Powder Metal community gathers in Reutte

The 17th Plansee Seminar, the world’s most prestigious conference on powder metallurgical refractory metals and hard materials, will take place at the Plansee Group’s headquarters in Reutte, Austria during the last week of May this year. The provisional program for the seminar has now been announced. 500 industry and research experts from 40 nations are expected to attend.

Over 250 scientists and industry experts of the powder metallurgical community have submitted presentations for the conference. The provisional program is now available online at www.plansee-group.com. The event will cover a broad range of topics relating to refractory metals and composite materials, including applications in energy technology, information technology and communications as well as lighting. The hard materials sessions will focus on cutting technology and components for wear pro­tection, specifically advanced material and coating systems.

As in previous Plansee Seminars, PM processing technology will once more be a key subject of the 2009 conference. A variety of advanced PM technologies, including spark plasma and laser sintering will be addressed. Also on the agenda are the latest developments in testing and character­ization, e.g. new analytical tools for evaluating micro­structures. A special workshop on modeling will address cutting-edge research of material synthesis and component behavior.

Most of the research presented at the Plansee Seminar has emerged from cooperation between universities, scientific institutions and manufacturers.

Each research area will be introduced in a key-note lecture presented by an esteemed industry or academic expert. The Plansee Seminar’s introductory lecture on innovation in general will be given by Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of the Fraunhofer Gesell­schaft, Germany.

Since the first Plansee Seminar in 1952, the event has evolved into a key conference for powder metallurgy, which attracts leading experts from industry and academia around the world. The Plansee Seminar gives participants ample opportunity to discuss the latest developments in technologies and applications for PM high-performance materials. All papers presented at the Plansee Seminar are previously unpublished research. Participants can expect world-class science and excellent networking opportunities.

The Plansee Seminar is organized and supported by the Plansee Group. Since its foundation in 1921, the Plansee Group has been at the forefront of developments in the power metallurgy industry. With its four divisions – Plansee High Performance Materials, GTP Tungsten & Powders, Ceratizit Hardmetals & Tools and PMG PM Products – the Plansee Group one of the world’s leading suppliers of powder metallurgical products and components.

About the Plansee Group
With the divisions PLANSEE High Performance Materials, Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP) and CERATIZIT and the investment in Molymet, the Plansee Group belongs to the worldwide leading powder metallurgical industrial groups that covers the whole supply chain of the high-tech materials Molybdenum and Tungsten – from ore processing to the production of customer-specific components.
In the 2011/12 fiscal year, the Plansee Group realized consolidated sales of 1.52 billion euros and employed a total of 6,120 people worldwide.
The fiscal year ends on the last day of February.