Oerlikon Advanced Powder Manufacturing Center – Plymouth Township, Michigan
Oerlikon has recently engaged KIRCO and KIRCO MANIX to develop and build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility dedicated to producing advanced materials for additive manufacturing and high-end surface coatings. The new facility will produce the latest materials, such as advanced titanium alloys for the additive manufacturing market and certain high-end thermal spray powders. The site will be fully equipped with next-generation Vacuum Induction melting with Gas Atomization (VIGA) technology, which is one of the most versatile methods for processing a variety of metals and alloys into powders, and offers improved process efficiency. In addition, the facility will house a state of-the-art research & development lab for further developments of titanium and other alloys (e.g. nickel, copper, iron and cobalt), for joint research & development projects with customers, and have the ability to produce customized powders in small batches.