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Westfield, IN – February 15, 2018 – Metal Powder Products LLC (“MPP”), a Mill Point Capital portfolio company, announced today that it has acquired NetShape Technologies Inc. (“NetShape”), a leading manufacturer and solutions provider of engineered metal components using powdered metal and metal injection molding (“MIM”) technologies headquartered in Floyds Knobs, IN.

The European Union economy grew at its fastest pace in a decade last year, figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat have confirmed.

Höganäs acquires 100 percent of Swiss tooling company Alvier PM-Technology. Alvier develops and produces high-quality, innovative and complex tooling solutions for powder metallurgy.

As reported in Powder Metallurgy Review, GKN plc has confirmed that it will look to divest GKN Powder Metallurgy, comprising GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes, within the next 12-18 months as part of its new business strategy to transform the company, including the sale of non-core segments. The new strategy announcement comes in response to Melrose PLC’s widely-reported takeover bid in January 2018. After an initial proposal from Melrose to acquire GKN was rejected by GKN’s Board, both companies have launched campaigns to convince GKN shareholders of their respective plans for the group.

The European non-ferrous metals association (Eurometaux) has had a busy start to 2018 and have published a range of press releases reagrding their achievements and advances in the following areas:

In January 2018, demand for passenger cars in the European Union grew significantly (+7.1%) compared to January last year – benefitting from a positive calendar effect. New car registrations amounted to 1,253,877 units during the first month of the year.

Sintavia, LLC, a leading Tier One metal additive manufacturer, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (“TNSC”), a global provider of industrial gases and related welding solutions to precision industries, have announced that they had formed a partnership to develop and promote metal additive manufacturing (“AM”) solutions across key industries.

EOS, the world’s leading technology provider in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, has expanded its production capacity and relocated its system manufacturing facilities to Maisach-Gerlinden, just west of Munich, and closer to its headquarters in Krailling.

The registration for the European Industry Day 2018 is now open! For more deatils, click here.

MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest provider of heat treatment and specialist thermal processing services, is pleased to announce that its Sint Niklaas, Belgium, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) location will take delivery of a new “Mega-HIP” unit which will be operational by the end of 2018.

The eurozone's economy grew at its fastest pace for a decade in 2017, according to official figures.

Brussels, 1 February 2018 – In the fourth quarter of 2017, demand for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the European Union continued to grow – EU results were 35.1% higher than in the same period in 2016. The 227,378 alternatively-powered cars registered during the last quarter of 2017 accounted for 6.7% of total passenger car sales, while electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) made up for 1.9% of all cars sold across the European Union.

SUMCA SAS, a specialist in design and production of high precision compaction tools announced that it has opened a subsidiary tool making facility in the United States, located in Lebanon, Tennessee. The new site named COMPACTION TOOL SERVICE (CTS) has been operating since November 2017 and provides tooling repairs and new tool supply to compaction companies in North America.

In the continuity of the previous congresses organized on this theme, the 9th Colloquium Science and Technology of Powder, aims to allow the different sectors, academic, industrial and equipment manufacturers to meet to exchange their knowledge and learn about the latest scientific and technological advances in the field. It will be held from July 3 to 5, 2018, at UTC.

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MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest provider of heat treatment and specialist thermal processing services, is pleased to announce that its Surahammar, Sweden Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) location has earned its Nadcap accreditation.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for inclusion in the technical program at WORLDPM2018 has been extended to January 31, 2018. And the deadline of notification on acceptance of abstracts has been extended to February 28, 2018.

GE Additive has appointed Jason Oliver as CEO and Vice President, GE Additive. As CEO, Oliver will lead the GE Additive operations including Concept Laser, Arcam and GeonX, reporting to David L. Joyce, GE Vice Chairman. Oliver joined GE on January 1.

Brussels, 25 January 2018 – In December 2017, commercial vehicle registrations across the EU declined (-3.5%), due in part to one less working day than December last year.

On January 23, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee approved with significant majority the final text on Modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments. 

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