PM-13 India: An international audience welcomed in Pune

March 13, 2013

Organised by the Powder Metallurgy Association of India, the ‘PM-13 International Conference & Exhibition on PM for Automotive and Engineering Industries’ took place at the Hyatt Regency Pune, India, from 7th – 9th February, 2013, along side the 39th Annual Technical Meeting of PMAI.

In the first of a series of exclusive reports for, Professor Ramamohan Tallapragada, PM consultant, Mumbai, India, provides an overview of the conference. Further technical reports will look in detail at some of the key presentations made during the event.

The city of Pune provided a warm welcome to around 300 delegates attending the PM-13 Conference and Exhibition. The Powder Metallurgy Association of India (PMAI) had chosen to return to Pune, recognised as one of India’s main ‘auto hubs’, following the successful event held in the city in 2011.

It is clear that the popularity and support for the PMAI’s international conference is growing each year. As well as increased delegate numbers the event was helped by companies such as Höganäs India who organised two pre-conference workshops, one on gears and the other their popular ‘Power of Powder’ seminar. Battelle India also supported the event by inviting PM CEO’s to a pre-conference ‘get together’, panel discussion and dinner on 6th February at the Conference venue. The details of these events will be covered in a separate report.

PM-13 International Conference & Exhibition on Powder Metallurgy for Automotive and Engineering Industries- Precision and Additive Manufacturing


PM-13 was opened with a traditional ‘Lighting the

Lamp’ ceremony. Left to right: Greg Lavallée,

P Ramakrishanan,T R Rama Mohan, Hans Söderhjelm,

Ajit Kumar Jindal, K Murligopala Krishnamoorthy

and P N S Sivan

PM-13 began with Mr P N S Sivan, President of the PMAI, welcoming all delegates, chief guests and dignitaries to the conference. The welcome was followed by the official opening of the event with a traditional ‘Lighting the Lamp’ ceremony.

In the inaugural address by chief guest, Dr Ajit Kumar Jindal, Head of Engineering Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, the importance of engineering safety into a vehicle was stressed. This, according to Jindal, is best done by the collective participation of all the stakeholders. He also highlighted the importance of technology road maps and invited PM industries to actively participate in technology oriented projects.

During the opening session Hans Söderhjelm of Höganäs AB, Sweden, discussed developments in new powders and highlighted the importance of metal powders in Additive Manufacturing, with special reference to Digital Metal, a division recently formed by Höganäs.

Greg Lavallée of Rio Tinto Metal Powders, Canada, presented an overview of the Powder Metallurgy market and looked at main drivers of worldwide PM growth. In contrast to forecasts of a world automotive CAGR of ~4% (2013 – 2019), the Indian Powder Metallurgy market is expected to have a CAGR of ~9% (2013 – 2019). Further improvements will be seen in low cost export capabilities and increased powder metal content per vehicle, stated Lavallée.

Other positive/negative drivers for PM were identified as: material substitution, performance / relative cost, size of vehicle and evolution of fuel economy standards. Lavallée added that Rio Tinto Metal Powders has a  positive long term outlook for Asia, and India in particular, concluding that the future remains bright for low cost, technologically innovative parts & powder producers.

Award presentations

Three prestigious ‘Fellow of PMAI’ (FPMAI) awards were presented at PM-13. Dr Prof Henning Zoz received one for his sustained contribution to PMAI and PM in India, Mr Palwankar for his outstanding contribution to helping small scale PM industry in India and Mr Uddharan Basak for his excellent contributions to PMAI and PM in Nuclear Engineering.


Presentation of FPMAI awards (left) Dr A K Jindal to Mr. Palwankar, (centre)  Dr S N Vaidya accepting on behalf of U Basak. and (right) to Prof Dr Henning Zoz

Conference sessions

Around 300 delegates from academic institutes, research and development organisations, PM and end user industries attended the conference. There were some 32 plenary talks on a wide variety of topics made during the conference, along with five focussed talks during the special session on Precision and Additive Manufacturing. There were also over 60 research papers presented in parallel sessions during PM-13.

Further articles will be published on over the coming weeks, reporting on some of the key topics presented at the conference.



The PM-13 exhibition was opened by Dr Jindal. A total of 24 manufacturers displayed their powders, components and equipment, in what was by far the largest exhibition yet organised by the PMAI.


Dr Ajit Kumar Jindal, Head of Engineering Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, opened the exhibition (left to right) Murligopal Krishnamoorthy, Greg Lavallée, Hans Söderhjelm, T R Rama Mohan , P N S Sivan, P Ramakrishnan and N Chandrachud 

Event sponsors


Höganäs sponsored the conference dinner, with

entertainment provided by a live band  

PM-13 was sponsored by the following companies:

Dorst GmbH, Germany

East Precision Machinery Co. Ltd., Nanjing, China

Fluidtherm Technology Pvt. Ltd., India

GKN Sinter Metals,

Höganäs AB,

Makin Metal Powders (UK) Ltd., UK

Quebec Metal Powders Rio Tinto, Canada

Shivanshu Sintered Products Pvt. Ltd., India

Sintbush India Pvt. Ltd. India

SLM Metal Pvt Ltd., India

SMS Meer GmbHh, Germany

Speciality Sintered Products, India

Star Group of Industries,India

Swastik Tungsten Pvt. Ltd., India

Timcal Graphite & Carbon, Switzerland

Yangzhou Haili Precision Machinery Manufacturing Co.,Ltd., China

Co‐sponsors included:

Newmet Pvt.Ltd., India

PP Patel & Co Ltd., India


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