Cèsar Molins receives EPMA distinguished service award
November 23, 2016
The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has presented its 2016 Distinguished Service Award to Dr Cèsar Molins.
Molins graduated as an industrial engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain and continued his graduate studies obtaining a Masters and then the PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida, USA, in 1981.
Even though his main academic subject was nuclear reactor neutronics, he also studied metallurgy and following his graduation entered the Powder Metallurgy world at AMES, a family-owned company co-founded by his father in Barcelona, Spain, where he became the General Manager in 1985.
From the beginning of his career at AMES, Molins became very involved in international PM associations, presenting papers at PM conferences in Europe, America and Asia. His mix of technological passion and managerial duties made him a worldwide ambassador of Powder Metallurgy.
In 1998 he chaired the first World PM conference fully organised by EPMA in Granada, Spain. He became the third EPMA President in 2001 after sitting for some years on the EPMA Council and Board where he still serves today. His international involvement brought him to the International Liaison Committee of MPIF and he spoke on behalf of European PM in the USA, Brazil, India, Turkey, Japan and Korea.
Molins received the Ivor Jenkins award in 1998 from the Institute of Metals in the UK, the Fellowship award of PMAI in 2011, the Distinguished Service Award of the MPIF in 2015 and the APMI International Fellowship award in 2016. He was a strong promoter of the joint effort of EPMA, MPIF and JPMA to develop the Global PM Property Database, which was developed during his presidency of EPMA. He also chaired EPMA’s Euro PM2011 Congress & Exhibition in Barcelona.
His several advisory duties in different governmental bodies in Spain and Catalonia have helped to promote the image of industry in general and of PM in particular. He is a long standing member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Automobile Component Manufacturers and a member of the Industry Commission in the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce where again he represents the PM industry.
Under his leadership, AMES, the company he manages, has grown to achieve a €140 million turnover with seven plants in four countries. Following its strong technological vocation, AMES has developed cooperation with universities and technological centres in Spain, Europe and Asia.
The EPMA’s Distinguished Service Awards are presented in recognition of individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the European PM industry over a number of years. Recipients are selected by the EPMA Council and receive their award at the association’s annual congress.