American Foundry Society Inc.

1695 North Penny Lane, 60173 Schaumburg, IL
Telephone +1 847 8240181
Fax +1 847 8247848

Hall map

NEWCAST 2019 hall map (Hall 14): stand D40

Fairground map

NEWCAST 2019 fairground map: Hall 14

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 05  Trade and logistics
  • 05.06  Service


Our products

Product category: Service


AFS supports vigorous enforcement of U.S. trade laws. Too often, foreign countries have engaged in unfair and unlawful trade practices such as currency manipulation, subsidies, and dumping, which result in an uneven playing field, and a shift of market share away from the U.S. These practices must come to an end.

For example, in 2000, China produced only about 11% of the world’s aluminum. Now, after joining the World Foundry Organization (WFO) on December 11, 2001, it produces more than half. Meanwhile, the number of foundries in the U.S. has dropped from 2,380 in 2005 to about 1,950 in 2017.

About 20% of castings sold in the U.S. are made outside of North America. That statistic understates the impact of unfair trade practices, in that as the trade deficit has grown, more manufactured goods that contain castings are imported into the U.S., statistics for casting-sales do not capture the value of castings that are part of finished goods imported into the U.S.

More Less

About us

Company details

Vision AFS will be recognized worldwide by industry stakeholders as the leading voice and resource on technical, management, and advocacy priorities pertaining to the metalcasting industry.     

Mission The mission of the American Foundry Society is to advance the success of its members and the metalcasting industry through advocacy, education, and innovation.     

  • Member Success and Sustainability
  • AFS will provide services, information and networking opportunities that are vital to the success of individual members, as well as Corporate Member metalcasters, suppliers, and casting purchasers.
  • Industry Stewardship
  • AFS will lead outreach activities to enhance the image of the metalcasting industry with target audiences. 
  • Policy Advocacy
  • AFS will proactively advocate for public policies that benefit U.S. metalcasters, encourage a strong U.S. industrial base, and support national defense.  
  • Promotion of Castings
  • AFS will advocate for the increased use of castings through the development of new parts and materials, conversions, exports, and reshoring, and will offer resources helping casting purchasers to make wise purchasing decisions.     
  • Workforce Development
  • AFS and the Institute will lead workforce development initiatives and provide innovative education programs that meet customer needs and increase the skill levels of metalcasting industry workers.  
  • Technical Innovation
  • AFS will exercise technical leadership in the areas of technology transfer, scholarly publication, cutting-edge research, and technical assistance to drive innovation in the metalcasting industry. 

More Less