Metals and industrial group Liberty is investing £10 million (about $12.4 million) to build a new powder metals development plant in Teesside, England that will improve its position in the additive manufacturing materials market and specialist metals, the London-based firm announced in a release Wednesday.
The new Liberty Powder Metals facility is currently under construction at the Materials Processing Institute’s research and innovation campus. High-quality stainless steel and superalloy powders will be manufactured at the site when it becomes operational.
‘We are excited about the progress to date and I am looking forward to bringing our products to market and developing our customer base along with the strength of the Liberty brand,” said Liberty Powder Metals Commercial and Business Development Manager Tom Sellers in a statement.
Sieving, blending, packaging, and analytical equipment will be installed at the site, along with a vacuum induction inert gas atomizer that will enable Liberty to produce advanced powdered steels for use in 3D printing applications in the aerospace, automotive, energy, and specialist industrial equipment spaces.
Atomising Systems Ltd. (ASL) and Consarc Engineering were in charge of equipment design for the project. K-Home International is overseeing the installation of the new technology.
The new facility will be commissioned this December. Powders produced at the Teesside site are slated to reach the market by March 2020.
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