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Metal Powder Industries Federation Elects New Officers

Michael Stucky, Business Unit Director, Norwood Medical, Bellbrook,
Ohio, has been elected the 32nd president of the Metal Powder
Industries Federation, succeeding Rodney Brennen, Metco Industries,
St. Marys, Pennsylvania. His two-year term began at the conclusion of
the Federation’s annual MPIF Business Meeting, October 28–30, in
Louisville, Kentucky.
Stucky has worked at Norwood for the past 11 years. Previously, he
worked for 11 years at NetShape Technologies and 10 years at PCC
Airfoils, Inc. Mike is very active within MPIF and the Metal Injection
Molding Association (MIMA), having served on the MPIF Board of
Governors as MIMA President. He is Chairman of the MIMA
Standards Committee, MIMA representative on the MPIF Technical
Board, and was a co-chair of the PowderMet2023, MIM2017, and MIM2018 conferences. Over the
years he has served on the PowderMet and AMPM Technical Program Committees. Mike received
the Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2019.

State of the PM Industry in North America—2023

Rodney Brennen, President, Metal Powder Industries Federation

Powder Metallurgy (PM) is an advanced manufacturing metal-forming process for producing high-quality net-shape components for a wide variety of applications. The PM process comprises four categories: press and sinter (P&S); metal injection molding (MIM); metal additive manufacturing (AM); and hot or cold isostatic pressing (HIP/CIP). PM’s high material utilization promotes efficient use of raw materials, reduces energy consumption, and improves labor efficiency. These attributes have enabled PM to establish itself firmly in applications for the automotive, electrical, energy, aerospace, medical, defense, industrial, and consumer markets. To continue to grow, the PM industry must respond to the changing needs of existing and potential customers within these markets. Three major challenges that the PM industry faces are sustainability, the electrification of the automobile, and the acceptance of metal AM.

2023 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards Announced

The winners in the 2023 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity and ability to meet critical requirements. From electric vehicles to medical implants, once again, parts fabricators have demonstrated PM’s versatility and unique ability to challenge competing technologies. These award-winning components use PM’s flexibility to push forward new concepts and process controls to demonstrate the inexhaustible range of PM’s capabilities.

Ten Grand Prizes and fifteen Awards of Distinction were given in this year's competition, segmented into 3 categories: Conventional Press and Sinter PM; Metal Injection Molding (MIM); and Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Just Released: Ferrous Powder Metallurgy Self-Study Course!

A Course on Iron and Steel Powder Metallurgy Processing

This Self-Study Course provides the fundamental principles of processing
ferrous powder metallurgy (PM) materials. The student will gain an
understanding of the practical processing of iron and steel, the most
dominant materials in the PM industry, and engineering as it relates to
the technology. The Course has a strong technical emphasis on ferrous
materials behavior utilizing various manufacturing processes, and some
market data. This technically in-depth Course provides valuable
knowledge for career development.

PM Champion to Receive Award for Helping Advance PM in the Automotive Industry

Richard (Rick) Ricchi, technical specialist, General Motors Corporation (GM), Warren, Michigan, has been selected to receive the Vanguard Award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The award recognizes powder metallurgy (PM) industry champions from the end-user community whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to the expansion of PM applications. Ricchi is only the third person to receive the award since its inception in 2014. The award presentation will take place during the Opening General Session at the PowderMet2023, International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, and co-located AMPM2023, Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy conference, June 18–21, in Las Vegas, Nevada.