To support the global demand for its high-alloy products, Sweden’s Höganäs will expand its Johnstown, Pa., facility in North America. The project, which is expected to create 25 jobs, will add new production capabilities to support additive manufacturing and other technologies. The company will construct a 24,000-square-foot building and purchase new machinery.
The ExOne Company announced a material collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, a division in the global engineering Sandvik Group. The material collaboration will focus on qualifying and optimizing Sandvik’s Osprey metal powders with ExOne’s binder-jetting machines. It will include studying powder and binder interactions; developing 3D machine process settings; and creating post-processing heat treatments for various materials, including stainless steels, tool steels and nickel alloys.
Carpenter Technology Corp. acquired LPW Technology Ltd. (LPW), a developer and supplier of advanced metal powders and powder lifecycle-management solutions to the additive-manufacturing industry, for approximately $81 million. LPW is based in Widnes, Cheshire (U.K.), with additional processing operations near Pittsburgh, Pa. The company employs about 80 people.
Metalysis is starting up a metal-alloy powder production facility at its Materials Manufacturing Centre in Wath upon Dearne, South Yorkshire, U.K. The Generation 4 (Gen4) project was completed in the fourth quarter of 2017 and has since undergone hot commissioning, trial runs and transition into commercial production. Gen4 is the first facility to take Metalysis’ solid-state, modular, electrochemical process to industrial scale and can produce up to hundreds of metric tons per year of high-value, niche and master alloys.
Tekna Plasma Systems Inc., a manufacturer of metal powder, will invest up to $128 million over five years to expand its global manufacturing output and boost its innovation capability. The project will help the Sherbrooke, Quebec-based company increase its capacity to over 1,000 tons per year and includes expanding manufacturing floor space, the purchase of production equipment and resources for product development efforts. The investment reflects Tekna’s long-term commitment to the 3D-printing market.
Sandvik will invest approximately $25 million in a new plant for manufacturing titanium and nickel fine metal powders within the business area Sandvik Materials Technology. The investment will complement the company’s existing powder offering and strengthen its position in markets for metal powder and metal additive manufacturing. The facility, which is expected to be operational in 2020, will be located in Sandviken, Sweden, near in-house titanium raw-material supply and Sandvik’s center for additive manufacturing.
Höganäs AB signed an agreement to acquire H.C. Starck Group’s Surface Technology & Ceramic Powders (STC) division. STC manufactures high-alloyed and gas-atomized metal powders for a broad range of technologies, including additive manufacturing, hot isostatic pressing and metal injection molding. The company operates as a legally separated stand-alone division within the H.C. Starck Group and has two production facilities in Germany.
Although the aerospace and medical-device industries were the first players to adopt the process, all industries that work with metals, including automotive, are now beginning to realize the promise of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM).
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