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Between 20 - 22 June 2017, EPMA will be promoting the benefits of the PM process at the Glbal Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, Stuttgart, Germany. The 3-day event, co-located with Engine Expo 2017, Automotive Interiors Expo 2017 and Automotive Testing Expo Europe, will attract Tier 1, 2 and 3 Automotive Component Manufacturers from around the world to the expo to display their very latest technologies and products, plus numerous more exhibitors will be on hand to discuss how they can participate in cost reduction within supply chains, and how they can offer new, alternative, cost-effective manufacturing and supply solutions. The event is expected to feature over 300 exhibiting component suppliers from across the international supply chain and making it a truly global supplier-sourcing opportunity in one compact location.

EPMA will be exhibiting on stand number #4444 and should you be attending the event, you would be more than welcome to join the EPMA Team in promoting the future of powder metallurgy!

For more information on how you can assist the EPMA, please contact Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your level of assistance.

The Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition Technical Programme is due for distribution in the coming weeks, EPMA are going GREEN! We are asking every EPMA contact if you still wish to receive a hard copy Technical Programme, or if you would prefer the digital PDF Technical Programme only.

The digital PDF Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition Technical Programme is scheduled to be distributed via email towards the end of May and will also be available via the Euro PM2017 Website - www.europm2017.com

If you would like to receive a hard copy please complete the Euro PM2017 Mailing List Form - https://www.europm2017.com/general-information/mailing-list by 31 May 2017. However, if you miss this deadline, there will be a limited number of additional hard copy brochures printed to ensure you do not miss out on this year's Euro PM2017 content. The hard copy version will arrive by post in mid June.

While selecting which version of the Technical Programme you wish to receive, why not update your contact details to ensure they are correct and up-to-date for future correspondence?

Please note that if we do not have your complete postal address details, you will be sent the digital PDF version as default.

EPMA recently organised and delivered the Design For PM Seminar, which took place 27 – 28 April at the Best Western Plus Tower Hotel Bologna. Over 50 delegates from across the PM supply chain were present during this 2-day seminar that featured lectures from well-known PM industry presenters.

The presentations covered a range of Powder Metallurgy topics from an introduction to PM (processes, materials and a comparison with alternative technologies), through to the mechanical behaviour of PM materials in correlation to porosity and in relation to the microstructural features of PM steels. The two main damage mechanisms of structural parts, fatigue and contact fatigue, was discussed in detail. Presentations on the guidelines imposed by the key step of the technology, i.e. by shaping, were also presented, introducing a topic on design, which featured the specific description of design for fatigue, with examples of how to design a PM gear. Three case studies were presented that highlighted real-life examples of how to design PM Gears and Shock Absorbers.

Within the programme a factory tour took place at the famous Ducati motorcycle factory, which was well received and attended by the participants.

“The Design for PM Seminar was an intensive 2-day seminar that generated a great deal of thought provoking discussions and interest” explained Dr. Olivier Coube, EPMA’s Technical Director. He went onto add “I would like to thank all the presenters who took time out of their busy schedules to assist with the content of this seminar. Work has already started on a 2018 PM orientated seminar, with more details available in due course.”

Presentations from the event will be made available to the participants via a secure website link in due course.

A number of EPMA Members who formed part of the Euro PM2017 Technical Programme Committee were kind enough to provide interviews of their thoughts for the forthcoming Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition and what delegates, exhibition visitors and participants can expect by attending this year’s annual PM industry event. Below are the links to the Euro PM2017 Technical Programme Committee videos, hosted via YouTube

Professor Alberto Molinari, Trento University - https://youtu.be/TLXYVYowbKQ

Dr Marco Actis-Grande, Politecnico di Torino - https://youtu.be/XEljXtI2l-0

Mr Christoph Laumen, Linde AG, - https://youtu.be/5J9D1lEmero

Dr Cesar Molins, AMES SA, - https://youtu.be/loBLw4MVi5Q

Mr Bruno Vicenzi, Clayver Srl - https://youtu.be/sxMtVI2mowc

Last week over 40 EPMA Members attended the 30th General Assembly at the Eurometaux Metals Conference Centre, Brussels, Belgium for the EPMA's annual meeting. EPMA Members representing all sectors of the PM supply chain attended the one-day meeting, which featured presentations from the EPMA President, Mr. Philippe Gundermann, who provided an update and overview of the state of the Powder Metal Sector in Europe, as well as EPMA's Executive Director, Dr. Lionel Aboussouan, and Technical Director, Dr. Olivier Coube, who provided updates on their respective areas.

