Press conference with José Mª Rodríguez Ibabe and Paco Castro
José María Ibabe, President of Ceit-IK4, and Paco Castro, Head of the Materials and Manufacturing division at Ceit-IK4, were in Bilbao today to present the European Powder Metallurgy Congress (EuroPM2018), which will take place at the BEC event center in Barakaldo on October 14-18 and which will be opened by the President of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu.
The congress will serve as a hub for the latest advances in academia and in the powder metallurgy sector, bringing together over 800 experts from 150 companies representing 60 countries.
Spain is the number two European supplier (after Germany) of products manufactured made by powder metallurgy processes. Within Spain, the Basque Country manufactures 150 million pieces, which is 40% of the national output. These pieces are used primarily in the automotive, aerospace, energy and additive manufacturing industries, though they have application in many other sectors.
Ceit-IK4 and Polmetasa are the co-organizers of this congress, which is held under the auspices of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA). This is the first time the congress will be held in the Basque Country.