4/3/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Building Begins at Oerlikon Michigan Facility

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The building is expected to be completed in 2018.

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In March, Oerlikon held a groundbreaking ceremony for its manufacturing facility located in Plymouth Township, Michigan. This facility is dedicated to producing high-quality advanced materials for additive manufacturing and high-end surface coatings in order to meet the increasing market demand for advanced metal powders, the company says. 

Oerlikon expects the demand for advanced materials to increase in the coming years. The Michigan facility will produce materials such as titanium alloys used in additive manufacturing, and diverse high-end thermal spray powders. The site will be  equipped with VIGA technology, which combines vacuum induction melting with inert gas atomization systems. In addition, the facility will house an R&D lab for further developments of titanium-related and other alloys, for joint R&D projects with customers, and have the ability to make customized powders in small batches.

The powders produced at the Plymouth facility will serve the internal demand from Oerlikon’s  component manufacturing sites in Charlotte, Atlanta and Magdeburg, as well as the wider additive manufacturing and thermal spray markets. Services will be focused on meeting the needs of customers in the aerospace, automotive, energy, medical and tooling industries globally.

The construction of the facility  is expected to be completed at the end of Q1 2018. Oerlikon plans to employ more then 65 highly skilled workers at the 79,000-plus-square-foot (about 7,300-square-meter) plant and invest approximately $50 million in this facility. It also has the option to further expand and develop the site to meet customers’ demands. 

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