Latest Powder Metallurgy Trends at PowderMet2011

PowderMet2011, an annual conference sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, will highlight the latest developments and trends in metal powders, as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. This International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials will be held May 18-21 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, California. The 2011 International Conference on Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials VIII will run concurrently with PowderMet2011 at the same location. The conference technical program will feature over 225 technical presentations by authors from over 30 countries, and a trade exhibition will showcase leading suppliers of metal powders and particulate materials, processing equipment, and PM products.

The conference opening general session will include a keynote presentation by Afternburner, Inc., featuring fighter pilots who impart their critically honed team skills to the business world. It will also include an overview of the annual MPIF State-of-the-Industry Report. Additional conference events include the Industry Recognition Luncheon and the PM Design Excellence Awards Luncheon. The social highlight of the conference will be an evening at Alcatraz, including a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay.

In addition to the comprehensive technical program, the conference will include management-focused programs open to MPIF-member companies: “PM And The New Auto Industry”; an “Afterburner Rapid Planning Workshop” following up on the keynote presentation; a “PM Technology Scan” focusing on the MIM industry and on challenges to PM by competitive technologies; and a session featuring “The Growth Initiative,” a new sales-oriented program designed for manufacturers.

Technical sessions, poster presentations, and a slate of four special interest programs will cover a range of subjects such as metal injection molding, fatigue, machinability, sintering, high-density processing, low- and high-alloy steels, aluminum, composite materials, materials for automotive applications, advances in titanium, powder production, testing and evaluation, compaction, and operational advances. Other topics include tungsten, refractory and hardmaterials, magnet materials and applications, PM materials for alternative energy, tribology, and sinter hardening and leaner/economic powders. For registration details and the complete conference program visit [www.mpif.org].