. The IMA booth was frequented by a number of enthusiastic magnesium information seekers; including students, academic leaders and users. IMA had just announced the suspension of registration for the Fukuoka conference resulting in a number of inquiries as to the expected outcome for the conference; all of which were referred to our website.

More than 4,600 attendees and 80 exhibiting companies came together at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. COVID-19 had only a minor effect on magnesium and resulted in the cancellation of one magnesium keynote paper the morning of the 24th. In terms of magnesium research, there were five (5) sessions:

  • Biodegradable Materials for Medical Applications II — Magnesium Implants
  • Magnesium Technology 2020 — Keynote Session
  • Magnesium Technology 2020 — Alloy Development
  • Magnesium Technology 2020 — Alloy Design and Solidification
  • Magnesium Technology 2020 — Thermomechanical Processing

There were other sessions in the Light Metal Sections including Al alloying, Electrometallurgy, Mechanical and Structural reliability, to name a few.

Overall, the interest in Magnesium was high, providing the opening to discuss what IMA membership can offer its members in all categories.


Shown in the photo, from left to right are Paul Uguccioni and Gilbert Schmuff of Magretech.

WerkstoffPlus Auto 2020 Provides Video Featuring Participating Exhibits

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) participated in WerkstoffPlus Auto 2020, 19-20 February, in Stuttgart, Germany. Interviews were conducted on the showroom floor of each participating exhibitor. The interview with IMA European Committee Chair Martin Tauber at the IMA display is at video sequence 17:40 - 20:46.

The video is in German, courtesy of Ausstellerrundgang HQ.

IMA Is Official Partner of LightCon

The German LightCon will be a platform for all lightweight construction solutions - for competing materials and processes, as well as for hybrid solutions and lightweight construction. The new congress fair sees itself as a marketplace for the competition as well as a high-quality contact exchange for forging new ideas, partnerships and networks.

German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier is the patron of LightCon. Other partners of the congress fair are Berlin Partner, C³ carbon concrete composite, the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry, the Industrial Association of Solid Forming, the International Magnesium Association, the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL), the Landshut Lightweight Construction Cluster, the VDEh Steel Association, Mobility goes Additive, that Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW, Neue Materials Fürth GmbH as well as the clusters Nanotechnologie and Neue Werkstoffe (bayern innovativ).


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

Safe Magnesium

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

Magnesium Lightest Structural Metal

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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March 2020

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Magnesium News

FABTECH – Utilizing XRF Technology to Verify Aluminum and Its Alloys

Alliance Magnesium completes near to $145 million in funding for its commercial demonstration phase

Cost Calculator from the VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency

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New Danieli Magnesium Alloy Sheet Plant for Youli

Terves Expands Capabilities: New Extrusion Press
for Magnesium and
Other Hard Alloys

Biodegradable Magnesium Bone Implants Coated with a Novel Bioceramic Nanocomposite

BEIT RawMaterials publishes Position Paper on digitalisation in the raw materials sector

Nissan 370Z rumbles
into PHL in April

IMA & Industry Calendar

Health & Safety Seminar
May 28, 2020

Hannover, Germany
June 23-24, 2020

World Aluminium
Conference 2020
London, UK
September 7-8, 2020

IMA Executive Committee

Todd Olson
Twin City Die
Casting Company

Vice President/Treasurer
Nic Andrews

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

Martin Tauber
European Representative

Jason Accord

Sue Peterson

Events Manager
Amanda Beneke

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