The main aim of this Project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.
There will be an EFFIPRO Workshop on Sunday 9th October during the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. This will be an ideal opportunity to inform interested parties about the Project results.
Please visit www.effipro.org for more information about the Project and to register in order to be kept up-to-date with future developments and training opportunities.
For the first time the EPMA will be exhibiting at the DEVELOP3D LIVE 2016 conference and exhibition, Warwick University, 31 March 2016. DEVELOP3D LIVE is the UK's leading conference and exhibition celebrating design, engineering and manufacturing technology and how it brings world-leading products to market faster.
"Whilst many of the delegates are aware of additive manufacturing, not all of them may be aware about the benefits of the other metal powder based processes, such as press & sinter, MIM and HIP" expained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added "By exhibiting at this type of event the conversations that are happening can allow for a natural cross over of processes, some of which they may have not even considered, of what is possible with utilising PM."
Further information on this year's event can be found at www.develop3dlive.com
The EPMA are proud to announce a successor to Mr Jonathan Wroe, following his passing away late last year, as Dr. Lionel Abboussouan as the EPMA's Deputy Executive Director.
Dr. Abboussouan officially started with the EPMA on 22 February 2016 and will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Association, its staff and projects.
Lionel has previously worked at Arcelor Research and the World Steel Association, which represents over 150 steel producers (including 9 of the world's 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
More recently he was employed at ArcelorMittal as the Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, for one of Arcelormittal business units. Lionel was responsible for the creation of procedures, standards and indicators for health & safety legislation within his business units. He implemented and operated training courses for production leaders up to management committees, setting and enforcing ISO standards throughout the production sites to adhere to 14001, 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
"Many of Lionel's skills and working practises that he has gained over his working career will be a real asset to the EPMA moving forward" explained EPMA President Mr Phillippe Gundermann. He went onto say "Lionel will build on the firm foundations left by Jonathan and work with EPMA Members, staff and stakeholders to continue the success of one of Europe’s leading trade associations."
The EPMA staff look forward to welcoming Lionel into his new role and making the transition as seamless as possible. I am sure as an EPMA Member, you will also want to wish Lionel well in his new role and welcome him to the PM industry.
Dr. Volker Arnhold, former GKN Executive Manager and EPMA Board & Council Member, has been recruited as a temporary Executive Director for the EPMA to assist Lionel with support during his introductory period and to ensure a smooth and legal transition for the EPMA at the EPMA’s 29th General Assembly on the 8 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium.
This year the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, taking place 27 June – 1 July, returns to Spain to the medieval city of Valencia. The 5-day residential course will consist of a range of lectures given by PM experts drawn from both industry and academia and will cover the whole range of powder metallurgy from powder to finished product. Topics to be covered will include Additive Manufacturing, Hot Isostatic Pressing, Metal Injection Moulding, Manufacture of Metal Powders, Modelling and Sintering to mention a few. There will be problem solving sessions as well as hands-on experience in the university laboratories.
The Summer School is designed for young graduate designers, engineers and scientists from disciplines such as materials science, design, engineering, manufacturing or metallurgy. Graduates under 35 who have obtained their degree from a European institution are eligible to apply.
Professor Vicente Amigó Borrás and his highly competent team from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia will host this year’s Summer School. This year however, will see a change in the Summer School Coordinating team. After seven years at the helm, Professor José Torralba, formerly of IMDEA Materials Institute, will step down as Technical Coordinator and in his place Dr Marco Actis Grande from the Politecnico di Torino and Dr Christian Gierl-Mayer of the Technical University of Vienna will jointly manage the technical aspect of the Summer Schools with logistics support by Mrs Joan Hallward of the EPMA.
The fee of €575 covers tuition, all course materials, accommodation, a Welcome Reception and Summer School Dinner. To register for a place on the PM Summer School please visit: www.epma.com/summerschool and complete the online application form. Places are limited so please apply early.
