A group of aluminum extruders from around the globe are banding together to promote and defend what it considers to be “free and fair trade.”

Industry members from North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Gulf States and Israel have formed the International Fair Trade Alliance (IFTA), which has been in formation since early summer 2016.

The IFTA is guided by a board of directors made up of representatives from aluminum extrusion manufacturers and trade organizations. According to a news release from the new alliance, its mission is to “promote the progress and development of the industry in areas of free and fair trade, cooperate with government officials and government agencies on matters affecting the industry, and foster greater and freer networking among global aluminum extrusion industry professionals.”

Jeff Henderson, president of the Aluminum Extruders Council, will serve as IFTA’s executive director. His Chicago-based management company the Sanford Organization (TSO) will oversee the newly-found group.

Board members include representatives from extrusion companies and trade associations who will represent their country or region on fair trade matters. Jason Weber, director of international market intelligence for Sapa Extrusion North America, was elected chairperson.

“IFTA believes that a network of market-based aluminum extrusion companies and associations can work together to support, teach, and advocate fair trade practices at a national and international level,” says Weber.

Other board members include: Duncan Crowdis, Aluminum Extruders Council (U.S./Canada); Michael Gil Gmez, Alumina S.A. (Colombia); Lewis Saragossi, Australian Aluminum Extrusion Association (Australia/New Zealand); Mahmoud Daylami, Gulf Aluminum Council (Gulf States); Jochen Mnch, Corporacin Ecuatoriana de Aluminio Cedal S.A. (Ecuador); Roy Shenkar, Klil Industries (Israel); and Mike Flynn, Apel Extrusions (Canada).

The alliance says “non-market based economies are committed to undermining the principles of free enterprise through a variety of illegal and unfair trade practices” and must be confronted, according to information from IFTA.

“We are all seeing illegal and unfair trade tactics from China being exported to other countries,” says Saragossi. “It is time for our industry to come together as a global community to share data and field intelligence so each of our marketplaces can efficiently and quickly confront these threats.”