Tekna begins powder production in Europe
January 11, 2019
Tekna, a subsidiary of Arendals Fossekompani ASA with its headquarters located in Sherbrooke, Canada, has announced a €5 million investment for the production of spherical powders intended for Additive Manufacturing at its new industrial site in Mâcon, France. The site can accommodate various specialised plasma atomisers, enabling the manufacturing of a variety of strategic materials and alloys.
The production volume on site will be capable of achieving 400 to 500 tons, increasing Tekna’s annual global capacity to over 1000 tons. The company stated that replicating its production means and processes in Europe will ensure that Tekna perfectly duplicates its powder production activities and provides a continuous supply to its clients.
In addition to the start-up of powder production, the new site hosts its European Customer Service Centre and a laboratory dedicated to quality assurance and the development of new powders.
“In line with the rapid growth of our activities, this major investment enables us to provide our clients with closer support while accounting for the safeguarding of their supply chain and volume expansion, in addition to controlling costs and logistical risks,” stated Rémy Pontone, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, and Managing Director of Tekna Plasma Europe SAS.
“At Tekna, we guarantee our clients high-quality products that are always delivered on schedule at the best costs. I would like to acknowledge the technical and manufacturing teams on site who have contributed to successfully completing this strategic project. As a result, it is our clients who are the big winners,” added Tekna’s CEO, Luc Dionne.