PowderMet2016, co-located with AMPM2016, gathered in Boston last week.
PowderMet2016, co-located with AMPM2016, gathered in Boston last week.

PowderMet2016, co-located with AMPM2016, gathered in Boston last week for another successful event, its organizers report. Nearly 900 delegates from 30 countries attended technical presentations, special interest programs, and poster presentations during North America's largest PM industry event of the year. The combined exhibition featured about 100 companies showcasing products, goods, and services.

During the opening general session, keynote speaker Jim Carroll, author and futurist, addressed ‘The Disruption of Manufacturing', discussing six big issues:: transformation, hyperconnectivity, lifecycle, process, skills intensity, and generations, which included a section on key realities about the future of manufacturing skills – existing careers may disappear, but there is a rapid emergence of new careers.

 An overview of the current state of the PM industry was provided by Patrick McGeehan, MPIF president, who reported that confidence remains strong within the executive office and on the shop floors in the majority of PM industry companies.

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