Conference report: Third ‘Scientific-Practical Seminar on PM: Technologies, Production and Applications’, 28-30 June 2011, Russia

The ‘Scientific- Practical Seminar on Powder Metallurgy’ is an attempt at reviving PM science and PM industry collaboration. The event is the initiative of several leading PM specialists in  Russia and this year took place in Yoshkar-Ola, Mary El, Russia, from 28-30 June 2011.

In this short review of the seminar, Dr. Dmytro Fedorov provides an overview of the event exclusively for


The  3rd ‘Scientific and Practical Seminar on PM:

Technologies, Production and Applications’ took place

in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

Yoshkar-Ola, capital of the small Russian Republic of Mary El was host to the third ‘Scientific and Practical Seminar on PM: Technologies, Production and Applications’. The city, 15 hours by train to south–east of Moscow crossing the famous river Volga, is compact, clean, green and calm, with a population of around 260,000.  It is one of the surviving centres of Russian PM with several PM plants.


Minister for the Republic of Mary El Industry opens

the Conference 

There were around 40 presentations at this year’s conference, with delegates from Russia, Germany, China, Belorus, Ukraine and India. The technical programme included reviews of current PM in Russia, Belorus and China.

Dr. Dovydenkov, President of JSB “METMA”, highlighted in his opening presentation that the scope of scientific and research works in the field of Powder Metallurgy in Russia has fallen 10 fold when compared with late 1980’s. However, he stated that the PM industry is not so bad and maintains a better position, but due mainly to previous experience. The old system of collaboration between science and industry has all but gone in Russia and post Soviet countries.

Chinese companies were very active at the event and presented their press machine technology to Russian customers.

German press manufacturer, KOMAGE Gellner Maschinenfabrik KG, presented their hydraulic presses, and ELINO Industrie-Ofenbau GmbH, also based in Germnay, reported on Powder Metallurgy furnaces.


Interview with Mr Dieter Schäufler, ELINO, (right) for

local TV

The Indian company, Fluidtherm Technology, represented by their Ukrainian agent, introduced annealing and sintering furnaces as well as the example of successful collaboration in a “turn-key” project for sponge iron powder production in India.

Russian authors Dr. Akimenko et al, at the same time reported about problems with sponge iron supply in Russia due to the ending of the production of such grades.


The cultural programme included a Russian folk dance

There were several studies on nanomaterials and technologies. Director of the “Metal Ceramic plant METMA”, Dr. Anna Dovydenkova, described economical aspects of PM plants in Russia reflecting on the tax policy of the Government and competiveness of the PM Industry.

The event included a good ‘cultural programme’ following on from the technical sessions. Participants had many possibilities to discuss informally, establish new relationships and revive old ones.

The conference takes place once every three years, so 2014 will provide another opportunity to see the developments and innovations in the field of Russian PM Science and Industry.

Author: Dr. Dmytro Fedorov, Senior Scientist, Expert of Ladotherm, Ukraine. Agent of “Fluidtherm Technology (P) ltd”, India for CIS countries. email: [email protected] 


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