Sandvik Hyperion has announced it will establish a new Carbide Research & Development Centre at its Can Tooling Competence Centre in Barcelona, Spain. The R&D Centre aims to employ researchers focused on developing next generation materials, products and process technologies to support the business.
The R&D Centre will be setup in 2017 through an investment of approximately 20 MSEK (€2,030,214) and will include a new laboratory building and a dedicated 500 m2 office with state-of-the-art equipment.
The R&D team will also have the responsibility to deliver new product development (NPD) opportunities, working closely with global engineering teams. For this purpose, two satellite centres will be setup with one in Barcelona and a second one in Michigan, USA. The NPD team will include additional engineers with specific competence on product design and carbide prototyping processes.
“The R&D Centre will serve as the core technology enabler, supporting a decentralised product development activity already operating in the production units. The new model is geared towards strengthening our ability to better serve customers with new products, increasing the alignment with business needs and improving responsiveness,” the company stated.
Sandvik Hyperion is part of the Sandvik group and it specialises in the manufacture of can tooling for the 2-piece metal containers from front-to-backend for the can making industry lines among of other components and tools made from super hard advanced materials. Its manufacturing operations are fully integrated with advanced production in powder processing, sintering and finishing.