AFS will be recognized worldwide by industry stakeholders as the leading voice and resource on technical, management, and advocacy priorities pertaining to the metalcasting industry.   


The mission of the American Foundry Society is to advance the success of its members and the metalcasting industry through advocacy, education, and innovation.  


  • Member Success and Sustainability
    AFS will provide services, information and networking opportunities that are vital to the success of individual members, as well as Corporate Member metalcasters, suppliers, and casting purchasers.
  • Industry Stewardship
    AFS will lead outreach activities to enhance the image of the metalcasting industry with target audiences. 
  • Policy Advocacy
    AFS will proactively advocate for public policies that benefit U.S. metalcasters, encourage a strong U.S. industrial base, and support national defense.  
  • Promotion of Castings
    AFS will advocate for the increased use of castings through the development of new parts and materials, conversions, exports, and reshoring, and will offer resources helping casting purchasers to make wise purchasing decisions.     
  • Talent Development
    AFS and the Institute will lead talent development initiatives and provide innovative education programs that meet customer needs and increase the skill levels of metalcasting industry workers.  
  • Technical Innovation
    AFS will exercise technical leadership in the areas of technology transfer, scholarly publication, cutting-edge research, and technical assistance to drive innovation in the metalcasting industry. 
Six Pillars

Foundry Industry Stewardship Government Advocacy Promotion of Castings Talent Development Technical Innovation Member Success & Sustainability