POWDERMET2019: State of North American PM industry 2019

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

The POWDERMET2019 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials was held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, from June 23-26, 2019. Organised by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), the event attracted over 850 participants and included three days of presentations accompanied by an exhibition and a range of social and networking events.

The Opening General Session included a presentation by MPIF President John F Sweet, PMT, who gave delegates a detailed overview of the state of the North American Powder Metallurgy industry.

Sweet stated that the North American Powder Metallurgy industry posted modest growth in most sectors in 2018. The traditional press and sinter sector gained, along with Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) companies enjoying stronger sales increases in the 5–10% range.

Metal powder producers and PM equipment builders were said to have reported positive gains, with equipment companies reporting rising demand for automation packages and robotics. Interest in metal Additive Manufacturing continued at a rapid pace, but AM companies were still tackling challenges related to qualifying parts for commercial production runs.


Metal powder shipments and trends

North American iron powder shipments in 2018 grew by 1% to 392,995 mt (433,203 st), as shown in Fig. 1. PM and friction grade powder shipments were almost even with 2017, at 357,590 mt (394,176 st). Iron powder shipments for welding applications increased by 11% to 15,839 mt (17,460 st). Iron powder going into other uses increased by 5.7% to 19,565 mt (21,567 st).


POWDERMET2019: State of North American PM industry 2019

Fig. 1 North American Iron Powder Shipments (1 st = 0.907 mt) (Courtesy MPIF)


Sweet stated that 2018 iron and steel powder shipments in Europe and Japan were almost level with 2017. Estimated North American stainless steel powder shipments in 2018 remained even with 2017 at 7,938 mt (8,750 st). Copper powder shipments increased by an estimated 2% to 16,783 mt (18,500 st), with aluminium powder shipments also increasing 2% to an estimated 30,536 mt (33,660 st).

Nickel powder consumption declined by about 3.5% to an estimated 5,534 mt (6,100 st). Molybdenum shipments declined an estimated 23.4% to 856 mt (944 st). Tungsten powder shipments decreased by an estimated 7.4% to 1,588 mt (1,750 st), and tungsten carbide powder shipments decreased an estimated 1.6% to 7,792 mt (8,590 st). Overall, 2018 total North American metal powder shipments gained modestly by just under 1% to 464,022 mt (511,497 st) (Fig. 2).


POWDERMET2019: State of North American PM industry 2019

Fig. 2 North American Metal Powder Shipments (Courtesy MPIF)

July 8, 2019

About Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine

Metal AM magazine, published quarterly in digital and print formats, is read by a rapidly expanding international audience.

Our audience includes component manufacturers, end-users, materials and equipment suppliers, analysts, researchers and more.

In addition to providing extensive industry news coverage, Metal AM magazine is known for exclusive, in-depth articles and technical reports.

Our focus is the entire metal AM process from design to application.

Each issue is available as an easy-to-navigate digital edition and a high-quality print publication.

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • BMW Group: Laying the foundations for the application of metal Additive Manufacturing in the automotive industry
  • Predicting the metal Additive Manufacturing market – and breaking the hype cycle
  • China’s thriving metal Additive Manufacturing industry: An outsider’s perspective
  • Enhancing the productivity of Additive Manufacturing facilities through PBF-LB automation
  • Award-winning metal AM parts from the MPIF’s 2024 Design Excellence Awards
  • Performance of eddy currents for the in-situ detection of defects during PBF-LB metal AM

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap