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In addition to 48 pages of news from the Powder Metallurgy industry, the 92-page Summer 2021 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review magazine (Vol. 10 No. 2) includes the following articles and special features:
The state of Germany’s Powder Metallurgy industry: From the coronavirus pandemic to the EV revolution
The coronavirus pandemic and ongoing structural changes in the automotive industry as a result of the rise of electric vehicles are currently preoccupying large segments of global industry.
In this report, Dr Georg Schlieper examines the situation in the Powder Metallurgy industry in Germany from 2020 up to spring 2021, based on interviews with four leading PM companies. Results are also drawn from statistics produced by the Fachverband Pulvermetallurgie. Although not representative of the global PM industry as a whole, the findings from Germany will have parallels with many other PM part-producing nations.
CM Furnaces: A stalwart of the industrial furnace segment reflects on seventy-five years of thermal processing innovation
In April 2021, CM Furnaces celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary. Over its long history in the furnace manufacturing and heat treatment industry, the company has established a global reputation for the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art air, hydrogen and inert atmosphere electric furnaces, including standard furnace designs and specialised, custom furnaces for a variety of applications. Since its beginnings, its customer base has grown to include clients in the industrial, educational and government sectors.
PM Review’s Emily-Jo Hopson-VandenBos spoke to Jim Neill, CM Furnaces’ vice president, sales, and here offers an overview of the company’s past, present and future.
Liberty Powder Metals: The Liberty Steel spin-out targeting high-quality metal powder production for advanced manufacturing processes
As a spin-out of Liberty Steel UK, Liberty Powder Metals has grown from the combination of its parent company’s deep steelmaking experience, and the technological innovations developed through the £18 million CASCADE project, which sought to develop a supply chain for advanced metal powder-based manufacturing technologies within the UK. Now, the company has entered the market as a producer of in-demand powders for the domestic and global markets.
James Ashby, LPM’s Technical Manager, reflects on the company’s journey to date – including the challenges of establishing a startup during a global pandemic.
The Low Gas Consumption continuous furnace: Delivering increased efficiency across a range of PM applications
India’s Fluidtherm Technology has over three decades of experience manufacturing a wide variety of furnaces for the PM industry. When it saw the need for a furnace with an increased cooling rate and reduced gas consumption, it turned to its R&D department to develop its (patent applied) Low Gas Consumption furnace.
The LGC furnace acts as a hybrid between mesh belt and pusher furnaces, utilising the best aspects of each to create an innovative new product. N Gopinath reports on the goals behind the LGC furnace’s development, and what can be achieved using this innovative new furnace concept.
Eliminating conflict minerals:
A new standard for the assurance of conflict-free materials across the supply chain
The term ‘conflict mineral’ is defined as a mineral that may be mined in an area of armed conflict and traded illicitly to finance the fighting. The term encompasses some materials that are widely used in the Powder Metallurgy industry, in applications from cutting tools to superalloys and beyond.
In recent years, corporate and consumer concerns regarding the sourcing of conflict materials have led many leading producers to take a public stance on the avoidance of conflict minerals. There is a concern, however, that in some cases these measures do not always go far enough.
Dr Keith Lloyd Jones shines a light on the issues at play and the progress being made toward new solutions.