What We Do
In the last one-hundred years, the metalworking industry has seen many dynamic developments, but none has impacted the industry as a whole more than the development of ductile iron. In 1950, the first foundries began making castings with this “new metal” and quickly realized the technical and economic advantages it offered the industry. These new pioneers soon joined together to introduce and further develop the available techniques of magnesium treatment for the production of ductile iron, and make its advantages clear to engineers and other potential users.
By the mid-1950’s, however, several of these licensed producers of ductile iron grew concerned about the potential adverse effects the impending expiration of the International Nickel Company’s patents in 1966 might have on the industry. There was a strong belief that lack of licensing requirements would allow inexperienced and unqualified producers entry into ductile iron markets, where their poor quality products could severely damage the burgeoning industry and negate the advances made by capable producers.
More than 60 years later the Society is still growing and changing, but the purpose today is no different than the purpose in 1958.