Submission deadline is Friday, 22 April 2016
The EPMA is delighted to announce the launch of its 2016 Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition at both Diploma (Masters) and Doctorate (PhD) levels. The aim of the competition is to develop an interest in and to promote powder metallurgy among young scientists at European academic establishments and to encourage research at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
The competition is open to all applicants who have graduated from a European university and who have had their theses approved during the 2013/2014, 204/2015 or 2015/2016 academic years. The subject must be classified under the topic Powder Metallurgy.
The prizes, sponsored by Höganäs AB, will be presented at the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition which will take place 9 – 13 October in Hamburg, Germany. Winners will each receive a cheque for €750 in the Diploma Category and €1,000 for the Doctorate category, with the opportunity of having their work published in the prestigious journal "Powder Metallurgy" and FREE registration to the World PM2016 Congress. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation in the Thesis Competition. "We hope that you will take this opportunity to enter" said the Thesis Coordinator Joan Hallward.
For further information, to submit an entry or to download the Thesis Competition brochure, please go to: www.epma.com/thesiscompetition
Submission Deadline is 29 April 2016
EPMA Members who produce components are invited to participate in this year’s benchmarking, which relates to production figures for the 12 months ending December 2015.
As in previous years, returns will be analysed statistically, the results expressed in quartiles are then sent to those who have contributed figures. Data is analysed by sectors, the guiding rule being that no one contribution can be identified (in practice this means that there are at least 6 returns per sector; more popular sectors (such as sintered component manufacture) have much larger populations.
Benchmarking is a requirement under both ISO9000:2000 and ISO TC16949, and the EPMA exercise offers companies the chance to benchmark their operations externally.
The 2016 EPMA Benchmarking timetable is as follows:
- Closing date for members to indicate participation - 20 January 2016
- Closing date for completed returns - 27 April 2016
- Statistical analysis to contributors - 20 May 2016
Please register your interest online at: www.epma.com/benchmarking before 20 January 2016.
EPMA has been shortlisted at the annual UK Associations Awards for Best Use of Event Technology category for the Euro PM2015 Congress & Exhibition mobile application. The event based 'mobile app' created in conjunction with developer Shock Logic, enabled Euro PM2015 Congress & Exhibition attendees to access all the information in the hard copy Congress & Exhibition guides, as well as, providing some additional features for onsite users, such as a Networking Area for delegates and exhibitors to contact each other during the event, realtime personalised calendar and links to the social media platforms.
'Over the past 12 months EPMA has been developing the onsite user experience and this mobile app is the culmination of the teams efffort' explained Andrew Almond EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added 'Having the mobile app shortlisted for Best Use of Event Technology at this year's UK Association Awards is recognition of the hard work of the team who have helped make the app such a success.'
The UK Association Awards will be presented during an awards ceremony on Tuesday 15 December 2015, London, UK. Further information on the UK Associations Awards 2015 can be found at http://www.associationawards.org/ShortlistUK2015
The European Powder Metallurgy Association is proud to announce the launch of its prestigious EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2016. The competition is open to EPMA members who manufacture ALL types of components made by the PM process. The awards are for major achievements in successful commercialisation or innovation of a product, taking into account cost savings, improved quality and stimulation of further usage of PM technology.
There are 4 categories:
- Additive Manufacturing
- Hot Isostatic Pressing
- Metal Injection Moulding
- PM Structural (including Hard Materials and Diamond Tool parts)
The awards will be presented at a special 'Awards Luncheon' on Tuesday, 11th October at the PM2016 World Congress & Exhibition to be held in Hamburg, Germany. A short video on each award winner will be prepared by the EPMA and shown during the Awards Luncheon. Extensive press coverage will be given to the winners and ALL entries, together with the winners, will be prominently displayed as part of a PM Showcase at the PM 2016 Exhibition. This will provide an excellent opportunity for companies both to demonstrate their achievements and to bring key customers to the wonderful city of Hamburg.
