Arcam AB, Sweden, has announced that its metal powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C in Montreal, Canada, is adding further capacity by building a new powder manufacturing plant. It was stated that, when completed, total production capacity will reach at least 750 tons per year.
“The need for high end titanium powder is driven by the fast growth and adoption of Additive Manufacturing. Arcam is 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,” stated Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.
The new capacity increase follows on significant growth in 2015 and 2016 and a surge in demand for AP&C’s high quality titanium powders for additive manufacturing.
“With this investment we are committing to supply our present and future customers with superior quality materials to meet the high manufacturing standards of the biomedical and aerospace industries. With the powder plant and atomising technology advancements, AP&C will add significant capacity in 2017 and onwards,” started Alain Dupont, President of AP&C.
Plasma atomisation produces premium quality spherical powders of reactive and high melting point materials such as titanium. The process offers the highest purity possible, producing highly spherical particles and minimal satellite content. Plasma atomised powder exhibits exceptional flowability and packing properties.