The PM2012 Powder Metallurgy World Congress & Exhibition got underway at the Pacifico Yokohama National Conference Centre, Monday, October 15.
In the Opening Ceremony Kazuyoshi Tsunoda (Fig. 1), President of the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association and chairman of the PM2012 Organizing Committee welcomed around 1000 delegates from around the world to Yokohama for the third PM World Congress to be held in Japan. The first two conferences were held in Kyoto in 1993 and 2000, and in 2006 the Asian PM World Congress was held in Busan, South Korea.
Mr Tsunoda said that a lot has happened to the global PM industry over the past decade, and many of the new developments would be featured in some 500 hundred submitted presentations over a four day period. In addition to the technical programme there is an extensive exhibition featuring advanced powder materials, production equipment and PM and MIM products from 93 companies in 15 countries.
Professor Hideshi Miura (Fig. 2), vice chairman of PM2012 and president of the Japan Society of Powder & Powder Metallurgy, and Mr Tetsuya Tanaka (Fig. 2), Director of Machine Parts and Tooling Industries Office at the Manufacturing Industries Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), added their welcome to PM2012 delegates. Mr Tanaka pointed to some areas which should be of particular interest to the PM industry including the use of PM magnetic materials in electric motors used hybrid and electric cars. He hoped that PM2012 in Yokohama would stimulate further new developments in PM not only in Japan but also elsewhere in the world.
The opening ceramony concluded with a stirring performance by a group of 11 musicians dressed in colourful kimonos playing the koto – the national instrument of Japan.
Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city with a population of 3.7 million people and the port of Yokohama has played a prominent role in the opening up of Japan to trading with other countries from the mid 19th Century. Over the past 150 years the city has not only become one of Japan’s most prominent trading ports but has also become the major commercial and manufacturing hub in the Greater Tokyo area.
www.ipmd.net and Powder Metallurgy Review magazine will be reporting on many of the new and innovative PM technology developments from PM2012 in Yokohama in the coming months.