After the trauma which beset most of Japan’s manufacturing industries due to the earthquake and tsunami in the north east of the country in March 2011, most industry sectors, including powder metallurgy, have been able to resolve problems and are back on track for growth in 2012.
The Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA) reports that iron powder shipments for PM increased to 46,499 tonnes in the first five months of the year, an increase of 13.5% compared with the same period in 2011 which was affected by the natural disaster from March 2011 onward. However, copper powder shipments for PM declined by 5.9% to 2047 tonnes also in the same 5 month period.
The JPMA reported that production of structural PM parts reached 47,082 tonnes in the first five months of 2012 – an increase of 17.5% over the same period in 2011, and that production of PM bearings was up by 5% to 4796 tonnes.
Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]