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The European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG) will organise a special EAMG meeting on the 3 November 2016 in Brussels (Metal Conference Centre, 5th Floor, 100 Rue du Duc, Brussels, Belgium) from ca. 10:00am until 16:30pm. Three years after its formation, the EAMG steering group would like to discuss with the EAMG members current and future activities in regards to:

  • Education, Training, Promotion and Networking
  • Standardisation
  • Research Projects and Innovation
  • Benchmarking, Network with other AM organizations...

The main objective of this meeting will be to discuss and agree the way forward for the above areas, following on from the EAMG open meeting held on the 11 October 2016 during the World PM2016.

Please download the agenda for this meeting here. Please note that the number of registrations to this meeting is limited and some restriction may apply.

In the meantime if you would like attend the meeting, we would be grateful if you could register your attendance by sending a confirmation email to Mrs Rhianna Jones: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 24 October 2016.

On the 27 - 28 September 2016, San Sebastian, Spain, the EPMA in partnership with SPRI, Innobasque and BEAZ, members of Basque Enterprise Europe Network, will organize in collaboration with the Technology Centre CEIT-IK4, an International Conference & Brokerage Event focused on technology transfer and search for R&D partners in the field of "Advanced Manufacturing and Materials".

The Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Conference & Brokerage Event will take place on 27 September 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain.

Following on from the 'Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Brokerage Event', the EPMA will moderate a Special Powder Metallurgy (PM) Session on the morning of the 28 September, with the following Agenda:

09:00 - 09:30 - Welcome and Presentation (CEIT)

09:30 –10:15 - Presentation of the EPMA and its activities to improve the synergy in the PM community (EPMA) with the following topics considered for discussion -

  • What is a Club Project? How does it work? What are the benefits?
  • Example of "Club Projects"
    How can the EPMA help you in your EU project proposal? What is the added value of our support?
  • Example of EU projects where the EPMA is involved: DIRA-GREEN, EFFIPRO, AM-Motion (1/11/16)
  • What intends the EPMA to do to improve the visibility of the PM topics at the EU level?

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Discussion with the participants (CEIT, EPMA, ALL)

  • What kind of Club Projects would you like?
  • What kind of EU projects would you like?

Advanced registration is available until 25 September 2016 via https://www.b2match.eu/advancedmanufacturing2016 which also contains more information on the programme.

The EPMA will soon launch another club project on Ultrasonic fatigue testing of hardmetals in the gigacycle regime "UFTH": Stage 3, in partnership with TU Vienna, University of Vienna and CEIT San Sebastian.

The UFTH Stage 3 will first complete the UFTH 2a project, where a testing rig and procedure for ultrasonic fatigue testing by 3-point bending have been developed and built by testing an additional set of samples. It will also evaluate a new testing strategy based on Brazed Hardmetal-Steel testing specimens.

Please find below the link to the Description and Consortium Agreement (CA) of the UFTH Stage 3 Project.

pdf Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing of Hardmetals in the gigacycle regime Project UFTH Stage 3 (433 KB)

The Project is open to ALL organisations according to the conditions described in the CA. If you would like to participate in this new UFTH Project, please send the signed CA (pages 1-3) via a return email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest convenience.

If you would like more information on the Club Project proposal and the conditions, please contact Dr Olivier Coube, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The EPMA in partnership with Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen will propose a new version of a Club Project proposal on Quality Test for Selective Laser Melting (SLM) powder (SLM-POWD).

This project (SLM-POWD) proposes to address the following three objectives:

  1. Study the applicability of a metal powder (to be defined) for the Additive Manufacturing process of Selective Laser Melting
  2. Set up a guideline on how to characterize and specify AM powder for SLM
  3. Set up a guideline on how to find the right laser parameters to process powder with SLM

The overall cost to the project partners will be shared by the participants (minimum of 5) through a project fee of maximum €6,600 per participant. The project is planned to start in the next few months and the duration will be 6 months. This project is open to all companies and we have started the process to form the Consortium with companies like BÖHLER Edelstahl.

A full description of the project is available at www.epma.com/projects including a Consortium Agreement (pages 1-2) to be signed and returned by companies who would like to participate in the project.

If you are interested in the project or would like more information please contact Dr. Olivier Coube, EPMA Technical Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The EPMA will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Farnborough International Airshow, 11 – 15 July 2016 and will be showcasing what powder metallurgy can offer the aerospace sector. The 5-day trade only exhibition, which runs every two years, is not only expected to repeat the success of its last event in 2014, but it is looking to reach new markets and territories. This is underpinned by an increase in international participation from Austria, Brazil, Republic of Ireland and South Korea who all have dedicated country pavilions.

"Exhibiting at an event of this size and scope can only benefit EPMA Members by the leads that can be generated through participating at one of the premier aerospace industry events", explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He went onto add "By promoting each PM process, there will be natural linkages to exploit and synergies to realise, when discussing new and existing projects with the delegates and visitors at Farnborough's International Airshow."

All leads gained during the event will be passed onto the relevant EPMA Members.

Additive Manufacturing Component Category Deadline Extended - 31 May 2016

The Additive Manufacturing category has been reopened to allow additional entries to be submitted for this year's EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards competition.

The awards will be presented during the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition to be held in Hamburg, Germany 9-13 October 2016. A short video on each award winner will be prepared by the EPMA and shown during the plenary. Extensive press coverage will be given to the winners and ALL entries. All enteries will be prominently displayed as part of an Awards Showcase in the World PM2016 Exhibition.

