The EPMA Distinguished Service Awards are presented in recognition of an individuals' outstanding contribution to the European PM industry over a number of years.
Recipients are selected by the EPMA Council and receive their award at the annual congress in Europe.
The Distinguished Service Award Winner for 2016 is:
Dr Cèsar Molins
Even though his main academic subject was nuclear reactor neutronics, he also studied metallurgy and right after his graduation he entered the Powder Metallurgy world in AMES, a family-owned company co-founded by his father, where he became the General Manager in 1985. Thus, he has now worked in the world of PM for 35 years.
From the very beginning of his work at AMES Cèsar became very involved in international PM associations, presenting papers at PM conferences in Europe, America and Asia and his mixture of technological passion and managerial duties made him a worldwide ambassador of Powder Metallurgy.
In 1998 he chaired the first World PM conference fully organized by EPMA in Granada, Spain. He became the third EPMA President in 2001, after sitting for some years on the EPMA Council and Board where he still serves today. His international involvement brought him to the International Liaison Committee of MPIF and he spoke on behalf of European PM in the USA, Brazil, India, Turkey, Japan and Korea. He received the Ivor Jenkins award in 1998 from the Institute of Metals in the UK, the Fellowship award of PMAI in 2011, the Distinguished Service Award of the MPIF in 2015 and the APMI International Fellowship award in 2016. He was a strong promoter of the joint effort of EPMA, MPIF and JPMA to develop the Global PM Property Database, which was developed during his presidency of EPMA. He also chaired EPMA’s Euro PM 2011 Congress & Exhibition in Barcelona.
His several advisory duties in different governmental bodies in Spain and Catalonia have helped to promote the image of industry in general and of PM in particular. He is a long standing member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Automobile Component Manufacturers and a member of the Industry Commission in the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce where again he represents the PM industry.
Under his leadership, AMES, the company he manages, has grown to 140 Million Euro turnover and 7 plants in 4 countries and 3 continents. Following its strong technological vocation, AMES has developed cooperation with universities and technological centres in Spain, Europe and Asia.
It can be said that Cèsar Molins has been a worldwide promoter of the PM industry, technology and of international cooperation.