Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The 21st International Forgemasters Meeting will be held in September 10-16, 2021, in Chengdu, China. With my great kindness invitation, I warmly welcome your Excellency to the event which, it is sure, will have a great impact on the development of the global open-die forging/heavy forging industry.
Forging is one of the oldest steel manufacturing techniques. In today's era of informationization and the pursuit of intelligence, forging is being ignored. Some people, with a deep understanding of the great role of forging in social progress, have begun to actively explore and forge ahead, but more people have left. Many younger generations are reluctant to join the industry because they know that to be a good forging expert requires a long period of hard work, and the forging industry faces the biggest talent shortage challenge.
For the foreseeable social development, forging is still a very important driving technology. Compared with more than a decade ago, society and users put forward very strict quality and price requirements for forgings. While providing high quality and high performance forgings, the forger is under tremendous downward pressure on prices.
From the current development perspective, close cooperation between forger and customers has become increasingly important. The adoption of new designing tools, the use of new management methods, and the appropriate new equipment and forging technology have become the target of many forgers.
As we all know, China has achieved remarkable developments since the 1970s. After nearly forty years, especially in the past two decades, the Chinese forging industry has undergone tremendous changes. China's forging industry has become an important member of the world's forging team. Many friends at home and abroad are paying attention to and studying China's amazing achievements. Our peers are also trying to explore and find similar experiences and problems in the development of China's forging industry. The 21st International Forgemasters Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for people, especially those in the forging industry. While sharing experiences, participants will discuss the future of the world's forging industry.
Dear forging friends, we will do our best to prepare and hold the 21st International Forgemasters Meeting, but success will definitely be inseparable from your participation. We look forward to meeting you at the IFM2020 and welcome you to join us.
Thanks & Regards
Chairman, 21st International Forgemasters Meeting
Vice President, Confederation of Chinese Metalforming Industry