Liberty Powder Metals gains key quality certifications

May 5, 2021

The atomiser at Liberty Powder Metals’ new facility in Teesside, UK (Courtesy Liberty Powder Metals)

Liberty Powder Metals, part of GFG Alliance’s Liberty Steel Group, has been awarded EN 9100 and ISO 9001 quality certifications. EN 9100 is an internationally-recognised Quality Management System for the aerospace industry, with ISO 9001 being the equivalent system for general industry.

The certifications, which were awarded after extensive and rigorous audits of Liberty Powder Metals’ quality management system and internal operations, covers the manufacture, processing and testing of metallic alloy powders for near net shape Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing applications.

“Achieving these certifications for our Quality Management System highlights Liberty Powder Metals’ commitment, dedication and systematic approach to delivering best-in-class metal powders to support our advanced manufacturing customers,” stated Dr Simon Pike, General Manager.

The quality certifications will enable the business to expand its reach in Additive Manufacturing, allowing it to sell to customers across the aerospace, automotive, industrial and engineering sectors.

The company’s vacuum induction argon gas atomiser, which opened last December at the Materials Processing Institute on Teesside, North Yorkshire, UK, produces a range of stainless steel and nickel superalloy powders. To increase productivity, the atomiser possesses a unique anti-satellite facility.

Liberty Powder Metals’ Technical Manager James Ashby at the company’s laboratory (Courtesy Liberty Powder Metals)

Dermot Desmond, Commercial and Business Development Manager, added, “These certifications confirm the quality of our world-class manufacturing processes and demonstrate our commitment to high-quality working practices. Achieving this against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic is testament to the dedication of all our staff and partners, enabling the business to push forward and start operating at full capacity.”

In addition to producing steel and nickel superalloys, Liberty Powder Metals is now using its sieving, blending and optimisation facilities to process and supply aluminium and titanium powders.

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