About

Light Metal Age has a long legacy in the aluminum industry with 75 years of experience covering primary and secondary production, extrusion, and rolling. We provide vital technical, industrial, and market information to aluminum producers and processors around the world.

Available in both print and digital format, Light Metal Age is a bi-monthly publication that covers the entire value chain of the aluminum industry, from primary production to extrusion and rolling and associated downstream fabrication, such as finishing, machining and joining. The integration and optimization of aluminum products in final applications, such as automotive, aerospace, and building and construction, are also major topics.

We deliver valuable technology and industry news, industry research, technical knowledge, and case studies to executives, general managers, plant managers, technicians, metallurgists, and engineers responsible for fabrication, production, and operations in manufacturing facilities around the world. Whether an extrusion facility in Ohio or a casthouse in Russia, Light Metal Age has its finger on the pulse of the aluminum industry.

Editorial coverage includes:

  • EXTRUSION
  • ROLLING
  • CASTHOUSE
  • SECONDARY ALUMINUM
  • SMELTING

Allied subjects include:

  • ALLOYING
  • METALLURGY
  • HEAT TREATMENT
  • JOINING TECHNOLOGY
  • FABRICATION
  • SHEET STAMPING
  • SURFACE FINISHING (ANODIZING, PAINTING, ETC.)
  • COIL COATING
  • EXTRUSION DIE MAKING
  • WIRE & CABLE
  • ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING (3D PRINTING)
Applications covered include:

  • AUTOMOTIVE
  • AEROSPACE
  • BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
  • MARINE
  • and MORE

Featured Departments: Light Metal World, Contracts & Expansions, Extruders News, Flat Rolled News, Primary Aluminum News, Secondary Aluminum News, Automotive News, New Products, New Literature, International Patent Calendar, Personalities and Plants, and Conference Calendar.

EDITORIAL STAFF

Joseph C. Benedyk, Ph.D, Editor

Dr. Joe is a research professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) working to establish cooperative industry/university research programs in the fields of heat treatment, casting, and extrusion of aluminum and aluminum alloys. In 2013, he was honored by the Aluminum Extruders Council for his dedication to the aluminum extrusion industry and his willingness to selflessly share knowledge with others. Dr. Joe has contributed many articles to Light Metal Age and applies his technical knowledge to his position as editor, covering applications and technology of light metals.

 

Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor

Andrea has been with Light Metal Age for ten years, addressing all areas of the magazine’s editorial focus. She works with authors, participates in industrial plant tours, and performs interviews with industry managers, as well as writing her own feature articles, to ensure relevant information is featured. Her editorial experience, along with her attention to detail, is critical in the production of the magazine.

Ann Marie Fellom, Publisher

As a three-decade veteran of Light Metal Age, Ann Marie has intimate experience working in every facet of the magazine. In 1993, she assumed the role of publisher of the family-run publication. Under her management, Light Metal Age has maintained its position as the preeminent magazine of the light metal industry and was recognized as the Official Magazine for the ET Seminars in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Ann Marie is responsible for setting the magazine’s editorial direction and developing marketing opportunities.

HISTORY

Light Metal Age May 1943
First Light Metal Age cover from May 1943. Click here for more historic covers.

In 1943, Roy Fellom launched Light Metal Age, a magazine dedicated to the processing and manufacturing of Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium, Beryllium and their alloys, as well as the non-ferrous metals Copper and Zinc. In the first page of the first issue of the then national magazine, Roy Fellom pledged that the magazine would further the interests of the Light Metal Industry to

promote the use and application of Magnesium and Aluminum, and their alloys, by suggesting specific advantages and adaptation to different fields: To educate and instruct in the working and handling of Light Metal by detailing methods in practice; To help to more quickly develop the Light Metal Industry through publication of discoveries, advances, and improvements in production and fabrication processes: To weld the Light Metal Industry—producer, fabricator, and consumer—closer together by the creation of a common medium of expression; To herald the Light Metal Era which will see these most abundant basic metals brought to the service of man in all the common uses where metal is required.

Over more than half a century later, Light Metal Age made its debut on-line. It has become internationally recognized for its thorough coverage of the light metals industry. Light Metal Age prides itself on keeping abreast of the latest technology for 75 years, and hopes you will enjoy our information-packed issues.