Ultra Fine Specialty Products, LLC, (Ultra Fine) an affiliate of Novamet Specialty Products Corporation, Inc, Lebanon, Tennessee, USA, has announced the appointment of Dr John Johnson, PhD, as vice president, Operations and Technology of both companies. In his new position, he will be responsible for the manufacturing and technical facilities located in Tennessee and Rhode Island, USA.
Dr Johnson is said to have an extensive background in particulate materials processing of metals and ceramics, including compositions based on tungsten, molybdenum, titanium, iron, nickel, copper, silica, alumina, silicon nitride and aluminium nitride.
His research has encompassed all methods of powder production and consolidation, especially Powder Injection Moulding (PIM), extrusion, die compaction, isostatic pressing, and freeform fabrication, and he is said to have helped pioneer the rapid prototyping of iron-copper mould inserts. Dr Johnson has published over 100 papers in the areas of Powder Metallurgy, ceramics and PIM. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and was granted APMI Fellow status in 2019.
Ultra Fine was purchased on June 30, 2020, from Carpenter Technology by a group of investors, including Dr Johnson, all of whom are affiliated with Novamet Specialty Products. According to the company, its atomising facility produces the world’s highest quality metal powders of its kind in the finest range of sizes available through gas atomisation.
Novamet Specialty Products Corporation was formed in 1976 to apply technology to the development of nickel-base powders and technologies into different morphologies, shapes, and sizes for various industrial uses, focusing on nickel powders produced by its then-parent, Inco.
The company was acquired by investors in 2010 and, after nearly forty years in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA, moved its headquarters and manufacturing facilities to Lebanon, Tennessee. Novamet currently processes and distributes various metal powders and coated products for the Metal Injection Moulding, aerospace, automotive, coatings and electronic materials markets.