KBM adds IMR’s aluminium powders to its online marketplace

May 29, 2024

IMR Metal Powder Technologies produces a range of metal powders, including aluminium powder (Courtesy IMR Metal Powder Technologies)
IMR Metal Powder Technologies produces a range of metal powders, including aluminium powder (Courtesy IMR Metal Powder Technologies)

IMR Metal Powder Technologies, Velden am Wörthersee, Austria, has finalised its agreement with KBM Advanced Materials, LLC, based in Fairfield, Ohio, USA, for the sale and distribution of IMR’s aluminium powders through KBM’s metal powder distribution network.

IMR has been a provider of industrial metals, semi-finished products, and chemical products for over thirty years, marketing its products globally. There will now be a dedicated stock of IMR material at KBM’s warehouse in Ohio, providing access to producers of aluminium parts.

IMR primarily produces aluminium alloy powder for the Additive Manufacturing industry. It partners in the development and production of customer-specific powders for Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB), Direct Energy Deposition (DED), and other processing technologies.

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Thomas Rimmer, IMR CEO, stated, “By offering our aluminium alloy powders on the platform of KBM, our US customers now have access to their products on short-term notice which supports their inventory management optimisation as well as fast response to new business opportunities in a still evolving and sometimes difficult to predict market environment. The availability of IMR’s products to the US AM community from a local warehouse with the expert service of KBM were the main reasons for moving into this exciting opportunity.”

KBM offers products and services to AM powder consumers in the USA and Canada. Its business model results in KBM having large amounts of stock available for order at any given time, allowing customers to order and receive metal powder quickly and efficiently. KBM is reputedly North America’s largest marketplace for metal powders, allowing customers access to a variety of alloys and producers. It also offers transparent pricing and access to a variety of producers.

Kevin Kemper, KBM CEO, shared, “KBM is excited to partner with IMR to increase accessibility of their metal powders in North America. On-demand availability of products differentiates producers into those that can ship product when consumers need it and those that have a lead time. Our e-commerce solution features an easy-to-use interface, secure online transactions, detailed product information, pricing transparency, and the ability to ship products within a day of purchase. We want it to be easy and efficient for part producers to procure the raw materials they need to be successful. IMR is a strong and exciting addition to our offering.”



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