Future of PM Components – Attempted Forecast on Materials, Processes and Markets*
In mobility today, i.e. for cars, lorries, aeroplanes, motorcycles, electric bicycles, trains, buses and public transport, all vehicles, apart from a large number of railway vehicles and a small number of public transport vehicles, are driven largely by means of fossil fuels. This situation is threatened by a radical paradigm
shift. The operation and expansion of our forms of transport today are faced not only with ecological and economic problems, there is simply no longer the space needed for it. It is therefore inevitable that we think about shared services and make sure that, where possible, vehicles are operated exclusively with renewable energies. This requires in the long term a radical change in the vehicles and methods used to drive them, which in turn means that the entire production and supply chain including Powder Metallurgy (PM) is facing formidable challenges.