The German Ausschuss für Pulvermetallurgie recently presented the 2017 Skaupy Prize to Hans Kolaska at the 36th Hagen Symposium on Powder Metallurgy held in Hagen, November 30-December 1, in recognition of his technological and scientific contributions to the advancement of hardmetals, cermets and ceramics whilst at Krupp-Widia, Essen (now part of the Kennametal Group).
Kolaska was also recognised for the initiation of numerous collaborative research projects involving the processing and development of new hardmetal grades for cutting tools and wear parts, and for his untiring support of the Ausschuss für Pulvermetallurgie and the German trade association Fachverband Pulvermetallurgie (FPM).
Hans Kolaska was one of the co-founders of the successful annual German language Hagen Symposium for Powder Metallurgy, now its 36th year, and was responsible for its organisation on behalf of FPM for nearly two decades. He ‘officially’ retired from this responsibility in 2013 but has remained a key contributor since then. The laudatory speech on Kolaska’s many achievements was presented by Prof Wolf-Dieter Schubert (Technical University of Vienna).
The primary theme of the recent Hagen Symposium on Powder Metallurgy was ‘PM – the Key to Mobility’, with technical presentations covering the use of Powder Metallurgy as a key manufacturing technology for the production of components for transportation industries such as automotive and aerospace.