The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has announced that Philippe Gundermann, CEO of Aubert et Duval, has been elected as the association’s new President. Some 30 member companies met in Munich on May 3 2013 for the association’s 24th Annual General Assembly.
At the General Assembly retiring President Ingo Cremer, Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, presented a review of the last six years of his presidency. Gundermann then concluded, “We would like to thank Ingo Cremer for his work on behalf of EPMA over his last two-terms as President against some very difficult external conditions.” Gundermann also outlined his vision for the future direction of the EPMA.
Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director, gave an update of the EPMA’s activities over the past twelve months, reporting that the EPMA had a stable membership base and produced a better than anticipated positive financial result in 2012. “We are looking forward to further growth in both the PM industry and the association, where we will be assisted by the newly launched European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG),” he stated.
The EPMA Council was re-elected with two changes. Dr Rainer Link, GKN Sintermetals, replaces the retiring Volker Arnhold and Jody Turin, Bodycote AB, joins the Council as the new representative for the HIP sector. Peter Kjeldsteen, Sintex A/S, was elected to take over as Treasurer.
Gundermann started his career in metallurgy 20 years ago in the non-ferrous sector, joining the ERAMET Group in the area of cobalt powder production. As CEO of Eurotungstene he developed knowledge in hardmetal technology and cobalt, copper, nickel and rhenium powder processing before being appointed CEO of Erasteel in 2007, and then Aubert & Duval in 2009. Here he maintained a strong focus on superalloys and high-speed steel powders as well as hipped parts.
Retiring President Ingo Cremer was elected in 2007 as the fourth President of the EPMA following Cesar Molins, Lothar Albano-Müller and Per Lindskog.