Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city and an important centre for trade and manufacturing, played host to this year’s Euro PM Congress and Exhibition which was organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA). The EPMA stated that the event, which took place from September 15-18, attracted a strong attendance of over 700 participants, including delegates from nearly fifty countries in all regions including the Far East, Africa and the Americas.
The event also included an important trade exhibition with 85 stands covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director stated, “Gothenburg has proved an excellent location for an event with its scope expanded to include Additive Manufacturing. We would like to thank the City of Gothenburg, our members and delegates for their support, which is much appreciated”.
A full social programme included a welcome reception, a lively exhibition reception sponsored by Powder Metallurgy Review magazine and a traditional Gala Dinner. This was held at the historic Valand centre in the heart of the city and provided a suitable finale to a dynamic and productive event.
A new innovation for EuroPM conferences was the awarding of four special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit. The winners were Helen Dugdale from Rolls Royce plc., Dipl. Engineer Markus Hadyn from Plansee SE, Dr Inigo Iturriza from CEIT and Per Lindskog, PM Consultant from Sweden.
EPMA Distinguished Service Award winners recognised
Some 500 people at the plenary session of Euro PM2013 saw EPMA President Philippe Gundermann present the association’s Distinguished Service Awards to Dr Bryan Roebuck from the National Physical Laboratory London, Prof Jose Torralba from the University Carlos III Madrid and John Dunkley from Atomising Systems Ltd.
Dr Bryan Roebuck obtained his degrees in metallurgy at Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and has worked at the NPL since 1970 where he has built up a reputation as leading expert in the measurement science underpinning the characterisation and mechanical properties of hard metals. He is now an Emeritus Research Senior Fellow in Characterisation and is a member of several international committees relating to hard materials.
Prof Jose Manuel Torralba studied as a Mechanical Engineer at the Technical University in Madrid and spent ten years working as an armament and material engineer before becoming head of the PM research group at UC3M in 1996.
He has since become a Vice Rector of UC3M and Deputy Director of IMDEA a technology centre based at the university. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and also supervised 19 Phd theses.
Dr John Dunkley studied chemical engineering at Cambridge University before joining Davey Ashmore Ltd to work on continuous casting. In 1972 he attended his first PM event and subsequently became the manager of the companies PM division selling atomisers.
In 1992 after the closure of the company he established his own operation called Atomising Systems Ltd which has grown over the years to employ more than 50 staff in a 3000m2 facility. He has also been chairman of the IoM3 Particulate Engineering Committee and editor of the journal Powder Metallurgy.
Photo Gallery: Euro PM 2013