Reaching a pinnacle achievement, Light Metal Age celebrates its 75th anniversary of continuous publication. Consistently delivering hi-quality content, the magazine is considered to be the premier magazine of the aluminum industry.
A Look Back
With its initial issue in May 1943, Light Metal Age was inaugurated by Roy Fellom, Jr. Combining his personal interests and educational background as a mining engineer, Roy launched this magazine to further the interest of the light metal industry by promoting the use and application of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, and their alloys.
Roy aimed to herald the new “light metal era” with the aim of developing the industry through publication of advances in production, refining, and fabrication practices, and to weld the researcher, producer, fabricator, and consumer together through the creation of a common medium of expression, as he explains in his 1942 Dedication:
Light Metal Age, with this initial issue, dedicates itself…
To further the interests of the Light Metal industry;
To promote the use and applications of Magnesium and Aluminum, and their alloys, by suggesting their specific advantages and adaptations to different fields;
To educate and instruct in the working and handling of Light Metals by detailing actual methods and shop practices;
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—researchist, fabricator, producer, and consumer—closer together by the creation of a common medium of expression; and
To herald the new LIGHT METAL ERA, which shall see these most abundant basic metals brought to the service of man in all the common uses where metal is required.
Light Metal Age was first published from its office in Chicago, Illinois, close to the commercial and industrial center of North America and remained in that location from 1943 to 1954. The headquarters moved to San Francisco, California, in 1955 and to South San Francisco in 1989.
Beginning as a magazine with a national circulation and an international scope, by the early 1970s, Light Metal Age was being read around the world. Roy’s daughters Wanda and Ann Marie Fellom joined the family business and Ann Marie took over as publisher in 1993, following Roy’s passing.
Today, aluminum is experiencing a surge in growth. The automotive industry is the driving impetus for this growth, with OEMs seeking to reduce weight in their vehicles in order to meet CAFE and similar regulations being implemented on an international level. These developments—along with significant advances in aerospace, building and construction, marine, and other industries—point to a strong future for the aluminum industry.
Through its seven decades, Light Metal Age has followed the evolution of technology and advances in the aluminum industry, adapting to changing times in order to better serve its readers. As the magazine moves forward, Light Metal Age is expanding its editorial scope to include developments in advanced joining processes (friction stir welding, adhesives and bonding, self piercing rivets, etc.), forming and fabrication technologies (sheet stamping, hydroforming of extrusions, etc.), automation, simulation and testing advancements, as well as manufacturing technologies of the future, such as additive manufacturing (3D printing).
Light Metal Age pledges to be at the forefront of the light metal era, bringing its readers the timely news and knowledge that will help them thrive.
Light Metal Age would not be the success it is without the excellent writers and editors who contribute their knowledge in the form of editorial content and technical advice to its pages. Joseph C. Benedyk, editor, has written and published more than 140 articles in the magazine. Andrea Svendsen, managing editor, addresses the magazine’s editorial focus, working with contributing authors and writing articles to ensure relevant information is featured. Other recent contributing editors that have written articles, showcasing their expertise in primary aluminum, magnesium, extrusion, aerospace, building and construction, automotive, and the casthouse, include:
Robert E. (Bob) Brown
J. Randolf Kissell
Rudolf P. Pawlek
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