From left: Staffan Bohman, chairman of Höganäs board of directors, Bo Hu, Melker Jernberg, CEO and Dean Howard, president of automotive Americas.
From left: Staffan Bohman, chairman of Höganäs board of directors, Bo Hu, Melker Jernberg, CEO and Dean Howard, president of automotive Americas.

The Ulf Engström Award 2017, established by Höganäs to recognise employee contributions to technical advancements and expanded commercial use of PM technology has been awarded to Bo Hu, who works with product development in North America.

Bo received the award for his contributions to Höganäs and the powder metallurgy (PM) industry. While at Höganäs, Bo has worked to develop a line of super machinability (SM) additives to help PM customers in the automobile and related industries machine their products more efficiently and consistently.

‘Bo's knowledge on machining and how to optimize the machining process to maximize the additive benefit is a key differentiation which our competition cannot match,’ said Roland Warzel in his nomination letter.

‘It is very important to work with the customer in an actual manufacturing environment. We do research and have the depth of understanding of the materials. But the machinist doesn't know the material and the material engineer doesn't know machining. It's very complicated, and kind of a mystery. It's not just the materials, it's the tools and the conditions. We try to fill the gaps,’ said Bo Hu.

‘Bo generously shares his knowledge with his colleagues and listens to other people's views,’ the jury wrote. ‘Bo never looks for individual accolades, but insists on a team aspect of successes.’

This story is reprinted from material from Höganäswith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.