Tekna invests €5M in metal powder production for additive manufacturing in France

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Jan 14, 2019 | By Thomas

Canada-based firm Tekna recently announces that it has made a €5M investment for the production of spherical powders intended for additive manufacturing at its new industrial site in Mâcon, France and shipped the first batches of spherical powders to its clients in November 2018.

The facility can accommodate various specialized plasma atomizers enabling the manufacturing of a variety of strategic materials and alloys. Tekna’s Mâcon plant is capable of producing 400 to 500 tons per year of additive manufacturing powders, increasing the company’s annual global capacity to over 1000 tons.

“In line with the rapid growth of our activities, this major investment enables us to provide our clients with closer support while accounting for the safeguarding of their supply chain and volume expansion, in addition to controlling costs and logistical risks,” stated Rémy Pontone, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, and Managing Director of Tekna Plasma Europe SAS.

In addition to the start-up of 3D printing powder production, the new site hosts the European Customer Service Center and a laboratory dedicated to quality assurance and the development of new powders.

Founded in 1990, Tekna is a subsidiary of Arendals Fossekompani ASA (AFK) with its headquarters located in Sherbrooke, Canada. The company develops and produces high-purity metal powders for applications such as 3D printing and microelectronics, as well as optimized induction plasma systems for industrial research and production. TEKNA operates manufacturing centers in Canada and France, as well as sales and distribution offices in China, India, and South Korea.

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