As a spin-out of Liberty Steel UK, Liberty Powder Metals has grown from the combination of its parent company’s deep steelmaking experience and the technological innovations developed through the £18 million CASCADE project, which sought to develop a supply chain for advanced metal powder-based manufacturing technologies within the UK.
The company is manufacturing metal powders in a range of stainless steels, nickel superalloys, tool steels, maraging steels and cobalt superalloys for use in Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM).
As a startup, Liberty Powder Metals has a goal of continual improvement. To enable this, 25% of the company’s manufacturing capacity is dedicated to research and development – whether that be to participate in multi-industry collaborative projects, optimise its processes for improved customer experience, enhance the capability of its standard products, support academic research, or develop bespoke solutions.
James Ashby, LPM’s Technical Manager, reflects on the company’s journey to date – including the challenges of establishing a startup during a global pandemic.
Read the full article in the Summer 2021 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review magazine.