Equispheres, Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has appointed two new members, Rob Wildeboer and Keith Spencer, to its board of directors in what it considers an important milestone in its scale up. The two will provide guidance to the company as it moves to gain traction in the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors.
“The addition of Rob Wildeboer as a director, with his extensive experience and reach in the automotive parts sector, underscores our commitment to the automotive industry, and expertise in using our advanced aluminum powders to make metal Additive Manufacturing competitive with traditional manufacturing processes,” stated Kevin Nicholds, CEO of Equispheres.
Wildeboer is executive chairman of Martinrea International Inc, a Tier One supplier to the global automotive industry, and is co-chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC).
“I’m excited to join Equispheres at this point in their growth,” Wildeboer commented. “I see great merit in their high-performance aluminium powders which opens the door for Additive Manufacturing in the cost-competitive world of automotive parts. The combination of a unique powder and the engineering support to make that product perform to its optimum level will push past the previous boundaries of metal AM.”
Keith Spencer, a long-time supporter of entrepreneurs, is a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, where he co-leads the firm’s Start-up and Emerging Company Services group. He advises private technology businesses and serves on the boards of multiple tech companies.
“I have thirty years of experience working with start-ups and emerging technologies, and I still get excited by the disruptive potential of a great product,” stated Spencer. “I am pleased to join Equispheres on this journey to fundamentally change the economics of metal Additive Manufacturing.”
Equispheres’ proprietary, patent-pending, spherical aluminium powder can reportedly additively manufacture three to five times faster than traditional powders and achieve cost reductions of 50%, enabling metal AM to compete economically with traditional manufacturing processes.