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Amtech USA

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Gary F. Ruff

Technical Advisor
AMTECH International

Gary F. Ruff is technical advisor at AMTECH International, responsible for the continued growth and development of the company's metal-casting manufacturing and technology strategies. He also is partner and technical advisor with Total Production Systems (TPS), a subsidiary of Amtech USA.

Ruff joins AMTECH and TPS after establishing his consultancy organization, Ruff and Associates, LLC., with offices in Rochester Hills, Mich. Prior to this, he was CEO/CTO of SMW Automotive Corporation, a Tier-1 supplier of automotive chassis and suspension parts and subassemblies with North American headquarters in Troy, Mich. Before SMW, he spent seven years with casting giant INTERMET Corporation, most recently as the company's president, CEO and chairman of the board.

Ruff joined INTERMET from Hayes Lemmerz International, where he was president of North American Wheels and corporate vice president. He began his automotive and casting career in 1969 with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. He held a variety of positions at GM, progressing to chief process engineer with the Central Foundry Division. In 1987, he joined CMI International, a leading metal caster, as vice president, materials. Ruff went on to become chief technical officer and executive vice president and  director of CMI. In early 1999, when CMI was acquired by Hayes Lemmerz, he became group president and corporate vice president of the company.

Ruff received a PhD in metallurgy and materials science in 1977 from Case Western Reserve University after receiving a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975 from the same University.  In 1974 he earned  a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute.  He also completed executive and management education programs at Dartmouth, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and National Technological University in Norway.

He is a member of the American Foundry Society, ASM International, American Society for Quality, Society of Automotive Engineers and the North American Die Casting Association and is the author of more than 30 technical papers in areas related to Cast Iron Solidification, Structure/Property Relations, Casting Processes, Melting Technology, Casting Design and Engineering, Aluminum Alloys/Properties and Business Improvement. He holds nine patents related to metal casting and metal-casting technology.