Arcam AB, Mölndal, Sweden, has announced that its powder manufacturing subsidiary, AP&C, officially opened a new facility in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada. The new manufacturing plant will employ more than one hundred new employees by the end of the year, making it one of the largest employers in the region and marking a significant growth for AP&C, which has quadrupled in size over the last two years.
With a present total production capacity of 750 tons and planned production capacity of 1,250 tons at full capacity, the new plant is poised to meet the growing demand for titanium powders in terms of quality and capacity. “The need for high end titanium powder is driven by the fast growth and adoption of Additive Manufacturing,” stated Magnus René, Arcam CEO. “Arcam, AP&C and GE Additive are determined to serve the industry through cost-efficient solutions, thus converting traditional manufacturing into Additive Manufacturing. A requisite is to offer highest quality powder for production at competitive cost and in sufficient volumes.”
The facility was opened in a ceremony attended, in addition to René, by Alain Dupont, President and CEO of AP&C; Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive; Per Sjögren, Swedish Ambassador to Canada; Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie; Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Milles-Îles; and Pierre Charron, Mayor of Saint-Eustache.
A subsidiary of the Swedish firm Arcam AB, a GE Additive company, AP&C has invested a total of $31 million CAD in this highly-automated plant, aided by financial contributions from Canada Economic Development, Montréal International, Investissement Quebec and the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation.
“Our new facility represents a new and inspiring phase for Arcam and GE Additive and a major step for AP&C at a time when we strive to respond to the growing demand for Additive Manufacturing”, stated Alain Dupont, President of AP&C. “We are very pleased that the factory was delivered on time and on budget, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our team who led the development project. We are also especially thankful to our investors and partners without whom this accomplishment could not have been possible.”