As anticipated by Vice President Massimo Dattilo in 3dpbm’s exclusive interview last November, Canadian plasma atomized powder specialist PyroGenesis is stepping up its expansion activities with the signing of a mutually exclusive agreement with Aubert & Duval, a subsidiary of the French ERAMET Group. The agreement outlines a multi-step strategy to supply plasma atomized titanium powder, on a mutually exclusive basis, to the additive manufacturing market in Europe. Through the agreement, the partners seek to establish production capabilities in the market on mutually agreeable terms.
Founded in 1907, Aubert & Duval has been a world leader in industrializing high-performance steel, superalloys, aluminum and titanium alloys for over a century. More specifically, the company is a recognized supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing, serving the Aerospace, Energy, Transport, Medical, Defense, Automotive and other large and demanding markets.
“They have strong metallurgical expertise and a long history in powder atomization,” said Massimo Dattilo, Vice President of PyroGenesis Additive. “The addition of PyroGenesis’ capabilities complements their current product offerings in a field in which they are an established supplier. Aubert & Duval has a history of supporting their customers in AM, from the development of a product to mass production, and we are happy to partner with them.”
In a press release issued January 8th, 2019, Jérôme Fabre, Eramet Group’s Deputy CEO in charge of the Alloys division, described the benefits of the partnership indicating that with the Group’s metallurgical expertise for demanding markets such as aeronautics and energy this partnership with PyroGenesis allows it to complete its offer of metal powders for additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, a growing market of the industry of the future.
“This agreement establishes the framework within which Aubert & Duval and PyroGenesis shall work together to distribute the titanium powders manufactured by PyroGenesis to the Market. There are provisions for the expansion of the Market upon mutual agreement by the Parties,” added P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “This relationship will undoubtedly accelerate our growth in our AM business line and complements our corporate strategy to team up with established players who have an impeccable reputation and a strong balance sheet, to accelerate our growth. This is a very significant milestone not only for PyroGenesis and Aubert & Duval, but for the industry as a whole. This strategic partnership speaks to the PyroGenesis’ extensive plasma expertise as the inventor of Plasma Atomization, and Aubert & Duval’s large network of customers, strong balance sheet, and extensive knowledge of the market.”