The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has announced that the winner of the EPMA 2012 Distinguished Service Award is Dr Volker Arnhold.
Dr Arnhold, who recently retired from GKN Sinter Metals GmbH, was presented with the prestigious award at the Euro PM 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Basel, Switzerland by EPMA President Mr Ingo Cremer.
Dr Arnhold is very well known in the PM community having been active in the industry for nearly 50 years. He started his work as an intern at the Sintermetallwerk Krebsöge factory, which became part of GKN SinterMetals in 1996, before taking a diploma and Phd in Physics at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität at Münster. Subsequently in 1981 he joined Sintermetallwerk Krebsöge as a development engineer for light-weight metals (Aluminium and Titanium) before taking over the leadership of the R&D department in 1987.
From 1997 to 2002 Dr Arnhold was in charge of the global R&D activities of GKN Sinter Metals. This position included global responsibility for the harmonised implementation of the Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental systems in the then new organization.
Finally from 2002 to his retirement in 2012 he was responsible for the department of Global Advanced Engineering / R&D at GKN Sinter Metals. This role included new processes, materials, equipment, modelling and testing. Dr Arnhold is co-inventor of several patents in the area of PM and non-destructive testing.
Dr Arnhold is a former member of the boards of DGM (German Society for Materials) and of the EPMA. He also acted as Technical Chairman of the 1998 EPMA World Congress in Granada, Spain, and Co-chairman of the 2002 MPIF World Congress in Orlando, USA.
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