Ceit-IK4 and Polmetasa are co-organizers of the EPMA-sponsored congress
Excellence in organization and a high turn-out. The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), led by president Philippe Gundermann, lauded the positive atmosphere of the various technical presentation sessions and the trade fair, which has attracted over 150 companies from 60 countries.
The European Powder Metallurgy Congress was inaugurated by Iñigo Urkullu, the President of the Basque Government. He was accompanied by Arantxa Tapia, the Basque Government's Counselor of Economic Development, Imanol Pradales, Deputy for Economic Development for Vizcaya, José María Ibabe, President of Ceit-IK4, and César Molins, vice-president of EPMA.
The Congress co-chairs, Dr. Francisco Castro, head of the Materials and Manufacturing Division at Ceit-IK4, and Manel Pérez Latre, former director of PMG Polmetasa, spoke about the strategic importance of the powder metallurgy sector. In Europe, Spain is the number two supplier of powder metallurgy components (after Germany), and 40% of that output is from the Basque Country. The primary industries that use powder metallurgy components are the automotive, aerospace, energy, cutting-tool and additive manufacturing sectors.