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PowderMet2021: A cautious return to normality for North America’s PM industry

June 2021 marked a welcome, if cautious, return to normality for the North American PM industry as PowderMet2021 was held once again. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry had been forced to forego not just its typical calendar of networking and knowledge exchanges, but faced the added blow of a cancelled PM World Congress in 2020.

Bernard North attended PowderMet2021 on behalf of PM Review, and here offers an overview of the conference, the optimistic atmosphere on the trade show floor, and the market developments reflected in the programme and exhibitor list.

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A ‘hidden champion’ of PM: Celebrating a century of innovation and success at Plansee

Situated in the picturesque Austrian Alps, and named after the mountain lake it sits near, Plansee SE has been innovating in Powder Metallurgy since 1921.

From humble beginnings producing W lamp filaments, Mo wire for lighting and Mo and W heating elements, as well as semifinished Mo and W products, the company has expanded into a world leader in the fields of refractory metals and hardmetals, as well as a respected force for technical research and knowledge transfer.

As the company celebrates its 100th year, Prof Dr Herbert Danninger, FAPMI, FEPMA, presents a detailed overview of Plansee past and present.

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An industry old-timer’s view on the question of vehicle electrification, misleading messaging and the status of PM

Dr Cesar Molins, CEO of Powder Metallurgy parts producer AMES Group, former president of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), and self-described ‘industry old timer’, has seen first-hand the evolution of the modern PM industry. But it is now an industry with an unclear future as its primary market, the automotive industry, navigates a path through rapid technological change driven on by seemingly contradictory and confused political messaging. But in Molins’ opinion, while the course may be set towards an electrified future, the end of the ICE is further away than we think.

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Our latest issue is now available to download in PDF format, free of charge.

As well as an extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news section, this 120-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • Tesla teardown: Identifying potential uses for PM in electric vehicle transmissions
  • Can European research still claim to be ‘world class’? Prof José M Torralba on the changed PM research base
  • How to make metal powders. Part 1: An introduction to atomisation, process fundamentals and powder characteristics
  • Starting out in powder production: The story of Fomas Group’s Mimete metal powder business
  • The creation of a Powder Metallurgy market leader: China’s NBTM New Materials Group Co., Ltd.
  • Tungsten heavy alloys: An exploration of how key property combinations enable better mechanical performance
  • Pharmaceuticals and PM are closer than you think: A new approach to understanding powder compaction and tablet characterisation
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Powder Metallurgy: The original net-shape production process

Powder Metallurgy components are relied upon by a wide variety of manufacturing industries, from automotive to power tools, household appliances, chemical engineering, filtration and more.

The main reason for the technology’s success is its cost-effectiveness at producing high volumes of net-shape components, combined with its ability to allow the manufacture of products that, because of the production processes, simply cannot be manufactured by other methods.

To discover more about how the technology has revolutionised component production, browse our Introduction to Powder Metallurgy.

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