Largest Forge Fair Ever Attracts More Than 1,600 to Cleveland

Largest Forge Fair Ever Attracts More Than 1,600 to Cleveland

A record 160 paid exhibitors helped make Forge Fair 2017 the largest Forge Fair in FIA history. The show closed after a successful two-and-a-half-day run at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland on April 6.

Forge Fair 2017 featured 2,000 more square feet of exhibit space than Forge Fair 2015, the largest previous show. On the exhibit hall floor, more than 1,600 forging industry professionals networked with each other and learned about new products and technologies. Attendees came from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, plus 16 other countries.

In addition to exhibits on the show floor, Forge Fair 2017 featured 60 technical presentations distributed among five tracks. For the first time, roundtable discussions were held in the on the final day of the event, enabling attendees to meet with each other and talk in depth about issues they face at their own facilities.

Other new features at Forge Fair 2017 included complimentary Wi-Fi for all exhibitors and attendees, exhibit booths for forging producers, and the debut of the Why Forging? seminar. Why Forging? informed buyers about the forging process, and showed why forged parts are ideal in applications where reliability and safety are critical.

Forge Fair 2017 was supported by an unprecedented marketing campaign that included more than 88,000 emails sent, and advertising in eight printed publications covering six countries. Advertisements for the event appeared in FORGE Magazine, Forging Magazine, Industrial Heating, Automotive Engineering, Gear Technology, Metal Matters (UK), Forging Journal (Korea) and JFA (Japan). Sponsors of Forge Fair 2017 included Gerdau (GSN), Weld Mold Company, Ellwood Quality Steels Co., Finkl Steel, FORGE Magazine, Inductoheat, Bar Source International and TimkenSteel.

The next Forge Fair will be held May 21–23, 2019, in Cleveland. To reserve a booth, complete this form and submit it to the FIA office.