news PM database celebrates ten years The Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database (GPMD) has been online for ten years. Originally covering only the ferrous PM industry, the website has since been extended to include the nonferrous PM and MIM sectors. The online data is fully searchable and outputs can be exported to several well-known FEA packages. Recently, information has been added covering straincontrolled fatigue data displayed in a user-friendly format viewable in tabular and graphic formats. The GPMD now has over 10,000 registered users from countries all over the world and from a wide range of industrial sectors. Work continues to develop and include new data and new capa-
bilities for the system, which forms an essential information tool for the development of the PM industry. The database, which is available free of charge to registered users, is a project funded jointly by the world’s three leading regional PM trade associations: the MPIF, EPMA, and the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA). The GPMD was an ambitious and forward-looking project that has in the last ten years shown designers and engineers the wide range and unique properties of materials available through the powder metallurgy process,” said EPMA executive director Jonathan Wroe. “It is part of a range of support services for customers provided by the PM industry.”
New CFO of Höganäs AB Mark Braithwaite has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of Höganäs AB. Mark Braithwaite was previously CFO of Höganäs Europe as well as global sales manager. Mark joined Höganäs in 2003 as commercial manager for Höganäs Great Britain Ltd. In 2008 he moved to Höganäs, Sweden,
to take up his current position. “Mark has the right background and experiences to take on this task,” said Melker Jernberg, Höganäs president and CEO. “I am certain that he will contribute positively to the management team and company as a whole.”
Alcoa voted most sustainable
In 2013 Alcoa had its safest year on record.
Aluminium powder supplier Alcoa has been named one of the world’s most sustainable companies by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Alcoa was again recognised as the aluminium industry leader on the index. “Sustainability is a core value at Alcoa,” said Kevin McKnight, Alcoa chief sustainability officer and vice president of environment, health and safety. “No decision is made or action taken without a careful consideration of the economic, environmental, and social impacts that may result. “In 2013, we worked more safely with fewer environmental impacts. While we’re continuing to improve the sustainability of our global operations, our light-metal
innovations are creating a more sustainable world by enabling greener cars and trucks, more fuel efficient airplanes and more energyefficient buildings.” Community investment In 2013 Alcoa had its safest year on record, with no employee fatalities and a 30% reduction in workplace injury rate. It also reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 25.5% from the 2005 baseline, and lowered absolute emissions by 3.1 million metric tons. It invested US$40.9 million in community programmes through Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation and 37,200 employees volunteered in their communities during a Worldwide Month of Service.
Metaldyne and Stackpole agree to share technology Metaldyne LLC and the engineered products division of Stackpole International, a supplier of transmission and engine pump systems for the automotive industry, have agreed to share technology under a technical agreement to allow both companies to
expand their product range in line with engine fuel efficiency trends. They plan to combine expertise in order to offer engine balance shaft systems with integrated variable displacement oil pumps, based on Metaldyne’s balance shaft
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system technology combined with Stackpole’s variable displacement oil pump technology. “We are pleased to work with Stackpole on providing technical solutions in balance shaft assemblies for the light vehicle engine
market,” said Thomas Amato, president and CEO, Metaldyne, LLC. “We look forward to the partnership and providing added value to our customers,” added Peter Ballantyne, President and CEO, Stackpole International.