The 2012 China (Shanghai) International Powder Metallurgy Industry Exhibition and Conference was held at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center from 24-25 April.
The event was hosted by the Technology Innovative Strategic Alliance of Powder Metallurgy Industry of China, the Powder Metallurgy Branch of China Iron & Steel Association (CISA), the Powder Metallurgy Association of China General Machine Components Industry Association and the Powder Metallurgy Branch of Association of Nonferrous Metal Processing China. This year’s event was sponsored by Höganäs AB, Sweden.
A comprehensive PM exhibition
The international PM community gathered in Shanghai to exhibit and discuss technologies, products, and advances in this growing industry. Over 100 exhibitors were present as several thousands of visitors attended the two-day show.
Chinese companies were able to promote new equipment and powders, while the international companies, including some of Europe and America’s leading players, also attracted attention from local businesses and visitors alike. China, Germany, America, India, Japan, Sweden, France, Britain and Switzerland were all represented, reflecting PM’s global reach.
Every aspect of the PM process, from atomising and tooling to pressing and sintering, was represented in the exhibition. Metal injection moulding materials and equipment were also on display from companies such as Arburg, BASF, and Only.G.
There was no shortage of powder suppliers as iron, aluminium, copper, nickel, tungsten, titanium, cobalt, and high speed steel producers were all present. Sample powders and demonstrations were available, helping visitors understand and relate to new developments in the industry. Some Chinese companies ran mixing, sorting or testing machines throughout the day and attracted large crowds.
Conference sessions at the 2012 Shanghai PM Expo
A well attended conference saw more than 40 papers presentment. Prof. Huang Baiyun, a leading powder metallurgy expert in China, hosted the opening ceremony and welcomed participants.
Keynote presentations included:
- The development of China’s PM industry
- The Development of PM Technology
Prof. Xiong Xiang
- An update on the Development of China’s Auto Industry
- The relationship between the auto industry and PM
- The foundation development and prospect of Alliance
- Developments in China’s iron & steel powder industry
- Developments in China’s PM components industry
Market leaders also used this forum to shed light on their specific role in the PM world and new capabilities for their area of the market.
The expo offered both Chinese and foreign suppliers a chance to understand China’s PM market more fully. With the Chinese PM market shipping close to 200,000 Tons a year, it is vital that foreign companies understand the Chinese domestic market. The 2012 Shanghai International Powder Metallurgy Industry Exhibition & Conference was a viewed by participants as a success and the organisers are looking forward to the third consecutive annual conference in 2013.
Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]