LPW Technology Celebrates 10 Years of Additive Manufacturing Innovation


May, 2017: Runcorn, UK: Established in 2007 by Dr Phil Carroll, LPW Technology Ltd is this month celebrating 10 years of developing, processing and supplying high quality metal powders and creating innovative software solutions for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry.

“In the last decade LPW has seen rapid growth,” says Phil. “We value our ability to think ahead. The company has developed a comprehensive range of products and services, including the development of new alloys, and of PowderLife, an innovative suite of hardware and software systems that control risk in critical manufacturing processes for industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical and energy.

Growing from a one-man operation in 2007, LPW currently has 74 highly skilled employees world-wide, has created 54 new positions over the last two years, and has a thriving apprenticeship program. Later this year it will move to a £20 million purpose-built ‘factory of the future’ in Widnes, and expects to recruit to up to 120 new team members by mid-2019.

LPW past, present and future: an original powder container, the innovative PowderTrace hopper, and the 2017 apprenticeship team. (Photo courtesy of PLW Technology Ltd.)

LPW past, present and future: an original powder container, the innovative PowderTrace hopper, and the 2017 apprenticeship team. (Photo courtesy of PLW Technology Ltd.)

“We’ve undertaken a program of continuous R&D so that we can better support our clients, and as our knowledge continues to increase, so we’re benefitting from the growing market for an innovative, customer-focused powder supplier that is always anticipating the future needs of the industry,” Phil continues.

LPW has won multiple awards, entered the the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 2017, debuting at No 29, and the Northern Tech 100 2017 league table at No 28.  In 2016, the company was included in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

“The last ten years have seen additive manufacturing growing from a technology sector producing mainly prototype modelling, to a production industry engineering challenging and intricate components for serial production in major industrial verticals,” adds Phil.

“Manufacturers are better informed about the importance of feedstock in the process and recognise the benefits of a consistent, high-quality metal powder supply.  With analysts forecasting the global metal 3D printing market to grow to over $2 billion by the year 2020 at double digit CAGR, we’re looking forward to the next ten years!”

About LPW
Established in 2007, LPW Technology is the market leader in the development, processing and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry. These services include the development of new alloys and expert application support. The company has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with standard powders supplied from stock, and custom and development alloys available on request.

LPW Technology has developed PowderLife®, a unique AM powder lifecycle management system which strictly controls risk for manufacturers, adding confidence, reliability and traceability in metal powder production and repeated AM builds.  LPW invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service.

LPW Technology has its headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. In June, 2014 the company formally established a US subsidiary LPW Technology Inc. situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing analytical services, product inventory and sales support to North and South America.

From these locations the company supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base including aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. In 2015, it opened its German sales office and has a global network of resellers in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.

The company operates to quality control standards: AS 9100 & AS 9120 for aerospace, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 for medical.

LPW and PowderLife are the registered trademarks of LPW Technology Ltd.

LPW Technology is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2016.

Source: LPW Technology Ltd

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