The 35th General Assembly of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) marked the first time in two years that members could meet at an in-person event, with the meeting taking place both online and in-person in Brussels, Belgium, on April 28, 2022. During the assembly, it was confirmed that EPMA President, Ralf Carlström of Hoganas AB and EPMA treasurer, Christoph Laumen, Linde GmbH, were re-elected to their positions for a further three-year term.
The EPMA team presented an overview of past and ongoing work. The current situation with the World PM2022 Congress was presented by Sabine Hazoume, while Romain Rayez gave an update on the Communication & Marketing activities. EPMA Technical Managers, Bruno Vicenzi and Kenan Boz, presented the various ongoing European projects and working groups, as well as an overview of the different Sectoral Groups activities over 2021/2022.
More detailed information was then reported by the chairmen of the various EPMA groups: Cesar Molins from Press & Sinter, Georg Breitenmoser from Metal Injection Moulding, Peter Kjeldsteen from Functional Materials, Steven Moseley from Hard Materials, Adeline Riou from Additive Manufacturing and Jim Shipley from Hot Isostatic Pressing.
Keynote speeches, presented towards the end of the assembly, saw Elena Vyboldina of Eurometaux discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its impact on EU non-ferrous metals sector. Chris Heron presented ‘Eurometaux on Legal Affairs’ and Melina Hervet-Henry of AddUp Solutions gave a talk on ‘Patents applications: a strategic value for the company. A look at sustainability in the steel industry was also presented by Clare Broadbent, World Steel Association.