Over the years, these awards have done much to promote and stimulate interest in PM technology and we hope that all members will seriously consider submitting an entry in this World Congress year.
This is an EPMA members ONLY competition – FREE to enter.
Deadline for submission of entries is: 6 May 2016
The city of Reims noted for its Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims and being the centre of the Champagne region hosted this year's annual Euro PM Congress & Exhibition, organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA). A truly international event with delegates attending from over 40 countries in all regions including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The appeal of the Euro PM2015 event meant that it attracted over 200 Oral and Poster presentations and a strong attendance of some 800 participants.
The event also included a sell-out exhibition with some 90 booths covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director said "Reims has proved a delightful location for Euro PM2015 with its compact facilities. We would like to thank the City of Reims, our members and delegates for their support, which is much appreciated".
During the Congress plenary session EPMA Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Brian James (ex Hoeganaes Corp) and Lorenz Sigl (Plansee SE) and six special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit were presented to:
- Dr Raquel de Oro Calderon from the Technical University of Vienna,
- Dr Anssi Laukkanen of VTT Manufacturing and Materials Finland,
- Dipl Ing Thays Machry from Airbus Industries, UK
- Ing Andreas Meyer from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nurnberg
- Dr Alfred Sidambe of JRI Orthopaedics in UK
- Miss Anna Weddeling of Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
In addition, the second Young Engineers Event was again most successful with students from three Universities in attendance. The traditional Congress Dinner was held in the Palace du Tau and provided a suitable finale to a dynamic and productive Euro PM event.
Work is already underway for next year's World Congress to be held in Hamburg from the 9-13 October 2016, for further information on this please visit the World PM2016 website.
The European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG), through the work of its chair persons, Adeline Riou, Erasteel, and Claus Aumund-Kopp, Fraunhofer Institut – IFAM have combined their knowledge and expertise to help create a European Powder Metallurgy Association 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure.
The first brochure of its kind that brings collates all the various additive manufacturing processes in one easy to read and digest booklet. The 44-page 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure has been created specifically for Designers and Engineers who are new to Additive Manufacturing and want to learn how to design with this technology. The booklet goes into detail regarding the different additive manufacturing (AM) technologies and processes available on the market today, covering the various melting processes.
The brochure contains information relating to the metal powders used in the AM process, from chemical composition to powder morphology, providing a comprehensive explanation of designing components for AM.
A case study section covers the back end of the book, consisting of case studies from many end user sectors from aerospace to consumer goods, to name but a few. The diverse case studies provide an understanding of how AM components can be used in a variety of applications and sectors and the benefits of using AM components.
The EPMA organised its annual Summer School, 8-12 June, which took place for the first time in the association’s history, in the UK. The week-long programme was hosted by the University of Sheffield, at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and coordinated by Professor José Torralba of the University Carlos III of Madrid and Denzil Lawrence of the AMRC with Boeing.
The content of the programme was delivered by a range of professionals, drawn from both industry and academia, whose expertise reflects many aspects and topics currently being employed in today’s Powder Metallurgy industry.
A 55 strong European audience of graduates and industry personnel new to the PM sector benefited from the AMRC’s excellent facilities, which included laboratory work at University of Sheffield’s Mercury Centre, where delegates were able to get first-hand experience of the various PM processes. The 5-day schedule included two tours, one to the AMRC, where participants were shown how research into PM was helping to improve manufacturing processes. The second tour featured a visit to Metalysis, a UK-based company producing a wide range of high value metal powders and innovative alloys at a lower cost and with a smaller environmental footprint than traditional methods.
“As part of the EPMA’s commitment to the Summer School programme we are always striving to keep the content of the course as relevant as possible” explained Joan Hallward, EPMA’s Summer School Coordinator. She added “An example of this was the new lecture on High Temperature Materials“
The annual Summer School event wouldn’t be without its closing dinner, which was held in the heart of Sheffield at Silversmiths, a multi award-winning family run restaurant. The evening proved a huge success with excellent food, accompanied by the now traditional mini Eurovision song contest.
