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Join fellow EPMA Members at the Annual Meeting of EPMA, this year featuring the General Assembly, plus Sectoral Group Meetings, Keynote Speakers and the Annual Networking Dinner.

European Powder Metallurgy Associations (EPMA) annual Euro PM Congress & Exhibition, which this year is taking place in Bilbao, Spain, has attracted a record number of abstracts since the abstract submission deadline passed at the end of January.

Last week, the EuroHIP group hosted the Design for HIP Seminar in Västerås, Sweden. The two days featured presentations from 12 industry experts, an open discussion about the future of HIP as well as a site visit to the nearby Quintus Technologies facilities.

Brussels 23 January 2018 – CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industry, and EPMA, the European Powder Metallurgy Association, signed an agreement, which aims at promoting additive manufacturing through diversified actions.

The AM Motion European H2020 Project is proud to announce the NEW AM Motion Summer School! The AM Summer School is to be held from the 4-7th September at Prodintec, Gijon, Asturias, Spain. This new and exciting AM Motion Summer School focuses on main AM concepts, existing materials and processes as well as design and manufacturing paradigms, market relevance and specific best practice examples. The AM Motion Summer School will allow students to gain a thorough insight into the world of Additive Manufacturing, whilst spreading knowledge and giving rise to several vocations.

The 2018 EPMA Board & Council Meetings will take place on 22 March 2018 followed by the 31st General Assembly of EPMA on 23 March 2018. These will be held in Brussels, Belgium.

The Euro AM sectoral group has recently launched its new Twitter page @EuroAM. The page has been created with the aim to increase the awareness of Additive Manufacturing technology, with a special focus on metal powder based products.

KIC-EIT Raw Material and the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) are collaborating on a new training course to help support and develop the powder metallurgy sector, named PM Life. PM Life is a new training programme, covering 5 key areas of powder metallurgy: Additive Manufacturing, Hot Isostatic Pressing, Metal Injection Moulding, Powder and Hard Materials and Press & Sinter.

MACH is the UK’s premier event for engineering-based manufacturing technologies. Taking place from 9-13 April 2018, MACH is poised to be the destination of choice for engineers and manufacturers, bringing together the best of UK manufacturing under one roof. With over 25,000 visitors across a 5 day period, a vibrant seminar programme and unrivalled networking opportunities MACH showcases the heart of UK advanced engineering.

With the next generation design systems coming to market, DEVELOP3D LIVE 2018 presents a truly unique one day event to showcase innovations in the product design market, together with the views of leading designers.

The EuroAM Open Meeting that took place during this year’s Euro PM Congress & Exhibition can now announce the videos recorded during the meeting are available to view via EPMA.com in the EPMA Members Area.

The recent Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition Plenary Presentations are now available to access, download and view via the Onsite Content Access area on www.europm2017.com

EPMA’s new club project, AM&HIP 18, will be researching SLM and how HIP could reduce porosity and increase reliability and predictability of mechanical behaviour of components. The kick-off meeting will be held in Aachen on 20th December 2017 where interested participants will discuss the objectives and decide on the steps to start the research. For more information on the project please visit www.epma.com/projects and RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place at the kick-off meeting!

Each year EPMA launches anonymous survey to track the general fluctuations of the different Powder Metallurgy Sectors looking at factors such as recent sales trends, business attitudes and effect of the new state of global economy.

A 4th Edition of the well received ‘Metal Injection Moulding, A Manufacturing Process for Precision Engineering Components’ brooklet has now been released by the EPMA. The 36-page booklet contains revised content on the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) production process, technical guidelines, design techniques and new case studies.

EPMA are proud to announce that the Hot Isostatic Pressing Seminar will be returning on 6 - 7 February 2018.

01 November 2017

Euro PM2018 Launch

We are pleased to announce that the Euro PM2018 Call for Papers is now available to download on our website www.europm2018.com and we would like to invite you to submit a paper, or papers, to the programme.

EPMA, through the collaboration of the EuroAM Sectoral Group, are proud to launch the 2nd Edition of the Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology booklet. This new edition, which was recently launched at the Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition in Milan, looks to expand on the original version by providing updated and enhanced case studies from a range of different industries, as well as updating some of the technical content from the first edition. The first edition was originally launched in 2013 by the EuroAM Group and since then it has been widely distributed and dowloaded from EPMA.com, as well as, given out at a number of promotional events throughout Europe and beyond over the past 4 years.

'This is a great booklet for potential users of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process, as it provides a neutral view of the main AM processes available to date.' explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added 'It is with great thanks to Adeline Riou, Claus Aumund-Kopp, the original authors of the first edition, that the newly revised edition has been able to be produced. Without the EuroAM's committment and enthusiam the first edition would not have been made, or even updated!'

To download a PDF copy of the 2nd Edition Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology booklet, please go to https://www.epma.com/640-introduction-to-additive-manufacturing-technology-brochure or alternatively if you would like to order a hard copy version, please email Sam Timmis, EPMA Marketing Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one will be posted out to you. Please note that we can only send hard copy brochures to European postal addresses.

If you would like to know more about the EuroAM Sectoral Group or join the mailing list to keep up-to-date on the groups activities, please use the following link to subscribe, selecting EuroAM or AM in the relevant fields - https://www.epma.com/epma-mailing-list

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has confirmed the Euro PM2018 International Conference and Exhibition series event will be held in Bilbao, Spain, October 14 –18 2018 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC). The event will host an anticipated programme of over 250 oral and poster papers that will cover all aspects of Powder Metallurgy including:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Core PM
  • Hard Materials and Diamond Tools
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing
  • Metal Injection Moulding
  • New Materials and Applications
  • PM Structural Parts

EPMA Executive Director Lionel Aboussouan said “Building on the success of the recent Euro PM2017 event in Milan, there will not only be a number of special interest seminars covering all the main strands of the powder metallurgy industry, EPMA working group meetings and workshops on key topics of relevance to the industry, but also the EPMA Component Awards make a return to the event programme.”

Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition First Announcement is available for download at the Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition website (www.europm2018.com) and contains an overview of the forthcoming event. The Euro PM2018 Industry Exhibition will also take place in parallel to the technical sessions and will be a showcase for the powder metal industry in Europe in 2018. ‘With over a large percentage of the exhibition space already allocated, a prompt response is required to ensure you do not miss out on your location in this year’s PM industry exhibition.’ Commented Andrew Almond, EPMA’s Exhibition Manager. The Euro PM2018 Exhibition floor plans and stand booking forms are available via the event website.

Further information on the forthcoming Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition, can be obtained via www.europm2018.com

Milan, a well-known capital of art, design and science, played host to this year’s Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition, 1-5 October 2017. The annual Euro PM Congress & Exhibition, organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) created an international hub for participants to discuss, develop and distribute the latest industry trends and techniques the powder metallurgy sector has to offer.

Following on from last year’s very successful World PM Congress & Exhibition, Milan has proved an incredible international draw with no less than 42 countries represented at this year’s event, with participants attending from across the globe, including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The interest of the Euro PM2017 has meant that it attracted over 200 Oral and Poster presentations and a strong attendance in excess of 1,000 participants.

The event also included a sell-out exhibition with over 125 booths covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain, making it one of, if not the largest Euro PM Exhibition to date. Lionel Aboussouan, EPMA Executive Director said “Milan was an exceptional event, being well located within Europe and providing a diverse technical content has made for a productive 5-days. We would like to thank all the EPMA supporters and stakeholders who have assisted in making this event a success!”

Mr. Philippe Gundermann, EPMA’s President, opened the Plenary Presentations with an ‘Overview of the Status and Trends in the European PM Industry’. This was followed by an update on EPMA activities and recent initiatives. Eng. Massimo Giannozzi, Senior Engineering Manager - Materials Science and Engineering Baker Hughes a GE Company – Turbomachinery Process Solutions, provided a thought provoking presentation on how powder metallurgy is providing components for BHGE gas turbine and compressors.

Following on from the key speakers was the EPMA Distinguished Service Award that was presented to Mr. Thomas Lambrecht (Dorst Technologies) and four special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit were presented to:

  • Dipl.-Ing Julia Ureña, University Carlos III Of Madrid, Spain
  • Dr Torsten E M Staab, Fraunhofer ISC Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Prof Dr Luis Llanes, Universitat Politecnica Catalunya, Spain
  • Dr Gian Filippo Bocchini, PM Consultant, Italy

The annual EPMA Theses Competition also featured in the Opening Session with the winning theses from:

  • Doctorate category - Dr Bey Vrancken, Study of Residual Stresses in Selective Laser Melting, KU Leuven
  • Masters category - Dipl-Ing Silvia Baselli, Shrinkage Kinetics Model of Uniaxial Cold Compacted Green Iron, University of Trento

Over the past year the EPMA Board and Council decided to create a Fellowship Award to recognise the significant contribution to PM industry development from the scientific/academic community. The EPMA Fellowship Award not only provides a fantastic recognition from the PM community for such tremendous work, but also looks to exemplify the continued involvement in PM science and technologies. The first Fellowship Awards were presented to:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Broeckmann, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Alberto Molinari, University of Trento
  • Prof. José Manuel Torralba, Universidad Carlos III Madrid

For the fourth successive year the EPMA’s Young Engineers Day enabled students from seven Universities to attend Euro PM Event and gain an understanding of what a career in the PM industry can offer undergraduates, through an intensive 2-day programme. The Congress Dinner on the Wednesday evening allowed attendees to experience the flair and heritage of one of Italy’s more famous motorsport marques, with a tour and dinner at the Alfa Romeo museum.

Euro PM2017 also gave the opportunity to EPMA Sectoral Groups to innovate in their meetings: The EuroHM presented EurIng Kenneth J A Brookes, FIMMM, CEng a special “Lifetime Service Award in the Hardmetal Industry” for his longstanding commitment to hardmetals industry, the EuroPress&Sinter welcomed for the first time the full ferrous structural part supply chain members for a special business meeting, the EuroAM welcomed the first presentation of the new EU funded full PM project SUPREME and finally the EuroHIP presented the first intersectoral EPMA club project proposal “AM and HIP”.

The technical programme also included strand relevant Special Interest Seminars, which in a change to previous years, were contained within the overall programme schedule. The Special Interest Seminars programme covered the following topics

  • Additive Manufacturing – Developments in Metal AM – Materials, Powder Handling
  • Hard Materials - Diamond and Superhard Materials, Manufacturing and Applications
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing & Additive Manufacturing – Thermal Post Treatment for AM Parts
  • Metal injection Moulding – MIM & Aerospace Applications
  • PM Structural Parts – Industrialisation of Powder Metal Process Simulation

A special one off ‘PM for Beginners’ by Dr Volker Arnhold, Powder Metallurgy Solutions Wuppertal, was presented to some 50 participants who wanted to learn more about the basics of powder metallurgy. The 90-minute presentation looked at the key topics of powder metallurgy, including the variety of materials, processes and applications covered by the PM industry today.

A further modification to this year’s event saw the exhibition open for an additional ½ day, on the Wednesday, which provided additional networking opportunities between exhibitors and visitors.

Work is already on track for next year’s Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition, to be held in Bilbao, 14 -18 October 2018.

For further information on this year’s Euro PM Event visit www.europm2017.com or to receive further information on this and other EPMA events please subscribe to the EPMA Mailing List.

 

 

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