Liberty Powder Metals, part of GFG Alliance’s Liberty Steel Group, has appointed Righton & Blackburns Ltd, Kingswinford, West Midlands, UK, as its sole distributor for all British and Irish markets in a deal that hopes to set the stage for the continued global growth of the company’s distribution network.
The deal will enable Righton & Blackburns Ltd to stock an initial 10 tonnes of powder metals across Liberty Powder Metals’ portfolio. The company’s new business division, Righton & Blackburns Powder Metals, will hold inventory at its dedicated national distribution centre in the West Midlands, which serves as a hub to customers for its ten service centres throughout the UK and Ireland.
“We are delighted to make this announcement today,” stated Dermot Desmond, Liberty’s Commercial and Business Development Manager. “With a renowned reputation for service and customer satisfaction and operating in mission-critical sectors such as aerospace & defence, Righton Blackburns Powder Metals was a natural choice when looking for a distribution partner to serve customers across the UK and Ireland.”
“Availability of stock is a key requirement to customers operating in the fast-moving manufacturing arena of Additive Manufacturing, PM-HIP and near-net shape production. With this deal, customers in the UK and Ireland will benefit from fast turnaround times, including 24 hours on many standard items,” he added.
David Wycherley, Righton & Blackburns Managing Director, added, “We are excited to announce our new business division and our entry into the world of Powder Metallurgy. With Liberty Powder Metals, we believe we have found the right manufacturing partner given their unique atomisation processes incorporating anti-satellite technology, resulting in highly spherical powders. With near-net shape manufacturing processes – including Additive Manufacturing and PM-HIP – being embraced by more of our customers, it was only natural this would be a space where we would want to operate.”