Tekna Holding AS, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, has commissioned a powder atomiser for titanium to meet growing demand from the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries. The new powder atomiser comes with highly automated real-time process controls, which translates into low labour operating costs.
In line with the company’s growth strategy, Tekna’s Board of Directors approved the manufacturing of six new production systems for the Additive Manufacturing, Printed Electronics and Energy Storage segments. This investment will bring the company’s total number of plasma systems to fourteen.
“Tekna posted solid revenue growth in 2020, mainly driven by new customers and increased powder sales, a trend which is accelerating,” stated Luc Dionne, Chief Executive Officer, Tekna Canada. “We’re seeing growing demand from the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries. Our goal is to always meet the delivery expectations of our customers. The investment we are announcing today, along with our newly commissioned state-of-the-art powder atomiser, will ensure that we stay ahead of the demand curve. Tekna’s plasma systems enable us to produce materials with superior performance characteristics to support our customers’ development, enhance their competitiveness and reduce their environmental footprint.”
Tekna established its subsidiary Tekna Advanced Materials (TAM) in 2014 for the industrial production of titanium and other powders for AM. Since then, the company has focused on optimising production and the end product. Today TAM is a qualified supplier to a wide range of leading producers in the medical, aerospace, defence and automotive sectors.
Tekna states that it became the first worldwide supplier qualified by Boeing for Additive Manufacturing powders in 2020 – Boeing Material Specification (BMS) Titanium alloy powders and BMS Aluminum alloy powders. With a rapidly rising customer base and share of repeat deliveries, Tekna is making ongoing plans to expand capacity in order to meet the growing demand.