NADCA – The North American Die Casting Association
The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) was founded in 1989 through the merger of the American Die Casting Institute (ADCI, founded in 1928) and the Society of Die Casting Engineers (SDCE, founded in 1957).
NADCA represents the voice of the die casting industry and is committed to promoting industry awareness, domestic growth in the global marketplace and member exposure. Headquartered in Wheeling, IL, the association is comprised of both individual members and corporate members located throughout United States, Canada and Mexico.
Members of NADCA receive monthly magazines and e-Newsletters on industry events and technical updates, die casting design assistance, discounts on publications and services, access to sales leads and exposure to OEMs. Most recently, NADCA has completed a searchable die caster database, containing more than 500 domestic die casters that can be filtered by name, region, materials and casting sizes.
Below is a summary of NADCA activities, industry involvement and advocacy.
Research and Development: NADCA is heavily involved in identifying industry needs, expanding funding sources and dispelling myths associated with die casting techniques. Indeed, NADCA has an entire technical archive and library dedicated to improving the flow of information on die cast part quality and repeatability. Industry research projects and findings are disseminated through books, CDs and software, as well published in its two bi-monthly magazines — Die Casting Engineer and its corporate members-only publication LINKS.
Marketing: NADCA brings business and engineering focus to die casting as the process of choice.
Meetings and Expositions: NADCA hosts member, OEM and supplier trade shows events including the Metalcasting Congress annually and CastExpo, the world’s largest exposition of metalcasting technology, every three years. Both bring industry members together in one forum, providing public and networking opportunities that develop customer relations, and position attendees as leaders in die casting. Other annual events include the Executive and Plant Management conferences.
Education: NADCA offers more than 30 industry training programs annually, both at its Wheeling, IL, headquarters and on-site at die cast plants and OEM facilities. All NADCA’s education resources are centered on presenting industry knowledge, improving die cast part quality and production techniques.
Design Assistance: As a recent addition to the association’s educational offerings, NADCA has created www.diecastingdesign.org. As an online resource, the Web site is available to help designers and specifiers of die castings optimize die cast parts and processes. In-plant presentations are also available.
Government Affairs: NADCA is a strong advocate in Washington, fostering strategic alliances and developing grassroots efforts to effectively bring industry matters before Congress and key federal agencies. Members are continually alerted on legislative matters and have opportunity to meet with federal lawmakers each year at the Government Affairs Briefing.
Chapters Relations: NADCA currently has 15 chapters nationwide serving local die casters, communities and industry. Monthly events and meetings help foster community and local business relations, provide networking opportunities and allow for discussions on developments in the industry.