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Jonathan Wroe – in Memoriam

Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of the European Powder Metallurgy Association – EPMA, passed away on 4 December 2015 after a short illness.

Jonathan Wroe was a graduate of University College Oxford. Since 1986 he worked in the materials sector with Cookson Group, CERAM Research holding senior roles in sales and marketing, purchasing and technology transfer. In 2001 Jonathan joined the EPMA as Ex­ecu­tive Director. During his time at the EPMA he worked on numerous events, starting with the Euro PM2001 Congress and Exhibition. From this stepping stone into the PM industry he managed, coordinated and assisted on annual Euro PM’s, General Meetings, Board and Council Meetings and three World PM’s. Through his international working relationships with the EPMA’s sister organisations, North America’s Metal Powders Industry Federation – MPIF, and the Asian focused Japanese Powder Metallurgy Association – JPMA, friendships developed with colleagues around the world. In 2004 these positive connections helped to create and launch the Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database: the first material property database of its kind that was free to use, an internet accessible database, providing material property covering a wide range of powder metallurgy material systems. During his time as the EPMA’s Sectoral Group coordinator of EuroMIM and, more recently, as one of the founding partners of the European Hot Isostatic Pressing Group – EHPG, J. Wroe worked on the creation and implementation of International ISO Standards, PM technology promotion, resulting in the brand new “Introduction to HIP” brochure as well as a revamped “Introduction to MIM”, and EU funded projects for the benefit of the PM industry, such as “Design for PM” – an e-learning training course. Jonathan Wroe brought to EPMA his energy and he has been an untiring motor till the end. Board, Council and staff of EPMA are very sad about this loss. All stay highly committed to the future of the Association.

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