6K Inc, based in North Andover, Massachusetts, has been recognised on the Global Cleantech 100 list for the second year in a row. The Global Cleantech 100 is intended to showcase the most promising private companies in the ‘cleantech’ ecosystem. The report aims to offer insight into organisations with outstanding technologies, original business models, and bold plans to act on the ever-increasing climate and environmental crisis.
The recognition is largely driven by the success of 6K’s UniMelt Microwave Plasma Production Platform, which is capable of producing metal Additive Manufacturing powders and battery materials via a fast, clean process.
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“When we first introduced the UniMelt platform, one of our goals was to transform manufacturing of critical materials. Our UniMelt solution takes a sustainability-first approach, replacing outdated, dirty processes with clean and efficient production – dramatically reducing production times from days to seconds at significantly lower carbon emissions than legacy processes,” stated Bruce Bradshaw, Chief Marketing Officer at 6K. “We’re honoured the industry experts at Cleantech Group have once again recognised 6K for our efforts in creating a more sustainable, productive planet.”
This recognition builds on the company’s recent execution of a $50 million award with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains for its PlusCAM battery material production plant in Jackson, Tennessee. Additionally, 6K Additive initiated a significant investment program to expand current capacity and add to its metal processing capabilities. This programme was supported by a $23.4 million grant award for upcycling critical metals for use in key defence applications through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Industrial Base Policy via its Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization directorate.
“Companies included in the Global Cleantech 100 like 6K are industry leaders and transformers – driving positive change and at the forefront of powering global transition to a more sustainable future,” shared Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “The Global Cleantech 100 is a recognition of the market’s positive view on their progress to date and their potential impact in building a cleaner, decarbonised world.”
The annual report is available for download here.