Sectoral Group Chairs also provided presentations on their respective Sectoral Groups and updated the audience on what key actions the groups had been undertaking in the last 12-months, including a view on what 2017 has in-store for their specific sector.

The General Assembly was closed with a presentation called 'Electrifying! – The Shift to Electro-Mobility' by Mr Rob Rickell, President Group Technology, GKN plc. Mr Rickell presented what the future holds with the electrification of the automotive sector. This provided some interesting discussion points during adn after the meeting.

The video recorded of the EPMA's 30th General Assembly, including Mr Rickell's presentation, will be made available in the coming weeks and will be accessible via the EPMA.com Members Area.

There were also several sectoral group meeting that took place around the General Assembly, these being:  

  • European Powder Metallurgy Hot Isostatic Pressing Group (EuroHIP) & HIP Club Project Meeting
  • European Structural Parts Group (EuroPress+Sinter)
  • European Injection Moulding Group (EuroMIM)

If you would like information relating to the above Sectoral Group meetings, please contact either Dr. Aboussouan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for EuroHIP and EuroMIM groups or Dr. Coube (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for the EuroPress&Sinter group.

The slides from the EPMA's 30th General Assembly will be available via the EPMA members Area of the EPMA.com website, as well as the video file taken of the meeting, in the coming weeks.  

EPMA's Spotlight on PM is now open and is a great way for your company and the components you make to gain extra exposure at some of Europe's leading business-to-business exhibitions in 2017.

As part of the EPMA's continued promotion of the PM industry, we are asking EPMA Members to provide their PM parts/components for display purposes at the various events, seminars and exhibitions the EPMA will be attending this year. See the full list of events the EPMA will be attending on the EPMA Promotional Calendar events table.

If you would like to submit a component to be displayed on the EPMA's exhibition stand, please complete the Spotlight on PM submission form which should take no more than 2-minutes to complete. You can always complete as much information as you know and submit additional information directly to James Batten, EPMA Graphic Communication Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at a later date.

If you submit your part before 7 June 2017, your part can be considered for display at the Global Automotive Components Expo, Stuttgart, Germany, 20-22 June 2017.

Submit Your Part for Consideration for the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2018

By completing this form now, you can also tick the box to enter your part in the 2018 EPMA PM Components Awards. Therefore, you not only have your component displayed at events in Europe during 2017, but you can also ensure your component is registered for the 2018 EPMA PM Component Awards competition in good time for the competition officially opening on 1 November 2017.

You can see how past components have benefited from exposure through the EPMA's Spotlight on PM Case Studies by viewing the Spotlight on PM Case Studies webpage or booklet.

If you have any questions, regarding the EPMA's Spotlight on PM Case Study series, please feel free to contact Andrew Almond, EPMA Marketing Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 17th annual EPMA PM Summer School will be held this year at INP Grenoble. Designed to offer participants from all parts of Europe an advanced teaching of PM’s advantages and limitations by some of the leading academics and industrial personnel in Europe. The 5-day Summer school will be held from June 19th to 23rd and is particularly designed for young graduate designers, engineers and scientists drawn from a wide range of disciplines such as materials science, design, engineering, manufacturing or metallurgy.

For further information or to register to attend, please see www.epma.com/summerschool or contact Scarlett Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 19th April.

EPMA will attending the 6th Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe Congress 2017, taking place in Birmingham 25 - 27 April 2017. The 3-day event will focus on the thorough investigation of material selection strategies, multi material architectures, use of composites, thermoplastics, glass fiber and other materials, component weight reduction,  innovative joining methods and many more.Key topics of the conference programme include:

  • material selection strategies & multi material architectures
  • lightweighting opportunities of structural parts, components, engine and powertrain
  • innovative joining technologies
  • use of composites, thermoplastics, glass fiber and other new materials for weight reduction
  • lightweighting for electric vehicle range
  • material production methods

EPMA Members who wish to attend this event are provided 15% discount. To be provided with the 15% saving off the regular attendance price, please see the Member Discounts page in the Members Area of the website.

"This will be a good opportunity to network with OEM's, designers and engineers from end user companies, to promote the positive benefits of using the PM process and how there future components can take advantage of the various powder metal processes." Explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager.

Further information on this year's event can be found at www.global-automotive-lightweight-materials-europe.com

Last week saw the Euro PM2017 Technical Programme Committee meet to set the programme for the Euro PM2017 Congress. Over 70 PM experts from academia and industry met in Milan to review over 300 submitted abstracts.

