About us 2017-10-17T20:02:55+00:00

Independent Forgings and Alloys
Sheffield, England

IFA aspire to be our customer’s supplier of choice for high integrity forged products to worldwide premium quality markets.

We have created a fully integrated metals service centre which has grown to be a leading provider of open-die quality forgings, making safety critical components to demanding global industries such as Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Power and Nuclear industries.

IFA pride ourselves as a forging manufacturer continuing a proven heritage of over 100 years experience in Open-Die forging on our existing site.

Our specialist manufacturing capabilities extend across a range of equipment which includes; fast acting hydraulic presses, forging hammers, ring-rolling mills and GFM radial forging technology. We can manufacture seamless forged rings,blanks, boss/double boss blanks, shafts, also GFM precision bars (round/square/rectangular) to meet the highest standards in the industry.

Our forging is complimented by NADCAP approved heat-treatment facilities and a Machine shop which can supply nett shape semi-finished products into our customers.

IFA also offer our manufacturing resource as a fast turnaround  service centre for other metals service companies to use as a hirework/toll forge resource. Our hirework service includes forging, heat treatment, machining and cutting, NDT and inspection.

IFA has gained a reputation for our forging competence and prowess in open-die forging and we recognise that our quality systems are the cornerstone to maintaining our customer’s confidence with us. As such we have AS 9100 Rev. E Aerospace Quality Assurance ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001. We are proud of the range or customer quality approvals we hold across the world’s leading industries.

Our Company History

We are proudly Independent – in these days of global consolidation and restricted options for customers.  IFA prides itself on our flexibility in the market, and our openness to accommodate customer ideas and challenges which drive our business.  Our flat organisational structure means customers have access to directors and decisions are made quickly.

Our heritage goes back over two and a quarter centuries, the company is actively building on its tradition of technical excellence, innovation and flexibility.

IFA historical timeline:

  • 1587  First known helve/tilt forging activity on our site
  • 1778  Our former company is founded
  • 1898  Open die hammer forging on site
  • 1947  UK’s first mechanical manipulators are installed
  • 1937  Heavy hammer forging introduced with two 5 ton hammers
  • 1961  Introduction of large open-die press forge
  • 2001  IFA Ltd. is founded and an extensive program of modernisation begins
  • 2004  GFM Radial Forge, NADCAP Heat Treatment facilities added
  • 2005  Added our machining facility -10,000ft2 offsite workshop
  • 2008  Commissioned UK’s largest (300t) vertical Ring Rolling Mill up to 2.5m
  • 2014  Traditional processes sit side by side with the latest in forging technology.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2008

In 2008 IFA were awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade.