Members of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) recently met in Reims for the association’s Annual Meeting.
Executive Board and Council meetings were held on May 9th, followed by an Annual Dinner at the Brasserie Flo.
The EPMA General Assembly took place on May 10th at the Reims Congress Centre, which will be the venue for the 2015 EuroPM Congress and Exhibition.
EPMA President, Ingo Cremer, welcomed members to the meeting and gave an overview of the current financial situation in Europe.
Productive industry was essential for future prosperity, he stated, and PM played a valuable part, providing goods for a global market, and maintaining a workforce with diverse professional skills.
Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, gave an update on the EPMA’s activities over the past twelve months, which focussed on research projects, the wide range of working group activities plus the success of the PM training courses and EuroPM 2011 Congress. Wroe reported that the association has nearly recovered its membership numbers to pre-crisis levels and produced a positive financial result in 2011.
Jason Kaplan, Research Manager at Metal Bulletin, gave a keynote speech focusing on “How changing commodity fundamentals may play to Powder Metallurgy’s strengths”. Kaplan highlighted how improved production efficiency and reduced recycling costs in the face of ever increasing raw material prices, and the demand for technological enhancements to meet environmental legislation, would strengthen the demand for powder metallurgy products.
The annual meeting concluded with meetings of the European Structural Parts Group (ESPG). Next year’s Annual Meeting will take place on May 3-4th 2013 in Munich, Germany.