LPW Technology has started a partnership with Xsecpro for the supply of Additive Manufacturing (AM) powders in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. The action will help improve AM development in the region by offering LPW’s expertise in the powdered materials used in the technology, one of the key areas in enabling mass-AM.
LPW sees South East Asia as a market with huge opportunities for further growth within the expansive AM industry. The development of the South East Asian, and in particular the Singaporean, AM industry was demonstrated in November 2014, when South East Asia’s largest additive manufacturing facility was announced as part of Ultra Clean Holdings’ (UCT) new 3D printing service, based in Singapore. As the largest centre of its kind in the area, UCT’s new building will make use of a variety of AM techniques including selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, and high-quality stereolithography, as well as fused deposition modelling and wax jetting.
In order to capitalise on this and to assist the progress of the regions AM capabilities, the powder producing company selected Xsecpro which provides AM machines, accessories, and support services to customers in South East Asia from its Singapore headquarters.
Simon Lwee, director of Xsecpro, said: ‘As additive manufacturing processes are embedded we have seen the demand for certified metal powder products surge as well. We are continually developing new capabilities so that customers can stay relevant and create higher-value industries. Working with LPW provides us with expertise in materials development and is a gateway to other services within AM. We are able to provide a one-stop solution to industries. We can link our customers to services such as analysis, development of new alloys, and expert application support.’
‘The lack of materials and processing intelligence is a risk to viable mass industry adoption’, warned Phil Kilburn, commercial director of LPW Technology. ‘LPW have accumulated extensive experience working with industrial partners in quickly developing marketplaces to globalise the supply chain for optimised metal powders, and to be closer to our customers.'
Founded in 2007, LPW now has offices in the UK, a subsidiary in the US, and global partnerships with official representatives in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Turkey to support the adoption of AM technologies globally with combined expertise and local knowledge.