The 2016 Summer School is currently in the planning phase, with more details available in early 2016, from the EPMA website.
Members of EPMA met together in Barcelona last week for their Annual Meeting. Executive Board and Council meetings were held on 11th June, followed by the informal Annual Dinner at the stylish Tragaluz Restaurant.
The EPMA General Assembly took place on the following day at the Pimec Association for small and medium companies. EPMA President, Mr Philippe Gundermann, welcomed members to the meeting and gave an overview of the current financial and market situation in Europe. PM, he said, would continue to develop due it being a lean, green, cost efficient and innovative technology.
Mr Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, then gave an update of EPMA's activities over the past twelve months which focussed on the events marking the Associations 25th anniversary, PM training courses including the new Young Engineers day and the EuroPM 2014 Congress in Salzburg which was the best attended in a series going back to 1997. He reported that the association has recovered its membership numbers to pre- crisis levels and produced a break-even financial result in 2014.
Mr Guy Thiran, Director General of Eurometaux gave a keynote speech focusing on "Impact of Current and Future EU Legislation on the Powder Metallurgy Industry". He highlighted how widespread and important the flow of legislation from the EU has become and how the links between Eurometaux and EPMA can assist in protecting the interests of members.
The annual meeting concluded with meetings of the European Structural Parts Group (ESPG). Next year's Annual Meeting will take place on 7/8th April in Brussels.
For the last 18 months the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has been working on the development of a revised PM Roadmap called 'Vision 2025'. The purpose of the Vision 2025 booklet is to be a tool to aid in the promotion of the PM industry to government, third parties and end users. It is also envisaged that the information contained in the booklet will provide some useful insight into key trends and development areas for the different sectors of the European powder metal industry.
“The EPMA owes a big thank you to the members of the Steering Committee, which consisted of a number of well-known industry figures, who have worked on the EPMA’s behalf to collate information from across the EPMA Members spectrum to turn this extensive project into a reality. Now the work is complete, I am proud to be able to circulate the new PM Roadmap, Vision 2025.” Explained Jonathan Wroe, EPMA’s Executive Director. He went onto add “The Vision 2025 brochure covers many aspects, which will be very useful to third parties, such as government and funding agencies, as the content provides market overviews for the 5 key sectors that currently help to make up the entire PM industry, Additive Manufacturing, Hardmetals and Diamond Tools, Hot Isostatic Pressing, Metal Injection Moulding and Structural PM Components.”
Real-life case studies covering each sector are also present in the document, allowing readers to understand the benefits and advantages that PM can unlock for their existing and future applications.
The Vision 2025 document is available in hard copy or digital versions and can be ordered/downloaded by either contacting Andrew Almond, EPMA’s Marketing Manager or via the EPMA.com website.
This special 2-day programme was held at EuroPM 2014 as part of EPMA’s commitment to help promote and develop the industry. Four universities took part in this year’s pilot scheme (University of Leoben, TU Vienna, TU Dresden and University of Trento).
The students undertook a special two day parallel programme of lectures on the PM process, question and answer sessions with industry experts and discussions with young graduates working in PM. They also had tours of the exhibition and the MIBA Academy to give then an understanding of the scale and actuality of the industry. The following photograph was taken during the MIBA Academy tour:
With thanks to the following organisations for their support: Bodycote Heiß-Isostatsches Pressen GmbH, Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, Dorst Technologies, ECKA Granules Germany GmbH, Erasteel SAS, Fraunhofer Institut, Hilti AG, Höganäs AB, Imerys Graphite & Carbon, Miba AG, Osterwalder AG, PLANSEE SE, Pometon Powder s.r.l, Rio Tinto Metal Powders, Sandvik Osprey, SMS Meer GmbH, Sumca SAS, System 3R International AB, UC3 Madrid.
