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NTMA and NFFS Partnership Creates New Business Opportunities for Your Shop
July 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join this session to learn more about the tremendous contracting opportunities that exist for NTMA members, and how the ICON program can help your business increase its sales volumes and expand its customer base. ICON is an NTMA endorsed program and for NTMA members.
Machined metal castings are among the most difficult items for our Government and Armed Forces to obtain from its supply base. Machine shops, such as NTMA members, are contracted to provide these products to our nation’s military and defense customers – but historically, finding a foundry with existing tooling or the right combination of material and process capabilities to provide the raw casting has been time consuming and difficult. As a result, many times machine shops will not bid on contracts containing metal castings, creating and a diminished supply chain for these products.
To address the shortage of machined metal castings for our nation’s military and defense customers, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) has developed the Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON) program. ICON is a cloud based B2B portal that identifies sales opportunities available from the Department of Defense, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and other federal procurement agencies – directing them to foundries and machine shops through ICON’s collaborative environment. This allows machine shops to identify multiple business opportunities for their business and to receive granular supply chain support from the foundry industry via its proprietary tooling- and industry capability-databases. Finding sales opportunities for your shop and identifying foundries that can provide raw castings is now as simple as logging on the ICON website.
ICON also provides visibility on defense and military products typically machined from bar or plate stock – a great opportunity for many NTMA members.
Sheila Rayburn, ICON program manager
Jerrod Weaver, NFFS Executive Director
60 minutes in duration, 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes Q&A