14 - 18 October 2018

Bilbao, Spain

It has been brought to our attention that various third party companies have been contacting Euro PM2018 exhibition personnel with regards to hotel reservations in Bilbao. Please note that these companies have not been authorised to handle hotel accommodation for the Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition, and are not affiliated with the event, nor EPMA in any way. Although they may appear very knowledgeable about both the event and the hotels in Bilbao, we advise delegates and exhibitors to not use such companies and to be alert should they receive such a telephone call or email.

An advance reservation of rooms has been made for Euro PM2018 delegates by Bco Congresos, details of which are available on the Hotel Information page.

To book your hotel accommodation, please book via the Bco Congresos service, or book through your preferred and trusted travel agent or booking website.

Philippe Gundermann

Dear PM Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to welcome you here today in Bilbao for the Euro PM2018, I believe it is a unique occasion to share the current status and the trends of our European Powder Metallurgy industry.

Spain is a perfect place to hold such a conference as it has a deep and strong track record in PM. Powder producers and parts manufacturers are well represented with big companies recognized worldwide. MIM, HIP, Hardmetals and Additive Manufacturing are also represented by several manufacturers ofsmall-medium size, all linked together in the supply chain and Spain’s PM industry is supported by a strong research network.

In the Press & Sinter sector, Spain is the second biggest parts producer in Europe, largely supported by a strong automotive market. On top of this, Spanish industry also enjoys the growth of new PM players in the medical, aerospace and energy fields.

In recent years, we have seen growth of the PM business in Spain at a brisk pace, a consolidation of the existing players, as well as the development on the international markets of companies renovating their product portfolios. Among the long term challenges, we can identify development of new PM applications and more generally the improvement of the competitiveness of PM technology.

Our European PM industry is moving at a brisk pace, experiencing robust and successful growth. With this comes a need to reflect and communicate on current trends in our sectors, which is the main ambition of this congress.

During the event we will see great coverage with a large number of technical sessions and seminars covering MIM, AM, Press & Sinter, HIP, Hard Metals and also functional materials.

To round off, I must say that I remain convinced that all the wheels are set in motion for PM to continue to develop in the years ahead. Through our hard work, we are creating an EPMA platform that not only encourages agile organisation and workflow, but also favours the environment and promotes innovative practice in our industry.

Welcome to Bilbao!

Philippe Gundermann
EPMA President

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