Additive Manufactured component entries must submitted via the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2016 website at www.epma.com/awards no later than 31 May 2016

For further details, or questions regarding the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2016 please contact Joan Hallward This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website: www.epma.com/awards

The 2016 EPMA Board & Council Meeting and General Assembly took place on 7-8 April at the Eurometaux Conference Centre in Brussels and was attended by approx 45 people. The two-day event, included the EPMA Annual Dinner, as well as Board, Council and Committee meetings.

EPMA President Mr Philippe Gundermann welcomed members to the 29th Annual General Assembly on behalf of the Executive Board and Council. A minutes silence was held in memory of Jonathan Wroe who passed away in December 2015 in his function of Executive Director. Mr Gundermann thanked Dr Volker Arnhold for taking on the role of Executive Director until end of October 2016, and he introduced Dr Lionel Aboussouan as EPMA's Deputy Executive Director.

Mr Gundermann explained the reasons for the amendments of the Articles of Association and Bylaws and he highlighted the key changes including an enlarged Council of twenty members to reflect the increased number of EPMA members and the format of the Council including one main representative per PM sector. The revised Bylaws and internal regulations were taken to a formal vote and were approved and adopted unanimously.

In his annual address Mr Gundermann started with an overview of how the global economy has been impacted by the Chinese slowdown in industry. Mr Gundermann brought encouraging news showing the positive trends for the PM industry, particularly in automotive and aerospace industries. It has also been reminded about the Design for PM e-learning web site (www.designforpm.net) and encouraged all members to direct their new starters to this tool which is free access.

The 2015 accounts, as well as, the 2017 budget’s proposal were presented by Mr Kjeldsteen, treasurer of EPMA, and were approved and adopted unanimously.

EPMA's activities report was presented by Dr Aboussouan. He reported on the continuous increase of membership, gave status for the preparation of the World PM2016 Congress to be held in Hamburg and reminded about the "Component Award 2016" and the "PM Thesis Competition" that are requiring additional submissions. The EPMA's education and training activities were also highlighted, with positive feedback from the participants.

Dr Coube, Technical Director, gave an update on the EPMA's Sectoral Groups.

The new Council members were elected for the next 3 years, as well as the Board Members, President and Treasurer.

A short presentation of each sectoral group activities was provided by the respective chair person:

  1. European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG)
  2. European Hard Materials Group (EHMG)
  3. European Powder Metallurgy Hot Isostatic Pressing Group (EPHG)
  4. European Structural Parts Group (ESPG)
  5. European Metal Injection Moulding Group (EuroMIM)
  6. Research and Development Network (RADNET)

The PDF presentation slides and video footage of the sectoral group presentations are available to logged in EPMA members in the General Assembly section of the website.

EPMA's next General Assembly will be held on April 7 2017.

Summerev 16 - Characterisation of Hardmaterials and Superhard Materials, 16-17 June 2016, Hilti AG, Liechtenstein, will focus on the characterisation of interfaces and associated chemistry and phase metrology of substrates and adjacent matrices, with additional presentations on the influence of these parameters on elevated temperature properties. It is intended that "interfaces" can be interpreted at both the microscopic scale (interphase) and mesoscopic (coatings, substrates, etc) and "elevated" does not just mean very high temperatures but also intermediate, i.e. up to say 6-800oC. Subsequent meetings intend to address complementary aspects such as modelling (processing and performance), wear performance and tribological behaviour, heterogeneity and near surface structures; where possible using advanced characterisation methods such as in situ tests, 3D microscopy and high resolution analytical methods. This year the programme is open to additional volunteer speakers, who would like to make a presentation on SUMMEREV 16 topics. If you are interested, please contact Dr Bryan Roebuck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information can be found at: www.epma.com/summerev16 - booking deadline 29 April 2016

The EPMA will launch a new club project soon on Design for Sintering – Dealing with the anisotropy of dimensional changes: "DfS" in partnership with the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento.

The project aims to demonstrate the possibility to predict dimensional changes of real parts using the design methodology developed at UNITN. The project will last one year and will only cost €3390 for measurement and data processing of one axialsymmetric component, which will be selected by the partners from those within their current industrial production, and then just €1695 for each additional part.

The project also aims to stimulate interest in continuing the activity, within the framework of a further club project. The subsequent project would explore the variables affecting the anisotropy of dimensional changes by investigating the influence of the geometry of the parts, of the material, and of process conditions.

If you would like to participate in the 'DfS Demonstrator Project' or if you would like more information on the project proposal, please contact Dr Olivier Coube, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information on club projects can be found at www.epma.com/projects 

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.

Develop3D Live 2016For 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

Dr Lionel AbboussouanThe 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.

If you have any questions regarding the 2016 EPMA Benchmarking exercise, please contact Karen Powell, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at the EPMA Secretariat.

Associations Awards BannerEPMA 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.

Euro PM2015 Mobile App'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.

For further details please contact Joan Hallward This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the website: www.epma.com/awards

 

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 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure is available for PDF download in the EPMA Free Publications section.

Hard copy versions of the 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure are available to order for companies in Europe. To order a hard copy brochure, please email Scarlett Williams, Event Assistant- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the quantities you require.  

 

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.

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