European Powder Metallurgy Association: Working to promote Powder Metallurgy
Formed in Brussels in 1989, the European Powder Metallurgy Association has two key missions:
- To Promote and Develop Powder Metallurgy (PM) Technology in Europe
- To represent the European PM Industry within Europe and Internationally.
These are achieved using a variety of means, a selection of which are described below. We at the EPMA serve all types of member organisations, from component, metal powder, and equipment producers to end-users, research centres, universities, and individuals who have an interest in PM.
EPMA has one of the worlds most significant PM related Web sites, this along with the distribution of well over 15,000 copies of our popular free booklet ‘Introduction to PM’, videos, lecture series and posters are some of the many ways that the EPMA promotes this technology. Combine this with the EPMA’s ‘End-user’ seminars, Exhibitions, Editorial Features, and PM Showcases, and it is clear that the EPMA is at the forefront of PM technology promotion.
Conferences, Intensive Short Courses, Summer Schools
Conferences and Intensive Short Courses. The EPMA is responsible for organising the annual series of EURO PM Conferences along with all PM World Congresses in Europe. Intensive Short Courses are organised annually throughout Europe, with topics covered: Powder Compaction, Sintering, Metal Injection Moulding, Hard Materials and Design of High Performance PM Components. We also run, with support from the EU, a series of annual Summer Schools designed for graduates who are working in the PM sector.
The collection and dissemination of PM industry statistics is a key EPMA service. Contributing members receive figures relating to their industry sector, along with statistic reports providing detailed analyses of the European PM industry combined with reviews of global trends and figures from end-user industries.
The EPMA provides the European PM community with the opportunity to purchase a wide range of international PM publications. A complete listing, with prices for Members and Non-Members and an online order form, can be found under our main Publications page.
Keeping you in Touch
A regularly updated list of future events can be found in our PM Diary on the Members Area of the Web site. Also available only to members on the site are regular news reports from the industry, links to relevant PM sites and a handy directory of freeware and shareware.
EPMA News, the Associations weekly popular newsletter, contains up-to-date reports on EPMA activities, industry news, and international events. Members are also kept informed of forthcoming courses, seminars, and conferences through mailings and via the web site with on line registration available.
Education and Training
The EPMA has long recognised the need to provide education and training material for use in Universities, the PM industry, and end-user industries. As well as providing a range of free material, the EPMA has produced an educational CD Rom, which is available for a small fee, and two lecture series (used in over 25 counties) on ‘PM Components’ and ‘Powder Metallurgy of Hard metals’.
A PM Property Database is has been created by the EPMA as part of a club project of EPMA members. Additional research programmes/networks being managed by EPMA are described in the relevant section of the web site.
Following the publication of the 44 page ‘Quality Assurance Guidelines for Structural PM Parts and Porous Bearings’, the EPMA’s QA Group has now diversified its work to include powder and equipment producers. New points of focus are: evaluation of NDT methods, PM process modelling, and production of defect free green compacts, to name just a few.
Environmental Health and Safety
As the only pan-European PM trade association, the EPMA makes full use of its prime position to lobby on behalf of the PM industry within Brussels. Through the ‘EPMA Guide to EU Legislation and ‘Health amp; Safety’ in the European PM Industry’ the EPMA helps to keep all those producing, using, or handling metal powders aware of their legal obligations while functioning within the European Economic Area. The EPMA has a working group of qualified medical and environmental specialists that monitor legislation and represents the interests of EPMA members on key European committees.
The EPMA provides a unified European voice in the development of ISO Standards on PM, and the conversion of existing ISO Standards to European Standards (EN) through the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). A large number of ISO PM Standards have already been converted. Key future work includes the EPMA’s new EU funded ‘Thematic Network for European Standards for Metal Injection Moulded Materials and Products’.
For more information visit the EPMA website