Voestalpine Expands Metal AM Business into Asia, North America

The company has opened a research center in Singapore and a production plant in Taiwan, with plans for another plant in Toronto.

The Voestalpine Group’s High Performance Metals division is expanding internationally with the April opening of its research center in Singapore for the 3D printing of complex metal components. A production plant also opened in Taiwan in August, and another is scheduled to open in Canada this fall. The company is also investing 20 million Euros in expanding metal powder production for additive manufacturing at its subsidiaries Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG of Austria and Uddeholms AB of Sweden.

The Voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center Singapore Pte. Ltd opens access to the growing market in Southeast Asia. While the team in Düsseldorf specializes in producing finely structured, lightweight small parts and tools, the Singapore team will focus on manufacturing and repairing objects weighing as much as 600 kilograms.

The Voestalpine Technology Institute Asia in Taiwan is the company’s third research center for metal additive manufacturing. The center will have its own technology that supplements the other research centers. The company is also building 3D printing capacity for research and commercial purposes in Toronto, the first Voestalpine site for this manufacturing process in North America.

To keep up with the increasing demand for metal for 3D printing, Voestalpine is investing and expanding capacity at its subsidiaries Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG in Austria, and Uddeholms AB in Sweden. Following the setup of atomization lines for powder production at the two sites in 2016, the company is investing 20 million Euros in similar systems to develop more corrosion-resistant and stronger powders in cooperation with the new research centers. Both production companies benefit from experience in manufacturing powder steels.