During the last decade the growth rate of Powder Metallurgy (PM) component production in Italy has been comparable to that of the rest of Europe, states a new report published by Assinter, the Italian PM association.
After a period with no growth (2000-2005, Fig. 1), PM part production in Italy started to increase in 2006, reaching a high point in 2007 (32,459 tons). However, the global economic crisis stopped this trend and resulted in a reduction of 5.5% in 2008 and 27.5% in 2009.
Part production figures for 2010 show a strong growth of 27.3% when compared to 2009. The increase in production continued in 2011 with part production at 30,795 tons corresponding to a growth of 9.1% compared to 2010.
The trend in the production of structural parts since 1985 and the evolution of Italian PM (2004-2011) can be seen in Fig. 1 and in Table 1 respectively.
Further information can be obtained from www.assinter.it
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