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High-purity powders for 3D printers: Höganäs starts construction of new plant in Germany

A new atomsing plant for production of high-purity metal powders for the 3D printing industry
Höganäs has reached an important milestone in the construction of its new atomizing plant for production of high-purity metal powders for the 3D printing industry. It is located at the Laufenburg production unit in Germany. In mid-September, the Freiburg Regional Council approved the construction and operation of the modern plant under the strict conditions of the German Federal Emission Control Act (BImSchG). The special powders will be sold worldwide under the trademark forAM®.

“The investment in the million-euro plant will help us to significantly increase our market share for metal powders in the promising segment of 3D printing,” says Höganäs’ site manager Peter Thienel. “In addition, we want to further increase the attractiveness of Höganäs as an employer in Germany and are confident that we can continue to offering our co-workers long-term professional development.”

The approval procedure was complex, as the ordinance bundles numerous, once separate, approvals and expert opinions. One of the prerequisites was that plant operation would not cause harm to the environment and that sufficient precautionary measures had been taken.

“We have proven this,” says Sylwia Paulus, responsible for Höganäs’ Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Laufenburg. “The reports contained extensive investigations and validations with regard to noise, emissions, fire protection and occupational safety. Ultimately, we fulfilled all the legal requirements within the framework, and beyond.”

Shortly after receiving the permit, construction work started in the plant building to dismantle stairs, landings, facades and roof. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.




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