The European Hard Materials Group (EuroHM) represents EPMA members, suppliers and research community involved in Hardmetals, Cemented Carbides, and polycrystalline materials such as CBN, Ceramic and Diamond Tools. Tooling based on hardmetals and diamonds are the backbone of any and all manufacturing processes. Almost every modern product has been touched by a hardmetal component. As an example, around fifty machining operations using hardmetal tools are needed in the automotive industry to manufacture a single car. The hardmetals sector therefore supplies significant volumes in the automotive and aerospace sectors but has also major markets in advanced manufacturing, construction, mining and wear applications (cf. Vision 2025 Future Developments for the European PM Industry). For example, the world mining industry supports 700 billion euros of economic activity in its own right. The EuroHM Group reflects the importance in Europe of the hard material sector, the size of which is multibillion euros and comparable to the structural parts sector.
The European Hard Materials Group EuroHM (formerly EHMG) was established in 1999. In 2005 EPMA Council approved broadening the range of industries covered to include ceramic cutting tools.
In common with other EPMA sectoral groups the EuroHM has a regular Roadmapping function, this identifies markets, drivers and potential solutions influencing the major issues that will shape the future of the industry. The European Hardmetals and Diamond Tools industry faces two major challenges: pressure from low cost manufacturers external to Europe and raw material supply chain disruption. The industry is therefore moving to added value and technology driven sales underpinned by the use of recycling at a large scale. The role of the EuroHM is to support its Members in these challenges with the following activities:
- Industry promotion in various Exhibitions over Europe.
- Environment, Health and Safety issues through the support of the EPMA EHS Department
- Education and Training including regular WINTEREV and SUMMEREV workshops (see WINTEREV/SUMMEREV section), Hard Materials Seminars.
- Networking through the regular Euro PM and World PM events organised by the EPMA and the Euro HM open and special meetings
- Research including support and participation in EU projects and coordination of “Club Projects”, funded internally by a consortium of EPMA members (see www.epma.com/projects).