Hart Metals Inc., located in Tamaqua, PA, USA, has announced the installation of a new atomiser for the development and production of magnesium alloy powders for military applications.
Hart Metals is a manufacturer and supplier of magnesium powders for U.S. Military and other commercial applications. The company already has two production‐scale inert‐gas atomisers for the manufacture of pure magnesium powders. Hart Metals operates as Magnesium Elektron Powders and is part of the Luxfer Group.
The new atomiser was recently installed and commissioned as part of a joint project between Hart
Metals and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ‐“Lightweight Magnesium Parts for Military Applications”. As part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill, some $1.6 Million was secured in Congressional Funding for this project.
The company celebrated with a ribbon‐cutting ceremony on September 2, 2011, which included guests from the US government and US military. Jim Gardella, President, Magnesium Elektron Powders, stated, “We are very excited about this new chapter in our company’s history and are honoured to have our friends and supporters to help us celebrate this great milestone.”
In a keynote address, US Congressman Tim Holden stated, “I am glad to be helpful in securing federal funding to develop new lightweight magnesium parts for military applications at Hart Metals. They have built a state‐of‐the‐art facility here in Tamaqua with a commitment to use equipment built here in the US. In addition, the military will now have access to new lightweight magnesium powders which could potentially decrease weight of military vehicles by 30%. Such a weight reduction would result in better fuel efficiency and less dependence on foreign oil.”
Dr. Deepak Madan, Vice‐President of Technology & New Product Development, Magnesium Elektron Powders, added, “Hart Metals has the first and only scalable inert‐gas atomiser for magnesium alloy powders in North America.”
For additional details, please contact Dr. Deepak Madan, VP Technology & New Product Development: deepak.madan@magnesium‐elektronusa.com
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