Höganäs AB, Sweden, has acquired the start-up Metasphere Technology, Luleå, Sweden. Metasphere, founded in 2009, has developed a new technology for atomising metals, carbides and ceramics at very high temperatures in a reactor using plasma and centrifugal forces.
“Metasphere’s technology is unique and innovative,” stated Fredrik Emilson, Höganäs CEO. “We will be able to offer new and specialised metal powders for surface coating and Additive Manufacturing, among other areas.”
“Thanks to the high temperatures we can achieve very pure and spherical metal powders,” he continued. “The metal powders produced today are especially well suited for surfaces that need wear, corrosion and impact resistance, for instance within mining, oil and gas and other heavy industries.”
The acquisition reportedly took place in early November 2017. Höganäs’ customers are currently being supplied with products from the pilot reactor, with work ongoing to finalise the production reactor during the first quarter of 2018.
“When we have scaled up to industrial production we will go to market with a broad spectrum of products,” explained Emilson. “Mainly within additive manufacturing, where there is a large demand for innovative materials.”