About DIS

Our Mission
Here at the Ductile Iron Society, our mission is to promote the interests of the ductile iron industry through advertising and education; by the collection and dissemination of information relative to the ductile iron foundry industry for the benefit of the public and the individual members of such society; for the development of new markets and uses for ductile iron; the establishment of standards and of research into the uses and processes of manufacture of ductile iron.

What We Do
We connect you with other industry professionals through hosting Society meetings and plant tours.  We set standards in industry practice, and regularly publish research projects, that are free to our members. 

Our History

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.

Also, recognizing that INCO would soon no longer provide a central information system on ductile iron, a small group of foundrymen expressed the desire for an organization devoted entirely to this new and exciting material. Thus, the Ductile Iron Society was incorporated on July 2, 1958 in the city of Hamilton, Ohio.

More than 60 years later the Society is still growing and changing, but the purpose today is no different than the purpose in 1958. 

Our Vision 

  • Research programs aimed at improving production technology, solving long standing production problems, and providing better manufacturing economies.
  • Exchange of technical and production knowledge through Society meetings, plant visits, and encouraging private conversations.
  • Issuing various reports and bulletins covering research and new technology.
  • Quality guidance and Certification of producers.