Despite the tough economic conditions, the powder metallurgy industry in North America grew last year, according to figures released by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (www.mpiF.org) during its annual conference in Las Vegas. Iron powder shipments, an important indicator of how the industry is faring, increased by 12.4% in 2002 to 434,298 short tons. Of this amount, powder metal parts represented 408,236 short tons for a 13% increase.
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