The UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that LPW, a market leader in the development and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), has been awarded government funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).
UK manufacturing supply chain projects will benefit from a total of £67 million of government investment, with £109 million being invested in the same projects by industry. The fund to help ‘rebuild British manufacturing prowess’ will see LPW receive support totalling £3 million, with the total project size approximately £13.2 million. LPW are being supported in the project by The Welding Institute (TWI) and The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The funds will drive the development of super-clean powders of novel composition made using non-conventional powder production processes, which will enable the sustainable use of AM in a wide range of critical and demanding applications.
Funding through AMSCI is available to support research and development, skills training and capital investment to help UK supply chains achieve world-class standards and improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing.
LPW have demonstrated impressive growth and a successful business strategy for sustainable development enabling the investment, which will be focused on developing new technologies in a customer collaboration to create lasting shared value innovative technologies, products and research in the aerospace, automotive, medical, defence, and tooling sectors.
A dedicated facility to accommodate new equipment will be built. It is due to create up to 137 new jobs and safeguard 30+ existing roles.
Established in 2007, LPW Technology is a market leader in the development and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry. These services range from the development of new alloys, through expert application support, to AM machine maintenance. The company has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with standard powders supplied from stock, and custom and development alloys available on request.
LPW Technology invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service. LPW POWDERSOLVE™, a proprietary software package, supports efficient powder lifecycle management.
LPW Technology has its headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. In June 2014 the company formally established a US subsidiary; LPW Technology Inc. situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to provide local support and sales to a growing number of customers in the US. From these locations the company supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base drawn from the aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. LPW have global partnerships with official representatives in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Turkey; committed to supporting adoption of AM technologies globally with combined expertise and local knowledge.
The company operates to quality control standards: AS 9100 & AS 9120 for aerospace, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 for medical.
For more information, visit: www.lpwtechnology.com