TPC Co-Chair Prof Maurizio Vedani (Politecnico di Milano) said "The TPC meeting went on smoothly in a good and constructive spirit. Due to the very high number of abstracts, the TPC were forced to make a hard selection in order to draw out the oral program. As a result the poster session will be a very stimulating event for sure, owing to the high quality and large number of contributions."

As the meeting was held in the same rooms that will host the conference, members were given a preview of the Euro PM2017 conference environment.

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstract before 17 March and full details of the program will be released in May.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) are hosting a two-day Metal Injection Moulding Seminar to help provide a deeper understanding and awareness of the technology. The aim of the event is to provide this knowledge to people who have an interest in Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) from students who are looking at the PM industry, to companies and personnel who are considering changing from other manufacturing processes.

Over two days, speakers from the Metal Injection Moulding Sector will explore the future of MIM, design criteria and secondary operations, quality concepts, materials, as well as, look into case studies surrounding the technology and explore advantages the MIM process can provide.

'The seminar will be a forum for discussion and provide potential for collaboration between the attending delegates', explained Dr Lionel Aboussouan, EPMA's Executive Director. He continued to add ‘There will be an exhibition-style showcase of MIM parts as well as an advertising area where delegates and speakers are welcome to represent their companies'.

The MIM Seminar programme has been created with assistance from the EPMA's EuroMIM Group and will take place in Ludwigshafen, Germany 1-2 June 2017 at the BASF facilities.

For more information and to book your place, go to www.epma.com/seminars. A prompt reservation is recommended as there are a limited number of spaces available. The deadline for booking on this seminar is Thursday 4 May, 2017. Specific questions regarding this seminar can be directed to Mrs Rhianna Jones, Events & Administration Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: +44 (0) 1743 248899.

EPMA, with assistance from its PMRADNET (Academic Network) working group has embarked on a European-wide mapping exercise of EPMA Member powder metallurgy research and development centres. The EPMA PM R&D Centres Mapping Project is aimed to highlight the number of R&D centres in Europe that are working on various PM related areas for research & development activities.

"This is a great opportunity for EPMA Members who are active in the fields of Research & Development to highlight what aspects of PM they are active in" explained Dr. Olivier Coube EPMA Technical Director & coordinator of the EPMA's RADNET Working Group. He went onto add "The data collected will make it easier for potential users of powder metallurgy to discuss future research programmes and projects, using the easy-to-use map based interface."

To add your Research Centres information, which includes Universities active in PM learning programmes, please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EPMARandDMAP  to complete your free of charge listing. The form to submit your details has been made as easy as possible to complete and only contains 9 questions.     

Once your submission has been accepted your details will be added to a map of European Powder Metallurgy R&D centres, a working version can be found at www.epma.com/projects/r-d-centres-mapping

Please note that the mapping exercise is in its beta phase and should be completed in the forthcoming months. More information regarding EPMA Member R&D centres can be found by clicking on the link "find out more about this EPMA Member". If you have any questions relating to the EPMA PM R&D Centre Mapping Project, please contact Dr Olivier Coube, EPMA Technical Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

The 2017 EPMA Board & Council Meetings will take place on 30 March 2017 followed by the 30th General Assembly of EPMA on 31 March 2017. They will both be held in Brussels, Belgium.

The annual dinner will take place at 19.30 on Thursday 30 March 2017, hosted by EPMA for paid up Full Members only. Venue details will be distributed to registered attendees in advance of the meeting.

The 30th General Assembly of EPMA will take place on Friday 31 March 2017 at the Eurometaux Metals Conference Centre - 100 rue du Duc, 5th floor, 1150 Brussels, Belgium between 09.30 - 15.00 (Aluminium/Copper Room). The agenda for the 30th General Assembly can be found at  www.epma.com/ga/agenda

If you would like to attend EPMA's 30th General Assembly, please complete the form at www.epma.com/ga/register by the registration deadline of Friday 17 March 2017.

If you have any questions relating to the EPMA's 30th General Assembly or EPMA Board & Council Meetings, please contact Kate Blackbourne, EPMA Congress Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

EPMA will be exhibiting at the DEVELOP3D LIVE 2017 conference and exhibition, Warwick University, 28 March 2017. DEVELOP3D LIVE is the UK's leading conference and exhibition celebrating product design, engineering and emerging manufacturing technologies, which includes how manufacturing processes can bring world-leading products to market faster.

"Whilst many of the delegates are becoming 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" explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added "By exhibiting at this type of event, EPMA can introduce the additional areas PM covers, which could open doors for new components and ways of thinking, including some of which they may have not even considered."
EPMA will be exhibiting on stand #28a in the Mead Gallery.

