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6K Additive expands into Europe to meet demand from OEMs and AM customers

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6K Additive, a division of 6K, the global leader in the development of sustainable advanced materials for additive manufacturing and energy storage, announced the expansion of commercial operations into Europe and the appointment of EU industry veteran François Bonjour as European Sales Director. As 6K Additive expands into Europe, it hopes that this will help to meet the growing demand for 6K Additive powders from strategic EU customers and AM system manufacturers.

6K Additive expands into Europe

François Bonjour, the new European Sales Director as 6K Additive expands into Europe
Above: François Bonjour, the new European Sales Director for 6K Additive expands into Europe/Source: 6K Additive

“Over the last two years, we’ve established 6K Additive in North America as the go-to organisation for high-quality AM powder with environmental and sustainable benefits that no other powder manufacturer can offer. We’re excited to bring our powders to the European market where a high value is placed on technologies that can contribute to the circular economy and meet their stringent quality metrics.”

– Frank Roberts, president of 6K Additive

Roberts added, “Having a leader like François on the ground in Europe who has the experience, knowledge, and reputation will be invaluable as we ramp up our EU commercial efforts over the coming months. This is especially important given the interest we’ve seen from the printer OEMs and strategic customers based in Europe.”

The mission of 6K Additive is to provide a solution for global decarbonization by producing high-performance additive manufacturing materials used in markets such as aerospace, medical, and industrial applications. The company recently released the findings of an LCA study conducted by Foresight Management comparing the environmental impact of 6K’s UniMelt® microwave plasma technology to current metal powder atomization technologies. When using the 6K UniMelt process, the results showed a 91 percent reduction in energy use and a 91.5 percent reduction in carbon emissions. The independent studies are available for download here.

As 6K Additive expands into Europe, François joins the company after working in the metal powder and alloys markets for over ten years with companies such as Powder Alloy Corporation, Tekna Plasma System, and TIG, where he was responsible for sales and business development in Europe. Mr. Bonjour also worked for ThyssenKrupp for eight years, where he collaborated with leading aerospace companies such as GE Aviation, Airbus, Safran, and others.

6K Additive is the world’s first producer of AM powder derived from sustainable sources, and it offers a full range of premium powders such as nickel, titanium, copper, and refractory metals like tungsten and rhenium. The proprietary UniMelt system is the world’s only microwave production-scale plasma system, featuring a highly uniform and precise plasma zone with zero contamination and high throughput production capabilities. Companies interested in collaborating with 6K Additive on their specific powder requirements can visit the 6K Additive website.


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