Titomic Limited, an industrial scale metal Additive Manufacturing systems provider located in Melbourne, Australia, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sino-Euro Materials Technologies of Xi’An Co. Ltd, Xi’An, China, a company specialising in the production of plasma rotating electrode process (PREP) spherical metal powder. The MoU covers the supply of metal powders and Sino-Euro’s appointment as the distributor for Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) systems and customer support in China.
Titomic will now work with Sino-Euro for the supply of PREP metal powders. The company has tested Sino-Euro’s aerospace grade PREP titanium powders and has reportedly evaluated them as meeting the highest quality and international standards for titanium powder. The potential cooperative research and development of new metal powders for the patented TKF process will provide ongoing access to cutting-edge material science and next generation super alloy powders for TKF systems.
Sino-Euro is a subsidiary of the Northwest Institute for Non-ferrous Metal Research (NIN), a key national research centre in China which has contributed to more than 700 scientific innovations, 120 patents, and over 8500 developed products, and is involved in government cooperation with the USA, Japan, Germany, France and Russia. Sino-Euro focuses on the R&D and application of high-end materials and powder preparation technologies and has had more than thirty patents granted, including China’s first Supreme Speed Plasma Rotating Electrode Process™ (SS-PREP) spherical metal powder industrial production line.
The consumption of metals such as titanium alloys in China is primarily driven by the aerospace, chemical, power, desalination and automotive industries. In the aerospace industry alone, Boeing predicts that with the growth in air passengers as a result of the rising middle class, the demand of aircraft will result in China accounting for 18% of the world’s commercial airplane fleet by 2037.
Jeff Lang, Titomic’s Managing Director, commented, “We chose to sign this MoU with Sino-Euro for their high-quality aerospace grade PREP titanium powders aligned with their 50+ years of materials science research in titanium and super alloys. This MoU will lead to Sino-Euro being appointed in early 2019 as the sales distributor of Titomic Kinetic fusion systems and Titomic customer support in China. Sino-Euro is well placed as the research leader in China for titanium and super alloy technologies in the world’s 2nd largest economy to represent Titomic commercial growth strategies in the global market.”
S J Liang, Sino-Euro’s General Manager, added, “Titomic is driving new levels of industrial productivity in the manufacturing world with leading-edge machines, patented process and innovative materials. We are excited to partner with Titomic across the highlighted fields of cooperation to explore innovations in industrial scale Additive Manufacturing.”