Further information on this year's event can be found at www.develop3dlive.com.

Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition is proud to announce the number of submitted abstracts for this year’s annual Euro PM Series event has hit an all-time Euro PM high of over 300 papers! The 3-day technical conference for powder metallurgy and related sectors, which includes structural parts, hard materials, metal injection moulding, hot isostatic pressing and additive manufacturing, will see oral presentations and poster presentations covering all of PM.
 
"Following a very positive and busy year, which featured the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition, we were not sure if the 2017 event would be as well supported, but we are overwhelmed with the number of abstracts submitted and the support the PM and related sectors have provided" explained Kate Blackbourne, EPMA’s Congress Manager. She went onto add "Having the event taking place in Milan will make allow participants to sample one of Europe’s key cities for commerce, fashion and design, where contemporary and traditional cultures combine for an immersive experience."

The Euro PM2017 Exhibition will run in parallel to the technical sessions, allowing exhibition visitors and delegates alike to discuss new projects and meet with new and existing suppliers all in one easy to access location. The exhibition area is centrally located within the Milano Congressi (MiCo) venue, and adjacent to the technical session rooms and lunch facilities, allowing participants easy access to both areas.

"The Euro PM2017 Exhibition Area, which will be open for a full 3-days of exhibiting, will make for a great place for industrious discussions and networking opportunities between exhibitors, delegates and visitors" commented Andrew Almond, EPMA’s Exhibition Manager. He continued "This year has seen a large number of exhibitors booking earlier than in previous years, which has resulted in limited exhibition space at the same point in the exhibition calendar, when compared to previous Euro PM years. The conveniently located exhibition area will provide a suitable location to showcase the PM industry supply chain products and services in 2017."

Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition is taking place 1-5 October 2017 in the north wing of the Milano Congressi (MiCo) Centre and is easily accessible via the Milan metro and local bus routes, allowing attendees to experience the plethora of museums, theatres and landmarks that makes Milan such an attractive city to explore.

Further information on this year’s event, including the last remaining exhibition spaces, or to sign up to join the Euro PM2017 Mailing List can all be found at www.europm2017.com.

A newly devised European Communications Working Group (ECOM) has been set up to assist EPMA marketing and promotional activities to assist in coordinating EPMA efforts between the EPMA Secretariat and EPMA Members.

The ECOMs first meeting took place via a conference call on 13 January 2017 to discuss the EPMA's calendar of promotional events in 2017. Following the discussion of the group the following events were decided upon to either visit or exhibit at:

EventLocationDateParticipation Type
Advanced Engineering Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden 8 - 9 March Exhibit
Develop 3D Warwick, UK 28 March Exhibit
Med-Tech Innovation Expo Coventry, UK 26 - 27 April Visit
automechanika Birmingham, UK 6 - 8 June Visit
PowderMet 2017 Las Vegas, USA 13 - 16 June Visit
Paris Airshow Paris, France 19 - 25 June Visit
European Automotive Components Expo Stuttgart, Germany 20 - 22 June Exhibit
Advanced Engineering UK 2017 Birmingham, UK 1 - 2 Nov Exhibit
Formnext 2017 Frankfurt, Germany 14 - 17 November Exhibit
CTI Getriebesymposium Berlin, Germany 4 - 7 December Exhibit

If you are interested to join the European Communications Working Group, please email Andrew Almond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be able to provide you with details of the next ECOM group meeting, which will be looking at the EPMA's Marketing Strategy for 2017.

The Global PM Property Database (www.pmdatabase.com) has been enhanced to include examples of PM microstructures to assist PM parts manufacturers and end-users during interpretation of PM microstructures. The enhancement will help to build an appreciation of what a powerful tool metallography can be in engineering new components, designing new materials and solving a range of quality control issues.

After log-in, a short-cut link allows the user to reference the microstructural phases in materials processed by conventional sintering, elevated temperature sintering, accelerated post-sintering cooling, etc. Guidance is also given on specimen preparation and proper etchant selection.

The free-to-use database has been developed jointly by the major PM trade bodies, the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA), and the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), who developed the Guide to PM Microstructures, to provide access to comprehensive and accredited mechanical, fatigue and physical property data for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, processed by conventional press-sinter PM, Powder Forging and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM).

Should any EPMA Member wish to submit additional data to the Global PM Property Database, in the first instance please contact David Whittaker - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EPMA is proud to announce the 2017 Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition.

