The latest International MIM Party took place in Hamburg, Germany, on October 12th, 2016. The event was held in parallel with the World PM2016 Congress and nearly 200 participants from 21 countries attended. Following the land-based barbecue at the International MIM Party at World PM2014 in Orlando, the 2016 party returned to the marine-based theme of the inaugural MIM Party in Yokohama in 2012.
The venue this year was Rickmer Rickmers, a three masted barque sailing ship that is now permanently moored as a museum ship near Hamburg’s Cap San Diego. The ship, which dates back to 1896, was first used on the Hong Kong route carrying rice and bamboo before being used on South American routes. This international heritage served as a fitting venue for such an event, which attracted both part producers and suppliers from around the world.
Prof Dr Ing Frank Petzoldt, Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IFAM and Chairman of the German-language MIM Expertenkreis (MIM Expert Group) told PIM International, “Networking has become such a vital activity in modern business life. What we wanted to achieve with this party was to create a memorable networking opportunity especially for all the international MIM people who were attending the World PM2016, where they could meet in a relaxed and hospitable atmosphere to talk to their friends, business partners and customers, enjoy good food and have an evening of fun.”
“We tried to invite everybody involved in MIM who was planning to attend the congress and also as many of their customers as were willing to travel to Hamburg. These special evenings just for the MIM community have become an important networking occasion for members of the different international MIM associations and we hope that they will become a permanent addition to future PM world congresses.”
The party was jointly hosted by the MIM Expertenkreis and the EPMA with the support of: Arburg GmbH & Co KG, BASF SE, Carpenter Powder Products GmbH, Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, Elnik Systems LLC, SIGMA Engineering GmbH and LÖMI GmbH. Thanks also go to Dagmar Fischer for organising such an enjoyable event.