ALTANA acquires metallic 3D printing material makers TLS AMT

ALTANA acquires metallic 3D printing material makers TLS and AMT

9:31 AM, 15th September 2020
a20x-powder
ALTANA acquires the British company Aluminium Materials Technologies Ltd, which has developed the patented special alloy A20X for 3D printing, to make significantly lighter components. Shown here is the A20X powder.

WESEL/HARTENSTEIN/BITTERFELD, GERMANY: ALTANA said it is acquiring TLS Technik GmbH & Co Spezialpulver KG, an internationally leading manufacturer of metal powders for 3D printing. The transaction is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Further, ECKART will take over the TLS production facility in Bitterfeld and around 40 employees.
Additionally, ALTANA acquired the British company Aluminium Materials Technologies Ltd (AMT). Besides others, the company developed the patented special alloy A20X for 3D printing, setting new standards in strength and weight. The technologically highly innovative special alloy enables the manufacturing of significantly lighter components with outstanding mechanical properties.
TLS, which is based in Bitterfeld, Germany, and has 25 years of experience, is regarded as one of the world's leading specialists in the production of high-quality metal powders for industrial 3D printing.
“By acquiring the TLS business, we are expanding our portfolio in 3D printing for industrial additive manufacturing and positioning ourselves in a technology market of the future,” said Martin Babilas, CEO of ALTANA AG.
“TLS’ expertise in the production of metal powders and alloys for metallic 3D printing complements ECKART’s strengths as a specialist in the atomization of metals,” said Dr Wolfgang Schutt, head of ALTANA's ECKART Division.
“We are also strengthening ourselves in a targeted manner for functional applications.”
For example, ECKART offers solutions for corrosion protection, products for the manufacture of aerated concrete, and fuels for space travel.
“AMT and its A20X alloy complement TLS’ capabilities, enabling us to offer users even more high-performance materials in the future, including in the aerospace industry, a key market for metallic 3D printing,” said Schutt. 3D printing permits decentralized, industrial production. The technology is revolutionizing the industrial value chain by making global supply chains more time and cost efficient. With the economic challenges posed by Covid-19, the importance of 3D printing will continue to grow.
In the future, ECKART will work with TLS and AMT experts to optimize and develop metal powders for 3D printing, thus opening up new areas of application.
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