This competition is open to all graduates of a European University whose theses have been officially accepted or approved by the applicant's teaching establishment during the previous three years. Theses, which must be classified under the topic of Powder Metallurgy, are judged by an international panel of PM experts, drawn from both academia and industry.

Winners of the PM Thesis Competition will be awarded prizes of €750 and €1,000 for Masters and Doctorate levels respectively, sponsored by Högänas AB. Winners also receive complimentary registration to the Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition courtesy of EPMA, which includes the opportunity to share a five minute presentation during the plenary session. Additionally, there is the opportunity of having the winning work published in the prestigious journal Powder Metallurgy.

'The PM Thesis Competition is a great opportunity to showcase your work to the PM industry on a European scale', explained Kate Blackbourne, EPMA's Congress Manager. She went on to add 'We're really excited to now be running this competition annually and we look forward to receiving your submissions.'

The submission form, along with further information, can be found at www.epma.com/thesiscompetition. All submissions must be received by Wednesday 26 April 2017. Specific questions regarding the PM Thesis Competition can be directed to Kate Blackbourne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: +44 (0)1743 24 88 99.

EPMA will be hosting a Design for Powder Metallurgy (PM) Seminar in April this year. The 2-day intensive training course will be beneficial to designers, particularly in the automotive sector and to technical and managerial personnel, as well as end users who wish to gain a more comprehensive idea of designing by the PM process.

The Design for PM Seminar will offer an introduction to powder metallurgy and its various processes, the materials that can be used within the PM process and a comparison against alternative manufacturing technologies and processes.

‘If you are already designing components, or are thinking about designing components produced by the powder metal process, the Design for PM seminar would be of great benefit to you and your organisation’, explained Dr. Olivier Coube, EPMA’s Technical Director. He went onto add ‘The 2-day seminar will look to realise theory into practise with industry related case studies from PM companies, with the programme being completed with a factory tour visit to the Ducati factory.’

The Design for PM programme has been created with assistance from the EPMA’s European Structural Parts Group and will take place in Bologna, Italy 27-28 April 2017 at the Best Western Plus Tower Hotel Bologna. The full Design for PM programme can be found at www.epma.com/seminars and a prompt reservation is recommended as there are a limited number of spaces available. The deadline for booking on this seminar is Wednesday 22 March, 2017. Specific questions regarding this seminar can be directed to Miss Scarlett Williams, Event & Project Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: +44 (0) 1743 248899.

EPMA will be hosting a HIP Seminar in April this year. The seminar will be of interest to end users and designers as well as technical and managerial personnel in the HIP industry. The two days take a particular focus on how Hot Isostatic Pressing can be used in large, complex parts and in demanding applications for companies who may be looking into the use of HIP versus conventional powder metallurgy.

'The seminar has been organised to provide information about the Hot Isostatic Pressing process and how it has become viable and high performance alternative to conventional processes', explained Dr. Lionel Aboussouan EPMA's Executive Director. He went onto add 'The 2-day seminar will feature topics such as materials, simulation as well as case studies from a variety of industries.'

The HIP programme has been created with assistance from the EPMA's European Hot Isostatic Pressing Group and will take place on the outskirts of Sheffield, UK 4-5 April 2017 at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). The full seminar programme can be found at www.epma.com/seminars and a prompt reservation is recommended as there are a limited number of spaces available. The deadline for booking on this seminar is Wednesday 1 March, 2017. Specific questions regarding this seminar can be directed to Mrs Rhianna Jones, Event & Administration Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 will be a busy year for the EPMA, its Members and potential users of powder metallurgy as EPMA extends its range and depth of events and seminars to represent more PM industry sectors.

EPMA will be running 4 more events over 2016, as there will be seminars on Hot Isostatic Pressing, PM Structural Parts, Metal Injection Moulding and one that will be running for the first time called PM for Non-PM Specialists. These new events are in addition to the annual series, which comprise the EPMA PM Summer School and Euro PM Congress & Exhibition. For the second year running there will be a seminar on Additive Manufacturing.

The first seminar of the year 'Design for PM, taking place in Bologna, Italy 27 - 28 April, is now open for registration only at www.epma.com/seminars

'Extending the range of EPMA events to represent all PM industry facets not only helps to promote the PM process, but helps to attract end users and new users to PM technology, understand the benefits and advantages PM components can produce' explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He went onto add 'It is only through the cooperation and assistance from the EPMA's various Sectoral Group Members that EPMA is able to extend the depth and range of events being organised and operated this year.'

The full range of EPMA's Powder Metallurgy Seminars can be found below, with more information being made available in due course and via a dedicated micro-site - www.epma.com/seminars

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