According to a new report from PowderMet2011, North American metal powder shipments increased about 35% to an estimated 451,021 short tons in 2010. Powder metallurgy (PM) parts found in new engines and six-speed transmissions use substantial amounts of metal powder. For example, GM and Ford six-speed models contain 28-34 pounds of PM parts. While the dramatic rebound can be largely attributed to the increase in light-vehicle sales, other end markets also gained.

Based on the first quarter of 2011, PM industry executives remain optimistic about the business outlook.