House Group, parent company of Liberty Powder Metals, Sheffield, UK, has
begun construction of a powder metals development facility in Teesside,
UK, which it hopes will enable the group to expand its reach in specialist
metals and materials for Additive Manufacturing.
The new powder metals facility will be based at the Materials Processing Institute in South Bank, Middlesbrough, UK, and an initial £10 million is also being invested to establish the Liberty Powder Metals business in this location. This investment will include a state-of-the-art vacuum induction inert gas atomiser (VIGA), which Liberty Powder Metals secured funding for from the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet, UK, in October 2018. There are also plans to install a range of sieving, blending, packaging and analytical equipment at the facility.
The atomiser is expected to enable the group to enhance its position in the supply chain for precision steel components used in rapidly-changing and advanced sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy and specialist industrial equipment. Dr
Simon Pike, General Manager of Liberty Powder Metals, stated, “We are
grateful to our partners for the work they have done to reach this stage.
Finance from Tees Valley Combined Authority has been critical in making the
project a reality and I look forward to continuing all our partnerships to make
Teesside a global-leading centre of expertise for powder metal
are glad to see construction now starting,” commented Chris
McDonald, Chief Executive Officer for the Materials Processing Institute.
“Advanced materials development is a core area of research at the
institute and this investment by Liberty Powder Metals is an example of the
benefits of partnerships and collaborations between industry and the Institute.”
Sellers, Commercial and Business Development Manager for Liberty Powder
Metals, reported, “We are excited about the progress to date and I am
looking forward to bringing our products to market and developing our customer
base along with the strength of the Liberty brand.
Systems Ltd. (ASL) and Consarc Engineering designed the equipment for the
powder metals facility, while K-Home International is managing the installation
at the Materials Processing Institute. Commissioning is expected to take
place from December 2019, with the aim of producing powders for sale from March