The Powder Injection Moulding (PIM) Short Course, organised by the EPMA, in conjunction with the EuroMIM group, took place in Barcelona, Spain, 15 – 17 April 2015, and attracted an attendance of some 50 participants.
On Wednesday 15 April there was an opportunity to visit the PIM laboratory at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and inspect the research which Dr. Gemma Herranz and her team are carrying out.
The two-day course benefitted from the expertise of speakers drawn from both academia and industry. Topics covered included:
• An Introduction to Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)
• Powder Manufacture
• Raw Materials: Feedstock
• Injection Moulding/Micro Moulding
• Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM)
• Sintering Options
• Design Criteria
• Secondary Operations
• Moulding Design
At the end of the first day, delegates and speakers were able to discuss different aspects of PIM while enjoying the magnificent menu at the restaurant Todo Pasa, only a few steps from the hotel.
The fourth in the latest series of EPMA Short Courses will take place 15 – 17 April 2015 in Barcelona, Spain and will focus on Powder Injection Moulding.
The two-day PIM Course will start with an Introduction to MIM and subsequent lectures will include Powder Manufacture, Raw Materials: Feedstock, Injection Moulding and Micro Moulding, CIM and Debinding amongst others. The Course will be particularly beneficial to technical and managerial personnel in the PIM industry and its customers requiring a more comprehensive understanding of powder injection moulding. It will also be useful to academics and researchers with an interest in PIM and who wish to gain an overview of trends in the field.
The registration fee will cover 2 nights’ accommodation at the Tryp Apolo Hotel, all relevant course documents, refreshments and a Short Course meal on the evening of 16th April. There are substantial discounts for EPMA members and academics. Space will be limited and early booking is highly recommended using the online pdf registration form on the EPMA website: www.epma.com/shortcourse. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and only when payment is received will the registration be confirmed.
Further information and a registration form will be available shortly at: www.epma.com/shortcourse
October 2004 saw the launch of the ground-breaking Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database (GPMD) as a major resource for designers and engineers around the world. Originally covering ferrous PM industry it has since been refined and extended to include the non-ferrous PM and MIM sectors and contains nearly 4000 lines of high quality data. The online data is fully searchable and outputs can be exported to several well-known FEA packages. In the latest developments information has been added covering strain controlled fatigue data that is displayed in a user-friendly format viewable in both tabular and graphic formats.
Thanks to continuous growth the GPMD now has over 10,000 registered users from countries all over the world and from a wide range of industrial sectors. Work continues to develop and include new data and new capabilities for the system which forms an essential information tool for the development of the PM industry. To see the database please go to www.pmdatabase.com
The historic trading city of Salzburg played host to this year’s EuroPM Congress organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association. A truly international event it included delegates from nearly 50 countries in all regions including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. Its appeal meant that it attracted over 200 Oral and Poster presentations and a record overall attendance of around 850 participants.
The event also included a sell-out exhibition with 84 stands covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director said “Salzburg has proved an excellent location for EuroPM 2014 taking place in the EPMA’s 25th anniversary year. We would like to thank the City of Salzburg, our members and delegates for their support, which is much appreciated”.
During the Congress plenary session the EPMA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jan Tengzelius of Hoganas, Sweden and six special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit were presented to
Professor Karin Frisk (Swerea Kimab), Dr Sebastian Hein and, Mr Juan Isaza Pax (both Fraunhofer IFAM), Dipl Ing Jose Maria Tarrago Cifre (Politecnica de Catalunya) Professor Jose Torralba (UC3 Madrid) and Dipl Ing Martin Wolff (Helmholtz Zentrum).
The winner of the 2014 EPMA PM Thesis Competition in the Diploma/Masters category was Mr David Lang who was studying at University of Leoben and the winner in the Doctorate/PhD category was Dr Annabel Braem from KU Leuven.
