After being postponed for two consecutive years due to the covid crisis, the EuroPM congress initially planned to take place in Lisbon in 2020 has finally been held this year from 1 to 4 October 2023 in the beautiful capital of Portugal.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and the second oldest European capital (after Athens), predating other modern European capitals by several centuries.
Today, Lisbon (Lisboa) is recognised as a global city, renowned as a centre for finance, commerce, media, the arts, entertainment, international trade, education and tourism.
It is also one of the continent’s major economic centres, with a booming financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.
The Lisbon Congress Centre (CCL) is the largest congress centre in Portugal, with a total surface area of 29,000 m². It stands out for the quality of its facilities and services.
The congress centre is located near the river Tagus and the historical and cultural heritage of Belém.
The annual European Powder Metallurgy Congress and Exhibition is a key destination for the international powder metallurgy community to meet suppliers, producers and end-users and discover the latest innovations in powder metallurgy technology.
A large number of abstracts from across the Powder Metallurgy community enabled a positive number of technical sessions and attracted delegates and visitors from several key end-user sectors, resulting in an active three days of presentations, discussions and networking opportunities.
The fact that this event covers all subjects and represents all areas of powder metallurgy helped to attract an international audience from over 40 countries, including Europe, Asia, North and Sud Americas, with 787 participants.
The technical programme of the Euro PM2023 event attracted over 280 Oral and Poster presentations, dispatched in 52 technical sessions by the TPC, chaired by Prof Fátima Barreiros (Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal) and Prof Teresa Vieira (Retired Full Professor – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal).
EPMA thanked all the members of the Technical Programme Committee for their work in reviewing over 220 manuscripts by inviting them to a special TPC dinner at the MAAT Museum on Sunday evening, with a magnificent view of the River Tagus at sunset.
Before the start of the congress on Monday, participants also had the opportunity to meet again on Sunday evening during the Welcome reception, sponsored by Höganäs, with drinks and music.
On Monday morning, the Congress opened with Plenary session chaired by Mr Antonio Homem (Durit – Metalurgia Portuguesa de Tungsténio) who talked about Powder Metallurgy industry in Portugal. He was then followed by Mr Lionel Aboussouan, EPMA Executive Director, who presented EPMA’s general and latest activities, and finally Mr Ralf Carlström, EPMA President, presented an overview of the Status and Trends in the European PM industry.
The two plenary speakers at EuroPM2023 were Mr Andreas Jähnke (Höganäs) with presentation “Driving powder innovation in sustainable electrification” and Mr Matthias Schmidt-Lehr (AMPOWER) with presentation “After the hype: status and outlook of the Metal Additive Manufacturing market”.
This year, the EPMA decided to reward companies that are striving for greater sustainability in their activities. 3 sustainability prizes were thus awarded to Höganäs (Gold), Ceratizit (Silver) and Sandvik (Bronze).
Following the presentation of the Sustainable Development Awards, the plenary session continued with the annual EPMA Thesis Competition, sponsored by HILTI. The winner in the PhD category was Dr Jiahui Dong (Delft University of Technology) for her thesis on “Mg” Bone: ink extrusion-based additive manufacturing of Mg implants”; and, in the Masters category, Engineer Florian Häslich (Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden) for his work on “Additive Manufacturing of Pure Copper: Microstructure and selected properties”.
The EPMA Board and Council Fellowship Award recognises the significant contribution of the scientific/academic community to the development of the building materials industry. The EPMA Fellowship Award is not only a tremendous recognition from the building materials community for such outstanding work, but also intended to illustrate continued involvement in building materials science and technology.
This year’s Fellowship Award was presented to Professor Marco Actis Grande of the Politecnico di Torino, Alessandria campus, Italy and the Distinguished Service Award was delivered to Ms Adeline Riou from Aubert & Duval, Paris, France.
Then the awards ceremony continued with the Keynote papers awards, presented this year to the six following winners:
• Prof Dr de Oro Calderon Raquel (TU Wien, Austria)
Insights On The Microstructural Characteristics Of WC-Co-Ru Cemented Carbides
• Mr Antikainen Atte (VTT, Finland)
Nitrogen Alloyed Austenitic Ni-free Stainless Steel For Additive Manufacturing
• Prof Dr Bram Martin (Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany)
Flash Spark Plasma Sintering Of Nd-Fe-B Magnets With Tailored Anisotropic Magnetic Properties
• Mr Venkatesh Kumaran S (IMDEA Materials, Spain)
Effect Of Process Parameters And Heat Treatments On Non-equiatomic CoCrFeNiMoxAly HEAs Manufactured By PBF-LB|M Via In-situ Alloying
• Dr Mancisidor Ane Miren (LORTEK, Spain)
Cracking Susceptibility Assessment Of L-PBF CM247LC Alloy Based On Composition And Process Parameter Modifications
• Dipl-Ing Aderhold Dirk (Atomising Systems Ltd, United Kingdom)
The Reporting Of Research On Gas Atomisation
After the Opening Plenary session, the EuroPM 2023 Exhibition opened with over 82 exhibiting companies, who represented all parts of the PM supply chain.
Lionel Aboussouan, EPMA Executive Director said: “this year, the quality of the networking was excellent, with lots of exchanges both on the exhibition stands and in the technical sessions.
The diverse technical programme and sold-out exhibition has helped to attract attendees from several key sectors, who want to learn more about what PM can do for their applications and industries. We would like to thank all the EPMA supporters and stakeholders who have assisted in making this event a success!”
After the success of 2022, EPMA renewed this year the experience of Industry Corner Meetings during the breaks inside the exhibition itself. A stage and a screen allowed speakers to do a 30-minutes presentation, open to all participants. Industry Corner presentations turned out successful with many participants around the spot.
On Monday evening, the Posters reception took place with the Peter Brewin Poster Award presented this year to Blanca Luna Checa Fernández from CEIT.
The Annual Congress Gala dinner took place on Tuesday evening at the Estufa Fria, a greenhouse in the Eduardo VII Park near the city centre. Attendees enjoyed this time of networking and socializing while being entertained by a fado singer with her 2 guitar players in an outstanding venue.
In parallel of the Euro PM2023, the Young Engineers event welcomed 48 students during a two-days programme on Monday & Tuesday. Aimed at helping to foster and develop the next generation of PM academics and industrialists, the programme included lectures on PM, lunches and dinner networking, a tour of the exhibition and a site visit. One student said: “Thank you for everything you provided to us. This experience fulfilled my expectations and brought me new ideas and new horizons for the progress of my future as a student and also as a future engineer!”