FOMAS and INTECO enter joint development agreement to produce metal powders for AM market

Dr Holzgruber, Managing Director INTECO (left) and Dr Guzzoni, VP & CEO FOMAS
Dr Holzgruber, Managing Director INTECO (left) and Dr Guzzoni, VP & CEO FOMAS

The FOMAS Group and the INTECO Group have signed a cooperation agreement to produce metal powders dedicated to the Additive Manufacturing market. The agreement is rooted in their complementary industrial operations and joint vision on the future of the Additive Manufacturing industry.

In particular, the plan envisages investments in both plants (northern Italy and USA) and
human resources. Two identical plants, one located near FOMAS in Osnago, the other one at the INTECO Group member Thermal Technology in Santa Rosa, California will be the new production sites for various metal powders to be used in highly demanding industries.

Both production sites include an innovative ‘next generation’ plant newly developed by INTECO, enabling new possibilities in terms of powder production compared to the existing technology available on the market. With the combined capacity, the plants will ensure the constant availability of backup. Highest quality, customized and newly developed are the key characteristics of the powder to be produced in the two facilities.

“This agreement will be instrumental in entering the Additive Manufacturing Markets,” says Dr. Jacopo Guzzoni, VP & CEO of the FOMAS Group. Dr. Harald Holzgruber, Managing Director of the INTECO Group adds that “this cooperation will set new standards on the metal powder market by elevating quality and the degree of customization available.”

Besides the production of already established powder grades, the main focus will be on highly specialized powders, especially customized and developed for the market demands and in close cooperation with the customer.

MIMETE is the brand name under which the two groups with a long tradition in the steel industry and with a strive for innovation & progress will hit the powder market in 2018.