A full social programme included a special reception held in the magnificent Bishops Residenz to mark the EPMA’s 25th anniversary. In addition the traditional Congress Dinner provided a suitable finale to a dynamic and productive event.
Work is already underway for EuroPM 2015 to be held in Reims, France from the 4-7th October 2015 to receive further information on this and other EPMA events please contact the EPMA at:
Nearly 60 Members of EPMA met together in London on 5th and 6th of June for their Annual Meeting and a special one off seminar to celebrate the Association’s 25th anniversary.
Executive Board and Council meetings plus the General Assembly were held on 5th June at the historic Stationers Guild Hall in London. EPMA President, Philippe Gundermann, welcomed members to the annual meeting and gave an overview of the current improving financial and market situation in Europe. He also said he believed that the PM sector will continue to expand in the future because of its technological advantages plus that it is fast-moving, lean, green, cost efficient, and innovative.
Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, then gave an update of EPMA's activities over the past twelve months which focussed on key industry statistics, research projects, a wide range of working group activities plus the success of the PM summer school and EuroPM 2013 Congress in Gothenburg. He reported that the association has nearly recovered its membership numbers to pre- crisis levels and produced a break even financial result in 2013.
Once the formal business was complete there followed a celebration dinner at the same venue, whereby participants were able to enjoy an pre dinner aperitif outside in the evening sunshine, within earshot of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The special one day seminar, covering the development of the European PM industry, took place the following day in the splendid surroundings of 116 Pall Mall close to Trafalgar Square, which is the home of the UK’s Institute of Directors. This one off event had two functions, firstly to recognise the companies, people and technology that have made the European PM industry the dynamic force that it is today. Secondly to start the process of building data for an electronic PM archive details of which will be released at the forthcoming EuroPM2014 in Salzburg.
The eight invited speakers are all well known in the field of PM – starting the day Dr Cesar Molins from AMES in Spain, past President of the EPMA, gave an excellent and personal overview of the development of the association since its and even before its formation in 1989.
There then followed four papers covering the history of the main sectors of the industry Paul Beiss looked at Press and Sinter, Leo Prakash gave an interesting personal view of the Hard Materials sector and they were followed by Bruno Vicenzi of MIM Italia who gave a high speed overview of the impact of IPR and the development of MIM in Europe. Finally Olle Grinder gave an update on the relatively new technology of HIP going back to the earliest previously classified work in the 1950’s.
There was then a change of tone as Volker Arnhold put forward a list of candidates which could be viewed as market changing products for the PM industry – these included PF Con rods, etc and then after lunch a more forward looking session saw Adeline Riou from Erasteel look at the recent developments in Additive Manufacturing as applied to metal powders.
Finally EPMA president Philippe Gundermann, made an inspiring speech to present the case for the need for an updated European PM roadmap which will help to outline and develop a route forward for the industry in its relations with government, legislation and activities. This roadmap called Vision 2025 is currently being developed and should be available in its final form by January next year.
Overall the event was seen by the participants as highly successful and representing a fitting celebration of our 25years as Europe’s foremost PM trade association.
The EPMA launched the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition on the last full day of the PM2014 World Congress which took place in Orlando, Florida, 19 – 22 May.
A packed luncheon audience of PM2014 World Congress Delegates and Exhibitors were the first to watch the new promotional video showcasing just some of the delights of what Hamburg will provide in two-year’s time.
The opening speech from Mr. Philippe Gundermann, EPMA President, Eramet Group, thanked the organisation of the MPIF who had allowed the EPMA to be part of their event and conveyed a little of what to expect from a European-organised World PM Congress.
After the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition video Dr. Michael Krehl, PM2016 Chairman, PMG Holding GmbH, gave the audience a brief presentation of Hamburg, one of the major European Ports, and its historical significance for trade and industry.
Further information regarding the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition which will take place at the Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH) 9-13 October 2016, Hamburg, Germany, including the launch video, is available at www.worldpm2016.com or by contacting the EPMA Secretariat at the usual address.