The annual ceremony at which the winners of the MPIF PM Design Excellence Competition are announced is usually held during the MPIF/APMI Conference at a special luncheon. After the video presentations, award plaques are presented, and winning parts are displayed in the exhibition. That did not happen this year because the World PM Congress, due to take place at the end of June in Montreal was cancelled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the winners were announced by MPIF in three separate audio–video virtual presentations during the following month, covering the three application segments: Automotive, Special Technologies, and Consumer Goods.

For the first time, MIM parts, AM parts and conventional PM parts now compete in separate categories, but MIM parts continue to dominate the winning entries. Altogether, 26 prizes were awarded: 11 Grand Prizes and 15 Awards of Distinction. In the automotive segment there were three Grand Prizes and six Awards of Distinction; four prizes went to MIM components and the remainder went to conventional PM parts. In the Special Technologies segment, which covers aerospace and defense, electronic and electric, as well as medical and dental applications, there were two Grand Prizes and six Awards of Distinction. In the Consumer Goods segment (lawn and garden/off highway, hand tools and recreation, industrial motors/controls, & hydraulics, and hardware/appliances) there were six Grand Prizes and three Awards of Distinction. Altogether, MIM parts manufacturers won 13 prizes, outnumbering both the conventional PM and AM parts. Indo-MIM Pvt. Ltd and Arc Group Worldwide each collected three prizes for their MIM entries in the competition. Almost all the winning parts were made from ferrous materials, including stainless steels, while one part was made from titanium alloy and another from an aluminum alloy powder. Winning parts came from producers around the world: Europe, Asia, and South America, as well as the USA.

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