ICOSPA Congress a Big Success

Monday, December 1, 2008
Metalforming manufacturers from around the world gathered in Grand Rapids, MI, September 14-17, for the 16th International Council of Sheet Metal Presswork Associations (ICOSPA) Congress. Three-hundred metalforming-industry executives attended the event to discuss key industry business issues, review new technologies and share industry-specific management practices.

ICOSPA comprises metalforming trade associations from England, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States. Its international Congress takes place every three years, hosted and organized on a rotating basis by one of its six member organizations. Held in the United States for the first time since 1993, PMA hosted the 2008 Congress.

Highlights included well-known keynote speakers, reports from the six ICOSPA countries and plant tours of worldclass metalforming facilities.

During the country reports, attendees heard viewpoints on several key issues faced by the metalforming industry in each respective nation.

For more on the country reports and speakers, visit


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